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Old 07-06-2016, 01:45 PM   #1
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Hi guys!

First Student has hundreds of buses for sale, all across the country. Below is the link to their sales page. Prices are not listed. That probably means they want a lot for them. Anyone with any experience buying a rig from First Student or other large contract carriers?


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Old 07-06-2016, 01:47 PM   #2
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I've heard they run em hard and put em away wet.
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I figured that would be the case. I suppose the best deals come directly from individual school districts, assuming they have a reasonable maintenance staff.
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I figured that would be the case. I suppose the best deals come directly from individual school districts, assuming they have a reasonable maintenance staff.
Govdeals.com and PublicSurplus.Com are the preferred auction sites; that being said, you can also talk to your local bus barn, and see what's being retired.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:18 PM   #6
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I think others have had the same notion, and the consensus is First Student, Durham, Miller and the like aren't going to be the best deals and not going to offer the most reliability for your money. They are for-profit school transportation contractors so every mile they can squeeze out of a unit is another dollar before they have to replace it. As long as it keeps passing annual inspection they can run it even if it's listed as being for sale and only care to unload it because the cost-benefit analysis says that its costing more in maintenance than the price of financing on a new one.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:59 PM   #7
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our local school system here.. the main one in the city.. dumped first student a few years ago due to safety and maintenance concerns with the busses... they went out and bought 300+ Brand new IC busses at once.....

in my opinion if a school district is gonna spend 20-30 million all at once on new busses then first student mustve been pretty bad..

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our local school system here.. the main one in the city.. dumped first student a few years ago due to safety and maintenance concerns with the busses... they went out and bought 300+ Brand new IC busses at once.....

in my opinion if a school district is gonna spend 20-30 million all at once on new busses then first student mustve been pretty bad..

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Bus driver here, I've never worked for First Student but I work with several people that were drivers/dispatchers/managers/mechanics for them.

One thing you have to understand with First Student is that their quality of service can vary wildly from district to district. If it's a big contract with a wealthy district, they will get new(er) buses and decent support staff. If it's a small district in the middle of nowhere, they'll get away with running old junky buses and safety and management are usually not the top priorities.

First Student is a global corporation that is very much run by the bean counters. They spec buses with only the absolute bare minimum required options and their driver pay is usually low compared to other companies.

First Student has been on the decline in Wisconsin. A few years ago, corporate management decided to let the contracts expire on most of their smaller school districts and focus only on the very largest ones in the big cities. This strategy has had mixed results, mainly due to the massive driver shortage but their aggressive cost-cutting has also been a big reason as well.

FS was huge in my area years ago, at one point they serviced dozens of districts in the southern Wisconsin region. Now there's 3 terminals left and 2 of those are going up for bid sometime this year.
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like I say they got booted out of columbus ohio... they were running over 300 Busses here... the busses were definitely old and beat up... im not sure how some ofthem got DOT stickers as ohio is a pretty tight state when it comes to that... unless some under-the-table pencil whipping was done... but it mustve been expensive and bad service for a district to ditch em and order a bunch of new busses all at once... columbus Ohio is a decent size city but not a rich district...

all the new busses in columbus are SPEC'd tinted windows, white roofs , full compliment of heaters, fan vented roof hatches and all have or are getting cameras installed.. the city Buys A/C on any handicap / wheelchair busses.. and any special program busses (MRDD, disability, etc)... as these are run year round including summer.. some other select busses have A/C.. my guess is team / band / choir / orchestra busses also get the A/C..

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Here are some price quotes from FS:

Bus# - Price
924266 - $2500.00
227053 - $3500.00
922575 - $3500.00
220511 - $3500.00

I have not checked to see if these are still on their site.
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