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Old 01-05-2015, 05:30 PM   #1
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Smile For those who say they can't find a Thomas MVP

http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa...67&acctid=2489

Folks are always asking where to find buses like this.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:24 AM   #2
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There's something strange about this bus. It sold last August on Public Surplus for $ 4000.00 and yet here it is..
http://m.publicsurplus.com/sms/montg...ew?auc=1263541
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:26 AM   #3
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I've spoken to a few school boards and auction employees.
Turns out with schoolies there are a ton of shill bidders and the bus I bought had been auctioned twice previously. The lady in Ky told me the guy never called or paid after winning the last auction.
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:28 AM   #4
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four hours left and its only at like 1350... Anyone in Maryland ??
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:06 AM   #5
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I will be shocked if this goes for less than $3000....
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:11 AM   #6
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Last one I saw from that district went for like 1800 or so.
There are several folks on this forum who would pay a *dealer* 5k or more for this same bus.
If it weren't so bloody far to Maryland I'd bid on up to 2500 or so just for sport.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:14 AM   #7
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GovDeals goes after fraudulent bidding much harder than Public Surplus does. That may be why the district switched auction sites.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:42 AM   #8
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Last summer they were auctioning on both sites simultaneously. This just sold in NJ this morning http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa...232&itemid=151
It went up $1600 in the last 30 minutes plus $190 in fees. That's a lot of money for something with the description of "runs"...
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:54 AM   #9
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That's about the description mine had.
The school personnel are very hesitant to put much of a guarantee of any kind. Often the ads are placed by clerical workers who know next to nothing about the buses. Most of them answer pertinent questions if you call. The sweet little lady in Todd County Ky went above and beyond to answer my questions and help me out any way she could. She even made me coffee when I got there!
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:12 AM   #10
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I totally understand. They are limiting their liability. But there are buses with fewer miles for less money on Craigslist. I buy lots of auction vehicles. But I will not buy a bus at auction unless I get to inspect it or get to speak with an unbiased mechanic.

Public Surplus requires Lots of bidder deposits. This causes all their auctions to sit at $500 until the last day because no one wants to deal with it. I have had nothing but good experiences with govdeals.
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