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Old 07-02-2015, 04:25 PM   #11
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Auctions look to be the cheapest way to go. Just factor in sales tax and the buyer's premium (fee the auction house charges) into the maximum bid, and stick with it.

Stuff with a price tag is probably going to cost you more, because the seller bought at auction and now wants to turn a profit.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:26 PM   #12
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NY and NJ seem to be the short bus capital of the US. LOL that made me chuckle.
We're...special. Especially since we've got the Michelin Man as our governor here in Jersey (Ger-see, not Joi-see. Only guidos from Staten Island and people thinking they're funny call it Joi-see)
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:26 PM   #13
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I'm converting one.
I can't afford to pay someone a profit for "finding" a bus. I bought mine for 2100.
It would be at least 3500 had I not bought it from an auction.
Cut out the middleman or expect to pay much more for a much less "fresh" bus.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:28 PM   #14
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I'm converting one.
I can't afford to pay someone a profit for "finding" a bus. I bought mine for 2100.
It would be at least 3500 had I not bought it from an auction.
Cut out the middleman or expect to pay much more for a much less "fresh" bus.
Agreed. Check Govdeals.com or publicsurplus.com. Sometimes DRMO may have a GSA or USAF/AFR/ANG bus they're off-loading. But that can be few and far between.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:30 PM   #15
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Auctions look to be the cheapest way to go. Just factor in sales tax and the buyer's premium (fee the auction house charges) into the maximum bid, and stick with it.

Stuff with a price tag is probably going to cost you more, because the seller bought at auction and now wants to turn a profit.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:34 PM   #16
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Yeah even with fuel, lodging, beer for my copilot, tax, tag, title... I'm still in this bus a ton cheaper than buying a bus thats being privately sold.

Another good thing about buying from a school through an auction is that the person who's job it is to sell the bus for the district doesn't have any person motivation for the sale.
They often have the vehicle history available. They often hook you up with fuel for the return trip.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:41 PM   #17
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The site the OP mentioned has another auction coming up in the next week or two with at least one Chevy-based short bus, probably a 99-02.

Lots 67 and 68 were 2001 Chevy short buses, went for about $1500 each.
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Know whatcha mean. A bushouse is the way to go for me. Electricity would be a 12 volt battery ? Toilet - composting?
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Electricity would be shore power or a generator for me.
Maybe some solar stuff down the road if work ever picks up.
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Know whatcha mean. A bushouse is the way to go for me. Electricity would be a 12 volt battery ? Toilet - composting?
Yeah but can't have a generator so volt battery i would do. Thx .
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