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Old 07-02-2015, 05:07 PM   #21
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:57 PM   #22
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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.
Yup I get it so auction is the thing. The auction has the buses there to look into & check engine & all?
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:01 PM   #23
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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.
Well i will do the auctions when the time comes. Wanna be able to see & go inside & check out the engine etc
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:03 PM   #24
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Well i will do the auctions when the time comes. Wanna be able to see & go inside & check out the engine etc
Yup, that's the downside of online auctions if you're not in the area. Ask lots of questions, try to get more pics. I just talked to a lady in a school district several hundred miles away from me, and she'll put me in touch with the mechanics on Monday. I can't get out there, but hopefully I can get an honest assessment from a mechanic who worked on the buses I'm interested in. After that I guess it'll be a leap of faith if the price stays low enough...
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:16 PM   #25
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Yup, that's the downside of online auctions if you're not in the area. Ask lots of questions, try to get more pics. I just talked to a lady in a school district several hundred miles away from me, and she'll put me in touch with the mechanics on Monday. I can't get out there, but hopefully I can get an honest assessment from a mechanic who worked on the buses I'm interested in. After that I guess it'll be a leap of faith if the price stays low enough...
Used schoolbuses have sales but have to find out if they are in a section in their lot where buses are parked & not for sale.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:10 AM   #26
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Last month I bought a bus out of California. Even with a full service, replacing several relays and other assorted parts, fuel, lodging, AND food (including doing a drum-and-shoe rear brake replacement job on my friend's '92 Explorer - we did it, er, I did it by myself) the whole tab ran me under $3500. Got it to Texas and they want $400 for the plates (MORONS). Lesson: good deals may be worth the trip, just be aware of government red tape.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:21 AM   #27
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Oh ok thanks a bunch. On the first step of buying mini school bus-shuttle bus. Well saving $$ and finding where they're sold reasonable. Electricity would be 9-volt/12 volt battery huh? Can't do generator in city.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:38 AM   #28
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Oh ok thanks a bunch. On the first step of buying mini school bus-shuttle bus. Well saving $$ and finding where they're sold reasonable. Electricity would be 9-volt/12 volt battery huh? Can't do generator in city.
How about one of these?
I'd be tempted myself but I have zero interest in driving a bus down from Jersey!
http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa...32&acctid=3147
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How about one of these?
I'd be tempted myself but I have zero interest in driving a bus down from Jersey!
1999 Ford Collins E-450 School Bus - GovDeals.com
The handicap lift is a MAJOR asset. Think about it.... no lifting heavy construction materials into the vehicle. We did that with our first bus that had one. The 'frig was a breeze because of the lift. Just push a button and PRESTO the heavy lifting was DONE!! Wo HOO!! Just my two cents....
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I know the "bushouse" I call it is a gr8 idea. I am in this crazy big city with tremendous rent $3500/mo studio. Crazy times.
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