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Old 04-03-2016, 12:28 AM   #221
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Now that I actually Visited BGA lot.. (and bought a bus today)... I learned a lot more about them...

these guys dont just buy a bus at auction and throw it out there.. they do quite a bit of work on them too.. to get them ready...

there were several that they were fixing stairwell rust.. putting lights in them etc.. even before they are sold or placed on hold.. just to make the bus nicer..

they are a pretty much Full Service operation... if you are someone like myself that has no ability to do body work... they are VERY REASONABLE on pricing compared to body shops and pther bus dealers I have called...

my paint job is costing 1/2 if not less than what it would to go elsewhere.. and seeing their work, it looks pretty darn good!.. is it 100 point show car paint? no, but it surely makes your bus look great and they do a lot of prep work....

Greg will spend the necessary time with you to educate you and listen to what you have to say... we spend yesterday afternoon and today afternoon looking at many many busses.. starting them , talking about them crawling around in them... etc.. comparing them... so if I had a question about how steering should feel on a bus.. he took me to 15 different bussesand had me feel the steering...

he let me look at and take pictures of every air conditioner i saw i every bus to get ideas about how I will air condition mine...

if you are the type of person that needs to have service work done or body work done because you cannot or dont want to do it yourself.. they can and will do it... if you are looking for the cheapest bus out there... then you wont want to go there...

it all depends on your time, money, and abilities... for me it was a perfect fit... as is also the little 91 carpenter I bought today... I wanted a Nice older bus.. and thats what I got.. im sure some will say that a DT360 / allison 545 isnt the greatest... however its a mechanical engine / everyday trans I can work on.. (the DT360 is a pretty fresh Jasper)..

the fact you can put a bus on hold via telephone if you are out of town is a great thing.. many dealers wont allow this... my bus was getting a lot of attention.. therefore i put it on hold and it took me a week to get there.. i knew it wouldnt go anywhere... .. thats a nicd feature about some dealerships..

did I get the cheapest bus? NO
did I get what I think is a reliable Bus? YES (in fact its coming 'home' as it was recently driven from ohio to tampa... so its road worthy...)

i feel like my overall VALUE is high..

everyone's idea of Value is different... in my case im not doing a massive conversion so the fact my bus has a nice interior and good floors is a big plus...
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Speaking of value, what'd they get you for? You didn't mention that.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:51 AM   #222
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you have to contact kerlin to get a price even a 1991 bus does not have price listed. i think if price not given i not contact
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:00 AM   #223
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Their CL ads have the prices listed.
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Congrats, man!

That sound exactly like the kind of thing I need. I just wish there was something like that a little closer to the midwest. I've checked dealers around here, and none of them do seat removal, re-titling, etc... Really don't want to go to Florida to do it, but will if I have to...

Keep us updated on your progress!
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:21 AM   #225
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So you'd travel hundreds of miles to pay twice as much just to avoid seat removal and a trip to the tag office?
Maybe consider buying a completed conversion. Getting the seats out is the easy part.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:31 AM   #226
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Congrats, man!

That sound exactly like the kind of thing I need. I just wish there was something like that a little closer to the midwest. I've checked dealers around here, and none of them do seat removal, re-titling, etc... Really don't want to go to Florida to do it, but will if I have to...

Keep us updated on your progress!
I was thinking midwest transit would do some of those services for you.. it looks like they have some pretty decent busses at times...

don brown in new york says they will do services.. (though their cost for paint and body work was more than double what im paying at BGA.. so they may not really WANT to provide those services, therefore bid them high)..

if you can find the "local hot rod shop" you may be able to get some resources there.. and by that i mean literally find out where alot of people take thier classic cars and street-rods.. usually a smaller off-the-main-drag type shop .. often these guys are into people's custom projects and if they cant do it, will know people that can.

a small shop could easily remove your seats, and even disassemble them if you want them to.. (you will likely be required.. {or want} to disassemble your seats.. where you can scrap the steel frames for a few $$ and will have to pay to dump the fabric parts..)..

find out where the local Semi-truck repair shop is and they may very well be able to have the facilities to do body work and paint.. (or know who does).. most cities have shops that do paint work / lettering, etc for semis, box trucks, food trucks, etc.. and would probably be able to paint a bus.

BGA is close to the main interstate.. they are only 15-20 miles off of the route 75.. part of it is a 2 lane road, but nice wide lanes so driving a bus isnt an issue on that road..(55 MPH limit so gives you time to get used to your bus ). route 75 has plenty of places to stop along your trip that has truck / RV parking / Diesel fuel, and even motels with large parking lots. so stopping along the way isnt an issue.. in fact there are truck service shops along the way if you should be so unfortunate as to break down.

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Old 04-03-2016, 09:38 AM   #227
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So you'd travel hundreds of miles to pay twice as much just to avoid seat removal and a trip to the tag office?
Maybe consider buying a completed conversion. Getting the seats out is the easy part.
some people might... I travelled hundreds of miles and paid more for my initial bus so i could get body work and paper work done.. just because I hate paperwork and suck at bodywork...

im good at mechanicals so for me, any seats i want to pull out are no big deal, nor fixing a flaky dash gauge or adding air conditioning...

but everyone;s area of expertise is different... and everyone's budget it different.. some are on a shoe string budget, others are not...

no different than at home... I do my own electrical work, service my own HVAC systems, paint my own rooms.. where others dont have the knowledge or the expertise to do so.. those people call an electrician to add a light, hire a painter to paint their walls, and use a service company for their air-con...

building a bus is no different...

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Old 04-03-2016, 09:39 AM   #228
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Congrats on your buy! It all comes down to what YOU are happy with. Its your bus and no one else's! Sounds like you are happy with the value you got... way to go! Have fun with your bus. We've been having a blast with ours...as others will say too, please keep us updated on your progress with plenty of pics!

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BGA want 4500 for this.


Their nice stuff is like 8-10 grand.

I hate that they're all over my LOCAL CL, but Dan Brown has a MUCH nicer inventory and charge like half what BGA charge.
Dan Brown will sell ya this for $300 more than that turd above that's been sitting on BGA's lot for a couple years.


I guess I really don't mind Dan Brown posting, hell I would if I were them. I just hope their prices are truly that much lower and stay that way.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:52 AM   #230
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BGA want 4500 for this.


Their nice stuff is like 8-10 grand.
if thats the bus I think it is.. thats actually a really nice bus.. I saw it...

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