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Old 04-30-2016, 11:23 AM   #361
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1958 studebaker bus

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1958 studebaker bus. A bit rusty but interesting.
https://anchorage.craigslist.org/rvs/5563353279.html
That has some character and actually looks pretty solid.
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Old 04-30-2016, 01:32 PM   #362
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I may have posted listings from this dealer before, but they've got some nice RE buses with all the desirable specs - 8.3 Cummins, retarders, MD3060 transmissions, etc.

But holy sh##T those prices

2000 BLUEBIRD ALL-AMERICAN RE - USED BUS

EIGHTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for a 16 yr old bus with 165K miles?!?!?!
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:31 PM   #363
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Or you can get a bus like mine for $2,600 on Public Surplus.
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:31 PM   #364
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I may have posted listings from this dealer before, but they've got some nice RE buses with all the desirable specs - 8.3 Cummins, retarders, MD3060 transmissions, etc.

But holy sh##T those prices

2000 BLUEBIRD ALL-AMERICAN RE - USED BUS

EIGHTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for a 16 yr old bus with 165K miles?!?!?!
They're too old to be used by most schools. They must be hoping for an exporter or ill-informed "skoolie" type. That price makes me think they're delusional. Makes BGA's insane prices look downright affordable!
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:44 PM   #365
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Wow, that makes me think I got an excellent deal on my bus at the bus barn.
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:45 PM   #366
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Here's a Bluebird dealer in Oregon with prices that are a lot more reasonable. I could defenitely see myself paying in the $6K - $9K range for RE buses with Oregon specs
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:56 PM   #367
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That's interesting, that's my favorite bus yard. It recently moved and seems to have combined with Chambers motors near Boring Oregon. Nice selection there, but why would you want to pay triple the price they are actually paying for the bus at the same auctions I go to? Yes they clean them up, maybe change the oil and filters, and you're never really quite sure about what work was done until you do it yourself or have a mechanic work on it. Save $5k and pick up the bus yourself at the bus barn then take it and get it serviced. The bus barns usually have a Brittania or other professional truck shop nearby. The bus dealer shouldn't give you confidence about a bus because it's clean and triple the actual cost from the bus barn.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:20 PM   #368
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That's interesting, that's my favorite bus yard. It recently moved and seems to have combined with Chambers motors near Boring Oregon. Nice selection there, but why would you want to pay triple the price they are actually paying for the bus at the same auctions I go to? Yes they clean them up, maybe change the oil and filters, and you're never really quite sure about what work was done until you do it yourself or have a mechanic work on it. Save $5k and pick up the bus yourself at the bus barn then take it and get it serviced. The bus barns usually have a Brittania or other professional truck shop nearby. The bus dealer shouldn't give you confidence about a bus because it's clean and triple the actual cost from the bus barn.
problem with auctions is unless you are quite aware of how to spot a bad bus fro ma mile away you end up took.. I think bus yards for inexperienced buyers are great... maybe you pay more but at least you can drive the bus and most will allow you to have your bus mechanic and DOT inspected both... if you are quite savvy and know what to look for then there is great money to be saved by going to auctions and buying busses...

private owners are another great place to look for busses as they will let you drive and if there's nothing to hide would have no issue in you getting a bus mechanic and / or DOT inspected.. and you can save some money over the bus yards...

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Old 04-30-2016, 09:48 PM   #369
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I drove through Western Bus sales on the 1st of this month. Still seemed high and the buses seemed old but looked ok. Buses from the beach are the worst you're going to see from around here. Even old buses look good, especially from eastern Oregon. that's where people still find old cars in remarkable condition.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:58 PM   #370
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I drove through Western Bus sales on the 1st of this month. Still seemed high and the buses seemed old but looked ok. Buses from the beach are the worst you're going to see from around here. Even old buses look good, especially from eastern Oregon. that's where people still find old cars in remarkable condition.
something to look for are busses with current or very recent DOT inspection stickers.. some states very stringent guidelines to pass a bus.. so if a bus is current its likely in good enough shape that it has run and been up to snuff... not that a bus cant break and be dumped but its a start vs busses that have year or 2 old stickers where they havent been run... perhaps meaning they sat out of service for a long time or have been on a bus lot for a long time.. a bus on a lot for awhile typically is for a reason... something wrong with it, generally problematic combination of parts.. *cough* VT365 *cough*, or priced way hugher than it should be for its condition...

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