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Old 01-13-2014, 03:10 PM   #11
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It seems like we have a bus shop in each county down here. Thats my next step to try and contact one of them and see if they will tell me how to buy one.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #12
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Not to be the spelling police but the proper word is sites. It is a web site not a web sight. Sights are on guns and national monuments. Sorry Just a pet peeve.

I am down here near Savannah. I have also noticed the same thing you have. Here in Chatham County, the buses are sold by First Student. Many of them are being gobbled up and shipped to South America where they have less restrictive laws on school buses and their replacement cycles. They did tell me someone named Sue would be contacting me this week. I got a list of the north west buses as First Student is calling them. Everyone of them lists rust problems and rotted floors. One even says stairs rotted off.

I am also going to research a Georgia Law that requires Government entities to sell their surplus equipment by auction. My city attorney mentioned it but I will research it more fully.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:03 PM   #13
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Thanks Kenny, that's my plan as well. I am still searching different web sites and trying to find out who is doing the buying of the people as well as the buses. I have a few contacts that work for local school districts and hopefully one of them will give me the info I need. Dont seem fare to me for a few fat cats to get the cream of the crop but from what I have found so far thats exactly whats going on. I feel like we all deserve a shot at these buses that were bought with our tax money. Something in the milk ant clean. Oh no ant is not a word. Just my southern slang Kenny. I will do some more asking questions tomorrow and hopefully we can chop into the fat cats game and see if their is a scam going on or not. Maybe SC and GA sells their buses on different web sites. IDK but I plan to find out. Maybe we can get a few of our skoolie brothers on here some rust free projects. I live in SC and work in GA and I want on of these buses I see everyday.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:06 PM   #14
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Here in Texas the school districts use whatever local auction service they want to. I think some also sell straight out without the need for auction houses to get involved. I found that asking the school district directly led me to the auction houses that handle most of the locals. Good luck!
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:27 PM   #15
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Yea you are right Kenny. Firstgroup.com and Firststudent for GA and still looking for SC Looks like the GA boyz are locked in a contract for supplying the buses so the good folks at first & first get them all back. Only thing is most all the buses listed at first and first are from the salt states or a dud no one wants. Anyone that would like to chime in from SC with any info would be greatly appreciated. I live in SC but still no clue where they go. Im sure they are under some type of contract as well.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:10 PM   #16
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Been calling a e mailing today and seems like SC may have one of the oldest bus fleets in the US I hope Im wrong but seems they buy used buses that other states are retiring. I sure hope I read that wrong but may explain why its hard to find a good bus coming from SC I dont have kids in school but something seems wrong buying used buses to transport kids in. IDK contacted first & first today and tight lips is all I got. I still have no clue where the good rust free GA buses are going. I hope Im just looking at the wrong time and some will pop up. Right now I cant find any to bid on close enough to go look at other than the ones on craigslist and e bay that came down from the great salty north.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:57 PM   #17
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Heck, mine served 3 different school systems, tn keeps them for 15 years from date of manufacture, not 16 years just 15yrs 363 days
That is why mine was delivering kids the day before I bought it
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:35 PM   #18
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Three school systems, man ! how many miles you got on that thing ? Im worried about anything over 150,000 miles, maybe Im just a wuss. Miles scare the heck out of me.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:18 PM   #19
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about 150k on a diesel even with a lot of miles idling (5.9 better to idle than say dt466)

small towns/cities you never put a lot of miles on stuff
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I really wanted to buy a school bus but it looks like I may be better off buying a coach and converting it. I can get a class a coach for less than 10k. Decent school buses are crossing that threshhold.
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