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Old 01-13-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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Am I crazy or is all the rust free busses from the south east being bought up from some unknown source of money and never hits the bid sights. Im in N Augusta SC and the only busses I see on the bid sights from around here is the left over junk nobody wants.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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a lot are used by farmers and a lot go to Central America....broaden your search
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:41 PM   #3
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Yea I see the farmers using them but down here thats the left over junk bought for pennys on the pound. Now on the moving south deal Im with ya, thats where most of them are going. My question is how the heck are they getting them with out me having a chance to bid on them. Yea I know all it takes is money in the right hand. I will stay in the watch for the local ones and figure out whos got the upper hand to keep them off the bid sights. Maybe Im searching the wrong time of year or something. All I know is these local busses have never saw any snow or salt. That makes a huge difference. One of these babies should last forever.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:47 PM   #4
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Whats that old saying about a duck. If it looks like one and sounds like one. I check the bid sights and have been for weeks on end. The northern rust buckets, sorry guys no harm intended, but they just keep selling and new ones being listed every few days. The pretty rust free busses ? Heck what rust free busses ? Their are none listed from the south. Someone is buying them before they hit the bid sights. Im going to figure this thing out. I want one of these pretty shiney rust free Blue Birds I see roaming the streets everyday.
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there are several for sale at the "bus companies" around here, last week there was a dog nose and a flat nose (Bristol,TN)

Check out searchtempest and craigslist, I assume you do govdeals-dot-something
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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Yea govdeals and surplus sights as well as craigslist. Seems the craigslist busses has been bought and being resold. Better watch that paper work.
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Exactly....people buy them for $2500/$3000 and resell them for $5000 plus....crappy in my eyes

I think there are several for sale on the site in the SE
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Thanks, did not know about the search tempest. My hats off to you guys that are man enough to bid off e bay with out seeing the bus in person and starting it up. I guess I just dont have the nerve then again maybe its the back pocket just ant fat enough. On a side note I just talked to an employee of the local school district and it seems the rust free busses are being bought with out hitting the bid sights. It did seem kinda funny and unfair that all busses listed seem to be from salt road areas. The good folks buying them dont seem to want the northern version just the rust free southern ones. Are any of you guys from the south east able to buy our nice rust free busses ? If so could you give a fellow skoolie little info on how when and where ? Im on the state line between Augusta GA and North Augusta SC If you guys to the north have any located down here I would be glad to check them out for you if they are in my local area. I may need one of you guys from Kingsport or Winchester Tenn. to check one out for me. I see a few from that area. Not sure about the winter roads in Tenn. Seems like where the salt line would be.
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Sorry to make such a big stink about the northern busses but I bought a Chevy Surburban years ago with out looking under it because it was dirt cheap. Then the lady told me she was from NY so I decided to go back outside in the cold rain and have a little look at the bottom side of it. Did not take but one half of a second to figure out why she wanted to sell it to me in the cold rain. It took four people to pick me up off the cold wet ground when I passed out. When I awoke my friend asked me how the frame looked. My question was where the heck was the frame, it did not have one. It was all rusted away. I owned it for one hour, sold it for scrap. Just cause shes got fresh shiney new paint topside dont mean squat about her bottomside YIKES !
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Like you just quoted "On a side note I just talked to an employee of the local school district and it seems the rust free busses are being bought with out hitting the bid sights"

that is exactly what most of us do, did you see the first pic in my thread? that was at school bus garage, they were taking the camera out of it and had it fueled and waiting for me.

if it wouldn't have sold in a month or so then it goes to either scrap (after being stripped) or to auction

You have a company where you live that holds/services you local buses....I would start there
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