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Old 12-07-2015, 02:08 AM   #1
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Large 72 seat diesel bus for sale by local church. The bus was purchased from the Medical Lake School District; we don't use the bus enough to make it worth the space it is taking up on our property.

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asking $1300
What kind of questions should I ask, what should I look for when I see it... planning on looking at it tomorrow, best deal i've seen in a while from what I can tell from the basic info on the ad and the picture... any advice appreciated.
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Old 12-07-2015, 04:56 AM   #2
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1 Does it run?
2 maintenance records?
3 Did they make the price a typo?
4 Tire condition?

But $1300 is a hell of a deal from what I can see.
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:09 AM   #3
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Go take it for a spin. Check the fluids. Look for rust. See what shape the tires are in. That's a great make/model. If it runs/drives and only needs minor work then it's a great price.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:17 AM   #4
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That is a great price at $1,300.00. Most buses of that size, type, age, and condition will retail close to $10K.

Scrap prices are about the same price.

I don't see how you can go wrong with it.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:23 PM   #5
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yeah, I don't think the guy knows what he has or just flat out doesn't care... it's been hell communicating with him... i'll let you guys know how it goes, gonna go check it out in an hour.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:31 PM   #6
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Pretty hard to get hurt on that one!
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:33 PM   #7
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They probably bought it when prices were cheaper and they think they are taking you for a ride.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:00 PM   #8
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I think some of these non-profits are more motivated to get rid of it than they are to make money from it. The bus may have been donated, so they don't really know what it costs.

I bought my bus from a women's rehab center. It was donated to them by a church who wanted it gone. The donation paperwork listed the value as $2,500; so that's what his asking price was. I thought it was a good deal, so I didn't even haggle with him. He just needed it gone and cash in hand to fix their van.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:02 PM   #9
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yeah, I'm guessing it's something like that... I'm not going to haggle him if he just let's me drive it away. I don't have a CDL, hopefully he doesn't care... I'm just plannign to take it down the road.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:04 PM   #10
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I didn't have a CDL when I bought mine. I did get insurance though. I figured having insurance and a story about turning it into an RV would've helped me talk my way out of any potential tickets for no CDL or registration/temp tags.
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