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Old 12-10-2018, 06:23 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Mat_te_chu View Post
Thanks for the advice! I checked out Harlow's Bus Sales and found a listing for a 6-window bus that's cheaper, and it only has 93k miles.
This is it
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:30 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Mat_te_chu View Post
Thanks for the advice! I checked out Harlow's Bus Sales and found a listing for a 6-window bus that's cheaper, and it only has 93k miles.
This is it
A lot less miles, and a 466 upgrade to boot.

Depending on how it runs, tires, tranny, and rust.......this might be a pretty good deal. Pricing in general is continuing to rise.

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Old 12-11-2018, 08:40 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by brokedown View Post
Honest opinion: I'm not the kind of guy who would respond to a craigslist ad and offer them half. Normally because that just feels insulting. In this case, it would be because neither bus is worth half of the listed price.
I agree but then I did pay too much for my bus. It depends on your situation.

For me I found almost the right bus at an auction about 8 miles from my house. After I thought about the delivery cost, pain and risk of a long distance inspection and delivery, I paid the price.

On craigs list, most things are over priced because they expect to come down. On these I agree, about 1/2 is about right, at least on the 9k one, the 6.5k is a little closer, I would go 4k, if it was next door. Only because I like the size and the fact that its a real truck chassis.

The real question is what do you know about the engine and trans.
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Old 12-11-2018, 11:42 PM   #14
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I like it.

The 466 is nice, and that's really low mileage.

The price is fine to me - auctions are great, if you have the time to just hop on a plane and rent a car/get a ride to your bus and drive off into the sunset. Having a day job puts a bit of a damper on that sometimes.
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:21 PM   #15
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When looking at a bus or any "Overpriced" item advertised for sale just ask the seller this question when it comes to discuss price:

I see you are asking X for your Bus/item. How did you come up with your asking price???

You will be amazed at some of the answers seller's will give.

Make the seller tell YOU why their asking price is realistic based upon item location, item condition and the true market value for that item. Having said that at the end of this conversation in most all situations the seller will freely admit they KNOW they are overpriced, why they are overpriced which really makes no difference anyway, acknowledge the fact that they will take way less money than their asking price and THEN the real price negotiation can begin!

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Old 12-15-2018, 09:40 PM   #16
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thats a nice little DT466 bird... be sure that windshield isnt broken anywhere.. it has the optional single piece curved windshield which is rather pricey if its cracked.. .. and remember even at a dealer you can make offers.. just like a usded car dealer..
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:20 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Mat_te_chu View Post
Hey everyone,

I've been doing research for years on skoolies and conversions, and while I've learned a lot about the conversion process, but I don't know much about what buses are best, including engines and potential problems based on year and make and model and all that. I've found two buses in the Seattle area I'm interested in, does anyone have anything to say about either of them?

First: a 7-window 1988 International School Bus, listed for $6500

Second: a 6-window 2000 Blue Bird Freightliner Short Bus, listed for $9000
If you're looking to spend that type of dough I would check out if you havent already. Those buses are pretty high mileage seems.. I found my bus on offerup strangely, there are vehicles posted there that dont make it to Craigslist for some reason.
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