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Old 11-02-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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How Much are Church Busses Worth?

Trying to figure out what fair prices are. This one for example:

2000 diesel 6.5 Chevy bus

Interior is really nice and clean, and it has a new transmission, turbo, clutch fan, and good tires, but that still seems really high.
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:33 PM   #2
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in my own opinion Churches take oldschool busses that have already been run hard... or this one that looks like it was once an airport shuttle (often ill maintained).. and then run them without alot of maintenance and dump them..

each and every bus has a different story...but thats just what I see from the Church busses around central Ohio anyway...

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Old 11-02-2016, 06:01 PM   #3
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I'm not a church person. And the ones around here all have crappy buses, anyhow.
But buying one from a church or daycare is sorta risky. They definitely don't get the maintenance they got at the school district. This one sounds like it has had a lot of repairs. Could be a good thing or a bad thing.
Maybe its a money pit and they're tired of coughing up god's collection money to fix it?
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:19 PM   #4
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It's not actually a church bus, used that as a generic reference to that style of bus. Current owner is a food truck guy not a church. He says he replaced those parts because he needed high reliability for his business. Don't know what previous life was before he bought it.
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:20 PM   #5
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He was using it as a tractor for a traveling concession trailer, sleeping in it not using it as the food truck itself
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:22 PM   #6
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160k miles on the engine. Just, I have no idea what a fair value for that might be
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:36 PM   #7
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Offer him what you would like top pay. If he says no offer again or move on. Bus's from the 90's seem to be about $100 a ft for no rust low mileage or remnufactured engines transmissions good tires. around 250k I think this is cut in half or more and i would not buy if it has any rust.
if its a 2000 or newer than it looks like you can double or more this $$amount.

from every bus i looked at and inspected there were not any better deals than bus's that just cam out of service with the schools. Buy direct and inspect the bus's then when your narrowed it to one or two the service records miles on the parts and chassis should tell you which to try your luck with.

Buy the lowest mileage as you can, an extra grand or two in money for newer is always going to be better and if it rusts in your area spending a extra grand or two on top of your budget to not deal with that is best money you'll spend.

Dont go for the least amount of money spent go for the most bus you can afford.
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:42 PM   #8
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I have noticed that there are ton more busses directly from schools for sale in the spring / early summer.. presumably right after school lets out for the summer they want the busses off their books when new ones are coming in...

I realize you are looking for sooner.. its just something ive noticed..

-Christopher
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:16 PM   #9
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Most would call it a shuttle bus.
That seems high to me. And who changes a trans just to keep up on things?
$3000-$3500 tops.
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:16 PM   #10
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I have to agree with sd warf, that seems like top dollar to me. For the same money you can go to a county or military auction buy a bus that has been well maintained with much less risk.
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