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Old 12-14-2017, 06:44 PM   #11
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Firewall, you should be able to get your bus for half of dealer cost.
Lowest they would go was $8k each for the two I was looking at that were stickered at $14k, so a little more than half. Both are 2002 E450 7.3L 5-windows.

I'm sleeping on it tonight before I decide. One (or both) will need tires sooner than later. But I'm considering how much time I've put into finding these vs time I'd need to spend waiting on an auction... might be worth paying a bit extra to have this step done.
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Lowest they would go was $8k each for the two I was looking at that were stickered at $14k, so a little more than half. Both are 2002 E450 7.3L 5-windows.

I'm sleeping on it tonight before I decide. One (or both) will need tires sooner than later. But I'm considering how much time I've put into finding these vs time I'd need to spend waiting on an auction... might be worth paying a bit extra to have this step done.
Before you agree to the lowest dealer price, ask the dealer if they have a better set of second-hand tires they can throw on for you. You won't get any if you don't ask, and you might not if you do but it doesn't cost anything to ask.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:00 PM   #13
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Great idea, thanks!
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:24 PM   #14
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Exactly. If you're going to pay dealer prices you might as well get everything you can from them. Why should you have to lay out a couple grand for tires right away? If you want those seats out you can make that part of the deal, or leave just two seats in the bus. The point is you can make the dealer do a bit of a backbend if you push them a little, or multiple times.

There are going to be maintenance issues with your bus anyway even if you buy it from a dealer. That's a used car dealer, and as usual their warranty extends until the time your tail lights disappear from view. I can understand being unsure about this process. Each of us feels the risk and quite frequently a bit of buyer's remorse. The remorse comes and goes, then comes again and hopefully leaves. You can find a lot of buyer's remorse on craigslist.
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:35 AM   #15
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If you really want to spend $8000 mine could be available. I have the time to look for another one
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Even at 8k that's crazy money for those shorties. That's double Craigslist prices and triple or more auction prices. You can buy good shorties all day long for under 3k.
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I'd consider 8k if it had all the bells and whistles, including 4x4, low miles and excellent overall condition with good tires.

Can you imagine a shorty with a big engine and a 3060 unlocked? Talk about cruising power.
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I'd consider 8k if it had all the bells and whistles, including 4x4, low miles and excellent overall condition with good tires.

Can you imagine a shorty with a big engine and a 3060 unlocked? Talk about cruising power.
I'd shell out 8k for a shorty with a 250+ hp 8.3 or 466, 3060, air ride, and high headroom. And NO RUST. Also would have to have new tires.
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You do realize that shooting for a unicorn like that pretty much puts us out of the buying game? You're close enough already when you get your new shorty cleaned up. Ok so it's a little like getting a new dog with a big vet bill in this case, but it's going to be a good dog.
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You do realize that shooting for a unicorn like that pretty much puts us out of the buying game? You're close enough already when you get your new shorty cleaned up. Ok so it's a little like getting a new dog with a big vet bill in this case, but it's going to be a good dog.
No regrets at all on the shorty.
But If one with MORE HP, higher headroom, and air ride came along I'd be tempted. There's ALWAYS an upgrade out there somewhere.
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