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Old 09-21-2016, 02:16 PM   #1
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We found our bus! Thoughts?

We have been scouring auctions and eBay for weeks trying to find the perfect little bus for us ... And we found her! 1999 International Amtran DT466e, 101k miles with a snub nose, and even some storage compartments underneath!! We found it on eBay and paid only $2200.

We are from New York but driving through Colorado visiting family and can pass through to pick it up in Indiana sometime next week.

Thoughts?? I feel like the price on this is too good to be true but spoke to the seller and it seems legit. Little to by rust, accurate mileage, checking for leaks but nothing major. Did we get VERY lucky?
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:17 PM   #2
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This is the closed listing:

1999 International Amtran 72 Passenger Used School Bus DT466 Diesel 183764in | eBay
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:24 PM   #3
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That seems like one hell of a steal.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:01 PM   #4
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I see you have one too ;) Anything I should be looking for in particular?
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:22 PM   #5
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Wow that is a great deal. If it runs and drives it's a great deal, if it doesn't it's a good deal.

I often sell great working things at super low prices and i am amazed at how cautious that makes people. I never bother to try and convince them it is a great deal because the person who eventually buys it always wonders how others passed it up.

Good job and good luck on the drive home. Looking forward to seeing your post "it is home!"
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:14 PM   #6
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Bad news. Got there only to find all four rear tires nearly bald, multiple seals leaking below the engine, coolant and oil drips on the concrete as well as oil CAKED onto everything underneath there. The rear differential was leaking too. It was a complete waste of my time and money.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:35 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear that friend. It seems you made a wise decision to leave it there.
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Did I miss where they said they bailed on the bus?
I saw where they won the bid at $2200, and went to pick it up and found problems....

If they got out of completing the purchase, was deposit refunded for misrepresentation?

I'm lost here.
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:03 PM   #9
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Did I miss where they said they bailed on the bus?
I saw where they won the bid at $2200, and went to pick it up and found problems....

If they got out of completing the purchase, was deposit refunded for misrepresentation?

I'm lost here.
Deposit is being refunded. We "bought it now" at 2200 and paid the 500 deposit via paypal. Say what you want about paypal or ebay but they really back their ****. The bus was extremely misrepresented and the salesman, while nice, was a total sleaze. This was through Midwest Transit Equipment. The bus was leaking oil and coolant, major rust, bald tires and wouldn't have made it home to NY from IN despite being assured there were "no major leaks" multiple times. Salesmans name was Tom Buhle, buyer beware. He was either too lazy to look under the bus or completely incompetent and knew he lied. He tried spouting that "as is" bs at me and I wouldn't have it. Misrepresentation is not "as is". We were lucky ad we didn't go out of our way to pick it up but had we come from NY I'd have been furious.

Anyway, we won an auction today on a full size conventional 2000 Carpenter International 3800 with 65k miles ... verified no rust, no leaks AND excellent tires. 5 speed Spicer transmission. We are ecstatic! Total price paid was $2550. This did not have the dt466 we originally wanted but the T444e will suit our purposes. At 65k miles I could not pass it up. It was used only as a training bus and when they switched to automatic last year it went to use only as a backup. Meticulously maintained, supposedly.

Here's the link for the closed auction: http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auc...ew?auc=1681010

I'm picking it up in Maryland next week.

What a trip ... wish me luck!!
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:23 PM   #10
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yeaay another carpenter!!! that looks like a really decent bus!!

congrats! and let the good times begin!
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