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Old 09-23-2018, 04:33 AM   #1
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How to buy a $5,000 School Bus for $1,600

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Old 09-23-2018, 08:45 AM   #2
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I just bought a $7500 bus for $1625.
My last shorty was $1760 and I sold it for $4900.
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I just bought a $7500 bus for $1625.
My last shorty was $1760 and I sold it for $4900.
If your bus was worth $7500 you would be selling it right now and you know it.
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If your bus was worth $7500 you would be selling it right now and you know it.
I could easily get that for it. I'm holding on to it for a while since the insurance is paid for the year. I'll have NO problem making several thousand dollars off it if I decide I've had enough of it.
How many buses do you have with 64k original miles, 3400 original hours, air ride, and highway gears? Someone would GLADLY pay a premium for this kind of bus. The lifted stance is the icing on the cake.
This is bus number 5, not my first go-round. I even pull my own seats!
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I could easily get that for it. I'm holding on to it for a while since the insurance is paid for the year. I'll have NO problem making several thousand dollars off it if I decide I've had enough of it.
How many buses do you have with 64k original miles, 3400 original hours, air ride, and highway gears? Someone would GLADLY pay a premium for this kind of bus. The lifted stance is the icing on the cake.
This is bus number 5, not my first go-round. I even pull my own seats!
That bus was listed nationwide. They got what it was worth from everyone who thought it was worth something, $1625 from you. No one thought it was worth $2k, let alone $7500. I have yet to see you agree that any bus here asking over $5k was worth it, all of a sudden yours is. If yours is worth $7500, mines worth at least $12k
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I just bought a $7500 bus for $1625.
My last shorty was $1760 and I sold it for $4900.
EastCoastCB That is great deal you found on your bus. You could make money buying buses for people with no clue on what's good and not a good bus. Your ride sounds sweet with low miles and air bags. Are they air bags in front and back? Would you explain the highway gears and lifted stance?
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:19 PM   #7
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So the secret to buying cheap is to buy direct. That's Not much of a secret to me.

I do have a question about that bus. I have seen one withe seats facing the back of the bus.?? That seems so weird to me.

Is this just certain states?
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EastCoastCB That is great deal you found on your bus. You could make money buying buses for people with no clue on what's good and not a good bus. Your ride sounds sweet with low miles and air bags. Are they air bags in front and back? Would you explain the highway gears and lifted stance?
It just came with a 6" lifted suspension. Simple lifting blocks.
Air ride is rear only. Of my 5 buses so far 3 have had air ride. Its REAL nice to have.

Highway gearing is having a transmission/rear axle combo that doesn't have the engine riding the redline at highway speeds.
At 65, my Cat is running at around 1800 rpm. That's ideal for highway/interstate driving.


I don't want to be a "bus dealer" but I've been buying and selling them a bit the last couple years. I expect to continue as long as there are decent auction buses to be had.

A low mile, rust free bus like this one I just got would be WELL over my estimated price of $7500 at one of the local "dealers". And someone on here or FB would put it on layaway with a down payment higher than I paid to buy the bus.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:48 PM   #9
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So the secret to buying cheap is to buy direct. That's Not much of a secret to me.

I do have a question about that bus. I have seen one withe seats facing the back of the bus.?? That seems so weird to me.

Is this just certain states?
It mentions in the youtube video it was in Colorado, so maybe to ski or whitewater rafting. I'm not sure about state differences.
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It just came with a 6" lifted suspension. Simple lifting blocks.
Air ride is rear only. Of my 5 buses so far 3 have had air ride. Its REAL nice to have.

Highway gearing is having a transmission/rear axle combo that doesn't have the engine riding the redline at highway speeds.
At 65, my Cat is running at around 1800 rpm. That's ideal for highway/interstate driving.


I don't want to be a "bus dealer" but I've been buying and selling them a bit the last couple years. I expect to continue as long as there are decent auction buses to be had.

A low mile, rust free bus like this one I just got would be WELL over my estimated price of $7500 at one of the local "dealers". And someone on here or FB would put it on layaway with a down payment higher than I paid to buy the bus.
Air ride sounds wonderful and pretty rare in school buses from what I hear. Is it even possible to have air ride on front or not necessary?

Is there a specific gear ratio that you have on your Cat Engine? is gear ratio something that can be changed once we get our bus or is cost prohibitive to do so?
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