Originally Posted by Azuleslight
150 k without the engine being rebuilt at all, or at least no confirmation of any maintenance. so i have to be prepared to consider it as needed as i have no evidence to the contrary.
People are asking for a lot of money for poor craftsmanship in most instances. And it seems most logical to build to my tastes.
Also, Most of the out of state places are offering similar prices for what i want. However, i dont have to drive 2000 miles to get this one locally, if the price came down to 3k i buy it now. lol
As you probably know these engines easily go double or triple 150k miles so the chance of having to rebuild is low. And all buses have had regular maintenance performed, at least when the original school systems owned them. Just inspect the mechanicals carefully, and you can always get an oil analysis done to check the state of the engine, etc.
I agree with the traveling statement. You can easily spend the money you thought you were saving by buying a bus far away on plane ticket, hotel, fuel to get it back home, etc and most of the time you're buying sight unseen if it's that far away and an auction. To me $3k-$4k for a bus from a dealer that you can test drive, inspect thoroughly, haggle on the price as well as possible additional maintenance work/parts, lower cost to get it home, etc is well worth it.