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Old 03-05-2018, 04:21 PM   #1
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I might have found a bus

I look everyday for new auctions on school busses and I finally just found one being the type of body i want (flat faced/ fe) I want to email them asking things about the bus because the only info listed is that its in fair condition, it runs and its a 6.9 diesel engine. Its a 1990 blue bird with 180,000 miles. I know I should be asking about the condition of the tires and the type of transmission? What else do i need to ask for? The starting bid is $500 and there are no current bids, id really like to have this bus!

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Old 03-05-2018, 04:43 PM   #2
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A 1990 Blue Bird FE would not have a 6.9L engine. In 1990 the only 6.9L medium duty engine available in school buses would have been the IHC 6.9L which was the predecessor to the 7.3L/T444 V-8 diesel.

BB did make some buses with gas engines but the only ones offered in 1990 would have been either the 5.7L or 7.4L GM V-8's.

The most probable engine would have been a Cummins 5.9L/6BT 12-valve I-6 engine. Most had HP ratings in the 160-190 HP range.

The most probably transmission behind a 5.9L in 1990 would have been the AT540.

If the bus is in good condition with no rust top auction pricing would be in the $1.75K to $2.75K range. At $3K is starts to not be a bargain.

If the bus has the 210-250 HP engine with the MT640 transmission I would not go over $4K since that is approaching retail pricing.
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:49 PM   #3
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I understand these things usually go for a lot more but its an auction, its just so happens I found it with 5 days left and no bids yet. Im willing to pay more for it obviously busses are expensive lol. But thank you for the info.

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Old 03-05-2018, 04:52 PM   #4
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I understand these things usually go for a lot more but its an auction, its just so happens I found it with 5 days left and no bids yet. Im willing to pay more for it obviously busses are expensive lol. But thank you for the info.

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lol ... buses are surprisingly cheap.

I guess when people consider how much they cost new, or even at an age where schools can put them back into service, it allows dealers to make a lot of money.

I have a bus that probably cost circa $130k new, but now isn't worth much more than a decent second-hand Taurus.
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:55 PM   #5
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I understand these things usually go for a lot more but its an auction, its just so happens I found it with 5 days left and no bids yet. Im willing to pay more for it obviously busses are expensive lol. But thank you for the info.

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Do yourself a favor if you plan on bidding, start by signing up for an account at the auction site leave any requested deposit and then DO NOT BID on it until 1 minute before the auction ends. Put in the absolute most you are willing to pay and it will show your bid at the next bid increment, not your high bid.
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Old 03-05-2018, 05:00 PM   #6
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Do yourself a favor if you plan on bidding, start by signing up for an account at the auction site leave any requested deposit and then DO NOT BID on it until 1 minute before the auction ends. Put in the absolute most you are willing to pay and it will show your bid at the next bid increment, not your high bid.
Yes thank you! I already signed up for the site, i didnt know i could put the deposit without bidding but i will do that

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Old 03-05-2018, 05:04 PM   #7
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Yes thank you! I already signed up for the site, I didnt know i could put the deposit without bidding but i will do that

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The one I bid on asked for a 25% of my max bid for deposit. I thought that was steep but was surprised that they only hit me for a $50 deposit. The auction house takes the deposit and returns it to you 5-10 after you pay in full. I'm not sure if your bid goes in when you deposit or not. I put in a bid of $1600 just to see, even though my max bid was over $3K. You might be able to put in a deposit without bidding at the same time. What auction venue is it?
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The one I bid on asked for a 25% of my max bid for deposit. I thought that was steep but was surprised that they only hit me for a $50 deposit. The auction house takes the deposit and returns it to you 5-10 after you pay in full. I'm not sure if your bid goes in when you deposit or not. I put in a bid of $1600 just to see, even though my max bid was over $3K. You might be able to put in a deposit without bidding at the same time. What auction venue is it?
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I look everyday for new auctions on school busses and I finally just found one being the type of body i want (flat faced/ fe) I want to email them asking things about the bus because the only info listed is that its in fair condition, it runs and its a 6.9 diesel engine. Its a 1990 blue bird with 180,000 miles. I know I should be asking about the condition of the tires and the type of transmission? What else do i need to ask for? The starting bid is $500 and there are no current bids, id really like to have this bus!

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I saw a similar bus today...I think purple wave...not sure...no tranny

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Old 03-05-2018, 05:27 PM   #10
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Too many red flags on that bus to suit me. The low bid means nothing at this point. I wouldn't go more than $2K, if that.
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