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Old 03-31-2014, 02:21 PM   #11
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I'm from Maryland, between PA and VA.

The buses do not go up for auction from the school districts until end of June, after school is out to make room for the new buses. The only option is a bus dealer, they have a 100% markup. My 1999 34' Thomas cost $2,600 for the school. The bus dealers are selling them for $4,500 - $5,000.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:27 PM   #12
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I'm from Maryland, between PA and VA.

The buses do not go up for auction from the school districts until end of June, after school is out to make room for the new buses. The only option is a bus dealer, they have a 100% markup. My 1999 34' Thomas cost $2,600 for the school. The bus dealers are selling them for $4,500 - $5,000.
Wow! How long ago did you buy it? Is that pretty standard for prices at auction?
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:02 PM   #13
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I stopped into a dealer near Nashville... CRAZY prices! Nothing less than $9k...
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:04 AM   #14
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Wow! How long ago did you buy it? Is that pretty standard for prices at auction?
The auction started late last year around June 15th. I won mine July 2nd. The Mantenance Manager said they try to start the auction around the end of May, first of June. They had 14 34' RE and about 30 shorter buses. The 34' buses went from $2,200 - $3,200. A lot of the short buses went for $1,400 or less.
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Wow! How long ago did you buy it? Is that pretty standard for prices at auction?
The auction started late last year around June 15th. I won mine July 2nd. The Mantenance Manager said they try to start the auction around the end of May, first of June. They had 14 34' RE and about 30 shorter buses. The 34' buses went from $2,200 - $3,200. A lot of the short buses went for $1,400 or less.
Did you watch them online at Public Surplus or GovDeals or was it a local auction to you? We just missed out on a really nice bus on Public Surplus that went a bit over our budget.

When I was in Kentucky, I did learn about the KISTA Auctions... they auction about 200-250 buses in the summer on a specified date. I think it stands for Kentucky Interscholastic Transportation Association.
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Did you watch them online at Public Surplus or GovDeals or was it a local auction to you? We just missed out on a really nice bus on Public Surplus that went a bit over our budget.

When I was in Kentucky, I did learn about the KISTA Auctions... they auction about 200-250 buses in the summer on a specified date. I think it stands for Kentucky Interscholastic Transportation Association.
For Maryland, they use both, Public Surplus and GovDeals. I only looked in Montgomery county, which is the rich county that spends good money on their buses.
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We bought a bus, we bought a bus!!! I'll have to post a photo when I get to my computer (on the phone now). It is exactly what we were looking for... Flat-nosed Bluebird with a 5.9 cummins (Bosch P7100 pump), no rust, and under 35 feet! I'll make a build thread shortly. It's a 1992 with 78,000 miles, coming from a school district with all maintenance records, etc. Six brand new tires on it too! We paid a bit more than auction price, but less than dealer price for it! That's fine by us, because it was exactly what we were looking for!
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Good to hear it!
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