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lornaschinske 03-31-2010 06:12 PM

Re: What happened to the prices???
We bought our bus last spring for $1400. It was listed thru a local classified ad paper called Ours was listed in the Asheville edition but I was watching all of them. Actually I was looking for cargo vans because Budget Rental wanted over $3K to rent a truck to move from NC to NM. And they gave us four 25 hour days (couldn't get the computer to understand that there is only 24 hours in a day) to make the trip and we had to return the rental truck to the Albuquerque rental office as soon as we got there or pay additional fees. The bus was just a wild idea since the moving vans were so pricey. The bus had started out priced at $2000 in Dec 2008, dropped to $1500 in 2009. David offered $1400 simply because he likes to try to get a little off any advertised price. Guy took it. We ended up with a 40 ft bus. I could have bought the smaller dog nosed type in the same town we were in (Franklin) for $2K also (they were still sitting there when we left in July 2009).

bus-bro 03-31-2010 09:07 PM

Re: What happened to the prices???
I believe that the scrap price of steel has recovered. It's the bottom line of school bus values. When commodity prices collapsed, a bus that fetched $2500 would go for $800. Last year we had historic low bus prices--yet I had no money. :?

GoneCamping 03-31-2010 10:12 PM

Re: What happened to the prices???
It's still "tax season" and people have those huge refunds with their Earned income Credit... it's all a matter of what the market will bear. Wait until summer, Schools will be clearing out old stock and prices will be back down there...

the_experience03 04-01-2010 11:27 AM

Re: What happened to the prices???

Originally Posted by Smitty
When the economy is in the crapper & people are hurting for money, they think that makes their stuff worth more :lol: I'm amazed at some of the "asking" prices for crappy beater cars & trucks on Craigslist. Suprisingly they don't sell & get re-listed over and over and over.........


This couldn't be more true.

GoneCamping 04-01-2010 10:38 PM

Re: What happened to the prices???
I posted this over on the Classified section earlier. I found 92 Blue Bird 40' bus with a 5.9 Cummins for $4999 on our local Craigslist this evening. It already has 3 roof air units, and most of the windows already covered over, it's already painted white & blue too... currently set-up for medical use but would make an easy conversion...

dentedvw 04-07-2010 08:50 AM

Re: What happened to the prices???
For what it's worth, I think that Midwest Transit still has a lot of buses for $2000. It's where we got ours. Not too shabby, some are worse than others.

Stuff 04-07-2010 10:47 AM

Re: What happened to the prices???
I got my bus in september but i didnt get any deals like you guys are talking. but then it wasnt exactly in service etc when i got it.

busdriver_phil 04-11-2010 07:58 PM

Re: What happened to the prices???
422 Sales had their first school bus auction of the year yesterday in Pittsburgh. Some prices were close to last year's auctions, some were higher (they had 2 08 buses from FL, practically brand-new and LOADED, they drew a larger crowd). Some prices were insane, including the ones I was looking at...what sold for $700 last year went for $3,500 because of a couple buyers from TN in a bidding war. I'm pissed and still busless, but I'm hopeful that it was a fluke.

busdriver_phil 04-27-2010 08:33 PM

Re: What happened to the prices???
Well the 422 auction prices in CT are right back down where they're supposed to be. Those REs that sold for $3,500 in Pittsburgh didn't get up to 4 digits this weekend, which is why one is now sitting in my driveway. $900 plus buyer's fees for a 99 AmTran rear-engine with air brakes. The 96 (same model) I was looking at as a backup if the 99 went too high sold for $500. But this auction had a lot more junk than the Pittsburgh one. Out of almost 200 buses, maybe 2 dozen were worthy of becoming skoolies.

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