Originally Posted by RoadRanger20
Which states should I stay away from because of rusty buses? Which states should I lean more toward when looking to purchase?
when it comes to rust, the obvious.. ohio, indiana, illinois, michigan, iowa, wisconsin, PA, the eastern seaboard from DC northward... doesnt mean you cant get a good bus at a good price.. ive seen nice busses in some of these states.. but ive also seen terrible busses come out of arizona or texas as well.. not so much rust but broken, abused, etc..
you need to look at each bus individually.. much like if you buy a used car you go beyond what the shine on the hood looks like..
if you are buying from a dealer, you will generall pay more but of course you can travel there and crawl in, start, drive, examine the busses on your own schedule..
if buying from an auction then you are either at the mercy of the descriptions and any questions you ask the seller, or can travel there to look at busses on the provided inspection days.. which many have disallowed inspection days due to COVid.. of course your chances of paying much less than a dealer price when buying from an auction is high.
the big thing is that unless you want to get spendy dont plan to be in a hurry.. you'll probably bid and get outbid on a few.... if theres a bus you really want then dont blabber the link out on every skoolie site and facebook group.. while there are plenty of stand-up people, there are others who would see the link and go bid on your bus in compete..
another thing to watch for is "storm busses".. we just had a major hurricane in Louisiana.. if you all the sudden see really nice 2012 IC CE's for sale from that area.. be weary... ive seen busses in 4 feet of water still start, run, and drive afterwords. but they will soon turn moldy with electrical gremlins galore..
again every bus is different so just because you see an auction or a sale offer in a "bad" state , yet the bus turns your wheels.. give it a good look... just dont get all emotional that its the same color as grandma;s first car and jump on it out of haste.. or any bus for that matter..