Need some advice on a decision
Hi folks. Currently I have a 1993 International Conventional BlueBird 77 pass with DTA360 190K hydraulic brakes. So far I have taken out all the seats, rubber floor, plywood. The place I bought it from has a nice deal on a 1998 International BlueBird 444E 130k hydraulic brakes 77pass(I think). He actually wants $700 less for that bus than what I paid for the one I have now. (Because of the engine). Here are the pro's and con's...........
-Better highway speeds
-Just out of service
-Familiar with company that originally purchased it (They take good care of their buses)
-5 years newer
-No stepwell rot
-Less dependable engine
-I would need to start all over again. (taking out seats etc.. etc..)
-Most likely lose money trying to sell the one I currently have.
Do you think I would have a better chance selling my 93 with the seats and rubber floor already torn out?
At the time I bought the 93 the 98's were going for close to the same money as the 93. Even then i probably should have gotten a 98. But now they are even cheaper.
I got the 93 because of the engine and I like the older dash setup and jacknknife doors and the way it runs and drives. For some reason the 98's were not doing it for me, but now I think it might have been a better decision to go with a 98.
Don't get me wrong, the 93 was well taken care of but it did sit for a little while and the frame and undercarriage is a little rusty. And the stepwell is rotted. Overall the bus is in great shape.
He is asking $1,500 for the 98's. I can probably get it even cheaper because he has a bunch of them he is trying to offload.
What do you guys and gals think?