Not a poll since this seems too many variables to be distilled down to one number. I'm trying to get rules of thumb based upon the wisdom of others of how much I should expect to spend. I'm personally amazed you can get a diesel powered decent seeming condition bus for $2000 at all, when I see ex-transit busses for ten times that amount even when 25 years old. The impression i'm getting is you should be able to get a fully roadtrippable diesel bus for that though I dont see words about condition of tires, body rust, etc in that figure.
So this is an open ended essay question. Anybody care to share both what they paid for what they got, as well as other busses they looked at and considered, or which were too expensive etc?
Were there any critical repairs either on buying or which popped up that you DIDNT know about when buying and couldn't have reasonably foreseen with a mechanic inspection?
How hard is it to sell a bus for parts if it doesnt work out and you absolutely cant sell it intact for a decent price to someone else? (say a stick shift) Do you usually get what you paid?
What kind of differing prices do you usually see between gas and diesel, automatic and manual, etc that you've seen? I need to get a bus by I figure mid-summer to have a chance at having it ready to live in by late fall (when i'll need it to live out of
) and i'm trying to avoid paying too much or choosing the wrong bus.