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Old 11-04-2015, 11:31 PM   #1
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2 - 1976 Crown School Buses for sale

Starting 11/6 there will be 2 - 1976 Crown's for sale on eBay. 671 Detroit diesel, 5 sp man transmission. Stored inside a bus garage, have not been started for two year due to dead batteries. Client doesn't want to spend $ to replace batteries so you will need to bring/provide your own. Cosmetic condition is good, seats and tires in good condition. Should start up according to mechanics. One bus has 445K mi , the other has 549K mi. Main reason for selling is not California emissions compliant. Low starting prices as well.

Located in Costa Mesa, CA .

Me: formerly worked for Interschola, California's largest school district surplus vendor until it belly up last year. I have retained several OC clients and occasionally have school buses for sale....better to repurpose than to send to scrap yard or trade in for NG buses.

Ask questions here or join us for an inspection on 11/12....address and directions will be provided if you send me a request. Ed Code requires us to auction the vehicle so we cannot accept private offers.

We also will have two Thomas Transit (Charter) buses for sale at the same location, one of which has very expensive CARB particulate filters installed.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:07 AM   #2
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Can you post pics of the buses you are listing so I can ogle them before the auction?

Posting to photobucket is best, the picture hosting on the forum is hit or miss.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:27 PM   #3
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Traveling right now. Can't post pics.

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Old 11-06-2015, 03:51 PM   #4
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Auctions are live right now.

No reserve .

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Old 11-06-2015, 03:56 PM   #5
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Old 11-06-2015, 05:20 PM   #6
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I'd take one at the current price. But getting it to FL would be pricey and/or a real ordeal.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:15 PM   #7
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I'd hurry if anyone wants these because I guarantee you the Crown nuts will scoop these buses and mark them up $10K
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Old 11-07-2015, 03:23 PM   #8
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The non-turbo detroits have to be maybe the least desirable engines for these, but yeah.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:51 PM   #9
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I want one, 671 Detroit is a great engine
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:01 AM   #10
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It's more fun when you start the bidding low isn't it? Especially NO RESERVE auctions with no buyer's premiums. The way it should be!
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:38 AM   #11
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Both Crown's have been sold. Both fired up perfectly when new batteries were installed. They were beauties, always stored inside , and both are going to a great new home.

Will have more buses in a few weeks. Will notify the board right before they go up at auction.
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Old 11-14-2015, 04:10 AM   #12
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Congrats!

As a potential buyer, may I suggest something?

"running condition unknown, SHOULD start" is sort of scary to most folks.
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:20 AM   #13
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EastCoast CB...I hear ya....but I'm not laying out $400 for batteries when I know that Crown buyers will be coming to inspections with their own batteries...sort of weeds out the serious buyers from the pretenders imo., cause I know the Crown guys will drive hundreds of miles or fly in for any chance to locate one. Not surprised that everybody knew everybody. Small, tightknit community.
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EastCoast CB...I hear ya....but I'm not laying out $400 for batteries when I know that Crown buyers will be coming to inspections with their own batteries...sort of weeds out the serious buyers from the pretenders imo., cause I know the Crown guys will drive hundreds of miles or fly in for any chance to locate one. Not surprised that everybody knew everybody. Small, tightknit community.
No that is just being a cheap and lazy seller, you never started it up? I wouldn't have bid half of what I would have, with "should start?" vs starts and runs. I know it would have made at least its $400 back.

Should start = low ball express.
If you don't know if it starts what else is wrong with it. In fact it weeds out the serious buyers with serious cash looking for a serious bus and leaves only rubes (optimistic people who done know better that you are taking advantage of) and deal hunters (opportunistic people looking to take advantage of you).

Those busses in their cosmetic condition should have sold for about another $2-3k over what they closed and I am guessing that $400 of new batteries with the words runs and starts would have got it for you. I also bet that if you were buying several batteries at the same time you would get a much better deal. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish.
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:30 PM   #15
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I knew the buses would start up considering this client's history. I had seen the buses in action before way prior to their sale. The fact that I told the truth up front about the batteries is considered full disclosure.

Considering that some on this board in private messages offered me $2000 LESS than what they sold for after knowing the buses started up and ran, I would consider this sale a success. It's always easy to armchair quarterback after the fact. I know of the games played on message boards on how buses aren't worth what the seller thinks and then after the auction closes posters come out and second guess everybody. The big guys were there and they decided this is what the buses were worth.

If a buyer wants to make more money flipping them because he has the connections that is his advantage.
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The fact that I told the truth up front about the batteries is considered full disclosure.
Sounds like interscrewyou mumbo jumbo. Interscola has burned me to the tune of thousands of dollars. What you are doing is representing the seller for money. You are a commercial for profit enterprise. That is against forum rules.
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EastCoast CB...I hear ya....but I'm not laying out $400 for batteries when I know that Crown buyers will be coming to inspections with their own batteries...sort of weeds out the serious buyers from the pretenders imo., cause I know the Crown guys will drive hundreds of miles or fly in for any chance to locate one. Not surprised that everybody knew everybody. Small, tightknit community.
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<Sounds like interscrewyou mumbo jumbo. Interscola has burned me to the tune of thousands of dollars. What you are doing is representing the seller for money. You are a commercial for profit enterprise. That is against forum rules. >

Sorry you feel that way. Whatever happened in the past with Interschola is in the past. I know they were very fair when it came to resolving problems. Unless you were being a total jerk about it. If my posting is bothering site administrators they could have stopped it after my first post. Clearly stated I was an auction company. In the overall scheme of things how is that different from guys who buy from auction companies and then sell them on this site for profit?

Good luck to you and I hope you can let go of the past.
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Sounds like interscrewyou mumbo jumbo. Interscola has burned me to the tune of thousands of dollars. What you are doing is representing the seller for money. You are a commercial for profit enterprise. That is against forum rules.

Sorry you feel that way. Whatever happened in the past with Interschola is in the past. I know they were very fair when it came to resolving problems. Unless you were being a total jerk about it. If my posting is bothering site administrators they could have stopped it after my first post. Clearly stated I was an auction company. In the overall scheme of things how is that different from guys who buy from auction companies and then sell them on this site for profit?

Good luck to you and I hope you can let go of the past.
Good response, well written.

People on this site need to stop their thinking everything is worth nothing crap. It makes me sick every time I see them trying to low ball someones bus price, trying to get the bus for thousands less than the listing. Total crap.

I fully agree with you on Not replacing the battery's. It would have been a waste of your money and time. Any serious buyer with a brain in their head would bring battery's, and know how to look the bus over for any other mechanical issues.

If a buyer can't get passed little things like that, they are a waste of time.

I don't even like Crown buses, but I must say, those were some nice clean units. They were even stored in doors. Unreal.

Thank you for reaching out to this community and trying to offer them some nice buses.
However, what you will find is a bunch of members here want everything for nothing, and will stop at nothing to get their way.

There is no "Like" or Thank You button on this site.

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