Austin School's retired bus pool - Opinions
Austin's school district has 16 buses for auction.
They're all 1999 International 3800s with 71 pax BlueBird chassis. With 175-250k miles. They all have the T444e engine, an AT545 Allison transmission, air brakes, and leaf spring suspension.
It seems like they list all of the buses as having mold/mildew problems (no biggie, I plan on stripping the floor and stuff, of course), most say they have small oil leaks (some indicate position of the leak, others don't), some indicate a need for wheel replacement, and a couple indicate a replacement engine or transmission in the last 3 years.
They all have starting bids at $1000, and all but three have no bids. The site has a 10% buyers premium fee.
What are the thoughts on these? Worth picking one of the better ones up? What do you think the top bid on one of these would be reasonable?