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Old 09-07-2018, 12:12 PM   #1
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Help Selling Bus

New guy here, so be gentle, and really was not sure what was best section to ask questions.

I own a franchise school, the corporate overlords decided to change up the bus requirements for the schools, which made one of our buses no longer compliant (too big), fortunately our other bus meet the requirements, so we only had to buy one new bus. We now have a bus we need to sell, and I am not sure what information we should provide in order to make the bus an option for someone, love to see it go to a good home.

Here is what I have, please tell me what other information I need to find/chase down. I am not a bus guru, pretty much only thing I know about buses is the wheels on the bus go round and round. Really appreciate any help & suggestions y'all may have. One big question is what is this type of bus worth? Been searching, but nothing comes up with low miles like ours.

Year: 2004
Manufactured by: Collins Bus Corp.
Chassis: Ford E450
GVWR: 14,000 lbs
Passengers: 30ppl+diver
Color: White
Mileage: 38,500
Fuel: Diesel
A/C: Front & Rear
Location: San Antonio, TX




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Old 09-07-2018, 12:35 PM   #2
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If its got the 6.0 diesel it may be worth a good bit less than the condition and mileage would have you believe.
Has the engine been gone through and "bulletproofed"?
If its a gas engine it may do a bit better.
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Old 09-07-2018, 12:45 PM   #3
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What he said. Bus folks will want to know the exact engine & transmission at the very least.
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Old 09-07-2018, 12:53 PM   #4
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How do I find out what engine it has? Is it stamped on the motor somewhere?

I can 100% guarantee it has not been "bulletproofed" whatever that means, we have never done anything mechanically to the bus, other than regular oil changes and maintenance, it runs perfectly. We drive this bus 5 miles in total every day, 5 days/week, 2 miles to pick up kids and 2 miles back to drop them off.
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How do I find out what engine it has? Is it stamped on the motor somewhere?

I can 100% guarantee it has not been "bulletproofed" whatever that means, we have never done anything mechanically to the bus, other than regular oil changes and maintenance, it runs perfectly. We drive this bus 5 miles in total every day, 5 days/week, 2 miles to pick up kids and 2 miles back to drop them off.
Is it diesel or gas??
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Fuel is Diesel, listed it right below the Mileage
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Fuel is Diesel, listed it right below the Mileage
Sorry, I didn't see it and I looked. My bad.

I'd say list it for something crazy, like ten grand. But if it doesn't sell its probably because the market is saturated with those 6.0 diesels in low mile buses.
Facebook and Craigslist will be the best place to list it as those buyers are far less educated about this stuff than most of us on the forum.
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Perfect, thanks for your help EastCoast
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Looks like a nicely kept, clean bus.
Facebook would be my first choice for selling it. Tag it with stuff like "tiny house" and "sustainable living" and such.
You may just get that ten grand!
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Old 09-09-2018, 01:56 AM   #10
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Hi there, I am looking for a bus, have you decided on how much you want for it?

If you could let me know that would be great.

Thanks

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Old 09-09-2018, 11:23 AM   #11
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Eastcoast- Thanks again for your help. Can't use Facebook as I am not part of Zuckerburg's data farm, but know how to use Craigslist.

Wandering- TBH I really have no clue, that why I asked here for help. Feel free to PM an offer that you think is fair. I can tell you that it runs perfectly and has zero issues, and would not hesitate to drive it cross country tomorrow.
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I know I am way late to the show but if it had been me I would have traded the bus in to the dealer. You may not have gotten as much but you would be shut of it and wouldn't need to worry about trying to sell it.

A Ford with a diesel of that vintage is going to have a lot of low ball offers. Unless the engine was bulletproofed properly it will most likely munch itself somewhere in the next 50K miles. In school bus use they rarely saw 100K miles before they died.

I would ask $10K and the first decent offer I would take it and run.

Here is one with the 7.3L--https://www.westernbus.com/bus/2003-ford-collins

Here is a Ford with a 6.0L: https://www.midwesttransit.com/auto/...e-il/30008064/
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:58 PM   #13
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Thanks for the reply, I have decided to purchase in Canada and wish you luck selling.

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