Re: Looking to buy my first bus.
Searchtempest.com allows you to search within a certain distance of your zip code, so that is a good way to look. I have figured out though that it doesn't always show all results so still check regular Craigslist, eBay, govdeals.com and publicsurplus.com too.
Seems like most states have a year/mileage rule for pulling buses out of service, so keep that in mind. In NC it's 20 years or 200k miles. The older the bus, the lower the price generally so don't be turned off by an older bus. These are diesels that if well cared for, can potentially drive a million miles. My other half wanted the newest bus we could find (as in late 90s) with the least amount of miles as close to $4k as possible, and we ended up with a 1974 Crown with almost 40' miles on it and it runs like a dream. Less than $3k. Couldn't be happier.
Best of luck finding your bus!