Originally Posted by simonsteve
New here, but I've read a few forums. One thing I saw is that often there is a surge of buses for sale in spring after school is out. What my question is is, do school districts usually go through an auction service to get rid of there buses? Or would it be worth the time to call up districts in my area (WI) to find out if there selling?
I'm looking for a 99-03 7.3 Ford short school bus, dually, 4 or 5 window, bluebird or Collins. (or other bodies that tend to have higher ceilings)
The answer is yes and yes, sort of. School districts do go through a purge at the end of each school year. Some sell directly; most go through some sort of auction service, and there are outliers like (Georgia? North Carolina?) who have a state agency that handles the whole thing.
That being said, it cannot hurt to call up your local school district bus barn and talk to the supervisor. They are most often friendly and pleased that someone is interested. They can tell you if your kind of bus is coming off service and getting sold in the near future, and what org will be doing the selling for them. I've heard stories in this forum of folks being told which ones to go for and which ones to avoid.