Originally Posted by Robin97396
I don't see how buying from a secondary seller improves the bus any. I get my buses from the bus barn where they're maintained by the shoolbus mechanics, or in other words through the Public Surplus auction. Guess where the secondary sellers get their buses from? If you said the bus barn after winning them in the auction, you're right. Yes, they'll buy a bus for $2k and sell it to you for $3.5k. Look at the right dealership and you can find them for over $15k too.
Bus dealers are used car salesmen.
Yes I agree about secondary sellers, but the dealer I am talking about sells the new buses to the school districts. They are actually the Thomas bus dealer and maintain the new buses and deal with warranties. They buy back some older buses in good shape to take some money off a brand new bus for the schools, and then re sell them. The buses not worth any trade in value are the ones that usually go to the Public Surplus Auctuons
Also, any reputable vehicle dealership will show u their purchase invoice and shop invoice, and u know exactly what they are making on any vehicle. The only plus I was giving to a dealership, was over a 3rd or 4th or 5th party seller that is selling a bus someone has already worked on. There are alot of people that buy buses and think they can do a conversion, but know nothing about building or fabrication or mechanics, they start anf then they sell it, agter doing some janky ass work. That was all I was trying to state really.