Originally Posted by Sean MacTira
One thing I'm not sure of is the logistics and considerations of buying a bus out of state, especially since I won't be driving directly back home with it unless I bought it in CO. I do like the prices at the auctions but not sure if it's worth the risk of buying it and immediately finding it needs $5k of work to get it drivable.
These buses we build are a pretty big investment. IMHO, it pays to spend the $500-$1000 to go check out the bus, If you find a good one for $2500-$3000, you're into it $3000-$4000, same bus from a dealer would cost you $6995.
I bought 2 buses unseen, one I got lucky and they refunded after agreeing it was not as advertised. My bus I bought off Craigslist and flew from Atl. to Butte, Mt for it.
95% of the buses at auction have recently been decommissioned and were running routes when decommed. Ask a lot of pertinant questions on the auction buses to make sure there are no obvious major issues.