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Old 01-02-2020, 10:45 PM   #1
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Looking at many buses online and found one at an auction site a couple of hours away in FL. Looks like a nice condition bus but getting a response from the ď so called ASSet ďis a act of god. So I canít go to see what tranny she has and condition of tires. Asking for some tire pics which could be done with our awesome portable computers( I phones) would take one minute but thatís asking too much.what happened to doing the job that you are paid to do????2001 am Tran DT466E and I am hoping a 2000 tranny?is it risky to bid without seeing it and answering those questions??!
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Looking at many buses online and found one at an auction site a couple of hours away in FL. Looks like a nice condition bus but getting a response from the ď so called ASSet ďis a act of god. So I canít go to see what tranny she has and condition of tires. Asking for some tire pics which could be done with our awesome portable computers( I phones) would take one minute but thatís asking too much.what happened to doing the job that you are paid to do????2001 am Tran DT466E and I am hoping a 2000 tranny?is it risky to bid without seeing it and answering those questions??!
Its because they're school board employees not bus salesmen.
Try calling them if a contact number is provided.

Any questions you ask via email will likely be published giving other bidders more info to make a more informed bid. I've found that info and pics drive the price up.
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:13 AM   #3
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The phone number listed is an office number that rings until the 2nd coming of Christ and he will not reply to Email.
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Get the vin, contact the manufacturer. if it's a bluebird you can look it up online.
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The phone number listed is an office number that rings until the 2nd coming of Christ and he will not reply to Email.
That happens, too.
Maybe the holidays had something to do with that.
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Old 01-03-2020, 08:38 AM   #6
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Figure out what district the bus is from and google the contact information for their fleet/maintanance department. That will get you a lot farther than <insert random office worker here>
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Old 01-03-2020, 08:52 AM   #7
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knowing several friends that are trans directors, they go on holiday break too... and most schools at least around here are still off.. some trans directors work but have limited hours on holiday break.. monday will be first day back and. be a zoo.. not sure when aucxtion ends but if its after turesdasy that would be a good day to call
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Old 01-03-2020, 10:20 AM   #8
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Ends Monday at 4pm and I can’t get off work to run down there. We will see what happens.
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The phone number listed is an office number that rings until the 2nd coming of Christ and he will not reply to Email.
I'm in Georgia and it's winter break here. Nobody at school until Monday. Might be the same there
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PM me the auction site links and I'll see what i can learn about them.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:37 AM   #11
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Yes. I found out that they are on vacation until Monday and that’s when auction ends. 2 hours drive and working Monday so difficult to get there beforehand.no VIN provided and agent knows little about it.
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Yes. I found out that they are on vacation until Monday and thatís when auction ends. 2 hours drive and working Monday so difficult to get there beforehand.no VIN provided and agent knows little about it.
That means no-one else will know much about it either -- tends to keep the bids low...

If you're serious -- pay a local mechanic to check it out.
In my area there's a couple "we'll come to you" freelance diesel mechanics on FB Marketplace. Hit one up.
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Its because they're school board employees not bus salesmen.
Try calling them if a contact number is provided.

Any questions you ask via email will likely be published giving other bidders more info to make a more informed bid. I've found that info and pics drive the price up.
The only time I used the "ask a question" is when I want something negative posted that is not in the listing, so it will scare off potential buyers if it's a bus I want, even with the negative.
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Old 01-04-2020, 03:47 PM   #14
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Drone action

I should get a drone and then I can slip into the lot and look under the bus at the tranny tag and see the model. Like something out of an espionage film😜
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I've proposed a similar strategy elsewhere, but good luck reading a tag likely to be covered in 2 decades of road filth.
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