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Old 11-17-2021, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hey! Long time lurker and finally about to pull the trigger on a bus. I canít wait!!

So. I live in Southern California and I am looking for a 4-6 window van front shorty. I am okay with the 7.3, 6.0 gas, or even the duramax if the price is right.

However, I am struggling between buying local vs buying auction. The busses near me regularly go for 8-10k. The same (assumed) busses on auction sites can go for as low as 2-4K. I realize I would have to drive it back, and I donít know exactly what Iím getting, but it sure is enticing.

What do you think? Dish out 8-10k on something I can check out in person, or take the risk of an auction? Side note: I have tried to buy directly from the districts that sell to these local ďdealersĒ but I am striking out left and right. Any advice on breaking through to the districts would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Old 11-17-2021, 03:18 PM   #2
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Hey! Long time lurker and finally about to pull the trigger on a bus. I canít wait!!

So. I live in Southern California and I am looking for a 4-6 window van front shorty. I am okay with the 7.3, 6.0 gas, or even the duramax if the price is right.

However, I am struggling between buying local vs buying auction. The busses near me regularly go for 8-10k. The same (assumed) busses on auction sites can go for as low as 2-4K. I realize I would have to drive it back, and I donít know exactly what Iím getting, but it sure is enticing.

What do you think? Dish out 8-10k on something I can check out in person, or take the risk of an auction? Side note: I have tried to buy directly from the districts that sell to these local ďdealersĒ but I am striking out left and right. Any advice on breaking through to the districts would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
The bus at an auction would be the same as the bus local, just someone else handling the sale. I would opt towards the auctions. The school may want more money than an auction would get.
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Old 11-17-2021, 04:49 PM   #3
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The bus at an auction would be the same as the bus local, just someone else handling the sale. I would opt towards the auctions. The school may want more money than an auction would get.
Thanks for the input. I just worry about rust and cracked headed bolts etc
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Old 11-17-2021, 07:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I just worry about rust and cracked headed bolts etc
Depending on where you're looking, rust is an issue. Broken head bolts is not something I've heard as common. Don't look for buses anywhere near the rust belt and you should be okay. Preferably buy a bus that has just been decommissioned from the school, it will have been maintained and records available. The auction buses from dry areas really don't sell for a bunch more than a rust bucket.
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Depending on where you're looking, rust is an issue. Broken head bolts is not something I've heard as common. Don't look for buses anywhere near the rust belt and you should be okay. Preferably buy a bus that has just been decommissioned from the school, it will have been maintained and records available. The auction buses from dry areas really don't sell for a bunch more than a rust bucket.

SALT BELT not rust belt.



The SALT BELT is the concern. That's where vehicles rust out due to massive use of corrosive materials (mostly salt) on winter roads. But it's not the rust belt.
The RUST BELT is the decaying former industrial centers (like Detroit)
The two have some overlap but are distinctly different and named for different reasons.



RUST BELT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_Belt
SALT BELT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_Belt
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SALT BELT not rust belt.



The SALT BELT is the concern. That's where vehicles rust out due to massive use of corrosive materials (mostly salt) on winter roads. But it's not the rust belt.
The RUST BELT is the decaying former industrial centers (like Detroit)
The two have some overlap but are distinctly different and named for different reasons.



RUST BELT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_Belt
SALT BELT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_Belt
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