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Old 03-13-2017, 06:46 AM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a bus in Florida when I live in Michigan. There are companies out there that will go out and do throughout inspections of regular vehicles for people buying online but so far I can't find one that wants to inspect a diesel school bus! Does anyone know of a company that would do this? I want someone to go out and check over all the mechanical before I make a trip down there. Any help is appreciated!
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Hello,

I'm looking to buy a bus in Florida when I live in Michigan. There are companies out there that will go out and do throughout inspections of regular vehicles for people buying online but so far I can't find one that wants to inspect a diesel school bus! Does anyone know of a company that would do this? I want someone to go out and check over all the mechanical before I make a trip down there. Any help is appreciated!
I live down here, and I buy mine as far away as I can. Not saying there aren't nice buses here, but our buses are low spec, usually poorly maintained, and our prices are through the roof! My colorado bus is WAY nicer than the stuff at my local bus barn.
Just my 2 cents.

I'm sure you could convince one of us in FL to have a look at it for you. There are certainly plenty of us bus folk here in the sunshine state.
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Thanks for the reply. Main reason we've been looking in southern states is to find a bus with little to no rust. Up here the buses are trashed from rust
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Thanks for the reply. Main reason we've been looking in southern states is to find a bus with little to no rust. Up here the buses are trashed from rust
I totally respect that, man. I understand fully. My buddy Charlie drove his mom's route bus from Flint MI down here. Rustiest vehicle I've EVER seen. EVERY part of the bus was rusted to worthlessness.
You could save some distance though. KY has pretty nice buses for cheap. Where I picked up my 92 Ward for two grand.
Also check Maryland, Alabama, and Tennessee. Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Cali are the cream of the crop, though, for sure.
The main reason for the HIGH prices on buses in FL is you're competing against a giant export market. They sell these things for top dollar in Central and South America.
My bus I bought at auction in CO was $1760 out the door. I've got it on CL with people CHOMPING at the bit to buy it for my asking price of $5500.
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Is it under 25 ft with little rust? If so, I might buy it!
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Is it under 25 ft with little rust? If so, I might buy it!
Its right around 25 foot, and only has a couple spots of rust, nothing major that can't be fixed easily. Body and frame are in GREAT shape. New tires. Air ride, 4.10 rear axle... all the good stuff.
I'm fixing the wiper switch this week then deciding if I wana list it or keep it.
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My family owns a diesel and RV repair business in North central Florida, we get calls all the time to inspect trucks, cars, and buses. When you locate a candidate, just call the local repair shops, NOT the dealerships. Most will charge you a standard call out fee or allow a mechanic to do it as a side job.
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