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Old 04-14-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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Just checked out a bus and the seller said that one of the reasons for selling was that there was some surface rust on the back, and it's against the law for a school to operate a bus with visible rust. Instead of fixing it the district upgraded, so they're selling. Anyone ever heard this?
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:40 PM   #2
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:46 PM   #3
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Not here either, but I'm pretty sure I met a guy that bs'ed like that once.

It makes me wonder if the Rust Law is really real. It's just absurd enough to be real.
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I have never seen that as a "Law" - but I do know that some school districts (school boards) will not allow their students to be driven in an "old" bus - and for some, rust means the bus is old - so they sell them and get new ones.
It is cheaper to repair the bus - but some insist on having the newest buses. Finding a bus from a small wealthy district may be a good idea, I would think.

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Just checked out a bus and the seller said that one of the reasons for selling was that there was some surface rust on the back, and it's against the law for a school to operate a bus with visible rust. Instead of fixing it the district upgraded, so they're selling. Anyone ever heard this?
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Old 04-15-2017, 08:58 AM   #5
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My bus had a lot of surface rust and was still in use up to about six months before I bought it. Once, I started digging into the interior and exposing the exterior body I found nothing but rust. Not just the back door and a few rivets but, the rub rails were barely attached, the seams were shot and someone put the drivers side rub rails on upside down trapping the water rather than forcing it up and over the rails. I ended up ripping off the entire body and replacing it from the drivers cab area all the way back. I have never heard of a rust law or requirement. I see plenty of active buses around here with patches of rust or eaten away bottoms of rear escape doors.

It sounds to me that the guy was lying and that would make me suspicious of the bus as well as the guy.
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may or may not be a law, but every year a bus sure has to pass a DOT safety inspection. if it failed due to rust, its probably bordering on unsafe in some inspector's eyes. or it may have failed for a completely different reason and the guy just said "rust". they retire them when they are to expensive to fix.
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Old 04-15-2017, 11:30 AM   #7
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A. If that was really a "Law"...there would be no school buses on the road.

B. "Visible Rust" is not what kills people. It's the stuff you don't see.
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We have no DOT inspections of privately owned busses in Oregon.
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Never herd of rust law. But I'm from Idaho and we don't have to think bout or prepare for rust as much


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Never herd of rust law. But I'm from Idaho and we don't have to think bout or prepare for rust as much


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That's nice to know, I lucked out with our bus big time! No rust.


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I'm not finding any problems with Oregon buses having rust either. Not even the older buses are that rusty unless they've been abused and ignored.
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I've been looking for a second bus lately, couldn't find any in Idaho. They must export or something


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Old 04-15-2017, 01:57 PM   #16
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I've been looking for a second bus lately, couldn't find any in Idaho. They must export or something


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Accidentally posted that.... Probably for this rust reason, too I would imagine


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Utah often has quite a few buses available. Idaho only seems to have a few at a time.
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Old 04-15-2017, 02:26 PM   #18
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Here's the damage.

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Not sure why it duplicated everything.
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It only makes sense (to me )for bolt heads to rust out like that if the water came from inside, or the head is Lose and water went inside... Either way I would check.


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