Your company or organization could find that one day you will need a bus to transport students, seniors, or church members to school or activities. Starting the search for a bus can be intimidating. We have listed several things to consider when deciding on a pre-owned bus.
ü Determine what you will be using the bus for and how many people you plan to transport. How far will you travel and how often? Will you need a CDL driver (needed for anything above a 14 + driver passenger bus). Take into consideration any safety laws that will apply.
ü What is your budget and what will it cost to maintain the bus? Not only do you have to consider the cost of the bus, but other expenses such as licensing, insurance, and maintenance will add to the cost.
ü Make sure there is a local repair shop that can order parts, complete repairs, and do scheduled maintenance.
ü What luxuries do we need? Air Conditioning, luggage racks, seat preferences.
ü Get the biggest engine you can afford. A powerful engine is good when you are transporting a lot of people or you have a heavier bus.
ü Unless you have a personal preference, look for an automatic transmission. They are easier to handle and have a better resale value.
ü Look for leaks – engine, transmission, braking system, etc.
ü Year and mileage – Older buses are expected to have higher mileage, but be wary of fairly new buses with high mileage.
ü Make sure the bus has a verifiable title. If the bus has been in fleet service, it will have service records. Ask to see them.
ü Try to take a mechanic or someone with knowledge of vehicles. Reputable companies will welcome your inspection of their buses.
Once you have determined which bus suits your needs, don’t jump at the first cheap bus you find or the first deal that looks good. Do your homework before you start your search and you will find a bus that will work well for your company and your passengers.
Check back next week for tips in buying new buses.