Buying a new school bus can be a big investment — as such, it’s important you do a bit of research before you make such a large commitment.
You should ask yourself some key questions before buying a used or new school bus for sale. Without further ado, here’s how you should prepare to buy a new school bus.
What kind of bus type do you need?
There’s more than just shorter buses and longer buses. In fact, there are four primary types of school buses: a type A school bus, a type B school bus, a type C school bus, and a type D front engine bus or rear engine bus.
In 2016 alone, there were 976,161 buses registered for use across the United States. Each of these buses come with their perks and pitfalls depending on what you need. In short, type D school buses and B school buses typically weigh over 10,000 pounds but a type B bus is usually a conversion bus. These buses can carry 10 or more passengers. A type A school bus is shorter and a type C school bus usually weighs over 21,500 pounds. For more information, visit our blog on school bus types and how they differ.
Consider your budget
While a new school bus for sale will be road-ready, it will also cost more out of pocket. A used school bus for sale is often just as good as their newer counterparts, especially if they weren’t driven often or drove in a mild climate.
Buying a used school bus may be a more cost-effective option, especially if you use the bus for short ventures around town. Talk to your local school bus dealer and van supplier for more information before you buy.
Buy from a reputable source
A school bus on the side of the road may be cheap, but it’ll also cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Instead of relying on sketchy websites and local finds, visit a reputable bus dealer and bus maintenance shop. This will guarantee the buses have been looked over by a professional. While a dealer may offer a good deal, you’re sure to get the most for your money when you go to a reliable bus maintenance and dealer.
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