First, take your predicted number of passengers into consideration. A common tour bus size is a 25-passenger shuttle bus. Of course, you can go much larger than this, but you will no longer be driving on a 1-ton chassis, which makes driving a whole other adventure.
Knowing a budget ahead of time is also helpful. Those who have a tour bus for sale will be motivated to sell – but perhaps not always honest. Just like a car, take things into consideration like condition, mileage, any issues that will need to be addressed post-purchase, etc. Take your time to make an honest evaluation of the bus you’re looking at, and stay within your price range. On the other hand, remember you often get what you pay for – make sure your budget is reasonable. A quality second-hand bus usually runs between $15,000-30,000.
Next, decide what type of engine you want. Diesel is great because they tend to run much longer. A diesel engine will often take you up to 500,000 miles on its original parts, while a gasoline engine will only go about 300,000. However, when it’s time to replace an engine, diesels can be twice as expensive. For those who run a small-scale operation, gasoline engines tend to serve their purpose more efficiently than diesel in the long run. Other vehicular basics to consider include automatic versus manual transmission, the condition of the air conditioning system, and what type of bus seats are installed.
Finally, know the legalities before purchasing a tour bus for sale. Different regions in the United States hold various tax rates and fees. However one thing is always the same – you pay your taxes when you go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to license your bus. Do not pay any sort of tax to the seller of the bus, regardless of the company or organization. This includes sales from an individual. Drivers are also required to have a license that fits the specs of the bus. A class B license is for operating a vehicle that weighs more than 26,001 pounds. Class A and Class C are sometimes required in lieu of a Class B. Consult with your local DMV or look online to discover what the rules and regulations are in your area.
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