Before you buy a school bus, read the following information. You’ll save time, money, and make a confident decision about the school bus for sale you intend to procure before forking over your hard-earned cash. School bus parts and repairs can cost an arm and a leg, so take the time to seriously consider the bus before making your purchase. Knowing what to look for and what to avoid when checking out school buses for sale will help you buy the best bus for your money and prevent future repairs, as well as ensure the safety of your passengers.
Enquire as to why the bus is being sold, and look over all manuals, records, or history of service. If there are no records or “paper trail”, you should be cautious. If you’ve inspected repair records, paperwork, and service receipts and the school bus for sale appears to have nothing wrong with it, it’s then time for you to carefully inspect the bus for any problems.
Bus Tires: Bus tires cost more then you’d think they’d cost. Inspect the quality of the bus tires and check for grooves and cracks. You’ll also want to look at the tire axle to assess the state of wear and tear. If the school bus has been driven 100,000 miles or more and hasn’t gotten new tires, you’ll have to buy some. When buying new bus tires, invest in a reputable brand that has been inspected, tested, and rated for speed and load capacity. If the used school bus for sale has been resting or sitting unused for a while, dry rot may cause the tires to have a shorter life span. Good tires are one contributor to a safe and secure school bus. Ensure that the school bus for sale has tires that are in top shape.
The Bus Engine: The engine of a bus is a critical part of bus inspection. Carefully look over the engine compartment—do you see a clean engine or are there traces of dirt and grease? Take the time to estimate the years the bus has on it and the miles its been driven. A properly used bus for sale has approximately 10,000 miles on it for every year driven. Keep in mind that a “gently used” bus with less mileage on it isn’t always a good thing—if a bus has been sitting unused in a parking lot, you may find that its engine parts, seals, and hoses have dried out. That’ll mean you’ll have to replace them. The same is true for a school bus with a lot of mileage on it—parts do wear out over time.
If you can’t verify the condition of a part, then don’t buy the bus unless you’re willing to buy that new part or can replace any parts that seem damaged. This could mean anything from Air Conditioning, brakes, the engine, the transmission, steering, and the electrical system, body, tires, and fuses as well. Carefully going over all available documents and a thorough inspection of all school buses for sale will get you the best used school bus possible.
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