For whatever reason you have for buying a bus, several things must be considered. Stuff like price, ownership cost and maintenance are no laughing matters. So before swipe your card or sign anything, a few things you need to bear in mind. Ready your checklist because we are about to start!
First, make sure the transmission is working! Arrange a schedule to test drive the bus. Some transmissions in used buses may start out okay but once you go for higher gears it might slip. So either see it for yourself or take the word of your reliable bus seller.
Second, make sure there are no rust and leaks! Natural elements like water, snow and ice are inevitable rust catalyst. So make sure that you examine the side panels, frame and most importantly underneath the bus are rust free! Furthermore, inspect the bus if there are any signs leakage especially on the automatic transmission. Better yet, find a dealer who offers full service body shop for repair and repainting.
Lastly, for used bus, go over the maintenance records. The life time your “new” bus is dependent on how it was previously used and how it was taken care of. Whether the bus has underwent major repairs or how often did the engine or transmission got serviced. It is wise to find out these kind of details. It is best to know what the bus has been through because for all you know, it might be as burnout as you.
Aren’t these buses neat? You can have them half the price! well, if you get the used ones.