If you are looking to buy a bus you need to stop and take a moment! It’s not like buying a car, where you are going to be driving mainly yourself; this is a vehicle that you need to make sure is up to scratch, as you will be carrying plenty of passengers. Here are some tips
Talk to the Experts – you need a specialist bus sales outfit to make sure you get the best bus, and that means talking to The Bus Center. Not only can you find the best selection of buses for sale, but they will be happy to answer any questions.
Budget – as with any major purchase, make sure you have a budget laid out in advance, and know exactly what you can afford to pay. This will help you find a selection of buses to choose from, but it and enable the seller to provide you with a viable shortlist of potential purchases.
Do Your Homework – if you’re buying a bus for the first time, learn all you can about. If you are familiar with buses, you might still want to read up about them. In fact, why not take a moment and read some bus facts here, even if it’s only for a bit of fun!
Operation History – if it’s a used bus you are looking for, and they do make the best bargains if you find the right one, you need to know who it was used by in the past, and what it was used for.
Service History – hand in hand with the above goes the need to know the service history. A bus is a regular-use vehicle most of the time, so you will want to know if it has been regularly services, especially if it is a high-mileage example.
Condition – what sort of condition is the bus in? Even if it is an older model, you want to know whether it has been cared for and what it has done in the past by way of repairs. Check for accident repairs too.
Type and Size – what size and type of bus are you looking for? For the record, a small bus is one with fewer than 16 seats; a medium bus will seat between 16 and 28 persons, and a large bus will accommodate more than 28 people.
Power –Some older buses may have thirsty, old-fashioned engines that might not provide enough power for the purpose, and smaller buses may have small engines that are not designed for heavy-duty use.
Licence – is the bus you are looking at covered by your or your chosen driver’s licence? It can lead to greater expense if it is not, so try your best to get hold of a bus that is within then limits you are qualified for.
Maintenance Deal – finally, see if you can get a maintenance deal into the bargain. Your bus will need regular servicing – more so than a car – and you will need someone to turn to for repairs.
There’s more to buying a bus than you might think, but with help from the team at The Bus Center you can have a bus that is right for you and within your budget that will do the job.