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A shuttle bus for sale is a vehicle that typically is used to transport people between two fixed points for short and medium distance trips usually spanning less than an hour. These buses are relatively small in size yet able to accommodate groups of people and they are used for picking up and dropping off passengers either from place to place or to destinations or terminals for other modes of transportation. Due to their less turning radius, they can easily maneuver through busy traffic, narrow streets, and locations not accessible by other larger vehicles. There are two types of shuttle buses namely mini and medium-sized. The minibus is usually defined as seating up to 15 passengers and does not require a commercial license in most instances, whereas the medium-sized shuttle is capable of accommodating 16 to 29 passengers or more and requires a commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement. Both can be either equipped with diesel or gas engines, but most buyers prefer gasoline since they are easier to maintain, emit fewer pollutants, and are the dominant engine type in North America. Shuttles are commonly used for passenger interconnections in both towns and cities as well as in suburban venues.
There are several ways a shuttle bus can be used:
1. Jitney Bus Service: The shuttle for sale can be used to transport a small or large number of people directly between urban areas to suburban regions for a fee. Such services are frequently referred to as a Jitney Bus or Dollar Ride service because the riders have to pay a fixed amount to reach their destination. They are also used to transport people directly from suburban areas to the large population and business centers in the city.
2. Park and Ride Service: These services are generally offered by transportation operators and businesses because they do not have sufficient parking space to accommodate the vehicles of every person or employee. The members or employees are picked up or drive to drive from their homes to the parking lots nearest to their office train, intercity bus, or church. A shuttle bus waiting at the parking lot picks and drops them off to their office location or church and vice versa by the end of the day. These shuttle services provide great relief to churches who have problems managing the number of cars parked outside their premises. In order to keep their membership growing many churches are forced to offer this type of transportation to their congregation.
3. Feeder Bus Service: These services are offered by private transportation operators to people residing in a particular neighborhood where the shuttle bus picks them up at a predetermined time and drops them off to the nearest railway stations, airport, sea transit or intercity bus station. This service is widely used by people living in suburban regions who have to travel daily to their respective places of employment (POE) in business and population centers across the city OR they are used in places that are far away from other modes of transportation. The same service is repeated in the evening to get people back to their homes from the airport, railway or bus station.
4. Airport Shuttle Service: This service is similar to Feeder Bus Service and is dedicated to pick up and drop off passengers to and from the airport. Most hotels and motels are located within a distance of 2 miles of the airport and many offer around the clock airport shuttle services to all terminals for their guests every 10 to 15 minutes from the airport terminal to the motel or hotel’s lobby and vice versa. The transportation is often complementary and does not require advance reservations. However, other hotels and venues situated at more distant locations may offer shuttle service less frequently and require advance reservations as well. Sometimes these airport shuttles are also used to transport people within the airport from one terminal to another. Since the distance is short, these buses often have less sitting space and more standing space to accommodate the maximum number of passengers along with their luggage positioned on luggage racks.
5. Shopping Mall Shuttle Service: This service is offered by shopping malls on a daily, weekly, or occasional basis where the bus picks up people at a certain location or locations and drops them at the mall at a predetermined schedule. During holidays and other sale periods, this service helps the mall make more sales and also offers added convenience for the needs of the customers. Similarly, this service is sometimes offered by movie theatres and casinos. Any business that is frequented by customers on a daily, weekly, or occasional basis can offer this service to their customers to make it easier for them to travel to the business, thus easing the burdens of customers and generating more revenue than average.
6. Rail Replacement Bus Service: This service is offered by railway companies to provide an alternate mode of transportation for railway passengers during pre-planned maintenance of tracks or other planned closures. They even cover unplanned closures such as derailments.
7. Church Bus Ministry Service: The Bible suggests every church to reach out to people especially those in need whenever possible. Churches do this by offering pickup and drop off services to their congregation with the help of a Church Bus. These are often small buses capable of seating up to 25 passengers and navigating the narrow streets in almost any neighborhood, usually within a distance of one hour from the Church. Their bus service is offered on Sundays but the vehicle is also used for other activities like religious school, retreats, special events, mission trips, youth camps, community kitchens, etc.
Buses v/s Cars: How safe is a shuttle bus?
Recent research and studies have found that traveling by bus is far safer than traveling by car not only for those occupying the vehicle but also for cyclists and pedestrians. This research conducted in Montreal, Canada found that car occupants were 15 times more likely to get injured than bus occupants, and several pedestrians and cyclists (up to 95%) were injured by cars rather than buses. The study also found that buses did not cause the death of any cyclists but were related to 4 pedestrian deaths. On the other hand, motor cars caused the deaths of 3 cyclists and 42 pedestrians in a single year. Considering these facts and figures, it will be safe to say that traveling by bus is safer than traveling by car.
Buses v/s Vans: Is a 15 seat shuttle bus safer than a 15 passenger van or vice versa?
Passenger vans came into widespread use during the late 1960’s when there was a sharp rise in the number of churches that began providing additional services across the United States. With the rise in the number of churches came the demand for transporting both small and large groups for people easily and efficiently. This demand was typically fulfilled by passenger vans and they have been used for transporting church congregations and by schools ever since. Passenger vans however come with known comfort and safety issues.
1. Their extended length and height make them an inherent safety issue.
2. Passengers do not have sufficient space to stand up inside a van.
3. The van usually has bench seats and a very narrow right side aisle.
4. Vans DO NOT have dual rear wheels, which makes them highly unstable during reflex traffic maneuvers.
5. NOT having dual rear wheels creates a higher center of gravity which causes rollover and tire blowouts making them highly unstable and unsafe for public transportation.
6. As a precautionary measure, a van should not seat more than 10 passengers. That means 3 vans will be required to transport 30 passengers.
7. Vans have a high entry point which is highly uncomfortable for senior passengers.
8. The Federal law prohibits the sale of large vans to schools.
In 2005, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had found that the rollover risk of a van increases by 35% when it is carrying 10 to 15 passengers, and this risk increases by up to 70% when it’s loaded with 16+ passengers. This was their 3rd advisory in the past 4 years and it also claimed that between 1990 and 2003 more than 400 people had lost their lives due to rollover accidents and hundreds of others have been seriously injured. Be sure to visit their website http://www.nhtsa.gov
After the 3rd advisory was released, several insurance companies stepped in and refused to carry insurance on van purchases for the future and simply raised premiums OR canceled them on existing vans. This led to the van owners selling their 15 passenger vans and replacing them with a 15 passenger shuttle bus for sale. The demand for shuttle buses has been on the rise ever since.
Benefits of buying a 15 passenger shuttle bus over 15 passenger vans:
1. A shuttle bus for sale is built on a cutaway van chassis.
2. Manufacturers like Ford, Chevrolet, and others take the van chassis and build the shuttle bus on top of it.
3. Different manufacturers have their own unique style of building the bus but they have to meet quality and safety standards to sell their vehicles to the public.
4. They have dual rear wheels which make it more stable with a wider base to keep the vehicle steadier and create a lower center of gravity making 15 passenger buses much safer than 15 passenger vans.
4. Steel cage construction on the sidewalls and lower center of gravity are two important facets of shuttle bus construction.
5. Riders are more comfortable with standard individual bucket seats, center aisle, and sufficient space to be able to stand up.
6. Because of their dual rear wheels and better load dynamics, there is less likelihood of rollover or tire blowouts which makes them far safer than vans.
7. They have wheelchair lifts or lower entry points making them easily accessible to senior and disabled passengers. This low entry is achieved by adding entry steps or lowering the floor of the bus which increases its height thus enabling passengers to stand when inside the bus. This additional height is complemented by the roof hatches, escape windows, rear doors, and the dual rear wheels keeping the vehicle and passengers safer.
Comfort and Fuel Economy in Buses, Cars, and Vans
A medium-sized shuttle bus for sale with 25 passengers will deliver up to 12 miles per gallon. It will typically consume just 10 gallons of fuel to transport the passengers from point A to point B on a 100-mile trip.
Passenger vans cannot offer the same economies or performance because for safety reasons they should not be loaded with more than 10 passengers, thus requiring multiple vehicles to make the trip. That means 3 vans will be required to ferry 25 passengers and even if the vans offer similar fuel economy to that of a mid-sized shuttle bus, the 3 vehicles may consume 30 gallons of fuel to travel the same distance of 100 miles. Moreover, maintaining and managing one vehicle is better than three considering the cost of driver fees, insurance, repairs, parking, fuel, etc.
The same is the story with cars. A car or SUV can carry up to 7 passengers. So, 4-6 cars will be required to transport 25 passengers. Each car will need a dedicated driver. Even if the car delivers 20 miles per gallon they will consume 5 gallons each to travel a distance of 100 miles, the 6 cars will consume 30 gallons of fuel.
Looking at the above numbers a shuttle bus for sale is obviously the best choice to transport 25 passengers at the lowest price. Furthermore, the passengers are able to stand up, move around the bus, spread their legs, or even recline back on their seats (with optional seating), and enjoy the journey by looking out of the large tinted windows. Such comfort is not offered by cars or vans.
Buses with diesel engines will offer better fuel economy than gasoline engines at 12-15 miles per gallon, so to transport 25 passengers over a distance of 100 miles, they may consume roughly about 8 gallons of fuel.
Shuttle Buses equipped with a Wheelchair Lift
When some of the passengers are seniors, physically disabled, or those requiring wheelchairs, then transporting them requires a specially equipped bus that can move them in and out safely. This equipment is very important for wheelchair-bound passengers for obvious reasons. To fulfill this demand, manufacturers have designed their buses with high capacity wheelchair lifts on their buses that typically can handle weights of up to 800 lbs. The senior or disabled passenger attendant has to position their passenger on the lift and get them lifted inside the bus with the press of a button. Once inside, the bus is equipped with automatic wheelchair tie-downs that will secure the wheelchairs in a fixed position and prevent them from rolling around the passenger cabin while taking their ride. A wheelchair lift-equipped shuttle bus for sale can normally accommodate up to 2 – 5 wheelchair positions. But what if there are 3+ wheelchair passengers? To overcome this problem manufacturers install double flip seats inside their buses so the number of wheelchairs and regular seats can be adjusted on-demand. Wheelchair buses can now accommodate up to 6 wheelchairs with the additional attendant or passenger seats depending on the overall size of the bus.
Wheelchair buses v/s Wheelchair vans
What if a family wants to buy a wheelchair vehicle for one of its disabled members? They can opt to buy a wheelchair van or wheelchair accessible car rather than an entire bus. These para-transit vans for sale are capable of accommodating up to three wheelchair positions and still have space for up to 4 attendants or passengers. The wheelchair lift is either situated at the side of the van or at the rear end. They have automatic tie-downs and flip seats too. Another person can help the disabled passenger get into the van or the handicapped person can wheel themselves in with the help of the control panels situated at the entry door. The side entry handicap vans are more common than rear entry vans because it lets the disabled passenger get to the front seat easily. Rollover safety is not a concern because as a design feature these disability vans always seat less than 10 people on the same chassis as a 15 seater van. They even have a high top roof and often a low floor to let passengers stand up inside the van.
For more information on the above shuttle bus for sale or to check out the large stock of fully reconditioned used shuttle buses and wheelchair vans in our inventory visit our website and call the CEO, Charles Kaufman at 516-333-7483 today!
Used buses for sale are often referred to as minibuses or commercial buses and are usually built on a cutaway van chassis. There are various shuttle bus types and models available for sale in the market today but what you choose depends on how you need to use it for your business or group. For example, a charter bus is used for large group destination travel whereas a minibus is more often used for local trips around the neighborhood or longer trips for smaller groups. You will see shuttle busses traveling everywhere from churches, hotels, casinos, daycare centers, airports, colleges, and even sports teams. Their primary advantage is to make group transportation hassle-free, reduce walking time, and make sure every member reaches his/her destination in comfort and safety. The average reliable lifespan of a shuttle bus is 12-15 years and up to 300,000 miles (depending on location and service availability) and they cost $50,000 and up if purchased new. However, good pre-owned counterparts are often already used from 50,000 to 150,000 miles and can cost anywhere between $10,000 to $35,000 depending on the vehicle’s age, mileage, condition, and features. These used buses for sale still have plenty of life and offer a lot of interesting opportunities for small businesses and organizations to fulfill their transportation needs. There are several brands particularly Ford and Chevrolet that manufacture these minibusses buses for sale.
Used buses for sale are excellent vehicles to take cross-country road trips because your family car or SUV just does not have the space to seat everybody and their gear. They can also be used by churches to pick up and drop off the congregation on Sundays and attend functions together. There are many ways a bus can be used to meet the requirements of almost any group that plans to travel together. They have a lot of space and are more convenient than most other modes of transportation. Many buses are available with creature comforts including entertainment systems making them the ideal go-to vehicles for group transportation. New ones are expensive but used buses for sale are affordable and cost roughly 40% to 75% less than their new counterparts.
Used motor coaches are less affordable but they are much more expensive to maintain, run and insure than shuttle buses. Many small businesses and organizations that have limited budgets rarely buy them outright. You can always find more than 45 used shuttle buses for sale on our lot with a wide variety of features that make them affordable for those with limited budgets. Check out the above sliders and click on any vehicle image to get detailed information about the vehicle along with more than 40 exterior and interior photos. The vehicles that you chose should depend on your needs. For example, do you need a bus with a wheelchair lift to assist senior and disabled passengers? Similarly, do you need storage compartments overhead, over the seats, or at the front or at the rear end of the passenger cabin for luggage? Most rear luggage compartments are separated by a wall from the passenger cabin or do you want an interior luggage rack? It is your needs that will decide what features are required on your bus.
Transport your congregation or community members in style and comfort with affordable used buses for sale. Offering transportation services to and from the church gives ministries a unique opportunity to know people and make lasting relationships in the community. If the church is located near a college or university, increase your mission to serve the community on college campuses with the help of an affordable church bus. It makes traveling easier for those who cannot drive by themselves, for example, students, disabled persons, senior citizens who suffer from cataracts or can’t see in the dark, etc. Having access to a church vehicle helps them visit the church with ease and comfort. Otherwise, they would have preferred to stay at home because of the difficulties they face while traveling. These buses are not just used on Sunday mornings. They are also used for other functions of the church like organizing community kitchens, youth group events, reach outs, church trips, mission work, one-day outing, weekend or extended trips, and other service opportunities. Providing transportation to the community can soon become a full-fledged ministry. And if the bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift then it can reach out to the disabled as well as seniors who have difficulties with mobility. You don’t need to read a newspaper to know about the church van accidents. Many insurance companies have already refused to cover 15 seater vans and have raised the monthly premiums on existing ones. The only proper choice is to buy a 15 passenger shuttle bus for your church. It’s safer and financially rewarding than a church van.
We have sold thousands of buses to churches across America for the past 35 years and know the requirements of every buyer. As a result, our used buses for sale are outfitted with features and equipment that are always demanded by most startup and local churches. With more than 3 decades of experience, we help and guide every church through the bus buying process and choose the right vehicles with the right amenities that are perfect for their situation.
Most small buses for sale are built on several Ford chassis and are equipped with a gasoline engine. The coach body is built above the chassis from the ground up and typically can seat from 8 to 30 passengers including the driver. When it comes to mid-sized busses that are bigger than minibusses, yet smaller than a full-sized motor coach, they are built on similar Ford chassis but the manufacturers build the chassis long enough to seat anywhere from 16 to 29 passengers. These mid-sized busses are similar to trucks and other medium-duty vehicles available and are equipped with either gas or diesel engines. Buses with gasoline engines are less expensive than those with diesel engines and the price difference can be as high as up to $7,000 to $12,000 with modern emission controls. The cost of diesel is more than gasoline and offsets the higher efficiency of diesel in most cases. It is easier to find technicians to fix a gasoline engine because they are the most dominant engine type in North America. Due to these reasons, many savvy buyers choose mid-sized busses equipped with gasoline engines, and therefore manufacturers have adjusted production accordingly. Note, however, on average, a diesel engine can last up to 500,000 miles whereas a gasoline engine typically lasts from 200,0000 to 300,000 miles, and both don’t require major repairs until they have passed 100,000 miles. In small and mid-sized buses diesel engines typically operate at 12-15 mpg (miles per gallon) and gasoline engines operate at 10-12 mpg(miles per gallon) on the road. Despite these performance variations every buyer needs to analyze if they want a diesel engine or a gasoline engine. If they opt to pay a higher amount initially at the time of purchase or should they consider the economies of a somewhat longer engine several years down the road? One should also remember that with proper care and maintenance, it’s common to get the same benefits from gasoline engines that diesel engines have to offer. Keeping these facts in mind we would suggest most buyers choose gasoline engines whenever possible. Purchasers should check the hours on the engine whenever possible, not just the bus’s odometer.
Since their primary objective is to transport people over varied terrain. It’s advisable to buy busses with the biggest practical engine. The more people and cargo you transport on a single trip the more engine power will be required for comfortable travel and to support the demands of the air conditioning system which can be substantial. It will be worth the additional cost in the long run especially if you want to use the bus as a commercial carrier i.e. to transport people for a fee. Such business models are most successful if you transport the greatest number of people on a single trip which more often requires a more powerful engine.
Many travel enthusiasts want to satisfy their wanderlust by traveling across the country or even the continent in their own vehicles. In the early 20th century travelers had to purchase a truck and hook a camper trailer behind it. This was expensive, inconvenient as well as hard to maintain. As the demand for family travel and camping vehicles increased, manufacturers got creative and started making buses that can be used as a recreational vehicle. The truck plus trailer model was combined together into a single unit that had a cabin for the driver as well as a living room for the passengers. But such vehicles are still expensive and cost from $75,000 to $1,000,000 for the new vehicles. It’s indeed a luxury to own a recreational vehicle but with prices, so high many travel enthusiasts and vacationers cannot afford to buy them even with financing. However, people got creative and started looking at used buses for sale to fulfill their vacation and travel needs. They can purchase a used bus, remove its seats, and convert it into a recreational vehicle by installing entertainment systems, custom seating, bedding, water tanks, bathrooms, microwaves, stove, refrigerator, table, chair, cupboards, etc. Anything they could come up with to make their journey across the country easy and hassle free. Installing a power inverter for 110 volt service with standard outlets helps to power all their electrical appliances and with proper plumbing, these used buses could be easily hooked at water supplies available at campgrounds. Across the internet, there are hundreds of DIY ideas and a new industry has developed over the years that convert used buses for sale into recreational vehicles. These vehicles could be owned well within a $20,000 to $50,000 budget including the cost of conversion. So if you are planning to go on a long vacation around the North American continent then buy a used bus for sale and modify it into a recreational vehicle. Search the internet for inspiration and do the modification by yourself or outsource it to professional converters. By using recycled materials, the cost of conversion can be as little as $10,000. Use this vehicle for 5 years and maybe you can sell it to another travel enthusiast for the same amount that you purchased it initially because new RVs are expensive and beyond the reach of most budget-conscious travelers.
Every used bus has some amount of superficial rust on its undercarriage. Some are visible and obvious while others are hidden. Rust cannot be stopped, it grows, and replacing rusted parts can wreak havoc with your budget. Buyers should avoid buying vehicles that have rusted engine mounts, compromised frames, soft floors, and rusted sidewalls at all costs. A little bit of rust is okay but when it enters the critical areas of the bus then it should be avoided. Just because the vehicle has low mileage and is being offered at lower than new vehicle price does not mean it is a good bus to buy. It would be of great concern if the previous owner let rust eat up his bus and did not take proper care of the body and chassis. A motorcoach may have a shiny exterior but the biggest issues especially those related to rust may be hidden out of immediate sight. It is important to get the vehicle inspected by professional third-party mechanics or technicians before investing heavily in a used bus. They should check for structural integrity and look for signs of damage, rust, and corrosion. A reputable dealership will always allow inspection by third parties before selling their vehicles. The inspectors should check all major components such as transmissions, engines, body frame, electrical and hydraulic systems, air conditioning, etc, and be able to give you a detailed written analysis about the bus. Listen carefully to their advice and concerns and don’t let your immediate need for a bus to cloud your decision.
Major Vehicle Exchange has been providing used buses for sale to buyers across the country since 1985. We always have a stock of approximately 45 reconditioned used buses with varying features and functionality for almost any purpose and budget. Whether you are a church, transportation company, limo service provider, hotel or casino owner, adult daycare operator, senior center, assisted living facility, etc. we will do everything to get a bus that fits your budget and requirements. Every bus is made to go through a rigorous reconditioning process of inspection, servicing, and replacement of up to 250 parts and components. Any part that fails the inspection is either repaired or replaced. This process gives the vehicle buyer confidence, a new life and they often stay with their new owners for 10 years or more. Moreover, all our used buses have clear titles, typically one previous owner and a clean title report. After highly trained technicians complete the reconditioning process, they are 100% ready to hit the road. Once purchased the vehicles are then picked up or delivered to the buyer’s location anywhere across America. Buying a bus can be a tedious process even for the most experienced person. Our aim is to make the bus buying and owning process simple and easy even for first-time buyers. We are with you throughout the journey. When your bus is no longer needed we are often ready to buy it back from you at a reasonable price. This is sometimes the fastest and easiest way to get rid of a big vehicle that is no longer needed.
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