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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?

 

Shuttle-Bus-For-SalePassenger 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.

 

15 passenger Van AccidentIn 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!

A minibus for sale is one of the smallest buses that can be purchased on the market today. It can seat up to 15 passengers including the driver as a Non-CDL vehicle and can be configured for up to 28 passengers. A minibus can operate within a radius of 2 – 2000 miles. Their dimensions usually fall in the range of less than 25 feet in length, 8.0 feet in width, and 9.5 feet in height. Due to their small size, they require less parking space and can be easily maneuvered through both busy city streets and narrow lanes. They open up business opportunities to startup entrepreneurs that larger buses can’t due to their wide turning radius. These short buses are often used to transport the handicapped or simply to reduce walking time, for example from large parking lots to the town business center. First-time bus buyers often start their business with these small buses because it will give them the knowledge and first-hand experience of handling a bus, the operational requirements as well as how to maintain them. One of the key benefits of owning a minibus for sale is that it can often be operated with a regular license if less than 15 seats, they do not require a commercial license to operate them. This advantage is a boon for startup churches, businesses, and not for profit facilities. These users can operate their entire fleet of minibuses with a regular license. Drivers with commercial licenses often require a higher wage than those without and maintaining a resource of commercial drivers can become a financial burden for many startups and small businesses and organizations.

So what is the solution? On one hand, we have new minibuses for sale that cost $50,000 and up, and on the other hand, minibus rentals can cost up to $1,700 a day. Both these options are not good for startups and for those with limited budgets. So how do we solve the problem of regular group transportation? The answer is simple, buy them preowned and their cost will fall by more than half of their original price. Is buying a used minibus for sale a good option for the long term? The answer is yes because minibuses have a lifespan of up to 15 years or more and up to 300,000 miles. Most buyers with deep pockets do not need them that long and often resell them in less than 10 years and since these vehicles were used just a few times a week, often they don’t log more than 100,000 miles on their odometers during their first period of ownership. This simply means these used short buses for sale are typically good to use for another 5 years or more and up to another 200,000 miles. So even if they are being sold preowned, they have a lot of life left in them which can result in sizable savings for thousands of churches, businesses, and organizations with limited budgets across the United States. This is the stage when owning a bus becomes really easy and affordable to a much wider group of buyers in America. The price of a minibus for sale with one previous owner can range from $10,000 to $35,000 depending on several factors like age, mileage, seating capacity. engine size, engine type, comfort features, and much more.

 

People generally think that buying a bus is expensive which is true but when people think of buses, they often think about the large buses that are difficult to manage, park, drive and maintain. What they don’t realize is that buses can be of smaller size too and these smaller styles are called minibuses, short, small or even shuttle buses. They are much cheaper and affordable than a full-sized luxury coach bus. The average starting price of a basic 15 passenger bus for sale is roughly around $50,000 plus tax if applicable. Now that is a relatively small price to pay for a bus but its still more expensive than an extended van and many startup businesses and organizations with limited budgets can’t think of spending $50,000 for a bus. So what these companies and institutions do is hire a bus whenever they need to transport groups of several people. Bus rentals can be a good solution for group transportation if it’s a one-time event like a birthday party or a wedding ceremony. But when groups of people need to be transported regularly then bus rentals can become a financial burden because the average hourly cost of hiring a minibus is $125 to $160 and the daily cost is $1,300 to $1,700. For example, if a church wants to offer pickup and drop off services to its congregation every Sunday then it will have to hire a minibus for several hours every Sunday, this will be very expensive considering the fact that there are roughly 52 Sundays plus extra days for retreats, events and other activities in a calendar year and the Church will require the bus service year after year.

 

Evaluate the differences:

 

A new minibus for sale has a lifespan of 15 years and up to 300,000 miles and costs around $50,000 or more. 

A used mini bus for sale has a lifespan of more than 5 years and up to 200,000 miles and has an average cost of around $25,000.

The financial advantage is more than obvious.

Owning a minibus is typically much more affordable.

Previously, a church may have to spend as much as $1,700 every week to transport 15 members of its group. The used bus requires a one-time investment of $25,000 to transport the same number of people for many years.

The long-term savings are obvious?

Bus rentals could have potentially cost the organization $88,400 a year for transporting 15 persons i.e. $1,700 (avg. cost of hiring a minibus) X 52 (number of Sundays in a year) = $88,400.

Buying a used minibus for sale will cost the group only $25,000 for many years of service for transporting the same number of people. It’s a one-time financial investment (plus maintenance and insurance of course).

The same story goes with every business and organization out there. The math remains the same irrespective if its a church or a construction company that frequently needs to transport its employees from company headquarters to the construction site OR it’s a party venue that needs to pick up and drop its customers every weekend OR it’s a corporate business that needs to pick up and drop its employee to the parking lot and attending corporate meetings OR its an Airport Shuttle that needs to transport passengers from the home to the airport.

The possibilities are limitless on how an affordable used small bus for sale can be employed to solve the problem of group transportation across all sectors and industries. 

But did you know that apart from solving the problem of group transportation in businesses and organizations, a minibus for sale can also be used as a Recreational Vehicle by private individuals OR as a Mobile Shop or Office by a smart entrepreneur?

Recreational Vehicles:

Car and Trailer ComboA recreational vehicle has a comfortable living space for the driver and their family or friends inside the vehicle and is well suited for long trips. Often called an RV, they are used by travel enthusiasts to fulfill their wanderlust and journey across the countryside and even the continent. Sometimes, a pickup truck and trailer combo are used to tow an RV trailer, where the truck was used to drive and the trailer was used for accommodation. Manufacturers through the years have replaced the truck + trailer combo with Custom RV’s sometimes costing $500,000 or more. The occasional traveler now has the option of outfitting buses for much the same purpose for a small fraction of the cost with one vehicle being used to drive as well as for accommodation, this innovation is far more convenient than the truck and trailer combo. However, a new RV for sale is expensive and costs are out of reach for most in today’s economy which makes it impossible to own by most travel enthusiasts.


RV Bus For SaleBut people got creative once again and started purchasing fully reconditioned used buses for sale in the range of $15,000 to $35,000 and converted them into Recreational Vehicles. When the passenger seats are removed from a minibus, one gets an empty space of roughly 210 sq feet that can be fitted with basic living requirements like a bed, couch, water tank, refrigerator, microwave, gas stove, storage necessities including, seats, tables, etc. Installing a power inverter will help power the fridge, microwave, and other electrical applications with standard AC wall outlets on the bus while on the road. Minor plumbing will allow the bus to be hooked up with water supplies available at campgrounds or rest stops available across the USA. The owner can do this conversion all by himself or outsource it to a professional carpenter or handyman. With the use of new or recycled materials, the conversion process should not cost more than $10,000, in either case. Travel enthusiasts can now be the proud owner of a converted RV bus for less than $35,000. Compare this amount to spending hundreds of thousands on buying a brand new RV. Their dream to travel across the North American Continent from New England or Florida to California is now a reality. Families can use this bus conversion to visit every attraction, zoo, and national park across the USA. When you own an RV bus, you can use it for any purpose you wish to use it 

Women Cooking In Her RV Bus

Considering the huge demand for affordable recreational vehicles across the United States, travel enthusiasts can spend $25,000 to $35,000 to buy a used minibus for sale, then spend another $10,000 to convert it into an RV bus, use it for years and resell it to another travel enthusiast for almost the same amount that they spent initially to buy and convert the bus. Many curious people will question “is it really possible to resell the RV bus conversion for the same amount it was purchased for initially even after 5 years in use?”, the answer is YES. As we discussed earlier, used buses for sale have up to 200,000 unutilized miles on the odometer. When the vehicle is used to travel from Florida to California, it has acquired just 6,000 -10,000 new miles including the return leg and it still has 190,000 miles left to be used for the next adventure or by the next owner. Even if the present owner uses the RV bus for 50,000 miles over the next 5 years, the vehicle still has 150,000 miles left on its odometer which can be used by the next owner to fulfill their wanderlust. The bottom line, the owner of a converted RV bus can resell his or her vehicle for the same amount even after 5 years.

 

 

Mobile Offices:

Just like the passenger seats can be removed to fit bed and couches in the minibus. Similarly, office equipment can be fitted in the empty space to convert the bus into a mobile office. Equipment such as computers, laptops, printers, fax machines, telephone, wifi routers, mobile charging units, etc. will equip the bus with everything to make it a mobile office. The installation of a power inverter should be sufficient to power all these items while the engine is running and a generator or plug-in adapter will work well when the bus is not in motion. These mobile offices are extremely useful for business executives who are always on the move. For example, when the distance between the airport and office spreads across several hours, most executives work on laptops from their cars. But cars are too small, they can neither equip other applications required by a regular office nor do they have the space to let executives move around comfortably. In such situations, mobile offices can be used to save and optimize thousands of business hours as executives travel from one destination to another. Mobile offices can also be used at locations far away from the city centers like a construction site which lacks the basic facilities enjoyed by offices in modern cities. Used buses for sale converted into Mobile Office perfectly fit the corporate jargon “Work as you travel”. They make life easier for the executives as well as save thousands of hours that would have otherwise been wasted and recorded as “downtime” or “travel time”.

Mobile Shops:

Mobile-Shop-For-SaleTraditionally shops are set up where customers can come and buy merchandise. But when the need arises to reach out to every customer individually, then there needs to be a better solution and no other vehicle fills this demand than a used bus for sale. For example; after removing the seats the passenger cabin can be fitted with mirrors and some furniture to convert the bus into a mobile barbershop, nail salon, or chiropractic office. Similarly, the passenger cabin can be outfitted with gym equipment to convert the bus into a mobile gym or physical therapy vehicle. Buses are often used as mobile medical clinics or first responder headquarters in disaster-struck regions. They can also be used as mobile classrooms, exam centers, blood testing centers, etc. A mirror and specialty seating can also convert the bus into a mobile beauty salon shop. The possibilities are limitless on which type of special use you want to set up if you own a minibus. They can also be used as a mobile food commissary, restaurant, ice cream, fast food truck, recruiting center, or a mobile showroom.

Many marketing executives have reported that a mobile shop gives them the advantage to communicate and focus on their customers by disconnecting them completely from the ambient environment which increased their overall sales.

These mobile shops can be used to sell merchandise or professional services. During the 2020 CoronaVirus pandemic in the United States, many cities were locked down with shops and businesses shut for several months. People were not allowed to gather in public and were advised to maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other. During this lockdown period, many Barbershops and Beauty Salons got creative and instead of asking their customers to visit their shop, they purchased a used bus and converted it into a mobile barbershop or beauty salon to proactively reach out to customers who needed their service and maintain their clientele. This was one of the ways many small business owners got creative and used a converted minibus to reach out to their clients in times of need.

Major Vehicle Exchange is a licensed and bonded used bus dealership that has been selling its 15 passenger fully reconditioned used mini buses to buyers across the United States for more than 35 years. All our vehicles have clear title, one previous owner, clean CarFax or AutoCheck report and are certified ready to hit the road by DOT technicians. For more information visit our website at www.GetAnyBus.com and call the owner Mr. Charles Kaufman at 516-333-7483 today!