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Bus for sale are expensive and their price depends on several factors, one of them is its seating capacity and total size. Obviously, the larger buses are more expensive than smaller buses and are likely to be more durable. This cost differential should be obvious because the more equipment and parts there are, the more expensive the vehicle will be. Buses have a multi-wall cage construction and this alone with the frame will be reinforced in the larger ones because they carry more passengers. The additional seats along with the weight of the individual passengers and their luggage will add several tons of weight which have to be protected and kept under control during transit. When purchasing a bus for sale check out its weight both in gross vehicle weight and net weight. A midibus will always be more expensive than a minibus for sale and even more durable. Buses with a higher passenger capacity are more profitable as well because success in the commercial transportation industry depends on the number of people being carried in a single trip. The more people being moved equals more profits. The bigger motor coaches have powerful diesel engines as well, which permits the additional weight of the passengers during transit. Frankly speaking, there is no alternative to a powerful engine in commercial transportation. If you are purchasing a bus with the sole intention of moving people around, then you should consider a more powerful engine because the more power you have is directly proportional to the number of people that can be transported onboard as well as being able to safely handle mountainous terrain. If you have to choose between a small V-8 or a V-10 gasoline engine bus, then try your best to go for the V-10 even if it means extending the budget on fuel. In larger buses, diesel power is typically the only choice. If your budget is limited then check with the dealer to see if they can get you financing and make a customized payment plan that suits your cash flow plan. However, if purchasing the larger engine is still not possible then try to go for the next best that will often be a V-8. The idea here is to own a bus that has a powerful engine to transport the maximum number of people on a single trip and will outlast other smaller engines that have to work harder to cover the same mileage. Overloading is a big issue with transit buses and the more passengers they carry puts more stress on their body, frame, and their engines. Research has shown that a fully loaded bus will burn more fuel and emit more nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxides compared to a bus that is empty or partially loaded. The emissions can increase by up to 9% as a result and the engine is subjected to more wear and tear, the additional stress thus affects its performance and longevity. However, on the flip side, a startup transportation company should consider starting its operations with a short bus for sale that seats a maximum of 15 passengers. Though it is lighter in weight, has a smaller engine, and is less durable than its bigger counterparts, it is good to get started and off the ground in the first place. Most first-time buyers have no idea what it’s like to own a bus and a small bus for sale will go a long way in giving them hands-on experience of owning, managing, and maintaining a bus fleet rather than directly jumping into a large shuttle or coach bus. Moreover, one of the greatest advantages of smaller buses is that they do not always require a commercial license to be operated due to their lower passenger count. This is one of the primary reasons why people opt to purchase small shuttle buses. Other reasons include, they are more affordable, easy to manage and maintain, easy to park, maneuvering them through busy streets is easier because they have a shorter turning radius. If the number of people you transport is going to be limited to less than 15 at any given point of time in the year, then small shuttle buses are the way to go and there are obvious financial benefits to it. However, if you anticipate a growth in the size of your group in the next 3 or 6 months then you need a bigger bus, then perhaps a midsized shuttle bus that can seat anywhere from 16 to 29 passengers in a single trip is the best choice. Purchasing a bus requires a comprehensive plan that would provide solutions and solve problems during every step of the ownership process. This plan should include the growth factor, what would you do if the size of your group increases beyond 15? If it’s a one-time increase, then that can be adjusted or supplemented with a rental van, however, if the increase is permanent then your business or organization needs a better and more permanent solution.

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All the facts that we have discussed till now, primarily refer to used shuttle buses because they are the only vehicles that fall within the most affordable price range of $10,000 to $50,000. When we talk about mini and midi buses, we are referring to used pre-owned vehicles because a basic 15 seat new bus for sale will start at $50,000 to $75,000 before tax which is not affordable to a majority of new businesses and organizations. A new bus will depreciate up to 40% in just the first year of being on the road even if it was not used frequently. Hence, it’s better and wiser to let the better-financed companies with deeper pockets endure the depreciation hit. After a bus has gone through the initial stage of “early depreciation”, its depreciation slows down in the following years and when the vehicle is put up for resale, the second owner will get a chance to own a bus that will not only be much less expensive but will also depreciate less when compared to its newer counterparts. The average life of a shuttle bus is 15 years and websites in the USA are full of used shuttle buses for sale that vary greatly in age and mileage. There are vehicles that may be just 2 years old from the date of manufacture while others may be 7 or even 10 years older. Depending upon their age and the extent to which the previous owner had maintained them, every bus will have varying degrees of rust or scale underneath it. While some scale is expected, rust spreads on a bus from the ground up and from the inside out. The undercarriage or the chassis is affected due to the high quantity of salt present on the roads during snow seasons and its interiors can be affected due to several reasons like condensation, rain water, leaking roofs, or just by the passengers walking in with wet feet. In any case, the buyer has to be very careful about rust because it only grows with time. Just because a vehicle is a late model and is being sold at a comparatively cheaper price does not mean it’s a good deal especially if the owner did not maintain it properly and allowed rust to eat up its chassis. Most rust issues are hidden from immediate sight. Buyers should ask owners if the bus for sale had undergone any rust work in the past and request the necessary paperwork. The braking system of a bus is made of several steel components, once rust has deeply penetrated the vehicle chances are high that both the brake lines and metal discs inside the brakes have been affected too. There is no way this will easily be visible to the eye so buyers should take a trusted and experienced technician along with them to thoroughly inspect the vehicle or hire third-party inspection companies to get a detailed report on the condition of the bus. Buyers should always make their purchasing decision based on the report provided by the inspectors and not let their immediate requirement or a “deal” cloud their decisions.

 

Sellers are often smart and know that their vehicles won’t sell if they are heavily rusted. As a result, they first try to conceal the problem by repainting and try to hide any rusted patches in the interior too. But when this gimmick fails they try to sell cheap just to get rid of their headache. Now, you as a buyer don’t want to buy someone else’s headache. If fact, you should not buy and avoid the headache altogether because buying a rusted vehicle will mean you will have to spend thousands of additional dollars to get it fixed. You should have your own repair shop or a trusted mechanic to get this done or be prepared to burn a bigger hole in your pocket. Some parts can be easily replaced like engine mounts. A bus normally has 3 engine mounts, one for the transmission and the other two for the engine. These mounts should be replaced every 5 to 7 years. If they are heavily rusted then it’s time to replace them. Just remove the old mounts and replace them with the newly purchased mounts. You can do this yourself or ask the seller to do it for you or get a discount on the price of the bus. That was easy enough. However, if rust has spread to mechanical and other critical parts of the vehicle like transmission, radiator and chassis then fixing or replacing these components can be a huge expense and can potentially wreak havoc with your budget. Hence it’s better to avoid such buses altogether, there are always better options. The amount of rust will deeply impact the serviceable life of the vehicle. Such vehicles are a safety hazard and should not be put into operations unless repaired because depending up on the stage of the rust the strength of their metal parts are affected and reduced which can lead to potential accidents, thus risking the lives of not only those on board but also those around the vehicle.

 

Make inspections an integral part of the buying process. The inspection company should be able to give you a detailed report on each and every major component of the vehicle. For example, transmission, chassis, radiators, engine, body, tires, brakes, dashboard, air conditioning, heating system, transmission oil, engine oil, lubricating oil, fuel analysis, fuel performance, and much more. Though it will be an additional cost to hire 3rd party professional companies to do the inspections that may not necessarily lead to a definite purchase but will go a long way in choosing the right vehicle that will not break down frequently or result in unexpected catastrophic repairs that will be financially difficult to fix, potentially making the vehicle unworthy. The primary objective is to buy a bus for sale that is good to transport groups of people safely. If the report shows that the vehicle has damaged parts but it can still be certified ready to hit the road and transport people efficiently then the buyer can ask for a dealer to make repairs or request a discount from the seller to fix the damaged parts. This is a legitimate negotiating factor and demands a substantial allowance. However, it will be best to cut the long journey short and buy the bus for sale from a licensed and bonded bus dealership because they tend to fully recondition their buses thoroughly before delivering them to the next buyer. Moreover, dealerships are in for the long run and want to maintain a long and healthy relationship with their customers rather than complete the transaction and disappear into thin air. They are interested in the bus till the last day it’s in your possession because they may want to buy or accept a trade-in vehicle when you don’t need it anymore. Of course they will purchase only if it was well maintained and at a reasonable price that is profitable to them. However, it should be kept in mind that this is the fastest way to get rid of a vehicle that is no longer needed. Owners can waste several months finding the perfect buyer and until then the bus will be gathering dust in their yard or by the side of the road, plus there will be additional marketing cost and effort that owners might be spending listing their bus for sale at various online market places across the internet. The distraction, time, and attention they will be spending with unqualified buyers just isn’t worth it in most cases. Avoid all the hassle, just pickup the phone and ask your dealership to pick up the vehicle. That’s how simple the bus disposal process is when you have a licensed dealership to work with.

For more information on buses for sale, call Major Vehicle Exchange 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.

Church buses:

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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.

Engine type:
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.


Recreational Vehicles:
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.

Rust:
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.

For more information about used buses for sale call the CEO, Mr. Charles Kaufman at 516-333-7483 today and subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest updates on vehicles we have in stock.