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Used School Buses Buying Guide

Used School Buses Buying Guide

Used school buses are much less expensive than the newer school bus, which is a real advantage for those in a tight budget range. However care and caution must be taken when shopping for a used school bus.

There are many resources for those shopping for a used school bus such as the internet and yellow pages where you will be presented with many makes and models and prices. By comparing the various makes and modes and prices you can then begin to compare the various used school buses.

Paper Work:

Any used school bus that you are considering should have complete records of all service and repairs, receipts fro repairs and maintenance and original paperwork. By being able to view the service and repair records of the bus you will be able to get a general idea as to how well the owner maintained the bus.


It is essential to check the transmission for leaks. This is especially true in automatic transmissions. The repair of a transmission is quite expensive and should the transmission be leaking it is best to steer away from the bus. In comparing manual to automatic transmissions, automatic are more popular with a greater resale value. Also, the bigger the engine the more power it provides, making a bigger engine an advantage.

Bus Frame:

The frame of the bus and its supporting body is something that must be looked at to make sure they are in good condition. Should you be looking at a used school bus that has rust on it, whether it is just a small area such as the hood hinge mounts, steer away from its purchase, as rust will grow and spread throughout the body of the bus. This includes rusting fenders and a flaking frame.

Gas or Diesel:

Gas or diesel is often a personal preference. However, it should be noted that although diesel will cost more than the gas engine, there will be less repairs and maintenance of the school bus.

Check Relevant Laws

Before buying a used school bus, buyers should check both state and federal guidelines so they can gain an accurate picture of the items that may need updating and the potential cost of such updates.

Costs of Used School Buses

Generally, a used school bus will cost anywhere between $3,000 to $7,000 making the value in comparison to the new school bus at $50,000 very attractive. Late model used school buses are generally the greatest value. Many school districts are purchasing 10 year extended warranties with their new buses which can be transferred to the new owner, which is also of great value. When negotiating the purchase price of the used school bus, be aware that the body and chassis plays a role in determining both the reliability of the bus and the selling price of the bus.

Take the time when shopping for a used school bus and do your homework. Making an informed decision when purchasing a used bus may save you much hardship down the road.