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How to buy bus from school district Jennifer 1-5-04  
Can anyone tell me where and how to go about purchasing a school bus from the school district?

Who do I talk to,what office,how does it all work?

I live in the L.A area.Thank you
Re: How to buy bus from school district Andy 1-6-04  
If you want to pay less than $3000 the auctions are the cheapest. The bus I almost bought went for $1000. It was a 1975 Crown with a Cummins 270hp motor and a 10 speed trans. At the time I had to go out of town so I sent a friend with $900 (all the extra cash I had at the time) and the guy who won had started to walk away after his $800 was passed but went back for 1 more bid and got it. Anyway I paid $2200 for mine. It's the oldest bus I looked at 1966, but also in the best shape. It had the motor rebuilt 13,000 miles ago, a nice paint job, the seats out and nice carpet throughout. The place you'r talking about does have buses for about $3000 also. Where exactly are you? Maybe I'll have ideas closer to you.
Re: How to buy bus from school district Jennifer 1-5-04  
Wow Andy ! Thanks for all the info!
If you could,next time you go by that place on the 405,please check out the name and let me know.

I have a feeling they might have beuses in my price range (under 3000).However,that area is about an hour away from me,so I would rather call first.
Thanks again Andy!If you dont mind me asking what did you end up paying on your bus?
Re: How to buy bus from school district Andy 1-5-04  
I'm also in the LA area. I bought my bus about a month and a half ago. School districts here don't usually sell direct to the public but here are some of the resources I used:

1. Ken Porter Auctions
They are having a bus auction on Jan. 21. Ithink mostly city buses but Check that out. I looked at three Crowns there and tried to buy one.

2. Nationwide Auction
They have been selling alot of city buses and LA Unified sells there buses through them.

3.A&A Enterprises

4.A-Z Buses

5. I don't remember the name but there's a school bus dealer with a bunch of older used school buses on Long Beach Blvd. south of the 405. Heading south from the 405 first on the left you'll see a Duram bus yard then a few blocks further on the left you'll see another lot full of school buses. This is like an auto dealer of old school buses.

6.Truck Trader

7 Recycler

8.Crownbus online Forum

9.The Gillig Coach Club

I'm going to stop there. Let me know if you need more.
Re: How to buy bus from school district Bruce Williamson 1-8-04  
The Oklahoma City School district advertised an auction that was to take place last October. We went down and got two buses for $700 each. It's an '84 Bluebird with 200K miles. Changed the oil pan gasket and modified it for's the link:

Two weeks later my wife's school district did a sealed bid auction. Out of 4 buses one went for $300 and one for #250. Could have bid almost nothing and got a nice vehichle.
This could get addictive!
Re: How to buy bus from school district jenn 1-8-04  
VERY nice ! Do you have a link to the auction page? Let me know next time your area has an auction,maybe somehow I can longdistance bid.Jennifer
Re: How to buy bus from school district lois bussey 11-20-04  
I want a blue bird
Re: How to buy bus from school district phil 7-6-04  
I bought mine from the new bus dealer as he was taking in the old busses in on trade for some new ones. Talk to a new bus dealer.
Re: How to buy bus from school district tomas 2-1-04  
I am looking to buy a crown bus in San Diego. Which auctions do I need to visit?
Re: How to buy bus from school district jason 1-10-04  
It seems to me that the smaller the school district, the easier it is to buy a bus direct from them. I purchased mine directly from the local school bus garage. I stopped by and asked how the process works, bought my 1991 Ford/Ward 72 passenger with a 6.6L diesel for $775. I've driven 10 thousand miles so far and had no mechanical problems. I replaced 3 tires, and did a couple oil changes, that's it. I wouldn't buy a bus from an auction or used car dealer. You don't know what you're getting. In Michigan, and perhaps in other states, school districts are required to make public all of the service records for the bus, which is an excellent resource to examine.
Re: How to buy bus from school district Elliot 11-26-06  
A good source of buses in many parts of the country is First Student, Inc. They operate buses on contract for many school districts, and they have lists by state of available buses. Google them.
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