used bus buying checklist

Purchasing used buses is a great way for organizations to save money when they need to add to their fleet. Thanks to advances in modern manufacturing, buses have longer lifespans than ever, and businesses can find great quality used buses that will provide them with many years of reliable service.

Here are a few things you should look for and consider before purchasing a used bus!

Determine How the Bus Will Be Used

There are many used buses on the market today, from school buses to limousines. Knowing how you will use the bus will guide your purchasing decision. Will you be using the bus for long-distance travel or local driving? Does the bus need to be wheelchair accessible for picking up and transporting disabled passengers?

You can only truly save money on purchasing a used bus if it fulfills your needs. Otherwise, you will need to make another purchase in the future.

Know Your Budget

Before scouring the market for a used bus, you or the company purchaser must understand the budget. Time and energy will be saved on both ends of the transaction if you can rule out a certain size or type of bus due to its price point. This way, you won’t waste your time or the seller’s surveying a bus you cannot afford.

Furthermore, all costs and potential costs should be taken into consideration. How much will it cost to insure the bus? Are there any immediate repairs needed? What are you willing to spend on maintenance?

Perform an Inspection

It’s recommended to give the bus a thorough first-hand inspection before purchasing. Sometimes, business owners buy buses without looking at them in person and fully understanding the maintenance that might be required of them in the future. It may seem like common sense, but it’s a very important step that often gets neglected.

At Northwest Bus Sales, we carry an extensive inventory of new and used bus options. We always have a wide selection of quality vehicles on hand of different brands, makes, and models, and with various convenient features and amenities. Our buses are safe, comfortable, and reliable.

Contact us today at (800)231-7099 to find the perfect used bus to add to your fleet!