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There are a lot of personal considerations to make when you decide to buy a used bus. How do you want to use it? How much use are you looking to get out of it? How much room do you need? Once you determine the answers to these questions and any other needs for your bus, you’re ready to start shopping!

As you browse through online listings and peruse sale lots, research and ask the seller important questions when examining a used bus. Making a fully informed decision is the only way to guarantee the one you choose will be exactly what you want and need.

Learn About the Buses History

When buying a used bus, remember that it had an entire active life before it ended up in the sale lot! Vet a bus’s history like you would a potential employee. Ask to see its maintenance records and note how well it has been cared for.

Look at the repair history too. Has it been in an accident? Was it repaired to the standard it was before it was damaged? Familiarizing yourself with a bus’s past will tell you much about its future.

Evaluate the Overall Condition

Thoroughly inspect any used bus you’re considering buying to determine if it’s worth the price and will serve its intended purpose. Start by checking the frame for damage and bending. The frame of a bus is very expensive to repair, which means a used one with a damaged frame will not be worth the money or effort.

Inspect the mechanics of the bus too. Check the status of the transmission, engine, brakes, and tires. These can all be very expensive parts to replace or repair, so you want to be sure they’re in decent shape.

Check for Rust

Some rust is to be expected when looking at used buses—it’s a natural product of age. However, if you’re seeing more rust than paint, that’s a red flag to note.

Don’t just evaluate surface rust; check the entire vehicle, especially the important features. Look for rust in the interior, underneath the bus, inside the wall, on the steps, and near the lights. You can get rid of a lot of surface rust if you want to, but rust on the inner workings of a bus can signal a decline in quality.

At Northwest Bus Sales, our used buses are in excellent condition, and all the information you need before you buy is readily available! Our experts will also be on hand to answer additional questions about a model. Look through our wide selection online or stop by the lot, take a look in person, and let us help you find a used bus that’s perfect for your needs!