Seven Things to Consider When Purchasing a Bus
You’re purchasing a new bus and you’re not sure what to expect? Don’t stress though, because we’ve created a list of seven things you can consider when purchasing a bus that will make this process a breeze. No longer do you have to wonder and panic a little inside thinking you’ve forgotten something. We’re covering all the important stuff you need to consider, like safety.
Buses are built with the safety of the passengers in mind. They are designed with a lower center of gravity, which reduces the possibility of rolling, something that is prevalent among fifteen-passenger vans and similar forms of transportation.
Wide aisles and handrails provide security and comfort to passengers while maintaining a clean look. When purchasing a new bus, it is very important to keep an eye out and be certain there aren’t any issues that could be hazardous to passengers in the future. Things such as broken rails, steps, bars or seat belts. Also be sure to schedule an annual inspection to be certain everything is in order internally. This can also be a good idea for maintaining the bus. Because over time, just like any other vehicle, your bus will acquire some wear and tear.
Annual inspections are also a great time to ask a specialist about any questions or concerns you may have about your vehicle. Remember to also ask questions before the time you plan to purchase the bus. If there’s any lingering doubt in your mind, let the dealer fix whatever issue you may have. Don’t walk away without being 100% satisfied with your purchase.
A shuttle bus typically has a lifespan of about 10-15 years, but you can extend this by giving proper care and regular maintenance. Get a regular tire check instead of waiting until they’re low. If you can park your bus in an oversized garage or barn, this can minimize wear and tear and extend the overall life of your bus. A bus can be a pretty big investment, so like we said before, regular servicing and inspections are key to maintaining a healthy, long life for your bus.
“How Much can I expect to Spend on a Bus?”
If you’re purchasing a brand new bus straight off of the lot, it’s not unreasonable to plan on spending several thousand dollars. It all depends on what model you plan on getting, how large the bus is, how many it seats, etc, etc. All of these things plus some will factor into how much you will end up spending on your bus.
Finances, Finances, Finances…
It’s a good idea when you first decide to purchase a bus to go around and see what people have to offer. Does a particular dealer in your area have a way to test the vehicle for a period of time before a purchase? Mass transportation is a major capital expenditure, so it’s a good idea in this instance to be picky. Asking questions is a great place to start on anything you’re not sure about. Will you get your bus financed locally, or through another major company? If it’s not handled by the dealership, will the dealer assist you in finding someone to finance it? With large investments like a bus, depreciation is an issue. Find out if your dealer has a way to measure vehicle value over time.
Presentation is Everything
Whether you’re purchasing a bus for a school, a church, a for-profit or nonprofit organization, presentation still matters. In some cases, the presentation of a bus could be the face of a group or organization. Manufacturers give us a wide variety of options in the bus department. Wide aisles, leather upholstery, overhead storage, footrests, shoulder rests, side sliders and more.
We don’t have to dig to find some great additional equipment and comforts, either. Every year, new advancements in shuttle bus technology and comfort give us plenty of options while keeping safety the main goal. Now isn’t that something?
Traffic laws and legislation are what keep us safe when we’re out and about. It’s important to keep yourself up to date about new changes and new law requirements. Most drivers must follow the HOS Regulations if they drive a commercial motor vehicle or CMV. A CMV is any vehicle that is used as a part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce or weighs 10,001 pounds or more.
Getting a great warranty on your bus is very important. This is an area where spending a little extra money can benefit you in the long run. Don’t undercut yourself. If you drive off of the lot and skid in the rain three days later, you’re going to be very glad for that warranty!
Purchasing any vehicle can be frightening and stressful, but we hope that we’ve given you some direction that will reduce your mental strain. Pat yourself on the back and put your feet up. No reason to worry, because now you’ve done your research and you know just what to expect.
Have any insightful things to keep in mind when purchasing a new or used bus? We’d appreciate your feedback!