Archive for February 26, 2012
A great way to transport your group is with a bus. They are often used for church groups and senior centers. Of course, buses are expensive. Just like a car, a new bus’ value depreciates dramatically once it is driven off the lot. Instead, your group might explore used buses.
Of course, price is one of the best reasons to consider used buses. When shopping for such a large vehicle, you can always visit retailers that specialize in buses. By doing this, you will likely find the cream of the crop in used buses. This is because a number of organizations lease buses and trade in their used buses on new vehicles. This does not mean there is anything wrong with the bus. Perhaps the organization’s lease has ended or they have a regular trade in cycle. The end result is that your organization can purchase used buses at significant discounts and will have the added benefits of a vehicle that has been “broken in.”
Often, if something is going to go wring with a vehicle, it occurs within the first years of ownership. By seeking out used buses, your organization may be able to decrease this risk. Additionally, if the vehicle was a trade-in, it has likely received a thorough inspection. Because of this, you will have advance notice of any issues. If there were maintenance issues, the dealer likely had them repaired to increase the value of their used buses. This is a good thing for the buyer because you will spend less money on your used vehicle. Additionally a number of dealers certify their used buses or offer additional warranty protection. You can feel as safe buying used as you would buying new buses.
When you have made the decision to purchase used buses, it is a good idea to visit many dealers. You might even do some online research to compare prices. If a dealer does regularly accept trade-ins, you can probably expect more competitive prices on their used buses. The last thing they want is thousands of dollars tied up in sitting inventory. They want to move their used buses as much as their new buses. Everything is negotiable, but you have to do your research to be able to negotiate intelligently.
When you know your organization needs group transportation, exploring used buses is a viable option. Often, they are kept in good repair. They will also be an economically sound choice for your group. Explore all of your options before buying.