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New and Used Chuch Buses for Sale
By: Craig Hartman

When looking for New and Used church buses for sale, it is important to consider many things, including finding a church bus dealer that will help find the right bus for your church's requirements. Look for church buses for sale online, as well as locally. When doing so, you will be able to make a well informed decision by comparing the many church bus sales companies that advertise there and will sell and deliver to your area.

Sales for mini to midsize church buses have grown steadily over the past few years. The determination by the National Transportation Safety Board that the 15 passenger van is dangerous due to it's tendency to roll over during reflex traffic maneuvers or tire blow outs was part of the reason for the increase in church bus sales. After the 15 passenger van was declared dangerous, the insurance industry stepped in and either canceled or raised their rates on van policies. Thus, the mini to midsize church bus became very popular among churches looking for church buses for sale. Because of the lower center of gravity there is less likelihood of a rollover, making it the safer vehicle.

When looking for a safe church bus for sale, there are many important issues to consider. To begin, find a church bus dealer that has reputation and experience for working with a multitude of churches, has favorable references and has knowledge of the special needs of church bus transportation. There are many church bus dealers offering church buses for sale, but it's important to find the one that will understand your church bus requirements.

 One of the most important questions the church should consider is how to spend its member's money in a highly efficient way. Should you buy a new church bus or a used church bus? Most churches put less than 5,000 miles on a bus per year. The expected life of a late model (1998 up) bus engine is up to 500,000 miles. Why spend $50-100,000. or more on a new church bus when it loses 1/3rd of its value in the first year, regardless of the mileage? You can purchase a pre owned refurbished used church bus for half the cost of a new church bus, and it normally will last the church a lifetime.

Beware that some bus dealers will label a bus for sale as refurbished after only painting the exterior and changing the seats. That is only a fraction of what should be done. Buses for sale that are refurbished should go through a thorough inspection with over 250 parts that are inspected. Then either repair or replace items that don't pass inspection. Some parts like alternators, starters, water pumps, power steering pumps, pulley bearings, brake calipers and pads, steering stabilizers, should be replaced automatically so that you know they will last. Other parts like ball joints, wheel covers, and tires should be replace 95 percent of the time. Only if they are almost new, should they be left alone. A refurbished bus should also be painted so that there will be no overlooked blemishes. When you see a refurbished used bus for sale, you may ask, "where are the used buses?" thinking that the refurbished used buses for sale are new.

On the other hand, if your church will be driving the bus over 20,000 miles per year, maybe a new church bus is the best answer for you. Try to use dealers that show you standard and option pricing sheets on each different model. Some bus dealers will lists these online so that it will be convenient to compare models.

The maintenance that a church bus for sale will need is critical. Most used church bus dealers offer no warranty, find a dealer that offers warranties on their used church buses. Also, inquire if the church bus dealer will service the church bus after the sale. If the dealer has no service center how could he have knowledge of your bus? Of course, you will feel more confident if your used church bus for sale was a refurbished bus.

Availability of church buses for sale should be considered locally as well as online. Many dealers advertise church bus sales online, showing pictures of their new and used church buses. Try to use websites that include inventory with pictures, pricing and descriptions. This can help you to decide with a more diversified and detailed selection for your church bus sales search. Remember to always consider the refurbishment of the used church bus for sale when comparing prices. A refurbished church bus may be a little more expensive, but in the long run, the wiser choice. With refurbished church bus sales there are fewer worries of unexpected repairs. Confidence and reliability will be a key factor with your congregation

Some decisions to make when starting your Church Bus Sales search.
* Will your driver have a Commercial Drivers License?
* How many seats?
* Will you need storage for luggage?
* Will you need a handicap bus?
* Will you need seatbelts?
* What is your budget?

The Author, Craig Hartman, has mastered many key positions in the Bus Industry over the years, from transportation and sales to technician and is the
President of Absolute Bus Sales.

If you have any other questions about New and Used Church Buses for Sale please call 910-272-0177 or visit AbsoluteBus.com.

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