9 Things to Consider When Buying a Church Bus
Consider this! Buying a bus for you church isnít like buying a car. Thereís a lot more to consider and a lot more options to go over. Youíll need to think about your personal wishes as well as those of the congregation. With this guide, weíll cover a few options you need to consider before buying a church bus.
1. Bus Activity
The first step is determining the types of activities you will be using your bus for. Will you be shuttling to and from outside events? Picking up nearby residents before a service? These activities will determine overall seating capacity and storage needs.
2. Do You Need a CDL?
In most states, you donít need a Commercial Driverís License if your bus seats less than 15 people and weighs less than 26,000 pounds.
However, deciding to get a Commercial Driverís License can be a great investment in time and money if you need to transport a large number of passengers.
3. Safety Requirements
A dual rear wheel design offers the most stability for a bus on tight turns. Steel cage construction and seatbelts offer additional protection for all passengers.
For the standard buyer, there will not need to be any modifications made to keep your passengers safe. Always check local laws and ask your patrons if there are any special requirements.
4. Hazards of Large Vans
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has declared 15-passenger vans unsafe, making them illegal in some states to sell to a school or church.
Instead, the NTSB suggests the use of mini-buses for small groups. They are highly maneuverable, offer storage and seating for small congregations.
5. Consider Equipment
Most buses are equipped with the same features as a family minivan: power steering, cruise control, stereo system, air conditioning and heating.
For those looking to upgrade, premium fabric and overhead bins with reading lights for long trips are available. You are also free to add your own customizations, including graphics, should you need.
6. Consider Delivery Time
We have a large inventory across the nation ready for immediate delivery. Depending on the options you choose, it may require a special order and a later delivery date.
For those who need a bus right away, itís best to look at the current stock for models already built. Talk to your salesperson to determine the best route of purchase.
7. Wheelchair Lift or Not
It can be almost impossible to add a wheelchair lift after youíve already bought the bus. Before you buy consider whether you will need a wheelchair lift and seating. A good wheelchair lift will last you the life of the bus.
One of the most common warranties is five years or 60,000 miles. This can vary greatly depending on the make and model you choose. Itís important to know what the warranty covers and what may be an out-of-pocket expense later. Luckily, we have an in-house warranty department to guide you through the process should your bus need additional work.
9. Financing Your Purchase
Figuring out how to finance and purchase your bus can be a difficult decision. Luckily, we own a leasing company, making it possible to structure any transaction from owning your bus to returning it at lease end. Through flexible payment structures and experienced finance experts youíll be able to secure the right finance option.
Buying your first bus doesnít have to be a nerve-wracking or confusing experience. In large part, being prepared can help make the process smooth and enjoyable!
This information is courtesy of Creative Bus Sales, www.creativebussales.com.