Whatever your bus needs are--whether you need to find charter buses for sale, tour buses for sale, school buses for sale or some other kind of commercial bus for sale--there are several options for obtaining one bus or a whole fleet of them. Before you approach any dealer or bus manufacturer, be sure you understand bus and charter manufacturers basics.
It's always wise to do thorough research before setting foot on a bus manufacturer's or dealer's lot. This research should include a complete understanding of what your needs are, what sort of bus will best fulfill those needs and what your budget is. Then:
1. Research how best to buy from luxury bus manufacturers or other commercial bus manufacturers.
2. Buy from a charter bus manufacturer or other commercial bus dealer.
3. Lease from charter bus manufacturers or other commercial bus dealers.
Research bus and charter manufacturers basicsIf your business has the means, buying a new bus has many pluses, including less likelihood of mechanical problems, more attractive appearance and a vehicle under warranty. When buying a used bus, you must take extra care; never purchase one without first having a qualified mechanic look it over thoroughly. Also, ensure that replacement parts are readily available.
Buy from tour bus manufacturers or other commercial bus sellersOnce your research is complete, there are a wide variety of manufacturers and dealers to choose from. Look not only for a business that can sell you the type of bus you need, but one that also offers outstanding warranties and service.
Lease from commercial bus makers and sellersSometimes it makes more sense to lease a bus, particularly if you want to free up cash or credit lines. Other benefits to leasing include the fact that the bus will always be under warranty, it will carry a lower tax rate (at least in many states) and perhaps you will have the ability to use a newer vehicle because there is no down and your monthly payments are lower.
- When purchasing used from bus manufacturers and dealers, try to find vehicles from states with mild climates.