Tips Choosing, Then for Buying, The Right Bus
First, you need to choosing the right bus for your needs.
When looking at different types of buses for your transportation company, it can feel like an endless list of different types, sizes, and so on. There are major manufacturers to consider, and also small companies that specialize in conversion. To aid in the process of deciding what bus is right for you, we have created a list of the common bus types and their specifications.
The Charter Bus
Also sometimes called the motor coach, this bus includes a wide variety of motor coaches available for charter across the country. Popular manufacturers include MCI, Prevost, Setra and Van Hool. This type of bus is frequently nicknamed the “tour bus”, this type of large bus usually has a washroom feature.
Smaller than a charter bus, the minibus can be a cost effective option for smaller groups. These types of busses range in seating from 10 to 41 people, and are frequently seen for use in shuttling, airport transfers, and similar local travel. These do not commonly have a washroom feature.
The School Bus
These are ideal for short, local movements on a lower budget. They do not have luxuries such as washrooms or air conditioning for the passengers, but are ideal for short, local movements. Often, school bus companies are contractors or school district providers. Most commonly, school busses seat between 10 and 60 people.
The Sleeper Bus
Sometimes also called the “entertainer” bus, these are typically used by travelling musical groups or celebrities for extended travel. They include between 9 and 12 bunks to accommodate sleeping, and are usually leased for 30 or more days. They usually seat between 9 and 18 people during travel.
The Party Bus
The party bus is usually a type of minibus with additional features that makes it common for use as a type of extra-sized limousine. Often, these have leather perimeter seating inside. Some companies will provide an on-board attendant for serving drinks. These types of busses are often used for weddings or a big night out. As you can see, there are a number of different bus types to choose from for your company. Additionally, each of these types can be further customized to meet the needs of your business.
Now you need to buy the bus. What should you think about?
If the time has come to purchase a new bus for your business, you will want to be sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck. Especially if you are purchasing used, you will want to be careful to make sure your purchase is exactly what you require. The key with balancing a good deal vs a bad one is knowing what to look for and what to ask when you are shopping for your next bus.
Here are 5 things to think about as you are shopping for a bus:
-Know the history of the bus you are purchasing. Find out where the bus has travelled, when and for how long it was in service, and how often it was maintained. This can give you a good idea of what may need to be done shortly, and what parts of the bus may need additional maintenance.
-Trust your mechanic. Bring along a trusted mechanic to help you inspect the busses you may purchase. A professional’s insight may prove to be invaluable.
-Have your finances ready. Ensure you have everything together with the banks so that you are ready to purchase when you find your perfect bus.
-Note the numbers. Pay attention to the mileage and odometer of the bus. This can help to determine if it has ever been rebuilt, and may give some insights into its history.
-Decide what is essential. When looking for features and options for your bus, figure out what is essential and what may not be necessary. Some needed options may be able to be added on at a later date if required.
Always get as much history on any bus purchase as possible. Following the above tips will help you to make the right decision for your business.