What to Look for When Purchasing A Bus

If you are looking for a pre-owned bus, the search can become overwhelming as you navigate various sellers. There are several things to consider when selecting a bus to use for personal or business needs.

If you are unsure where to begin, here are the items you need to check:


One of the two biggest factors in finding the right bus for you is the size of the vehicle. You should have a good idea how many people you plan to transport or how much space you need before you do any shopping, and make sure the vehicle will be able to hold all the passengers you need without being unnecessarily large for your purposes.

Engine Size and Reliability

Once you know how many people or how much weight you will have onboard, it is time to find the engine that will get you where you are going. American Bus Sales can help ensure that you get an engine that will stand the test of time, but it is important to check for performance, safety, and fuel economy records, as well as reviews.


Depending on what you plan to use the bus for, you may want to take extra safety precautions such as seatbelts or wheelchair lifts. Be mindful of additions that you add which can impact the bus’s overall safety, like reclining seats for example.


If you are purchasing a used bus for sale, make sure to test all electrical equipment to guarantee everything is working right before making a purchase. It is also important to consider any modifications you want to be included.

Engine Diagnostics

Anytime you are considering purchasing a used vehicle of any kind, it is a good practice to ask for maintenance records for the vehicle and to have it inspected by an independent mechanic, so you can be aware of any potential issues that may arise. You should also be aware of if your bus takes gas or diesel fuel and how that will impact your overall costs.

When shopping for a pre-owned bus, look no further than American Bus Sales, our inventory of professionally inspected pre-owned shuttles, school buses, and coaches are both safe and reliable. Contact us today to inquire about the next addition to your fleet!