We sell all types and sizes of school buses from 10 to 54 passengers. Our sales associates have over 25 years of experience in the automotive business. They can help answer all your bus questions and concerns. We can help you buy the school bus that best fits your needs at an affordable price. Call Us Today and let us help you find the school bus of your dreams.
We have EVERY KIND of school bus for sale! Most people may not know this but there are three types of school buses and we specialize in all of them. While school buses look very similar they are actually very different. The three main types are A, B, C. There are also many school buses that have a similar appearance to transit bus bodies.
Type A school buses is usually a built as a cutaway front section vehicle. Type A buses have a passenger door on the right side and a separate drivers door on the left. Type A1 has a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds while A2 has a GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 10,000 pounds. These buses are usually designed to accomodate ten or more passegers. Both Type A bus models meet the strict Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set in place for school buses.
Type B school buses are built on a front section chassis or a stripped chassis. Type B buses are designed with a GVWR over 10,000 pounds. This buses have a passenger door on the right side of the bus and no driver door. Like the Type A buses the engine is in the front section of the bus usually under the winshield or under the floor next to the driver seat.
Type C school buses are the most reconizable of all buses. They are the classic yellow school bus everyone pictures. The body of the type c bus is installed on a flat back chassis. Type C buses have a full hood which contains the engine of the bus. They have a passenger door and no separate drivers door. The GVWR of these buses is over 10,000. The buses all meet Federal Motor Vehicle safety standards.
The last of the four are bus styles is Transit. These buses take on the flat nose characteristics of public transit buses. Much like classic Type C buses they are built on a flat back chassis. The engine is most often located in the rear section of the bus or under the floor next to the driver. Unlike the other buses the transit style school buses door is placed before the front wheels.
We Also Rent Specialty School Buses!
MOVIE / FILM SHOOT BUSES AVAILABLE
This beatiful 1950's Antique GMC TDH Bus 3714 has shared it's time on the big screen! One of our most popular choices for movie shoots, films and television. This is a great choice when you're looking for a Classic Americal Bus for your next project. Please ask about our novelty school buses which are available for rent out for productions! We carry a wide variety of school buses both available for sale and for these special projects. We never sell these school buses and we maintain all of our novelty vehicles on site to ensure top quality for our customers. We also have a specific collection of disabled vehicles for those wishing to incorpoate a damaged vehicle in their next movie without actually destroying a perfectly fine bus or coach!
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A Little on the History of the School Bus
Everyone knows the big yellow and black bus that rolls up and down the streets in towns across the world picking up school aged children nine months out of the year. Do you know how the school bus came to be? Why are school buses yellow? When did we start using school buses? We have the answers to these questions and more.
The First School Bus
While there is proof going back as far as the early 1800's in London stating that horse drawn carriages were used to transport up to twenty five children to school the earliest account of a school bus in America was the late 1800's. At that time we also used horse drawn carriages which were called "kid hacks". Most kid hacks were once farm wagons that had benches added to them.
In 1886 Wayne Corporation, which is one of the oldest school bus manufactures, started production on the first school bus wagon. During the early part of the 1900's motorized vehicles were beginning to replace horse drawn carriages. The first motorized school buses remained similar in style to the original kid hack carriages.
In 1927 a Ford Dealership owner produced the first metal and wooden body school bus. This man was A.L. Luce and he later went on the found one of the biggest school bus manufactures in the world Bluebird. Luce's bus had plastic canvas windows. It wasn't until 1930 that Wayne Buses introduced glass windows. 1930 also saw the end of wagon conversion and a transition into a closer metal version of what we know now as a school bus. Up until 1940 school buses were individually owned and operated. As the world began to change and school systems became larger more schools began to purchase and maintain their own fleets. The first diesel powered bus was introduced in 1954 and manufactures began building them on heavy duty metal chassis. By the 1960's we had the school buses that have become a part of our every day lives. Buses grew in size from the original ten to twenty passengers up to fifty four passengers. Since than the school bus has remained relatively unchanged. Every year new safety standards and regulations are added and updated. Other than the newer flat nose models of school buses they have cosmetically remained unchanged for decades.
Ever Wonder Why School Buses Are Yellow?
Everyone knows the classic yellow school bus. Did you know they were not always yellow? Originally school buses were converted wagons and often remained the color of the wagon used. in 1939 after buses made the transition to metal bodies Dr. Frank Cyr did a study on the state of school buses and determined there should be a set group of rules an standards for the automobiles that were transporting out children every day. The Rockefeller Foundation agreed to fund the conference of 48 state officials and so began the standardization of the school bus.
One of the main standards from the conference was the implementation of National school bus chrome or school bus yellow. The color was picked after studies showed the human mind notices the color yellow one and a half times faster than any other color. The reflective yellow paint is also more noticeable even in low lighting such as early mornings before the sun is up or evenings after sunset. The hope was that people would recognize the yellow automobile and become trained to automatically slow down and pay attention. While the conference occurred in 1939 it wasn't until the 1970's that all buses would be painted the school bus yellow we all know and love today.
We specialize in school buses and have a large inventory to choose from, should you need something specific we hope to accommodate all customer needs!