6 Signs You Need a New Bus

Model 1 | February 25, 2014

6 Signs You Need a New Bus - Key Hand Off to Customer

Is your current bus out of date? Has the interior or exterior seen better days? Purchasing a new bus could make all the difference for your organization by exceeding your passengers’ expectations for transportation. From seating to safety, there are many different reasons you may be in the market for a new bus. This guide is designed to help you establish your specific bus requirements to help you choose the perfect bus for your organization.


Whether your organization has grown or scaled back, seating requirements are one of the main reasons organizations purchase a an updated vehicle. Most buses designed for private organizations can carry from 4 to 82 passengers. If your seats are torn and cracked, this can make the ride less appealing and less comfortable for passengers. When choosing seating, be sure to consider the upholstery. Vinyl is easy to clean and clothe is designed for comfort on longer rides.

Disability Access

Disability access is a major concern for organizations who wish to transport individuals using wheelchairs or other devices to aid them in getting around. If your bus does not include a wheelchair lift or ramp, these important individuals may not be able to participate in organization activities. When purchasing, consider one that includes easy access for the disabled that is ADA compliant.

Storage Capacity

If your organization takes passengers on long trips, having enough storage space is essential. If it seems your bus does not have storage space to hold passenger equipment or luggage, consider overhead luggage racks and/or rear luggage storage space. Upgrading storage options can make a huge difference.

Fuel Costs

Fueling up an older bus can really burn a hole in your wallet. In some cases, you may have to raise your passengers’ contributions due to your increased cost of fuel. If your bus is costing you more at the pump due to its age, it may be time for an upgrade. Recent advances in technology have allowed bus manufacturers to build buses that are powered either partially or totally by alternative fuels such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas). When purchasing, consider the possibility of having the capability to use alternative fuels. Check out Green Alternative Systems for more info on conversions.

Maintenance Costs

Older buses have a tendency to cost more and more to maintain each year, especially if they begin to have reoccurring problems. Purchasing a new bus can lower your yearly maintenance costs, saving you a bundle in the long run. Cost savings can be amplified by an alternative fuel conversion; ultimately helping you save more over time and lowering passenger fares, if applicable.

Rust or Corrosion

Many climates will cause problems with for a bus long before they are ready to be retired. More humid climates may give way to rust on a bus, while harsher desert environments may cause dings and scratches. Scratches may not be a big issue, but rust will only get worse potentially causing structural damage as well.

Still looking for more information on a new bus? Read our helpful e-book on to get you started. If you decide that you are interested in purchasing a new bus for your organization, please contact our sales department. We’ll be sure to guide you to the best purchase or provide you with up-to-date information.