How to Decide If You’re Ready to Purchase a Bus

Model 1 | February 11, 2014

Every person considering a big purchase should weigh the decision before making the final call. The matter is no different when looking for a bus to purchase. In fact, the decision may be more heavily weighed with others to consider. Potential bus owners will want to consider passenger needs, finance and fuel options before making the leap to bus owner. Read on for a look at the basics to consider when looking to purchase a bus.

Passenger Needs

One of the main reasons for buying a bus is for the needed passenger space. It’s important for potential buyers to consider all circumstances when trying to determine the seating capacity on their bus. Getting the opinion and recommendations from others who will be using the bus is also very important. Others may have insight to future plans or will bring a fresh perspective into the buying process. No matter the choice, buyers can be sure Creative will stock passenger availability from 4 up to 79. As with any vehicle offered, there is the option of ADA compliant wheelchair lifts or ramps.


No owner wants to purchase a bus they can’t pay for. Making sure adequate funds are in place before purchase can alleviate stress for the buyer. Potential owners will want to consider the initial cost, fuel prices, as well as regular service and maintenance needs. It’s always best to buy slightly under budget to ensure there will be enough for any mishaps that may occur. Creative Bus Sales operates their own finance company, Creative Fleet Leasing, making it easy for buyers to structure payments for bus owners. With a variety of finance options, from leasing to outright ownership, Creative can offer the lowest rates available. To view more about finance options for individuals or businesses, click here. !!!

Fuel Options

Drivers want to get the most out of their fuel. Less time spent refueling means less time wasted at the gas pump, more time on the road, and of course less expense. There are many popular options when it comes time to decide on a fuel source. The most popular are traditional gas and diesel, as well as up-and-coming alternative fuel sources like propane and compressed natural gas (CNG). Gas and diesel are standard on most chassis, and drivers will rarely have difficulty finding fuel. Most mechanics also know how to service these chassis.

A popular, and growing alternative fuel source is propane and compressed natural gas. Though some are unfamiliar with alternative fuels, they can be driven, fueled, and serviced much in the same way as traditional fuel sources. In fact, some operators may find that maintenance becomes easier thanks to a cleaner burning fuel. Overall, fuel costs will be lower by about 15% to 50%, but also consider the initial price of conversion. As always, any questions can be addressed by a salesperson.

Proper Maintenance

Operators want to keep their buses running as efficiently and for as long as possible. It’s worth it to consider whether or not regular maintenance will be something the owner can afford and properly conduct. Regular maintenance will ensure the bus is running properly, and keep small problems from escalating to larger problems. This will also keep surprise costs down. Choose a service facility that is trustworthy and reliable. Also account that alternative fuel vehicles will need to service by someone who knows how to perform specialized maintenance.

Now that a few questions have been addressed, it’s time to explore current inventory or contact a salesperson. At Creative, we strive to cater to our customers and provide them with top quality service no matter their needs.