There are many reasons why someone or a group of people may need a minibus. It may be due to having a larger family and needing something to chauffeur all of your children around. Perhaps you are the principal of a school and need to buy a vehicle to get the basketball team to away games after school.
Whatever the reason, some boxes need to be ticked when you are buying a minibus, and as they differ somewhat from those of a standard car, it can be tricky to get through without some help.
So, here is a simple list of how you can find the ideal minibus for you and your group. Enjoy!
Find a Dealership
Firstly, you need to find a reputable dealership that has a minibus for sale, preferably multiple types. Why? Because the more they have, the more likely they are to be experienced with these vehicles.
To find the ideal dealership, go online and look at reviews. Be sure that they are on an independent website, as if you look on the dealership website, they are likely to be a bit biased! If you know someone who has a minibus, why not ask them where they got theirs from?
See it First
You would be surprised at how many people have been conned out of money due to buying a vehicle online. So, always be sure to see the minibus before you put any money down. If you have a friend who is a mechanic, or you are one, be sure to give the vehicle a once over, to ensure that everything is as it needs to be.
Be sure to ask plenty of questions, especially if the minibus is second-hand, relating to previous owners, mileage and any issues it may have come in with, and how they were repaired.
Of course, you will need to take it for a test drive, to ensure that it works, and that it works as stated in the advert.
Once again, this is an ideal reason to bring along a mechanic, as they will be able to recognize any potential issues with the vehicle as you drive, such as gas leaks, or other odd smells or sounds. If it passes muster in this area, then move on to the next step!
Depending on the state you are in, and the reason you are purchasing a minibus, you need to ask about safety features. You will need to check that these are working and all safety features in the vehicle checked before buying it.
When you are buying a minibus from a dealership, there may be the option for add-ons, such as insurance or other forms of cover. Be sure to ask about what exactly is included when you buy the minibus, and always double-check that the fees or monthly payments include all of the add-ons before you sign on the dotted line.
Finally, enjoy your new minibus!