Are you in the market for a secondhand minibus?
Buying a second hand minibus can be tricky. Similar to a taxi most minuses have not been parked idle in a driveway with the occasional outing to the local supermarket Instead they out on the road transporting people from home to school and back or clocking up big mileage on group outings. With this in mind it pays to be vigilant when on the lookout for a second hand minibus. We have complied some key indicators to check and be aware of below.
Minibuses come in all shapes and sizes, have you decided on the size required or more important the maximum number of passenger that you will carrying. Deciding on this will help narrow down the search, keep in mind that buying a minibus with more seats than required will result in you paying a higher minibus insurance premium as brokers take number the number of seats into the premium calculation. For example 9 seater minibus insurance is higher than 7 or 8 seater minivans.
Typical things to look out for
First Impressions :
Like most things first impression count and keep these in mind during the decision making process. Do you have a friend that is mechanically savvy if so bring him or her along as what looks good on the surface can have serious defaults hiding from view. This may be impractical, but we would still advise when you think that you have found a family minibus get a mechanic to check it out. The mechanic will be able to carry out a comprehensive all round check of both body work and the mechanical parts.
Carpark Meet up
The seller has asked to meet in a car park, ask yourself why ? has the vehicle been stolen? Insist on going to the owners home to inspect the vehicle
Does it sound just too cheap?
Cheap normally equates to a bargain, but can also be you pay for what you get. Be aware the owner may be trying to offload a minibus that is a waiting disaster that will need constant attention and money spent to keep it up and running.
Fresh Paint job
Paint can cover up underlying bodywork damage, ask yourself and the owner why was it painted.