Day's Report: MISSION BUS = Semi-Failure
I hate to do it, but I have to report that the bus deal was a semi-failure. We got there and started it, drove it, and things were going fine. It actually ran. For an '86 gas engine that hadn't run in 7 years (minus one start 6 months ago) it was running pretty good. It was a full-size bus, but without seats I was getting the feeling that there wasn't very much weight to it. All of my research suggested that no full-size bus in the world weighs less than 10,000lbs. I figured that at $700 to purchase the bus I could at least get it to the yard and profit a minimum of $300.... I was mistaken.
I asked for the title, as the GVWR on the door of the bus was listed at 21,220lbs. I thought this was about right, and that the bus itself would weigh about half of its weight rating. First, the woman brought me a title that said the vehicle weighed 3,800lbs. I shook my head, knowing this could not be true. I checked the VINs and sure enough, it was not the title for the bus. I told the woman and she brought me the correct title (VINs matched). This title said the bus weighed 6,296lbs empty. Just six thousand pounds!!!! Minus seats! Minus tare weight for the tires which the yard will deduct!
I still couldn't believe it. My dodge 3500 weighs 5,250 pounds (approx). I get receipts from the quarry all the time with the weight of my rig. I know these scale numbers don't lie but so much. I knew in my heart that the bus HAD to weigh more than 6,000 lbs..... But what could I do!?! I couldn't just buy this thing relying completely on my faith in google searches for bus weights!
I debated this for about half an hour sitting in the truck with my brother, who was in favor of abandoning the deal.
Then I saw that the name on the title was not the name of the woman who was conducting the sale. And that the principal address was not the address I was at. Not the same county. Feeling discouraged and uneager to deal with a potentially funny title, a bus that didn't run, and a weight that was not profitable, I offered the woman $200 for the bus. Obviously, she declined. I then asked her about the pintle hitch on the back of the bus. I said I would give her $20, as I have wanted a replacement ball/pintle combo hitch for one of mine that stopped opening properly. Despite my unreasonably low offer for the bus, followed by my low offer for the hitch, she GAVE me the pintle hitch attachment for free (probably about $100 or more new) and another hitch attachment for pulling some sort of special equipment. I told her I had never seen it before but she said it was mine, so I took it. After a long pause she looked at the ground and said quietly, and I quote, "I don't know what people want with all this &*#%"
So, that was my day. A long drive, semi-failed mission, BBQ dinner, and a new hitch for the truck. Not $500 cash money, but not bad.... Not bad at all.