Buses can be divided up into a number of groups, including: City bus, Coach, Double decker, Minibus or Articulated bus. Suspension arms, stabilisers and brakes are subject to excessive wear and tear in buses. Particular attention should be paid to wear in these areas when buying a used bus. Also check spare parts are available and these are affordable – this consideration is not inconsiderable for the make and model decision. Additionally consult some test reviews for further information. The condition of the tyres can offer valuable clues to frequency of use and any possible defects along with the service frequency. A test drive is recommended. During the test drive, check the various technical assistance systems, brake travel, the handling and or course the gear changes and transmission. A glance in the engine bay will reveal leaks and substandard maintenance. The condition of the interior of the bus will also provide an indication of how well the bus was maintained in the past. Fuel consumption is another indication of vehicle condition.
Each buyer must also decide which criteria are important for the import of a bus into another country.