ARCADIA, Fla. -- For limousine operators looking to step into motorcoach service, a reliable used bus can provide the necessary profit margin and low investment threshhold needed to further develop this niche.
LimoForSale.com this week offers a 59-passenger 1999 Setra motorcoach for sale.
The 45-foot white bus is powered by a Series 60 Detroit Diesel engine and Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. It has an engine retarder, Webasto, steerable tag axle, good tires mounted on Alcoa wheels, five-monitor video system, newer seat covers, a clean interior, seatback trays, passenger window shades, and a lavatory with recirculating toilet.
One company that has succeeded in the charter and tour bus market by refurbishing used buses is Rose Chauffeured Transportation of Charlotte, N.C. You can read about their bus strategy in this LCT article.
-- Martin Romjue, LCT editor