Frequently Asked Questions
DIESEL OR GAS, WHICH IS BEST FOR A BUS?
Contrary to the truth, much of the general public believe that having a gas bus is the best decision, thinking that it is easier to work on and to find a mechanic. There are reasons why 95% of the professional transportation industry buy diesel: less maintenance, longevity, and fuel mileage.
• Even though diesels cost more, the professionals still prefer diesel.
• Consider this, with 100,000 miles the diesel is still considered “Low Mileage.”
• Yes, there are plenty of diesel mechanics. Diesels have become so popular in light duty trucks, that most dealerships have diesel mechanics that can work on the engines used in most small to mid-sized buses.
I NEED A NON CDL BUS
When considering the purchase of a bus for your company or organization, some prefer to purchase a bus that does not require a CDL Driver. For the most part a bus that is 14 passengers or lower does qualify as a Non CDL Bus.
MAINTENANCE, DO YOU SERVICE BUSES?
Atlantic Bus offers Bus Servicing and Bus Repairs in our state of the art service and repair facility located in South Florida. We provide a full range of bus repairs, bus maintenance and service. Whether you have one bus or an entire fleet of buses we provide quality services at great prices. Some fleets consist of town cars, limousines, sprinters etc. Our bus repair service is also set up to accommodate your other vehicles. Keep in mind that we specialize in service for your wheelchair bus as a Certified Ricon and Braun Service Center.
CHURCH BUS, DO YOU SELL CHURCH BUSES?
Yes, many of our bus sales at Atlantic Bus Sales are church bus sales, so we are familiar with what the needs of churches are when it comes to purchasing a church bus.
PARTS, DO YOU STOCK PARTS?
Yes, we stock most parts for the buses we sell. In the rare event we do not have the exact part you need we have the ability to order your parts for quick shipping. We can also handle special order parts to get you up and running. Check our Bus Parts page for more information. We carry a full line of Eldorado Bus Parts, Krystal Bus Parts and Glaval Bus Parts along with other major bus manufacturers
AIRPORT, WHAT AIRPORT ARE YOU NEAR?
Atlantic Bus Sales is located in Pompano Beach in South Florida. If traveling by commercial airline to visit us, fly into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. If flying by private plane, we can meet you at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Call us a couple of days prior to your arrival and we will be glad to pick you up at the airport.
INVENTORY, WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR?
If by chance we don’t have the bus you are looking for on our Inventory Page, call us at 1 (800) 762-7433. Our inventory changes constantly. If you are in need of a specific floor plan or specialty bus (custom buses for sale), it is quite possible that we have the bus in stock at the factory or it can be built to order.
NEW BUS, DO YOU SELL NEW BUSES?
Yes, if we don’t have it in stock, just contact us and we shall assist you with picking the bus and options best suited for your needs. You will then sign a Buyer’s Order with deposit and we will place your order.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Founded in 1986 in sunny South Florida, Atlantic Bus Sales has built its reputation around providing their customers with the very best in sales, in- house service and maintenance year after year. See our About Us page to learn more about our business and history.
We have been specializing in Church Bus Sales, School Bus Sales, Shuttle Bus Sales, Prison Transport Buses, Paratransit Buses for years, and we are your source for Eldorado Bus, Krystal Bus and Glaval Bus just to name a few. Our Mission is to be industry leaders in transportation solutions by implementing the proper bus for your organization’s needs, using skill, unmatched teamwork to provide unsurpassed customer service that exceeds all expectations. We strive to keep your business for life.
In determining whether to purchase a gas or diesel bus, keep in mind what the use of your bus will be. If you have short routes or will be idling for long periods of time, this too needs to be taken into consideration. Just discuss it with one of our salespeople and we shall help you chose the most efficient engine for your needs.
SHOULD I PURCHASE A PREOWNED BUS?
Our mini buses and mid-size buses go through a thorough inspection. We either repair or replace items that don’t pass our inspection. Some parts like alternators, starters, water pumps, power steering pumps, pulley bearings, brake calipers and pads, steering stabilizers, we replace automatically so that you know they will last. If the bus is outfitted with a Ricon or Braun wheelchair lift, it is tested and inspected and repaired if necessary. Other parts like wheel covers, ball joints and tires are replaced 95% of the time. Only if they are almost new do we leave them. We also paint some of our mini to midsize shuttle buses so that there will be no overlooked blemishes on the bus. All Buses are detailed.
Keep in mind that we do accept trade-ins.
LUGGAGE, SHOULD I HAVE LUGGAGE SPACE IN MY BUS?
It all depends on whether you will be using it primarily for overnight trips. If not, you can always put your luggage on seats for the occasional overnight trip, but just remember, you can’t sit in a luggage compartment! In most cases we can add a luggage area or remove it.
GRAPHICS, CAN YOU ADD CUSTOM GRAPHICS TO MY BUS?
Atlantic Bus Sales also offers Graphic Design to complete and compliment your bus purchase. Whether you need your organization’s logo and lettering, a full wrap or custom graphics, our graphics design department is ready to assist with this process.
Ask your Sales Person for quote
HANDICAP BUS, DO YOU HAVE WHEELCHAIR LIFT BUSES?
Yes, we try to keep a good selection of ADA equipped Handicap Buses (also known as Paratransit Vehicles) in our Inventory. Call us at 1 (800) 762-7433 if you have specific questions about the various models for sale.
FINANCING, DO YOU HAVE FINANCING?
Atlantic Bus Sales provides Bus Leasing Solutions for all types of buses to qualified buyers. We offer flexible terms which are customized to fit your current or future needs. Our bus lease programs are designed to ensure a smooth transition from leasing to final purchase. For more information about a bus lease program please contact our sales department at 1-800-762-7433.
ARE PASSENGER VANS SAFER THAN SMALL-SIZE BUSES?
For passenger vans there is a very high risk for rollover according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, and as a result hundreds of lives have been lost in recent years. Instead, consider purchasing a 14 or less passenger bus. You do not need a CDL Driver for buses holding 14 or less passengers.
VAN ROLLOVER RISKS, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PASSENGER VAN RISKS?
Part of the reason for an increase in shuttle bus sales was the determination by the National Transportation Safety Board that the 15 passenger van, due to its tendency to roll over during reflex traffic maneuvers or tire blow outs, was an unsafe vehicle. After the 15 passenger van was declared dangerous, the insurance industry stepped in and either canceled or raised their rates on van policies. Thus, the mini to midsize bus became very popular. Because of the lower center of gravity there is less likelihood of a rollover, making it the safer vehicle.