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September 2016

Back to School Gets Cool with Thomas Built Buses. Four Ways Thomas Built Buses Helps You Make the Grade.

Students aren’t the only ones with butterflies in their stomachs on the first day of school. Fleet owners, drivers and technicians can also come down with a case of new-school-year-nerves as they consider the possibilities that lie ahead.

Will all of the buses start? Will there be unexpected mechanical issues or downtime? Will routes run as expected? Or worse, will your school bus...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Inspection is Key

Don’t skimp on your maintenance and inspections. Before starting up your buses for the first time this school year, give each bus a top-to-bottom inspection, replace worn parts or components, and change your fluids, filters, etc. Throughout the school year, be sure to complete a thorough pre- and post-inspection to keep your buses safe and in good working order. You’ll save time and hassles—not to mention peace of mind.

August 2016

Compressed Natural Gas – The Basics

Districts switching to alternative fuels are creating a lot of buzz. First there was a tremendous amount of attention to propane engines. And now the focus has shifted to compressed natural gas, especially since we officially have started production on our new Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG school bus with the Cummins ISB6.7 G engine and Allison 2000 Series transmission...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Consider Fuel Costs

Whether you are converting to alternative fuels or running a clean-diesel bus, consider your fuel costs. Newer buses run more efficiently and operate with reduced fuel costs compared to older buses. In addition, many alternative fuels run much more efficiently and cost less than diesel. Reviewing your fuel costs can help streamline your decision on when it is time to get a new bus and what type of bus best meets your needs.

May 2016

Pride, Purpose and Passion: 100th Anniversary Celebrations Are Underway

We’re having a great time celebrating our 100th anniversary this year. This past month we hosted an employee celebration event with 4,500 of our current and retired employees, dealers and their families. And members of the founding Thomas family showed up for our carnival-themed extravaganza.

A few weeks later, we continued to celebrate with our first appearance in a NASCAR race, where w...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Financing Options Can Stretch Your Budget

Consider financing with Daimler Truck Financial as a way to stretch your operating budget this year. Through tax-exempt municipal financing or competitive retail loans and leases, you can purchase new buses by making periodic payments on terms up to seven years. That leaves more money in your pocket for all of your other necessities.

March 2016

Thomas Built Buses Celebrates 100 Years – Five Ways to Celebrate With Us

One hundred years ago, Perley A. Thomas gave Thomas Built Buses its start when he founded the Perley A. Thomas Car Works, a streetcar company, in 1916. Since then, Thomas Built Buses has been a leader in the school bus industry providing innovations, product features and designs that not only make school buses even more durable, safe, smart and efficient, but also make Thomas Built buses belove...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Consider Alternative Fuels

Next to the capital cost of a school bus, fleets spend most of their budget on fueling costs. When upgrading your fleet, consider an alternative fuel such as propane or compressed natural gas. The fuel savings alone will decrease your total cost of ownership, in addition to lowering maintenance costs and gaining the satisfaction of running a cleaner vehicle.

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