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“After the initial purchase price of a bus, fuel is the most significant expense over the life of the vehicle. That’s why school districts across the country are looking for ways to operate more fuel-efficient fleets. Often they turn to alternative fuels. And lately, there has been a lot of buzz in the media about propane autogas.
Propane is all the rage, and everyone is talk...
Sometimes the best way to run a more cost-effective fleet of buses is to replace old vehicles with new ones. Unfortunately, the initial purchase price can seem like a major hurdle for school systems in today’s economy. But it doesn’t have to be.
By working with a vehicle financing company like Daimler Truck Financial, school systems have access to specialized expertise that isn’t available elsewhere. Schools now are taking advantage of a variety of flexible financing options, like tax-exempt municipal financing or competitive retail loans and leases with the option for periodic payments on terms up to seven years. When school systems stay focused on lowering their total cost of ownership, the purchase price doesn’t stand in the way of operating the best fleet possible.
“This year’s theme for NAPT is Driving Innovation. That’s something we know a lot about at Thomas Built Buses. In fact, it’s been our company theme for decades. We’re recognized leaders in new technology and innovative manufacturing techniques. And our partnerships with OEM suppliers raise the bar even higher. Visit our booth at NAPT, and we’ll show you the latest and greatest Thomas Buil...
Before winter approaches, make sure your biggest investment is well cared for with corrosion protection. Some protective finishes can wear off over time, or become damaged from rocks or gravel. Then, when corrosive elements such as acid rain or de-icers settle on the body or up in the undercarriage of your bus, they slowly eat away at the chassis, bumpers or even the wiring of the bus, resulting in destructive and costly damage.
Don’t get caught with corrosion this year. Ask your local dealer about corrosion protection today.
“What we’ve learned after 10 years of building the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner® C2
In 2004, the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner® C2 changed the school bus industry. And that didn’t happen by chance. When designing and building the C2, Thomas Built implemented a simple and effective strategy: do a handful of things better than anyone else. That’s right...
We know how tempting it is to buy the lowest priced replacement parts. Sometimes that may actually be the best bet. But other times, low cost just gets you low quality. And low quality parts fail more quickly, costing you more money in the long run. That’s why it’s important to have a candid conversation with your dealer, whose job is to help you determine the best options for your specific needs.
In addition to quality, look for the latest technology. Engineering departments are designing some truly innovative parts these days. When you must replace something, consider upgrading. For example, some newer transmission parts now include idle parameters, fuel economy modes and the ability to gear with the powertrain of your bus.
“There has been a lot of buzz surrounding propane buses, but what is all of the fuss about? Hasn’t propane been around for years?
It’s true that propane is not a new fuel source, but its popularity in the school bus industry is definitely on the rise. As district budgets are tightened and environmental standards become as much of a public mandate as they are governmental, fleets ar...
Train your team; time is running out
Downtime is costly. Technician training is an important aspect of TCO because the sooner your technicians can perform routine maintenance checks, the more quickly your buses can be back on the road. Solid training keeps your buses in optimal condition, and it saves you time and money on maintenance that can be performed quickly on-site.
Each year, Thomas Built Buses offers hands-on intensive technician training and factory-certified curriculum all in one week. Thomas Built Institute 2014 – West will take place from September 9 – 12 in Dallas, Texas. Registration is now open.
To register or learn more, visit the Thomas Built Institute page.