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October 2014

How Do You Build A Revolutionary Bus? Keep It Simple.

“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...

Total cost of ownership pro tip: Higher quality can lower costs

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.

August 2014

Propane Buses? What’s All Of The Fuss About?

“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...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

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.

June 2014

Thomas Built Buses Lengthens Warranty Coverage

“The cost of parts and services plays a significant role in the total cost of ownership. Obviously, the more you spend on parts and services throughout the year, the higher your total cost of ownership. Purchasing cheaper parts or skimping on maintenance and necessary service visits might lower your initial cost, but in the end you’ll pay much more when parts start to fail.


Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

Oil Testing Raises Red Flags for Poor Performance

Engine oil says a lot about your engine and how it is performing. From a faulty injection system or pressure regulator to cooling system failures, the trace elements and contaminants in your engine oil indicate what’s going on (or not going on) in your engine. In addition to changing the oil at regular intervals, periodically test the oil to monitor the performance of your engine and uncover red flags before they become expensive issues.

Identifying potential problems early will help increase the reliability of your engine and save you money in the long run. To learn more, talk to your local dealer about how to have your engine oil tested.

May 2014

New Propane-Fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 In Production At Thomas Built Buses

“Thomas Built Buses is pleased to announce the expansion of its green vehicle lineup with the new Saf-T-Liner C2 fueled by propane autogas. The first few propane C2 models have already been delivered to a select few customers, and Thomas Built Buses is now beginning to ramp up full production.

How is it spec’ed?

Built upon the popular Saf-T-Liner C2 mo...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

Save Money by Spec’ing the Right Parts

Durability and performance of parts definitely play a role in total cost of ownership. Newer parts in the market oftentimes last longer, increase school bus efficiency, and require less maintenance than traditional parts that were on the market 10 or 15 years ago. Air disc brakes, bonded windshields, multiplex wires, LED lights, and corrosion protection are just a few options that may seem like unnecessary add-ons or may appear a little more expensive than traditional parts, but they each individually can decrease your total cost of ownership. To learn more, speak to your local dealer about what parts may be right for you.

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