The Bus Centre – All-things Bus

Welcome to The Bus Centre, your one-stop bus shop. As a stand-alone bus store, we focus solely on buses, including parts and service. If you are looking to purchase a bus, or need support for an existing unit, you’ve come to the right place.

Bus Sourcing

We source used buses from our customers and dealer network, Canada wide. Good used units often come in on trades or business closures. You’ll find our current inventory here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll do the searching for you. We are always working to find quality used buses for our customers.

The USA generally has a better availability of good used buses. Sourcing internationally has its own challenges, including unit condition of unseen units, lack of warranty, cross border transacting, significant exchange rate differences and the need to upgrade the bus to become D250 Canada safety compliant. In general, these units require significant additional costs to be made road-worthy and are generally not cost effect to import. A customer would be wiser to consider the purchase of a new bus with full warranty over a cross-border purchase.

Availability

We’ll be up front about the used bus market. As much as we’d like to sell you a good used school bus, there isn’t much availability at this time. Just like all other commodities in our daily lives, new buses have also gone up in price. That increase makes a less expensive used bus highly desirable.

Customers also tend to run their units the maximum allowed by their school divisions. After 15+ years of service, these buses have lived a good long life and are generally retired from service. Units in this age range are often used in personal customization projects.

It’s a fact that a used buses is a cost-effective way to continue to service your route. We do receive used buses on trade, however as a highly sought item, they sell quickly. Still, consider checking our inventory as we do occasionally have some listed on our website.

Shuttle buses have more variability and we do see units that are newer or with lower mileage. Contact us to keep your needs in mind as we hear of quality used shuttles that become available.

If you are interested in a used vehicle, it’s best to give us a call to find out what may be coming in, or have your name added to the list with the specifications you’re looking for. Sometimes we may be able to connect you with a seller.

Financing

In general, used buses do not qualify for financing however we do offer great financing options for new buses. See our options here or speak with one of our sales managers for more information.

Getting A Used Bus On The Road

Repairs and Modifications

Our experienced technicians are trained to diagnose and repair vehicle deficiencies. We take pride in offering excellence as we assist customers with their service needs. We also have the largest parts warehouse in Western Canada, which complements our service capabilities to get repairs done quickly.  See our parts and service pages for more details.

School Buses and D250 compliance

If you are planning to use the bus for a personal project, modifications will be required to remove school related signage (stop sign, school bus lettering, alternating lights). This bus will no longer be fit for school bus usage and will no longer require certification. Customers often have interesting and useful purposes for old buses but as a result, are looking for very low-cost options. Units like this can be sourced more easily at auctions.

School bus routes required properly certified school buses. That includes a semi-annual commercial vehicle (CVIP) assessment to be completed. These buses must meet D250 compliance.

The CSA D250-16 is a Canadian Standards Association standard that specifies the chassis and body requirements and safety equipment requirements for school buses. D250 compliance includes specific requisites in the follow areas:

  • lamps
  • reflectors and signals
  • crossing and stop arms
  • mirrors
  • strobe lamps
  • roof hatches
  • school bus colour

All school bus units must adhere to these national standards. Provincial standards may have additional requirements. Units that are moving from one province to another are required to upgrade to the standards of the new province before being considered road-worthy.

Learn more about the Government of Canada school bus safety regulations here.

Let Us Assist You

If you are interested in obtaining a used school bus or commercial bus, it’s best to give us a call and speak with our sales department or use our contact form to reach out. If we know what your parameters are, we can advise you when we have a unit arriving. Our Sales team is able to inform you of any units that may be coming available or connect you with customers that have units up for sale. It’s possible we may be able to better support your needs with a new unit.

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Choose The Bus Centre

Whether you’re looking for a school bus or a commercial bus, we at The Bus Centre do it all. We sell school buses, charter and shuttle buses, paratransit and senior buses, executive and limo buses, industrial and site buses, and even van conversions.

Our team of knowledgeable bus experts are here to serve you, even if you aren’t sure exactly which bus you need or what features you need. We encourage you to give us a call no matter where you are along your bus acquisition journey because our pros can give you information, tips and advice along the way.

Here for the Lifetime of Your Ride

At The Bus Centre, we are here for all your bus needs, all the time. We sell buses, but we also service and maintain them. Additionally, we’re proud to say that we have the largest parts inventory in Alberta, so you can feel confident that we either have, or can find, the part(s) that you may eventually need. On top of that, we’re becoming known by our valued customers as Canada’s destination for bus sales, parts, and service. Trust us to be your one-stop-shop for all things bus related.

Used Bus Sales – Helping You Find Value Transportation

If you have any questions for us, such as what bus you may need, what add-ons or modifications may suit you best, and everything else, don’t hesitate to reach out, because we’re ready to answer all of your bus questions. Our valued current and potential customers are at the core of everything we do, and we value all of your inquiries. Click the button below to get in touch!

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Our Partners

We partner with preferred providers of buses and parts vendors to give you access to the best range of brands at great prices, so you can keep your eyes on the road and the savings in your pocket. We are also proudly Platinum Support Certified.

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