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ow to Find Used Buses

How to Find Used Buses
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Updated: July 28, 2015

Whether you need a transportation vehicle to haul students, to transport your band or simply to have enough room to move items that you sell, knowing how to find used buses and how to purchase them will give you a tremendous cost savings over trying to find anything new. Your search will depend on your budget and how far away you are willing to find the bus, but you can easily track down the right vehicle for you.

Steps

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Start your used bus search locally.
Check out the newspaper classified section to see if there are any used buses for sale.
Also watch the newspaper for any local auctions that are selling used buses.
Check out the inventory of local automobile dealerships online. While most dealerships do not list their entire inventory in their print advertising, you can generally find it on the website.

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Move out to a regional search.
Repeat the same steps as you would for a local search, but do so using online tools for the closest big city.
Review the online version of the newspaper of the closest large metropolitan area near you.
Watch the online newspaper for auctions. You might even be able to flag the key term to alert you, if the online newspaper has that feature.
Check out automobile websites in that area to search their entire inventories.

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Switch to a more comprehensive web search for your used bus search.
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Follow a few general rules about purchasing a used bus.
Don’t purchase a vehicle that is heavily rusted.
Make sure that you are aware of the status and origin of any replacement parts.
Try to not purchase a used bus that needs a lot of work done to it. You could invest more into repair than it is worth.
Determine the needs of your organization or your personal needs before settling on a bus type or model.
Have an inspection on any used bus that you are considering for purchase.
Verify that the bus you are looking at has a legitimate title before purchasing the vehicle.
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Make sure that you have a business plan in place to handle the cost of the bus. You want to include all of the numbers associated with bus ownership including cost of the vehicle, insurance, licensing fees, maintenance, repair figures and/or cost for training of the driver.
Tips
Speak to your insurance agent about the increase your insurance bill will see if and when you add a used bus to your collection of vehicles. You will probably see a large increase in premium due to the enormous liability that a bus can mean to you personally or to your organization.
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How to Ride a Personal Watercraft (PWC)

How to Ride a Personal Watercraft (PWC)
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Updated: June 13, 2018

Personal Water crafts have been around since the 1960s starting with Bombardier but quickly brought to popular market by Kawasaki Jet Ski. If you want to learn to ride a PWC, read the following steps.

Steps

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Securely attach the PWC lanyard to your life jacket which has to be approved by the Coast Guard

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Insist that all operators and passengers wear Coast Guard-approved life jackets at all times.

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Insist that all operators know and observe the navigation rules of the state.

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Observe the age-limit rules for all operators to be at least 16 years old.

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Make sure that there is nothing in the water that could clog the water intake grate and that the PWC is started or ran in water AT LEAST 3 feet (0.9 m) deep. PWC engines can suck rocks and debris from the bottom in shallow waters resulting in a damaged or clogged impeller. Never operate a PWC in shallow water.
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Like any other boat, look around before starting and slowly leave the dock.
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Observe and pay attention to your PWC’s fuel level.
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Idle in residential coves and slow-no-wake zones and do not exceed 5 mph (8.0 km/h).
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Pay attention to changing weather conditions, such as thunderstorms that produce lightning, hailstorms, or winds that can produce huge waves and choppy waters.
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Pay attention to submerged rocks, obstacles or hazards as well as currents and tide levels.
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Know the rules. All boats which are underway and up on-plane are required to be AT LEAST 100 feet (30.5 m) from other boats and AT LEAST 150 feet (45.7 m) from shore or docks. The same rules apply to PWCs.
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Pay attention to your surroundings and be polite and courteous to other boats, giving them a wide operating gap to navigate. Boats generally travel in a consistent linear pattern whereas PWC operators often ride in impulsive, erratic “freestyle” patterns of S curves, circles and figure eights, which substantially increase the potential for collision with a boat and may run afoul of the “rules of the road”.
Spatial disorientation and inattention can quickly result by being lost in the moment but increase the risk of being hit by another boat after having quickly but unwittingly maneuvered the PWC directly into the path of another boat’s immediate strike zone. Freestyle riding that includes radical maneuvers, high-speed spins, carves, jumps and tricks should be performed in a non-residential cove or remote area of the lake that is not subject to frequent boat traffic.
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Do not jump the wake of another boat or linger behind a boat similar to as if the boat was pulling a water skier.
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Do not spray other boats or docks with water while underway.
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Do not weave through congested boat traffic.
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When traveling with other PWCs, consolidate together as a small operating unit when navigating congested traffic with the intent of staying clear of other boats as a pack.
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Do not harass or antagonize wildlife, such as duck or marine animals.
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Be conscientious about how other users are using the reservoir, lake or park. Many other people came to the same place for peace and quiet. If it appears that PWC usage is infringing upon the rights of others to have solace, then ride to areas away from other people where no one will be disrupted. Being a public nuisance puts the entire sport at risk for everyone to face PWC bans and heighten restrictions.
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Be polite to other boaters: everyone has the right to be on the water together. Respect begets respect.
Warnings
A younger crowd could be more prone to show-off or attempt radical maneuvers without paying much attention to their surroundings which is the number one cause of collision-type accidents.
Excessive speed, inappropriate speed for the conditions, inattention, carelessness, reckless operation, alcohol consumption and willful or unintentional violations of the “Rules of the Road” are the leading or contributing factors toward PWC accidents.
A Personal Watercraft is not a toy. According to the United States Coast Guard, a PWC is classified as a “boat” which is subject to the same laws as any other vessel on the water. PWCs may endure greater scrutiny as they are required to yield to less-maneuverable vessels and are also restricted to day use due to lack of nighttime navigation lights, vessel length and seating configuration in which the rider is in closer proximity to the water.
Like all boats, nearly all PWCs do not have brakes, airbags or seat belts. Most PWCs also lack off-throttle steering which can easily cause a rider to unintentionally collide with another object due to inability to steer the watercraft unless throttle is applied – adding to increased risk of injury or death.
Speed on the water is relative to two to three times the speed on land. Highways speeds are typically 75 mph (121 km/h) whereas waterway traffic speeds for “runabout” boats less than 26 feet (7.9 m) is typically 25 to 40 mph (40 to 64 km/h) when underway and up on-plane.
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