If you’re looking for a place to obtain intel on everything related to shuttle buses before making a purchase, you’ve landed at the right place. This master article will provide a brief on everything shuttle buses – from safety, weather and warranty-related checks, legal compliances to questions you should ask yourself before buying a new or used shuttle bus – it’s all there, and more. We’re serious about the ‘more’ part. This master article will also explore how to convert your shuttle bus into a home on wheels and things to look out for before making a purchase. Shuttle bus dimensions, shuttle bus leasing, shuttle bus camper conversion & cost, shuttle bus gas tank size, shuttle bus license requirements – Nations Bus Sales provides you the information you need.

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Let’s start with safety features to check before purchasing a shuttle bus (new or used):


1: Paperwork, legalities, test driving, and emergency exits

Start with conducting a thorough analysis of the bus. A bus which has safety features like flashing lights and cross-sign mirrors embedded in it is the ideal option. Check all paperwork, including the maintenance records. As a rule of thumb, check the records of the last 10,000 miles of a used shuttle bus. The legalities of purchase and travel differ from state to state, so make sure to adhere to the unique set of laws of each state, even the ones you are travelling to.    

Instead of test driving the shuttle bus through a mechanic, always test drive the bus yourself, and make sure to feel all gears when doing so


2: Shuttle bus seats, shuttle bus interior, and airbags

Now diving into some specifics, the shuttle bus seats are very important in terms of safety. Seat belts on shuttle bus seats are paramount; if not, a technique termed as ‘compartmentalization’ wherein the shuttle bus seats are adequately distanced so as to provide crash protection is also enough. For the shuttle bus interior, ensure secure brake lines, a functioning HVAC system,  fire extinguishers, cameras, and driver assist functions. Of course, no shuttle bus interior is complete without airbags. The final note is to observe the accessibility of the emergency exits.


On a scale of 1-10, how much impact do the safety features of a vehicle play/will play in your purchase decision?

Now let’s move on to weather-proofing checks before buying a new or a used shuttle bus


1: Propane-fueled buses and grading of diesel engines

Travelling in cold states such as Alaska, Vermont, etc. is a great reason to invest in propane fuel (or LPG, as it’s known in certain places). Propane fuel prevents condensation and is environmentally sound. However, it costs more. Diesel grading varies according to severity of the cold, so make sure to maintain the right diesel grading. Check the filter while you’re at it, as the diesel passes to the engine through the filter.


2: Tyre types, battery, radiator, and oil

For year-round use, siped tires are more suitable than, say, studded tires. Harsh roads demand chain installation on tires to enable traction (if you want to know which shuttle bus tires are best suited for hilly regions, click here). Battery fluid evaporates faster in the summertime, and bus breakdowns are common in winter, so look for a battery that has a long life. Used shuttle buses can have clogged radiators. Shuttle bus servicing is always recommended when dealing with weather-related issues. Summertime also necessitates frequent oil changes to prevent engine overheating.

Next up are the legal compliances to check before buying a new or used shuttle bus for your business

Much of your legal compliances score, if we may call it that, will depend on whom you are buying from. The right dealer will provide you the history, along with the other information such as warranties, and financial considerations, right down to the shuttle bus dimensions


1:  Bus History

Regarding history, check the mileage (real mileage, not the paper one), service history, when the engine was last changed – it may happen that the mileage report documents the age of the bus starting from when the engine was last changed.



2: Warranties and financing

As mentioned above, adhering to local state laws in addition to the federal laws is a must. Points like shuttle bus insurance and cost must be within the purview of the state and federal legislative jurisprudence, The shuttle bus licensing requirements may vary according to the intended use of the shuttle bus, so have your business model mapped out beforehand, Click to get a more detailed explanation of the warranties and financing aspect


3: DOT inspection

The Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections are worthy of being mentioned separately. The set of tests that determine the functioning order of the shuttle buses are the core of legal compliances.


Moving on to warranty-related things to check before buying a new as well as used shuttle bus

Warranty considerations work two ways – you have to keep one end of it and the warranty provider will keep the other. What do we mean by this? Explore here.


1: Warranty plan and a service contract

It is imperative to note that buses, unlike the car industry, do not have a single, comprehensive warranty structure in place. All shuttle bus parts, be it chassis, body, or tires, are covered under separate warranties,  

Now, another important point is that warranties differ from service contracts. Since the explanation is detailed, we recommend you browse the above linked article for the same. The article also compares the warranty coverage and protection of new and used shuttle buses.


2: Some facts

Here are some warranty-related facts: You may not use the dealer for maintenance and repairs, and yet they cannot refuse any repairs or maintenance you want from them, if your request/demand is covered under the warranty. Using aftermarket or recycled components does not invalidate the warranty unless the dealer/manufacturer can prove that the part being asked to be repaired has been originally damaged due to the installation of an aftermarket or recycled component. Lack of service records may cause your warranty claims to be rejected, on account of vehicle neglect.

Maintenance questions to ask yourself before buying a new or used shuttle bus


1: Budgeting

Prepare your maintenance budget beforehand. Shuttle bus AC repairs, shuttle bus window replacement – such kinds of maintenance points are to be expected. To deal with these, enrol your bus into a regular preventive maintenance program. Budgeting also means charting out the location of the service provider. You need one in your proximity. 


What are the Top 9 Maintenance-related questions you should ask before purchasing a new or old shuttle bus?


2: Checklist

Comply with the 6 DOT level inspections. The intent of the bus should be known beforehand. A rule of thumb is that maintaining used shuttle buses is significantly harder and surprisingly costlier than maintaining new shuttle buses. A warranty goes a long way in managing maintenance costs.


How about converting a shuttle bus into your own home?

Recreate your vehicle, and convert it into a home! But before you make this life-changing decision, you must carefully consider what the right kind of shuttle bus is, and the tools/equipment you require to be able to execute the dream.


1: Ideation is the king

The shuttle bus interior conversion needs pinpoint ideation and calculation. The flooring, sections, electricals, furniture, kitchen, accessories, the shuttle bus bathroom – everything can be fitted within the shuttle bus provided you have the right guide on how to go about building an elegant nest on wheels. Even the shuttle bus gas tank size needs to be ideated perfectly!

2: Insurance, costs, and a warning

A shuttle bus with bathroom, appliances like refrigerator, kitchen cooking range, and water and power supplies will be considered by an insurance company for coverage. A DIY project may not be covered by insurance at all, Professional guidance is highly recommended in shuttle bus camper conversions. The shuttle bus camper conversion costs can range between USD 13,500 to USD 15,000, taxes included. If you want help choosing the right shuttle bus to convert into a home, Nations Bus Sales is the place to go to. The final warning for those considering this proposition seriously is to note that the expenses are not one-time; they will continue to trickle in. Do not exhaust your budget in one-go.

When it comes to purchasing a used shuttle bus, what are the 15 things you should know beforehand?

We’ll list down a couple here:


1: Original Title

A bus is granted an MSO (Manufacturer Statement of Origin)/ MCO (Manufacturer Certificate of Origin) once its production is complete, which is also known as its title, Scrutinize the chassis year when verifying the title, as the chassis year of a used shuttle bus may be a different year, for various reasons. Prior to purchase, obtain a copy of the title from the seller.


2: Third-party mechanic

For a used shuttle bus, get a neutral third-party mechanic for inspection, even though the dealer may offer their own mechanic for inspection. That might cost you a little more, but the ROI is way better. Compile a list of the pain points you want the third-party mechanic to inspect beforehand.


3: Financial aspects

Nations Bus Sales provides you professional financial advice based on your particular use case in addition to providing its own fleet of new and used shuttle buses for sale. You can reach out via call at  +1 800 523 3262 or email at 

Read through the entire list of ‘15 things to know before buying a used shuttle bus.

What are the most attractive features in a shuttle bus?

To attract customers and to retain them, one needs to embed the shuttle bus with exciting, attractive features.


1: Power Outlets

In the age of technology, no enjoyment is to be had if people are disconnected to their mobile phones, especially in a developed geography such as the United States. Make sure that your bus has enough power outlets to keep the gadgets running. These include laptops as well, which consume more power than the average mobile phone.



2: Wi-fi!

The phones and laptops are as good as dead if the bus does not have wi-fi to go with it. High-speed wi-fi, with proper signal range that reaches all seats, is an absolute must. 

From AC to television & speakers to lighting facility and shuttle bus bathrooms, skim through the most attractive features in a shuttle bus containing 12 key points for bus owners.


Frequently Asked Questions About Shuttle Buses

What is a shuttle bus?

A shuttle bus is a minibus that shuttles (transports between two places) people from one main location to one or more satellite locations, usually for free. For example, a shuttle bus may carry one from the airport to the hotel they are staying at. Shuttle buses are usually free because they are a ‘convenience addition’ part to an overall service you might be paying for. New and used shuttle buses will usually be found around airports, around and in terminals, cases where airports do not use a jet bridge, transference from airport to car parks, etc. These airport shuttle buses will usually link with other transport hubs shuttle buses to seamlessly ferry passengers to destination.

Shuttle buses are usually painted in bright colours or the brand colours of its owning enterprise. Various types of shuttle buses are available for sale: like intermodal shuttle buses for sale, express service shuttle buses for sale, premium shuttle buses for sale with extra luggage space.
Shuttle buses are usually designed to carry anywhere between 15-45 people. Prospects looking to purchase new and used shuttle buses are companies/enterprises/businesses looking to enhance their customer service by providing shuttle bus services to its customers.

How much does a shuttle bus cost?

Cost of purchasing new shuttle buses is obviously higher than that of old shuttle buses for sale. Additionally, cost of shuttle buses differ based on region, type of shuttle bus for sale, seasonality, occasion, frequency of usage, government policies, etc. You can browse new or used shuttle buses for sale on our inventory page or call on +1 (800) 523 3262. We will provide you complete information on its costs and features, and have inquiry teams ready for assistance in queries related to new or used shuttle buses for sale. We have the largest inventory of buses for sale in the United States.

Do you need CDL for shuttle bus?

CDL stands for Commercial Driver’s License. CDL is a required pre-requisite to driving a shuttle bus The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the United States (FMCSA) states that if the shuttle bus weighs less than 26,000lbs and transports less than 16 people, a CDL is not required to drive that shuttle bus. GVMR stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and is the weight value specified by the vehicle manufacturer as the maximum loaded weight.

The above means that a shuttle bus will require a CDL permit if the bus weighs more than 26,000lbs GVWR and has more than 15 passengers (including the driver) regardless of the weight, and whether it is a new or used shuttle bus.

Regulations may differ state-wise, for example, Kentucky requires the weight to only be factored in as far as which class of CDL is required. Any vehicle weighing more than 26,000 pounds by itself is not enough to require a CDL. Therefore, make sure to consult your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of Transportation for proper licensing requirements of new shuttle buses for sale or used shuttle buses

Why to Choose Nations Bus Sales for buying Shuttle Buses

Best After Sales Service

Easy Financing Facility

Authorized Part Dealer

Expert Technical Guidance


Full Service Bus Dealer

Large Inventory of Buses

Few good words from Nations Bus Sales Customers

I recently bought a bus through Nations Bus and it was honestly the BEST experience that I have ever been through! I was a bit confused about the type of bus that I should have bought, but the staff there was friendly and patient enough to explain every little detail to me about the buses are there for sale! Thanks a lot Nations Bus. 5 STAR for sure.
Ryan L

We have a huge family with our 3 kids and 2 of my sister’s, and we often plan weekend getaways together. Last month I decided to finally buy a shuttle bus for the family vacations. And Nations Bus has been the best agency ever. Their friendly staff never pesters you to make purchases of the bus that benefits them more than you.
Jennifer M

My son recently turned 21 and said he wanted to help in the family’s car rental business, but I had a better idea. I started him off with two minibuses – he can hire them out for picnics or small groups looking to tour the area. My son is getting steady business most days of the week – if we want to expand the fleet by buying new buses, we’re going to Nations Bus!
Rouse K

Are You Looking For Custom Graphics On Your Shuttle Bus?

Exhibit your brand on the outside of your shuttle bus with Nations Bus Sales’ Custom Vinyl Graphics offerings. From ideating what kind of promotional strategy you want to apply to actual implementation through in-house graphic design services, logos paintings (letters included), customized paint works, and vinyl graphics, we are here to assist you throughout the process for a worthy promotional effort on your shuttle bus. Continue operating your business while taking the first steps to grow it through self-promotion on your shuttle bus. Connect with us at (800) 523-3262



Most office goers today prefer to take shuttle buses to work, or to get to the airport or even to reach meetings and conferences a short distance away. If you run an office whose staff members live within short distances of each other, it makes sense to have your own bus to transport them home at the end of the day. Or you could be a bus operator facing a constant demand for shuttle buses. You can now look up shuttle buses for sale and get your own.

Our new and used shuttle buses for sale are sturdy, high on performance and fitted with comfortable reclining seats and ample storage space. They can be used for both short and long distances, and can seat anywhere from 10 to 25 passengers. We have a range of used shuttle buses and vans to choose from – click on any name in the list below to find out more about the bus’s make, engine specs and interiors.

Call us on (800) 523-3262 with your queries and to ask for any specific bus make that you don’t find on the list below. You can also write to us at We can discuss customization, finance options and delivery dates, and also recommend the best shuttle buses for your requirement.

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