Are you selling your old minibus? Castle Minibus will make you an offer on your old minibus which you can use as a part-exchange for a new vehicle if you so wish. The majority of the vehicles we buy from schools are then resold to churches, scout groups or charitable organisations. If you are looking for a new-used minibus then please visit our used vehicle pages.
Why sell your vehicle to Castle Minibus? We can save you lots of time, hassle and costs.
Maintenance and cleaning
You will want to get your minibus ready to sell to a private buyer by cleaning it and possibly getting it serviced and making any repairs. This is unnecessary if selling to Castle Minibus. We can carry all that work out at cost, compared to your private buyer who would probably have to pay full price.
Not only will there be advertising costs associated with selling your minibus privately, someone will need to create and place the adverts as well as deal with any enquiries generated.
Time-wasting tyre kickers
Finding the time and someone to show an interested buyer around the vehicle is one thing, but you will encounter the type of buyer that is simply there to kick the tyres and suck air through their teeth, whilst they figure out how they can negotiate a cheap deal from you. These are the time wasters that can end up costing your school a lot of time and energy.
You’re selling your minibus, probably because you need a new one, and the funds raised will go towards the replacement vehicle. Do you have time to negotiate with private buyers, or do you just want to hear from genuine buyers that will offer you a fair price or the chance to part-exchange?
Removal of your livery
Once your school’s previous pride and joy has left the premises, will the livery still be displayed? Who will remove your logos and contacts from the bodywork, or will a potentially irresponsible driver risk the reputation of your school by leaving it on?
The risks that your staff and school are facing when it comes to selling your minibus can end up costing your school avoidable losses in time and money, and even police investigation if an accident were to occur post-sale.
No after-sales come back
What happens if you sell your minibus to a private buyer and something goes wrong with it soon after? This is an awkward situation and ideally one to be avoided. There will be no after-sales contact from Castle Minibus about your vehicle. Once it’s sold, it’s sold.
The solution: Part-exchange your old minibus for a new or ex-leased school minibus
You can safely dispose of your old minibus by using the service provided by Castle Minibus. Castle Minibus offer schools a risk and hassle-free way to retire your old vehicle and will rehome it where possible, mostly with community groups, scout groups and the like. No advertising costs, time wasters, repeated viewings or any after-sales comeback.
Chris Maynard, MD of Castle Minibus, says of the minibus rehoming scheme, ‘One of the main problems with selling second-hand vehicles is your potential involvement with any come-back following the sale. We have known schools to be contacted following vehicle breakdowns after the sale which causes a lot of hassle and wasted time and money’
We buy old school minibuses, service them, remove all livery and the funds raised can be used in buying a new minibus as we offer part exchange if needed. Even if schools aren’t replacing their minibus and choose to rent a vehicle when needed we are still happy to buy their old minibus for our rehoming scheme, it makes commercial sense for all parties and also benefits community groups who can then purchase a second-hand vehicle from a reputable company whose priority is safety.
When asked about formal government or Department for Education advice, Chris went on to say, ‘There is very little advice from official departments regarding the selling of second-hand school minibuses. School Transport Managers and Bursars are effectively on their own when it comes to replacing their vehicles, which is why Castle has become a trusted advisor to schools where minibuses are concerned from purchasing or leasing a school minibus, to training in compliance of the law.’
Castle Minibus are the Champions of Minibus Safety and as such aim to provide accessible ways for UK schools to remain as safe and compliant where their minibuses are concerned.
You can tell us about your old minibus you want to sell by completing our form on our ‘Sell your Minibus’ page, call 01869 253744 or email email@example.com