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Authorized Resources Ltd.

Our large inventory of fairly priced vehicles includes the finest available shuttle buses, church buses, tour buses, used buses, wheelchair vans, limo buses, charter buses and ADA adult mobility vehicles with gas and diesel engines. We are always looking for good used buses. Many of our buses are sold directly to other dealers and brokers. We own and have on hand all the vehicles presented here on our website.


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Authorized Resources Ltd.

Our large inventory of fairly priced vehicles includes the finest available shuttle buses, church buses, tour buses, used buses, wheelchair vans, limo buses, charter buses and ADA adult mobility vehicles with gas and diesel engines. We are always looking for good used buses. Many of our buses are sold directly to other dealers and brokers. We own and have on hand all the vehicles presented here on our website.

SUPERIOR BUSES BLOG

Bringing healthcare directly to underserved communities is a noble pursuit, and a mobile medical clinic can be a powerful tool in achieving that goal. Repurposing a retired shuttle bus into a medical haven on wheels is a cost-effective and efficient way to make quality healthcare more accessible. So, if you’re passionate about providing medical care and have a knack for innovation, buckle up, because we’re about to take a ride through the exciting world of mobile medical clinics!

Step 1: Chart Your Course – Define Your Niche and Target Population

Before diving headfirst into bus acquisition, figure out your clinic’s purpose. What kind of medical services will you offer? Will you focus on primary care, dental hygiene, mental health, or a specific area like women’s health? Identifying your niche will help determine the equipment, staffing, and funding you’ll need. Additionally, pinpoint the communities you aim to serve. Are you targeting rural areas, inner-city neighborhoods, or migrant worker camps? Understanding your target population’s needs and healthcare access will guide your clinic’s layout and service offerings.

Step 2: Find Your Perfect Ride – Selecting the Right Shuttle Bus

Now comes the fun part – scouting for your ideal bus! Opt for a spacious model like a retired shuttle bus or public transportation shuttle, considering factors like passenger capacity, engine reliability, and overall condition. Remember, you’ll be transforming this space into a functional medical facility, so prioritize clean interiors, good headroom, and ample windows for natural light. Read More

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining traction, with promises of cleaner transportation and lower long-term fuel costs. However, when considering EV shuttle buses, the financial implications are far more complex than they initially appear. Let’s delve into the hidden expenses that might make EV shuttle buses a financially impractical choice.

Upfront Costs: Sticker Shock

The purchase price of an EV shuttle bus is significantly higher than its gasoline or diesel-powered counterpart. This substantial upfront investment can be a major barrier for many potential buyers. The financial burden makes adopting these vehicles difficult for many businesses and municipalities.

Repair Costs: A Specialized (and Expensive) Affair

EV maintenance and repairs present unique challenges. The lack of a widespread network of EV-certified repair facilities and a shortage of trained technicians means your bus may need expensive transportation to a distant location for repairs. Furthermore, the rapidly evolving technology in batteries, electronic control systems, and software adds uncertainty regarding the availability and pricing of essential parts. Expect longer repair times and significantly higher costs.

Insurance Premiums: Reflecting the Risk

It’s important to understand that insurance for an EV shuttle bus will likely carry higher premiums. Insurance companies factor in the greater replacement cost of EVs, along with the specialized expertise and parts involved in repairs. The result? You’ll pay more per month to insure your fleet. Read More

Owning a shuttle bus means you’re in the business of moving people – reliably and efficiently. When it comes to repairs, though, you don’t want to be in the business of headaches. That’s where the humble Ford shuttle shines compared to its rivals, especially the Sprinter family. Here’s why:

Parts Paradise: Ford shuttles aren’t built with exotic, hard-to-find parts. They share a treasure trove of components with other, widely available Ford vehicles, like the E-Series vans and trucks. This means:

* Abundant availability: Need brake pads? Engine belts? Air filters? Head down to your local auto parts store – they’ll likely have it on the shelf. No waiting for special orders or exorbitant shipping fees.

* Competitive prices: When parts are common, competition thrives. You’ll often find multiple brands and price points to choose from, ensuring you get the best deal without sacrificing quality.

* DIY confidence: With readily available parts and manuals, tackling smaller repairs yourself becomes a real possibility. This can save you a lot on labor costs and keep your shuttle road-ready. Read More

The dangers of shuttle buses and vans abroad and the lack of safety equipment compared to the USA are rarely discussed in South America and the Caribbean, and the lack of inspections and inexperienced drivers along with substandard roads should not be underestimated.

The Dangers of Shuttle Buses and Vans Abroad

Traveling abroad can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it is important to be aware of the dangers that may exist in some countries. One of the biggest concerns for travelers is the safety of public transportation, particularly shuttle buses and vans.

In many countries, especially in South America and the Caribbean, safety regulations for shuttle buses and are not as strict as in the United States. This can lead to a number of problems, including:

  • * Lack of safety equipment: Many shuttle buses and vans in these countries do not have seat belts, airbags, or other essential safety features.
  • * Inexperienced drivers: Drivers may not be properly trained or licensed, and they may be unfamiliar with the roads they are driving on.
  • * Substandard roads: Roads may be poorly maintained, narrow, and winding, which can increase the risk of accidents.
  • * Lack of inspections: Shuttle buses and vans may not be regularly inspected for safety hazards.Read More

Think hopping on a shuttle bus means bouncing along a pothole-ridden road in a rust bucket held together by duct tape? Think again! In the United States, stepping onto a shuttle bus means entering a cocoon of safety and reliability, a far cry from the experiences in many other countries. This isn’t just happenstance – it’s the result of a robust system of regulations, enforcement, and innovation spearheaded by the Department of Transportation (DOT), states, and dedicated manufacturers.

Building a Fortress on Wheels:

The bedrock of American shuttle bus safety lies in the stringent guidelines set by the DOT’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). These standards cover everything from seat belt design and emergency exits to fire suppression systems and crashworthiness. Imagine a bus as a medieval castle, with each FMVSS acting as a sturdy stone, meticulously positioned to withstand any potential siege.

One shining example of these regulations in action is the 2007 side impact protection rule. Following a series of tragic accidents, the DOT mandated reinforced B-pillars and energy-absorbing side walls on new buses. The results were undeniable: a 70% reduction in fatalities from side-impact crashes! This is just one instance of how proactive regulations save lives. Read More

When the time comes to purchase a shuttle bus for your company, school, or organization, one of the most important decisions you’ll face is whether to buy new or used. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, but for many buyers, the cost savings of a used shuttle bus are simply too good to ignore.

The Upfront Savings

The most obvious advantage of buying a used shuttle bus is the significant upfront savings. New shuttle buses can cost tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars more than their used counterparts. This immediate price difference can free up valuable capital for other expenses or can simply make the purchase of a shuttle bus more affordable for organizations with limited budgets.

Depreciation and Long-Term Savings

The financial benefits of buying a used shuttle bus extend beyond the initial purchase price. New vehicles experience a rapid depreciation rate, meaning they lose a significant portion of their value once they leave the dealership. Used shuttle buses, on the other hand, have already undergone the bulk of their depreciation, so their value depreciates at a much slower rate. This means that you’ll enjoy long-term savings on the overall cost of ownership. Read More

Shuttle buses offer a convenient and comfortable way to transport riders between different locations. They are particularly well-suited for churches, parking lots, businesses, hospitals, and hotels, where they can be used to provide a variety of services, such as:

Church shuttles: Churches can use shuttle buses to transport members to and from services, as well as to special events such as potlucks, concerts, and retreats. Shuttle buses can be especially helpful for churches that are located in areas with limited public transportation or for churches with members who have difficulty driving themselves.

Parking lot shuttles: Parking lots can use shuttle buses to transport customers to and from their vehicles, especially if the parking lot is located a significant distance from the building or event they are visiting. Shuttle buses can also be used to transport customers between different parking lots, such as if a customer is attending an event at a convention center but has parked their car in a nearby garage. Read More

Shuttle buses are a versatile and affordable transportation option for a variety of businesses and organizations. They can be used for church activities, airport shuttles, employee transportation, tour buses, and more. If you’re considering buying a used shuttle bus, it’s important to know what to look for to ensure that you’re getting a good quality vehicle.

Here are some key attributes to look for in a used shuttle bus:

Mileage: Shuttle buses can have high mileage, so it’s important to check the odometer carefully. A good rule of thumb is to avoid buses with more than 200,000 miles.

Maintenance history: Ask the seller for the bus’s maintenance records. This will give you a good idea of how well the bus has been cared for. Ask about records of regular oil changes, brake inspections, and other routine maintenance tasks.

Condition of the body and interior: Inspect the bus for any signs of damage, such as dents, rust, or cracked windows. Also, check the interior for cleanliness and condition of the seats, flooring, and upholstery. Read More

If you’re in need of a new shuttle bus, commercial bus, or short bus, you may be considering buying a used reconditioned one rather than ordering a new one. This is a wise decision, as there are many benefits to buying used.

Cost

Used buses are significantly less expensive than new buses. In fact, you can save up to 50% or more on the purchase price of a used bus. This is a huge savings, especially if you’re on a budget.

Availability

New buses can take up to 12 months or more to be delivered, due to high demand and supply chain disruptions. However, used buses are typically available immediately. This is a major advantage if you need a bus right away.

Reliability

Used shuttle buses are almost as reliable as new buses, especially if they’ve been reconditioned by a reputable dealer. Reconditioned buses have been thoroughly inspected and repaired, so you can be sure that they’re in good condition. Read More

Cutaway chassis are a type of commercial vehicle chassis that is manufactured without a body and most often are manufactured by Ford and Chevrolet. This makes them ideal for conversion into a variety of different types of vehicles, including shuttle buses and high-top wheelchair vans.

Here is a general overview of the process of converting a cutaway chassis into a shuttle bus or high-top wheelchair van:

1. Choose the right cutaway chassis. There are a variety of different cutaway chassis sizes and models available from different manufacturers, so it is important to choose one that is the right size and configuration for your needs. Consider the number of passengers you need to accommodate, the type of passengers you will be carrying, and the roads you will be driving on.

2. Find a reputable converter with the help of a new bus or van dealer. Once you have chosen a cutaway chassis, you will need to find a reputable builder to do the conversion. Many different companies specialize in converting cutaway chassis into shuttle buses and high-top wheelchair vans.

3. Design your vehicle. Once you have decided on a converter, you will need to work with the dealer to design your vehicle. This includes choosing the layout of the interior, the type of seating, and the features you want installed.

4. Order the vehicle. Once you have finalized the design of your vehicle, the dealer will place an order for the cutaway chassis from the body manufacturer. The manufacturer will then order and build the chassis to your specifications. Read More

Shuttle buses are a valuable investment for many businesses churches, and not-for-profit organizations, with so many factors to consider when making a purchase, it can be difficult to know where to start. One factor that is often emphasized is fuel economy, but in reality, it is the least important financial aspect of a shuttle bus purchase.

Depreciation, driver expense, insurance cost, and maintenance are the most substantial cost factors in operating a shuttle bus.

Depreciation is the loss of value of an asset over time. New shuttle buses depreciate rapidly, while used shuttle buses hardly depreciate at all so it is important to choose a bus that will hold its value well.

Driver expense is another major cost factor. Shuttle bus drivers must be paid a fair wage and benefits, and they must be properly trained and licensed.

Insurance cost is also a significant expense. Shuttle buses must be insured against liability, and comprehensive and collision damage is highly desirable.

Maintenance costs can also be high. Shuttle buses are fairly complex machines that require regular maintenance to keep them running safely and efficiently.. Read More