Buying Your First Minibus

If you’ve never owned a minibus before and are considering buying one for the first time, then you should find the guide below extremely useful.

What to look for

  • Size – Minibuses can vary quite a lot in size so this is something you definitely need to consider before making a purchase. Think about what you’ll use your minibus for and buy accordingly. Generally the larger the vehicle, the more it will cost. This includes running costs and insurance too.
  • Age – The age of the vehicle is also an important thing to consider. Generally older vehicles that have done a greater amount of miles will be more prone to faults and breakdowns. A new vehicle would be the ideal but you can also find used minibuses that are in good condition with low mileage.
  • Condition – When looking for a minibus, you should inspect the vehicle carefully inside and out for damage and other issues.

Where to buy

Where you buy your minibus from is important. Although buying privately will often allow you to save money on the initial purchase, you won’t get any guarantees so if something goes wrong it will be up to you to fix it.

If you buy from a garage then be sure to find out exactly what guarantees you get and if there are any additional costs.

Getting insurance

Getting minibus insurance is one of the first things you’ll need to do after you’ve bought your vehicle. There are many excellent sites where you can get minibus insurance quotes easily. Getting quotes is one of the best ways to save money on minibus insurance. A couple of other good ways to save money are –

  • Get a limited mileage policy – If you don’t plan to use your minibus as an everyday vehicle then you can reduce the price of your minibus insurance by getting a limited mileage policy. This is where you agree with your insurance provider to stay under a certain number of miles in a given period of time.
  • Get charity minibus insurance – Providing you can show you have the correct permits, you can get a charity minibus insurance policy for a much discounted rate.