SANDUSKY, Mich, – For more than a decade, schools in western Michigan have come together the week following July 4 for an annual live bus auction. Buyers from all over the world come to attend. Many districts in the region are reportedly selling their retired buses, vehicles and equipment. For many years, this auction was one of the most successful bus auctions in a five-state region.
There were several conversations, but we finally made the decision to move this annual event to an online format. We’ve had an online auction service for many years, but when something is so successful it’s hard to change it.
We don’t know for sure if we’ll go back to a live format. I think the districts will like the changes brought about by the online format, but that will depend entirely on the results and professional recommendations of the government. Our history with this live auction has consistently produced industry record prices. Our buyers can see the difference in road quality / maintenance among road crews resulting in a premium surplus over those in opposite areas of the state where potholes are. more frequent and their buses are more “out of whack”. While CIS Auctions is the leading bus auction company for several states, districts in the Grand Rapids area will tend to produce sometimes 50-80% higher results for similar buses.
CIS and school auction officials have agreed to move in this direction, and we will analyze the results to determine the best course of action for years to come.
Anyone interested in bidding on the school surplus is encouraged to sign up for our email notifications on our website at www.cisauctions.com
Any school districts looking for a professional company to handle their bus liquidations can contact us at 810-687-3812 or [email protected]
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