Can I add a hitch to my bus?
TESCO does not recommend towing trailers with a bus. Please check with your insurance company before adding a hitch. Most likely they will not insure your bus if a hitch is added.
Are your buses and vans considered commercial vehicles?
Most of the buses we sell are considered commercial vehicles since they have a GVWR over 10,000 lbs. We do offer some vans that are under 10,000 lbs so they are not considered commercial vehicles. Your TESCO sales representative can tell you exactly which vehicles we sell are non-commercial.
Does my vehicle need an inspection before getting license plates?
Vehicle inspections vary per state and county where the vehicle is being titled. Also, requirements vary based on the GVWR of the vehicle. Generally speaking, most states require a commercial vehicle inspection if your vehicle is a commercial vehicle. Please refer to your local regulation or ask your TESCO sales representative assist you.
What is the GVWR of my vehicle?
The GVWR is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. The GVWR is the total weight of the bus including passengers, cargo, etc.
What are the CDL limitations?
The federal regulations for needing a CDL are carrying 16 passengers or MORE. If you are driving with 15 passengers or less, you are not required to have a CDL. However, there are a few states that have more restricting regulations.
What are flip seats?
Flip seats are seats that are designed to fold up and create more room in the rear of the bus allowing to make it easier to strap down wheelchairs. They usually can be done in three steps, and are also known as three step foldaways.
Do you have finance options available?
Yes, we have financing options available both in-house and through some of our preferred lenders.
Do you deliver?
Yes. TESCO delivers to all 50 states and Canada. We employ over 40 professional drivers that can perform vehicle orientation at the time of delivery to help with any questions you may have about your vehicle.
Do your used vehicles come with any type of warranty?
Yes. TESCO offers extended warranty options on all used buses through Guardian Warranty Corporation. Extended warranty is also available on new bus bodies and chassis through the OEM manufacturers.
Where can I find my bus’s identification numbers like the chassis, VIN and body serial number?
Unlike a car, most minibuses have two vehicle identification numbers. The primary number is the chassis VIN which is similar to an automobile. The other number is the serial number used by the bus body manufacturer. TESCO uses these numbers to identify the correct replacement parts for that specific vehicle. Typically, both of these numbers along with the GVWR can be found in the driver’s side door jam. We also have a video explaining how to find these numbers HERE
How can I pay for my bus?
Many customers lease their bus so only the up front fees are needed at the time of sale. The lease fees can be paid with a company check. Bus purchases can be made by ACH transfer, wire transfer or certified cashier’s check. In some instances, company checks suffice, however this may delay the processing of title work. Deposits can also be made on buses with a credit card.
How can I pay for my parts?
TESCO can accept VISA or MasterCard payments for parts, or C.O.D. orders as well. If you would like to set up a billing account for parts purchases, ask your parts sales rep for a credit application.
Do you offer any church discounts?
Yes, ministry discounts are available. TESCO knows that ministry budgets can be tight and we will do everything we can to help.
What is the closest major airport to fly into?
If you are visiting one of our Ohio offices, the best airport is Detroit Metro (DTW). Toledo Express also another option. If you are visiting our North Carolina office, the best airport is Raleigh-Durham (RDU). If you are visiting our Georgia office, the best airport is Atlanta International (ATL). Let us know when you are coming and we may be able to arrange a pickup from the airport!
Do you take in trades?
With all trades, we ask our customers to fill out a used vehicle evaluation form along with some pictures before a trade value can be given.
Do you have a service facility?
Yes, TESCO offers full service for all buses along with having body & collision shop. Our service facilities can be seen HERE