There are a number of creative ways that churches arrange for transportation of their members. Some choose to operate a caravan, with five, six, or more drivers, offering to carpool other members. Some choose to leave transportation up to each individual, which can result in a frustrated group. Unfortunately, these options are neither comfortable, safe, or terribly convenient. If your congregation used buses and rented them, you may have found that the cost was reasonable, for that one time, but future trips would need to be better budgeted.
One tried and true method for increasing the comfort, safety, and convenience for your congregation, without realizing a ridiculous cost, is to purchase a used bus. Here are the benefits that are worth considering before you arrange for another caravan, rent another bus, or leave church members to fend for themselves.
One of the greatest advantages to travelling by bus is the ability to transport a large number of people, without sacrificing space. Not only are buses designed for giving passengers a maximum amount of space, but newer buses for sale may also have luxury seating and amenities, such as WiFi, and foot rests. Buses easily have more storage than any other transportation option, and can also be designed to easily accommodate wheelchairs, so that everyone has a comfortable ride.
If your congregation has ever wanted to plan a trip across the country, then you have probably already seen how the expense of transporting everyone by train, commercial bus, or by airplane, is completely prohibitive. Church buses for sale are not cheap in the short term, but in the long term they are one of the most affordable options. Because they are so popular and cost effective for churches and non-profit organizations, bus companies have realized that “church buses” are practically a category all of their own.
The greatest reason to look at used buses for your church is for reasons of safety. Take a minute, and do a quick search online for 15 passenger vans and accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board has stated that 15 passenger vans are not nearly as safe as buses, and many churches are being encouraged to phase out the use of vans that carry a large amount of passengers. A bus is better equipped with safety features, and is designed to withstand an accident in ways that vans are not.
Having everyone arrive on time at the intended destination is one major factor that drives churches to look for used buses for sale. Any church that has participated in the caravan approach knows how difficult it can be to coordinate different passengers into different vehicles, and how plans can be disrupted when one or more vehicles gets lost in transit.
There are a number of companies that specialize in selling used buses to churches, and educating them throughout the process on the costs, maintenance, and safety surrounding their use. If your church members are tired of the constant carpooling, then it may be time to consider a church bus. Choosing to look at used buses is a great first step to giving your congregation a more convenient, comfortable, safe, and cost-effective trip.