As specialized suppliers, they provide vehicles equipped with the latest safety features, maintenance support, and expert advice. Their contributions ensure safe and efficient transportation for students nationwide.
This year, School Bus Fleet asked dealers to participate in a survey to provide their insights into the state of the industry that they serve. Respondents hailed from Oregon to Ohio to upstate New York.
Said one respondent: “It is important for any manufacturer to understand different markets and not assume the landscape of all markets is the same as it was 20 years ago. Every state and often regions within a state carry different challenges for dealers and manufacturers. High quality can be hold at a high price and low quality at low price, but low quality can’t be sold at high price.”
Dealerships also find themselves struggling to keep up with the enthusiasm for electric school buses with the advent of the Clean School Bus Program and state-mandated zero-emission goals for school transportation fleets.
“The school bus dealers are the industry leaders which have implemented new technologies and new fuels into the marketplace,” wrote one respondent. “Why should the dealer be overlooked in the conversation? It can be argued that the dealer is the most critical part to the process as it is likely that the dealer will be the first phone call when a request is needed by an end user.”
Said another: “The school bus industry is not going to go along with $400,000 school buses if a $125,000 bus does the same thing. Do you know how ridiculous the idea of cramming the idea of an electric bus onto a school district is?”
Here are the other insights School Bus Fleet received from our dealer respondents.
How Long Has Your Dealership Been Selling School Buses?
How Many Different Brands of School Buses Does Your Dealership Currently Offer?
How Satisfied Are You with the Support and Services Provided by the School Bus Manufacturers You Represent?
What Are the Main Challenges You Face as a School Bus Dealer?
How Important are Technology and Innovation in the School Bus Industry for Your Dealership's Success?
How Satisfied Are You with the Current Demand for School Buses in Your Market?
Suggested Improvements for School Bus Manufacturers from Dealerships
- More Product Training.
- Better Warranty Support.
- End-User Electric School Bus Training.
- More Personal Service/Field Support.
- Shorter Lead Times for School Bus Inventory.
- More Competitive Aftermarket Parts Pricing.