What is the simplest way of obtaining a new minibus for the school, without having to wait for the money?

No one argues about the benefit of having a minibus – or indeed even a second or third minibus for the school.

From transporting students from outlying villages to taking sports teams to away fixtures, the reasons for use are as many and varied as there are schools with minibuses.

But there is always the issue of costs – and the knowledge that the minibus will, after a number of years solid use, start to show its age and become costly to repair.

Which is why leasing appeals. For not only is there no need for a major upfront payment, but also the subsequent budgeting of the costs works from a pre-planned set of arrangements, that incorporates not only the lease, but also all the servicing and repair costs.

Of course there are other benefits. A new minibus works wonders in impressing parents – including those who are thinking of sending their children to the school (don’t forget to put the new bus on display on open days!)

And then there is the safety issue – by definition a new vehicle is safer than an old one, as more and more safety features are built into vehicles all the time.

Now that is a fairly long list of benefits already – but it is by no means complete, for minibus leasing also ensures that the road fund licence is renewed at the right time, that the MOT is taken care of when that comes around, and that break down cover is always incorporated into the arrangements.

Of course you’ll have your own requirements for your bus, and we can work to these to ensure you can obtain the minibus that most suits your needs.

For example, if you already have a 17 seater bus, you might opt for a 9 seater as the follow up. Disabled access is important, but given the requirements of those in your school, you might not need full disabled facilities in each minibus.

However you want to proceed, whatever you need the bus for, whether it is the first, second or third in your fleet, leasing allows you to obtain the bus you want, now, and a clear knowledge of the funding that is involved.

To find out more call us on 01753 859944. Alternatively take a look at our website.


A posh new minibus with no maintenance required

When it comes to the school minibus, given the choice I’m sure many of us would rather choose to drive a new one rather than an old one.

And when it comes to maintenance work for the minibus, I’m sure that the vast majority of us would choose not to have to regularly check the tyres, the clutch, the battery, etc.

You can now breathe a sigh of relief as both of those choices can now be met through having a leased minibus that comes complete with a maintenance contract.

The great benefit of leasing is that the purchase of the bus doesn’t come in one lump from school funds. Rather the bus is paid for as it is used by the school.

And you also get the benefit of a new minibus which is less likely to have problems – plus the option of having a professional undertake all the standard maintenance and servicing.

This effectively reduces the onus that is put on the person who is nominated in the school’s transport policy to look after the minibus. Indeed, it was to overcome issues and difficulties such as this that we introduced full maintenance as part of our minibus leasing.

Not only do the schools that use our service get a new minibus without having to use current capital to buy it, but they also get our certification that the bus has been checked by qualified engineers.

Given that the majority of school minibuses on the road are over five years old, this approach can be particularly valuable.

If you would like to know more take a look at our website – www.minibusleasing.co.uk/school-minibus.php.

Alternatively email us at Minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk or call us on 01753 859 944.