The Barrow County Board of Education received a request at its Tuesday night meeting to possibly partner with a third party trucking company to deal with 16 defective 2007-model bus engines it bought from International Corporation Nalley Motorworks.
School leaders said they began an actual warranty procurement process for the 16 warranties in October of 2011 after it discovered that International had increased its warranty price per bus from $1,428 to $4,700.
Assistant Superintendent Jake Grant, who presented the recommendation to the board, said the engines are “problematic” and they have “internal problems.”
“We have had seven failures of buses that we own since March of 2010— one that cost nearly $19,000 to fix,” said Grant. “These have all been covered by either the manufacturer's warranty or an extended warranty the school system purchased in 2010 for the 05-06 model years.”
The school system did budget to purchase the extended warranty for the buses—just as it did for the 2005 and 2006 faulty model engines. However, the warranty increase is about $50,000 over the superintendent’s level for approval.
For the full story, see the Feb. 1 issue of the Barrow Journal.
Huh?? Read before you Post maybe?
02/03/12 at 09:28 AM
The first sentance of the article:
The Barrow County Board of Education
--is getting jacked up because the buses they bought one year has defective engines and now the price of the extended warrantly has suddenly been jacked up costing our BOE money that they should NOT have to pay..
I hope that they will choose a different vendor or different brand buses for years to come to reward that company for these poor business moves. Dont get burned twice.
If they bid next time, factor in the "extra money" it will cost later into that companies bid.. I bet NOW they weren't the low bidder.