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Central States Bus Sales, Inc., has been a school and commercial bus distributor since 1975, providing thousands of new and pre-owned buses to our many satisfied customers. Our Mission is to “PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS THAT ENRICH THE LIVES OF PEOPLE.” We never forget that though we may be a provider of equipment, it is the people who are ultimately served by the buses we provide who are our final customers and whose needs must be satisfied.
Our five facilities are located near St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Nashville, Tennessee; Lexington, Kentucky; North Little Rock, Arkansas and a location coming soon in Alabama. In our shops, Central States performs body work, collision repair, detailing, lift repair, air conditioning HVAC, camera installs, EPA certified emission components, commercial vehicle repair, MVI (state inspections), electrical work, and ABS brake repairs. In addition, all of our locations are Cummins and Ford Full Service Dealer certified allowing us to care for your Cummins Diesel ISB, ISC, ISL and Ford gasoline, Propane and CNG engines including engine warranty repairs, engine maintenance, ECM calibration, after-treatment, genuine Cummins or Ford parts, campaigns, recalls, and updates.
Central States maintains an extensive inventory of bus parts and related accessories, and our team of bus parts experts ensures our customers get the right parts the first time. Those two key advantages enable us to consistently maintain a 95% fill rate for the parts we supply. For our customers, that means their buses will soon be back on the road safely transporting passengers.
Being Blue Bird’s largest distributor, covering the states of Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama and one of the nation’s largest dealers for school and commercial buses including ARBOC, BraunAbility, Champion, Diamond, ElDorado, Mobility Trans, and Starcraft means nothing if it doesn’t translate into benefits to our customers. For Central States, our size means five full-service facilities (with a 6th in Alabama coming soon), an extensive parts inventory, a large inventory of New, Lease/Return, and Used School and Commercial Buses available for quick delivery, a customer service department that specializes in solving bus related issues, and a staff of over 100 people who work diligently to satisfy our customers’ needs.
Solutions for all School and Commercial Transportation needs.
We call ourselves “The Bus Experts” because we have invested in our people, systems, and processes to give our customers the best possible service. We have built an experienced team and furnished them with the facilities, equipment, systems, and processes to ensure that our customers are well served. Whether it’s our knowledgeable Sales Staff to help provide the best vehicle for your needs, top notch Customer Service and Warranty Support during the life of your vehicle or Full Service Shops with ASE-Certified Technicians you will have confidence in Central States as your transportation partner.
Since 1975 Central States has served the transit needs of Schools, Churches, Daycares, Retirement Communities, Transit Services, Airports, Casinos and more in the Midwest. Central States is a new and used bus distributor for commercial and school buses including:
We offer conventional, mini, special needs, and transit-style school buses. We also carry a large inventory of used school buses for sale and lease return vehicles from other school bus manufacturers such as Carpenter, Wayne, AmTran, Thomas-Built, and International, in addition to being the largest distributor of Blue Bird School Buses.