Thomas Built Buses is providing a three-year or 50,000 mile warranty for its flagship Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus beginning with models that roll out of the factory on Oct. 1. The current coverage is one year or 50,000 miles.
The manufacturer said the warranty covers the chassis, electrical and manual controls, safety equipment, assemblies and more. Additionally, Thomas' standard body and chassis paint warranty will be extended to five years from the current three years, beginning Oct. 1.
Normal wear items are excluded.
"At Thomas Built Buses, we are committed to providing powerful, confidence-building warranty protection," said Kelley Platt, Thomas Built Buses president and CEO. "We stand behind our quality and durability, and we are pleased to lengthen our C2 base warranty and our body and chassis paint coverage to help our customers lower their total cost of ownership even more. We believe that everyone who purchases a new bus from Thomas Built is entitled to extensive warranty protection, as well as peace of mind."
More information on Thomas warranties is available from local dealers.
In other company news, the company said the Thomas Built Institute Service Training–West will be held Sept. 9-12 in Dallas to help school bus technicians improve their skills and to complement their existing maintenance programs. Attendees will receive 28 continuing education units. The curriculum includes: An Introduction to Propane; 2014 Emissions System; Advanced Electrical; Coolant, Maintenance and Cost Savings; Utilizing Websites, Resources and Wire Diagrams; and Wheelchair Lifts and Seats. Participants can also select one of two tracks, "Type C: Multiplex, Service Link or Troubleshooting" or "Type D: Electrical and Fan Drive."
Registration is limited to 100 participants and costs $325 per person.
"We know how tough it is to keep up with ever-changing technology, EPA standards and safety regulations," said Mike Stotler, service education manager for Thomas. "The annual Thomas Built Institute has become a very popular opportunity for school bus technicians to get hands-on training and a factory-certified curriculum in small classes, all in less than a week's time."