by Pam Zubeck
... They just roll halfway across the country into a new life.
Just ask Mignon and Loren Perry of Hephzibah, Ga., who bought three city buses from Springs Transit in October for an average of about $5,500 each. All were vintage 1999 or so and considered used up by Transit, which sold them through the Springs Utilities on-line auction site.
Mignon Perry says she and her husband plan to fix the buses up and use them to transport guests to their rural wedding facilities for nuptials and receptions. The area outside Augusta doesn't have public transportation, she says.
Asked if she feels they got a pretty good bargain, Mrs. Perry hums and haws and then says, "I don't know. We've had some problems with a couple of them, and they're pretty costly to maintain. My huband is an engineer, so he can fix them himself. We haven't had a major thing go wrong."
So far, the buses haven't hauled anyone anywhere, because the wedding facilities haven't opened. But one has been called into service as a "tool bus," she says, to transport her husband's tools as he works on various properties the couple own.