THERE aren't many items that you can't buy online - and buses are no exception as one company is flogging them on eBay.

Go North East is claiming to offer a "rare" opportunity to purchase one or more of 27 older vehicles on the online marketplace.

With prices around the average cost of a brand new hatchback, the company is hoping to find a buyer for its older Mercedes and Scania-built vehicles.

Read more: Behind the scenes at Go North East's depot in Consett in County Durham

Listed for the price of a brand new family hatchback, Go North East has priced them between £11,000 and £15,000 plus VAT each.

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According to the listing, some of the buses have come straight out of service while a number are still in daily use, meaning the advertised mileage will increase.

It has promised the prospective buyer will see the vehicles "pay for themselves" in just a few months under the right owner.

Read more: Meet the Consett Go North East bus driver retiring after 50 years

On one listing, which confirms they are a mix of 56 and 07-plates, it said: "Some are still in daily use on high-mileage routes, whilst others are just recently out of service.

"Ideal for rail replacement, schools or indeed on frontline work, paying for themselves in just a few months under the right owner."

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However, the prospective buyer will need a PCV licence if they are to drive the vehicle from their pickup location, a bus depot in Gateshead - or arrange alternative transport.

Read more: Driver of double-decker bus is injured as dramatic pictures reveal damage

It comes as the firm, which operates services in County Durham and Tyne & Wear, recently saw a number of new vehicles introduced into its 700-strong fleet.

Meanwhile, earlier this month Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East, revealed the firm only tended to keep buses for around 15 years.

To view the listings on eBay click here


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