School Buses Built with Kids in Mind – Including our Own

Since their first bus rolled off the assembly line in 1936, Thomas Built Buses has operated with one simple philosophy: build the kind of school bus that we want our own children to ride in.

This idea drives how Thomas Built Buses and Carolina Thomas do business, from the way our buses are engineered, to our combined commitment to customer service and satisfaction. Today, one in every three children in America who rides a bus to school rides a Thomas. At Carolina Thomas, we are proud to provide Thomas buses – the best in the industry – to our customers.

High Quality, Safe, Reliable

Customized for Your School

Large or Small Orders

Personalized for Your Passengers

When it comes to safely getting our children to and from school, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. We offer a wide range of new Thomas Built school buses to meet the needs of every school and every student. From the 14-passenger Minotour to the 90-passenger Saf-T-Liner C2, we have the right bus for you. Options including a wheelchair lift, overhead luggage racks, and various seat belt options help you customize your buses to fit your school’s specific needs. At Carolina Thomas, we strive to help you find the right bus for your budget, keeping your maintenance costs down and your passengers safe. We also offer used school buses for sale. 

Customized for Your Needs

Carolina Thomas is your one-stop-shop for all your vehicle paint and graphics needs. From simple paint repair to complete vehicle graphic wraps – and everything else in between – we offer a full range of services to meet your specific refinish needs. We also know your school has unique demands for its school buses, and at Carolina Thomas, we can get you into the ideal bus for your needs.

Service & Parts

Once you have found the school bus to fit your needs, it’s important to keep it running with the right care. The knowledgeable and experienced technicians in our service department are certified to provide superior regular maintenance and repairs to keep your bus on the road. Our parts staff has over 150 years of combined experience to get you the right parts, quickly and affordably. We also include limited warranty protection for all aftermarket parts sold directly by our parts department.

Download Your
Bus Selection Checklist

Shop for a bus with confidence. Download this valuable 25-item checklist designed to help you understand your choices and options as you select a new or used bus.

Financing Options

At Carolina Thomas, we know the importance of customized financing solutions, and we are dedicated to providing the options you need. With several financial services available, our bus financing staff can work with your organization to find the right budgetary fit through a custom lease or finance program. Through flexible terms, a simple application process and best-in-class customer service, we can get you the bus you need today.


When things don’t go as planned, a warranty can give you peace of mind. At Carolina Thomas, all of our new vehicles come with a limited warranty covering defects in material and/or workmanship, which we will repair free of charge within the warranty period. For extended protection, we also offer custom extended warranty options to help protect you down the road.

Ready to Find the Right Bus for Your School?

Whatever your needs, our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to help you find the right school bus. Contact our sales team today to learn how Carolina Thomas can partner with you to solve all of your ground transportation needs.

Use our convenient Bus Inventory Search tool to begin your search today.