Thomas Built Bus

It’s about safety, It’s about fleet maintenance, It’s about budgets.


With 20+ years of school bus sales and service, F1RST Truck Centre Vancouver has a lot of experience and knowledge to offer! Our dedicated team is here to assist all of our customers in BC with any of their school bus requirements. Give us a call, we’re here to help.

We understand tendering, as well as school district and municipality budgets. We know that you walk a fine line every year when it comes to providing the safest and most economic transportation solution for your school, town or municipality. We also know that the support can’t end after bus delivery. That’s why when you are in the market for school bus vehicles you should think of us F1RST.

We have a unique perspective.

F1RST Truck Centre Vancouver, School Bus division is attached to the largest commercial vehicle dealer in Western Canada. We offer comprehensive services for School Bus fleet management and we understand your challenges and needs.

Our facility provides the following infrastructure for fleet maintenance:

  • 60,000 sq. ft. service facility on 12 acres in Surrey
  • 28,000 square feet of parts warehousing
  • 22 bay service shop
  • 6 bay body shop
  • 60 ft. paint booth
  • Factory trained technicians

C2_photo_2009A brief history of Thomas Built Bus.

The Thomas Bus story begins in 1916 when Canadian-born car designer Perley A. Thomas lost his job as chief engineer at Southern Car Works when the company closed its doors. Thomas drew on his network of former colleagues and customers to establish Perley A. Thomas Car Works later that year. He quickly adapted the business model to incorporate the production of buses, as streetcars became obsolete. Success continued into the 1940s when passed the company onto his own children. He remained on board as a design consultant until the time of his death in 1958 at the age of 84.

In 1998, Thomas Built Buses became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, a Daimler company. The strength of Freightliner LLC, now known as Daimler Trucks North America LLC, has helped Thomas grow and adapt to changes in the transportation industry.

As a leading North American manufacturer of school buses, Thomas Built is committed to continuing to offer innovative vehicles that are safe and reliable, and recently introduced the Saf-T-Liner® EFX, a redesign of its front-engine, transit-style bus. Updates in bus designs like the EFX reflect the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and its drive to deliver a full line of best-in-class products.

Today, the more than 95-year-old company operates several manufacturing plants in High Point, N.C. producing Type A, C and D buses and Type D chassis. More than 50 dealers provide sales and service support throughout North America.

As the market evolves, so will Thomas Built Bus.




Call Brandon Praud (Southern BC)
604-888-1424 or email

Call Mark Clarke (Northern BC)
or email

Models and Options Available

Saf-T-Liner® C2
Saf-T-Liner® EFX
Saf-T-Liner® HDX

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