Sum­mer de­liv­ers hot van deals

The Advertiser - Motoring - - SHOWROOM - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR

THE end of the year is slow for van sales, as couri­ers and tradies get ready for the sum­mer break. But it’s turned out to be a good time to buy, with a few hot deals on se­lected mod­els.

FORD TRAN­SIT SWB

The Ford Tran­sit Cus­tom is back to its spe­cial launch pric­ing, a saving of about $2000 off the RRP. It gets bet­ter — the deal in­cludes a five-year/200,000km war­ranty, aimed at giv­ing owner-op­er­a­tors peace of mind. The Tran­sit is the bench­mark for driv­ing com­fort and has classlead­ing fives­tar safety (to date matched only by Mercedes-Benz) with six airbags and sta­bil­ity con­trol on even the most ba­sic model.

There is only one blot: a fac­tory-fit­ted rear-view cam­era (dis­played in the rear view mir­ror) is still op­tional and it’s sold in a pack with fog lights, heated seats, and front and rear park­ing sen­sors ($1500). Use the sav­ings to bun­dle th­ese handy op­tions.

RE­NAULT MAS­TER LOW-ROOF SWB

There are slightly big­ger sav­ings on slightly big­ger vans. The Re­nault Mas­ter low-roof short-wheel­base is $39,990 drive-away, a saving of about $3000. In ad­di­tion, you’re en­ti­tled to $2000 worth of ac­ces­sories or fac­tory op­tions.

The $2000 can’t be taken off the price but Re­nault Aus­tralia says buy­ers can use the bonus to go to­wards ex­tras such as side airbags ($290), fac­tory-fit­ted rear view cam­era and sen­sors ($490) or metal­lic paint ($1000).

The Mas­ter is the next size up in vans com­pared to the Tran­sit Cus­tom. It can carry a 1500kg load and/or tow a 2500kg trailer. The war­ranty is three years/200,000km but Re­nault has bun­dled 24-hour road­side as­sis­tance. The deal runs to De­cem­ber.

VW CRAFTER RUN­NER

At about $4000 off the RRP, the Crafter Run­ner is de­signed to bolt out of show­room doors.

There are caveats, how­ever. It can “only” carry a 1486kg pay­load (com­pared to the Re­nault’s 1500kg) and tow 2000kg (the Re­nault’s 2500kg).

You can’t op­tion ex­tra airbags or a fac­tory-fit­ted rearview cam­era.

It comes as is, in white, with man­ual only. But with 9.3 cu­bic me­tres of load space, it is huge.

Best buys: Ford Tran­sit, Re­nault Mas­ter, left, and VW Crafter Run­ner.

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