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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.
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 class-leading five-star 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.
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.
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 rear-view camera.
It comes as is, in white, with manual only. But with 9.3 cubic metres of load space, it is huge.