Value vans for farmers
Our motoring expert looks at the pick of the new van models
While most farmers tend to require something with four-wheel drive and enough poke to tow a heavy trailer, there is certainly a strong case to be made for a small cargo van stepping in to fulfill the duties undertaken by retirees or part-time farmers with scattered land holdings.
Best of all is that the new wave of vans are far more 'car-like' in that they feature comforts and specification hitherto before unheard of in a 'dirty auld van'.
You can almost forget about buying a used one. They are rarer than hens' teeth. Anyway, there are some great deals on new ones and especially when you take the VAT out of the price. Motor tax is just €200 and there is a decent load compartment in many of them and certainly enough to give a short wheel base commercial a run for its money. Here are a few to whet your appetite.
FORD TRANSIT COURIER CONNECT
The Courier van was reintroduced into the range in 2014 but it could prove a touch small for many farmers' needs.
If you find that to be the case, then look to the Transit Connect. The Connect 200 is the short-wheel base, the 210 is the long-wheel base.
The former carries 625kg while the latter can manage 715Kg.
Both sell best with 95bhp but you can opt for a 115bhp if you will mainly use it on roads instead of around the farm.