Thursday 22 August 2019

Advice desk: I'm a farm worker and I need a bigger car


The 2015 Ford Focus
The 2015 Ford Focus

Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'

I am a farm worker. I cover 500 miles a month. I am looking to change 12-reg Ford Focus (diesel 1.6) next spring. It is a great car but not too practical for the type of work I do. I'd like to change it now for a newer and bigger car.

I need your help, advice and expertise on what I could buy next that would be practical for the type of work I undertake. I have tried to obtain quotes for commercial vehicles, but they wouldn't give me one because I'm not directly related to a farm. I hope to get around €12,000 for my own car. It has 107,500kms on it. I'd probably be putting another €10,000 with it so I'd have a budget of around €22,000.

Aidan: Sorry, but €12,000 is above the market value for your Focus. That might change your overall budget. What about a new Dacia Duster? It has decent space, good ground clearance, comes with 4WD if you really need it and it is frugal and reliable. I think it is worth serious consideration.

So, too, is a Ford Kuga Utility. There are a fair few of them and they are also four seaters, where the two rear seats can be folded flat.

Eddie: I'm going to presume you need a practical vehicle and more than two seats. And a bit of ground clearance. I agree with Aidan on the Kuga. You'll do okay because you are trading a Ford. Also how about a used Skoda Yeti (really flexible)?

Why won't dealers quote you for a commercial? There's no reason for that.

Unless there is a real reason, look at a Volkswagen Caddy van. There is room for three up front. If you are VAT-registered, you get it back. It's fairly comfortable too.

If you want versatility for work-related stuff and passengers, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace, VW Caddy Life and Ford's Tourneo Connect are worth looking at. I think the Caddy is a real option.

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We love getting your enquiries and try to reply to as many as possible here or via email. The ones dealt with here often represent a cross section of individual questions. You can help us help you with our free, independent, advice by including the following in your queries:

* Budget (including trade-in).

* Annual mileage (in kms).

* Size of car required (number of seats).

* Present car (make, model, year and mileage) if relevant.

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