The latest research by Van Trader, the LCV-focused sister brand of Auto Trader, shows that the most searched van in 2012 was the Ford Transit, just ahead of the Volkswagen Transporter.
There were a total of 1.55 million searches for the Transit and 1.53 million for the Transporter, well ahead of the third-placed Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at 765,651.
During 2012 the Van Trader website attracted a total of 32 million searches and unique visits increased by 15% when compared with 2011, up to 7.24 million.
Top 10 used van searches in 2012:
1. Ford Transit 1,552,509
2. Volkswagen Transporter 1,526,889
3. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 765,651
4. Vauxhall Vivaro 726,017
5. Mercedes-Benz Vito 672,087
6. Ford Transit Connect 629,298
7. Volkswagen Caddy 606,728
8. Renault Trafic 494,899
9. Vauxhall Astra 453, 691
10. Vauxhall Combo 300,856
Rob Morphet, product director, Van Trader said: "There is a feeling within the industry that a short wheelbase Transit or Transporter is seen as a better buy for those small businesses and tradesmen seeking a used van and the number of searches reinforces that.
"Interestingly, with much higher levels of Transit stock available, there were four times as many people searching for every Transporter than for every Transit.”