Aston Barclay has launched its very first van desirability index, which highlights July’s most popular used light commercial vehicles being sold at auction.

Prices in the used van market have been buoyant for the past two years and our July index identifies the most popular brands at auction, with two models head and shoulders above the rest.

In first place is the VW Transporter which is popular with SMEs such as plumbers and electricians, while others buy them with a view to converting them into leisure vehicles.

The IVECO Daily comes a close second by offering businesses something larger up to 7.0-tonnes which makes it popular with those that need to carry heavier payloads.

Toyota’s Hi Lux pick-up appeared in third place on the index with the Ford Transit Custom and Fiesta van making up the top five.

A total of ten panel vans appeared in the top 25, four pick-ups and 11 car derived vans, with five out of the top 25 places taken up by Ford, which reinforces the brand’s continued popularity with used buyers.

Aston Barclay’s data takes into consideration three key metrics: web views prior to sale, number of physical and online bids per sale, and the sale price achieved as a percentage of CAP average.

Geoff Flood, Aston Barclay’s LCV national sales manager said: “The used van market has risen by 48.3% since Q1 2020 which represents a price increase of £2,381. Aside from price we thought it would be good to see what make and model of vans are most popular at auction. Ford, Mercedes and Volkswagen all appear on our list, while the IVECO Daily was the only heavy weight van that featured in the top 25.”