“Ubiquitous and popular” Ford Transit Custom is Glass’s Used Van Hero for January

Andy Picton

20 Jan 2017, Blog Post

Ford’s now well-established Transit Custom van has been named as Glass’s Used Van Hero for January.

Each month, Glass’s commercial vehicle editors hold a meeting to name their current Used Van Hero in the UK market – the model they believe offers outstanding value, quality and ability.

Andy Picton, Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor: “The Transit van has been around since 1965 and is celebrated as the bestselling LCV in the UK for over 40 years, with the word "Transit" regularly used as the generic term to describe any panel van of a similar size.

The Custom was a welcome and long overdue addition to the range as now, Ford have a medium sized panel van that can compete head-to-head with the key players in this sector such as last month’s Used Van Hero, the Renault Trafic, the Vauxhall Vivaro, the Mercedes-Benz Vito and the Volkswagen Transporter.”

Andy said that, off the back of the phenomenal success of 260 and 280, the Custom has proved to be an instant success with both large fleets and SME’s.

“The Transit is often the first name that springs to mind among many consumers when they think van. The addition of the Custom to the Transit family has worked wonders for Ford and will only imbed that view further.”

USED VAN HERO: Ford Transit Custom

WHY? Great product, comprehensive range and wide dealer network

WHEN WAS IT ON SALE? Replaced the old Transit 260/280 and was launched in 2012 at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham.

WHAT’S GOOD? At long last, Ford have a purpose built medium sized panel van. The Custom is good looking and is available in a wide range of efficient and powerful engines and trims that offer something for everyone.

WHAT’S BAD? They’re becoming more and more common. Every vendor at auction has plenty to offer and those without air conditioning have to work a lot harder to achieve a sale.

IDEAL BUY? Transit Custom 290 2.2 TDCI 100ps L1H1 on 1464 plate with 98,000 miles - £7,500 + Vat

About the author

Andy Picton

Andy PictonChief Commercial Vehicle Editor

Having worked previously for Barclays Asset Finance and LeasePlan in the commercial vehicle sector, Andy joined Glass’s in 2002 as part of the Commercial Vehicle team working closely with manufacturers, leasing and insurance companies, traders, dealers and auction houses. He was promoted to Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor in 2016 and manages our industry-leading team of valuation experts. He loves football, music and obviously commercial vehicles.