The most popular used vehicle so far in 2022 is the Ford Transit Custom, according to online marketplace Heycar.

The company said the Transit Custom, which had been more in demand than any car on the platform, had seen a 26.8% increase in demand compared with the same period last year.

The Transit Custom is also the site’s most popular vehicle with both a 21- and 22- number plate, while another van, the Volkswagen Transporter, takes second place on those lists.

Overall, Heycar has seen a 60.8% increase in demand for vans in the second quarter of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021.

Heycar said the increase in demand for used vans had been fuelled by a surge in home deliveries since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Heycar consumer editor Sarah Tooze said: “It’s reflective not only of demand for vans from self-employed drivers and tradespeople, but also of consumers changing their lifestyles.

“Families have been downsizing to one vehicle either because they don’t need more than one any more due to homeworking or because they have been forced to by costs, particularly with the record fuel prices we’ve seen this year.

“For large families who only want one vehicle, it makes sense to choose something versatile like the Ford Transit Custom Kombi.

“The rise of the staycation is also likely to be influencing buying decisions this year. People are fed up of the travel chaos at airports and that makes being able to jump in your vehicle – one big enough to accommodate a large family or lots of friends as well as luggage – appealing.”