Written by Graham Cutbill-White
When asked to picture a van, it’s more than likely that you’ll picture a Ford Transit van. It’s one of the most recognisable commercial vehicle models in the world and with over 8 million sold, it’s the third best-selling van ever.
Throughout its various incarnations, it’s been a staple of roads up and down the country and a favourite of tradesmen, small-business owners, and anyone looking to move large items.
Whether you rely on your van for work or just need to borrow a larger vehicle, a Transit has been a popular choice for decades.
From the original Ford Transit Mark I released in 1965 to the first Transit facelift models in the early nineties and now the more modern fourth generation, the vehicle has drastically evolved throughout the last 50 years.
There are currently four versions of the Transit available to buy, but given the sheer amount of vans Ford have produced, you’ll probably see a wide range of different models on the road today.
The latest generation of vans includes the classic Ford Transit, the best-selling Custom, the versatile Connect and the smallest model in the range – the Courier.
The largest of the latest range, the sixth generation Transit van comes in a whole host of shapes and sizes. Boasting 10% more load volume than the previous version, the latest release in the historic Transit range has been a big hit with both drivers and critics.
Lengths of between 3m and 4.2m can be stowed depending on model and with scheduled maintenance cut from 5.4 to 4.2 hours over 90,000 miles, you’ll be able to do more for longer with fewer costs than ever before.
Prices start from £23,120*
Since its release in 2012, the Custom has become the UK’s best-selling van. Entering the mid-size market. its high payload and easy to drive handling have helped it to beat out the competition in recent years.
The Custom’s modern, car-like interior is miles ahead in terms of style but its performance and reliability are also there to provide an all-round package for van drivers looking for everything to be taken care of in one place.
Prices start from £20,395*
The versatile Connect may lack some of the load space other similar models have but it more than makes up for it with its responsive handling and spacious cabin.
While it may not be outstanding in its field in terms of payload, it still offers between 2.9m3 and 3.6m3 load volume depending on the model and specification.
There’s also a running cost saving ECOnetic version of the Connect which offers an average fuel economy of 70.6mpg. It also comes with stop/start and brake energy regeneration to save you even more money on fuel costs.
Prices start from 14,345*
The last model to join the most recent Transit line-up is the small but practical Courier. Offering something different to the rest of the latest generation, the Courier is ideal for self-employed traders who may not need that extra space.
Offering 1.6m of load length it’s certainly not anything to write home about, but for drivers looking for a nippy, fun to drive smaller model, it’s ideal.
As reliable as other Fords and featuring nice little touches like electric front windows, a heated windscreen and DAB radio, the Courier is the small van that packs a mighty punch.
Prices start from £11,945*
The sheer number of different makes and models, as well as the reputation of Transit van drivers, and the fact that it’s common for expensive tools and equipment to be kept inside means that insuring a van can be extremely expensive.
If you use a Transit van every day then you’ll need an annual insurance policy but if you’re only using one occasionally or need to borrow it for the day, this could be a huge waste of money.
One way to reduce the cost of cover is to only pay for the cover you actually need with temporary van insurance.
If you’re borrowing a Transit from a friend or family member to move house or move larger items that won’t fit in a car, short term van insurance is the ideal option for you.
You can get a policy for the duration you’ll be using the van for, from 1-28 days and because it’s a separate, standalone policy it won’t have any impact on the owners existing cover.
This means you can drive the vehicle, even as a beginner and have complete peace of mind should the worst happen.
Transit van insurance is also a great option for business owners. Whether you’re a sole trader borrowing a Ford Transit Courier for a few days or you’re looking to insure a new employee while you arrange their annual cover, short term cover is fast and flexible to suit your situation.
It takes just a few minutes to get a quote from Tempcover and once you’ve chosen the best price from our panel of insurers, you can get cover instantly.
Don’t waste time, effort or money by paying for the wrong cover. With temporary van insurance you get the cover you want and only pay for the cover you need.
Tempcover offers transit van insurance for hundreds of Ford Transit models and for a wide range of drivers so we’re confident you can get a quote and save time and money insuring your Transit van.