Author Archives: Citroen Van Sales

10 Amazing & Affordable Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

car gift

With the festive season fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of amazing and affordable gift ideas for the car lover in your life.

1) Personalised car mug – this is a lovely gift for any car enthusiast. Personalise a mug with their favourite car and add their name or a special message from you.

2) Car-themed calendar – the gift which keeps on giving the whole year long! Your petrol-head friend can hang this at home or at work and daydream about the 12 stunning cars that feature in the calendar.

3) Smartphone holder – smartphone holders keep smartphones secure and prevent them from disappearing under your seat! They also make it much easier to use your smartphone as a sat-nav.

4) Car cuff-links – available in a range of designs and colours, a pair of car-themed cuff-links are sure to complete the look for any car enthusiast.

5) Personalised number plate – this is a gift that will definitely impress a motor-head. Personalised number plates can be as cheap as £30 but be warned that prices can increase very steeply depending on the registration you choose.

6) Race tickets – does the car enthusiast in your life feel the need for speed? If so, there are numerous racing events scheduled each year (such as Formula 1) and tickets to one of these would make a fantastic present and give them something to look forward to.

7) Supercar driving experience – treat your car loving friend to an exhilarating day out and the chance to fly around a circuit in the car of their dreams. There are a huge variety of experiences and price ranges available to pick from so make sure you shop around to find the best deal.

8) Heated massage seat cover – this is a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time in their car. The massage functionality will soothe away any traffic induced rage and it can be easily transported for use in the house or office too.

9) Racing video games – there are plenty of different racing games available for every type of gaming console. Thanks to advances in technology, racing games provide a thrilling and immersive experience which is sure to get the adrenaline of any car fan racing.

10) Car care kit – if the car lover in your life spends more time grooming their car than themselves, this could be the perfect gift for them.

Citroen Berlingo: A Medium-Sized Masterpiece

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

Even though the Citroen Berlingo has been around for about seven years, there is something new about the face-lifted 2015 version. This is more a case of the engineers and designers at Citroen tweaking the body and engine rather than drastically changing a van that has been remarkably successful in its niche market sector. Here are some of the changes.

Engine

Like all of its competitors, the Berlingo is suitably equipped to make sure that it is inside the strict European guidelines for CO2 emissions. You can now buy this vehicle with a 1.6-litre petrol engine (VTi) that delivers a commendable 94bhp. The Berlingo also has an all-electric version for green motoring. The majority of people, however, will go for the diesel engine, with the BlueHDi a very popular option in the showrooms around the globe.

Transmission can be five or six speed in either manual or automatic versions, and, of course, this vehicle will take advantage of start-stop technology for extra fuel savings.

If you are looking for fuel economy, then the BlueHDi 100 (automatic) will give you 68.9 mpg and emission levels of just 109g/km.

The ‘buzz’ word around the automotive industry today, is electric, and the Berlingo Electric can be charged-up using a domestic power socket and then provide 12 hours of motoring with a range of 106 miles. The beauty of this van is that it has a quick charging facility that actually does what it says. For zero to around 80 per cent power will take a meagre 35 minutes, so eat your heart out Mercedes and Ford.

Capacity

Let’s face it; if you buy a van, then you want something that has a big capacity for carrying stuff. The Citroen is a medium size masterpiece that has panels that can be removed and thus extend the load capacity from 1,800mm to 3,000mm.

Safety and reliability

The Berlingo has ESC (Electronic Stability Control) fitted across the range along with ABS and Hill Start Assist. Since its introduction in 2008, the van has had an excellent safety record, which is on a par with its competitors in this sector.

Performance

People don’t generally buy vans for performance, and although the Berlingo isn’t the fastest it gives a great all-around performance. At entry level, 0-62mph can be achieved in 16.6 seconds. This can be improved if you go for the 90bhp that gives a slightly better time of 12.8 seconds.

Inside the cabin

While the cab is not the biggest in its class, it is roomy, functional and logically designed. There is an optional USB phone charging socket

Overall this van is built for reliability and flexibility; it is a steady worker-horse that will never let you down.

How To Drive Safely This Winter

pine row path

Winter, known for its below-zero temperatures, appalling weather, short days and dark evenings, presents numerous challenges to motorists and few would disagree that it is the most dangerous season to drive in. Rain, sleet, snow and hail as well as fog and high winds can make driving difficult in wintertime as can icy roads that may cause automobiles to slip and slide with disastrous results. Ice on the roads, including the deceptive black ice, is a common occurrence in the aftermath of rain, snow or sleet when rainwater or meltwater refreezes solid making the roads treacherous.

Check battery, electrical systems and antifreeze.

The last thing a motorist wants when driving in winter conditions is for the car battery to die, causing the engine and electrical components to fail and leaving the car and driver stranded and vulnerable beside the road. Disasters may also occur when the car has insufficient antifreeze, resulting in such complications as the failure of engine components and the bursting of radiators. Efforts should be made to avoid unnecessary drain on car batteries, tending to last five years and needing testing every six months, while electrical systems should be checked and maintained in peak condition.

Ensure tyres are suitable for winter conditions.

Fitting a car with the correct tyres for driving in winter conditions, such as winter or all season tyres, and ensuring that they are in optimal condition is crucial for safe driving in winter. A tyre tread of 3mm is necessary for safe winter driving and maintaining tyres at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, while remembering that pressure drops in cold weather, is essential for wheel stability. Every car should be equipped with a spare tyre and tyre repair kit just in case a tyre becomes damaged and needs replacing or fixing.

Maintain optimum visibility.

In order to drive safely in winter it is crucial that visibility is maintained to the highest standard during the hours of daylight and darkness alike. Functioning windshield wipers are required to sweep aside rain, sleet, hail, snow and mud that can obscure the driver’s vision while lights must be capable of illuminating the dark winter evenings and of penetrating the dense veils of winter fog. Windows should be clean, clear and free of any objects that could block the view while visors are necessary to shield the driver’s eyes from the glare of the low winter sun.

When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Car?

postal delivery courier in a van showing thumb up hand sign

Dealers may make you think there are hot and cold seasons where they see many and few sales, but even though there is a little truth to it, the fact is it rarely affects prices unless the company is going out of business. The best time to buy depends almost exclusively on you and your personal circumstances.

The Rare Occasion When It Doesn’t Depend On You

There are certain things that happen in the car world that do affect the prices of cars in your favour. For example, the two-seater Smart cars were once popular for their 100% safety record, their excellent fuel consumption, and their size that means they are ideal for city driving. However, when the four-seater version came out it became a big success, and dealers were falling over themselves to stock up on them and shift their smaller two seater versions quickly–so many offered big discounts.

The Economics Of Buying A New Car

The best time to buy depends on you, but there is something you should know first: a new car is a massive waste of money except under two conditions. The first condition is if you sell the car for more than its second-hand value (they call it the blue book value). The second condition is if you take care of the car, keep it for many years, and run it until the end (or near end) of its life. If you work under either of those conditions, then the economic side is a good reason to buy a new car.

When You Want To Save Money?!?

The two conditions mentioned above will save you money. If you buy a car and take care of it for years, it will save you more than if you changed your car every few years and had to put up with overly frequent repairs. Stretch out the cost of repairs for your new car and it comes to less than the money you pay for repairs when buying a series of second-hand cars over the same period of time.

Buy When Repairing Your Current Car Will Cost More Than The Finance Payments

Do the maths and figure out if you are saving more by buying a car, even with a loan or on finance, over keeping your current car. If your current car is costing you an average of £350 per year, you can probably find a finance deal with interest lower than £350 per year; ergo you make a saving and get a new car too.

Hooray For The Relay: Citroen

relay

Panel vans have been popular for many years and the Citroen Relay has consistently ranked at the top of most lists. As of 2014, this model was redesigned and is can now keep pace with rivals such as the Ford Transit and the Volkswagen Crafter. What are some of the aspects that make the Relay a great option to consider?

Important Updates

It is first a good idea to mention a handful of the most noticeable updates which have taken place within this newer model. The Relay boasts a new grille, redesigned headlamps and even an optional LED strip to add a bit of extra flair. These amenities are then paired with updated brakes, an engine with lower emissions and an interior that offers technological gadgets such as satellite navigation and tyre pressure sensors.

Engine Power

All engines supplied within the Relay range offer a 2.2-litre diesel capacity and their horsepower will vary accordingly. This will range between 108 and 148 bhp. This is an excellent benefit in terms of flexibility, for drivers with varying needs will be able to choose the power level that suits them the best. On a final note, the Relay provides between 39 and 41 miles per gallon; ideal of you have been interested in purchasing an economy vehicle with muscle.

Interior Space

The Relay is considered to be one of the most practical panel vans currently on the market. This is largely due to the fact that there are no less than four different lengths and three different heights for you to select. So, some models are ideally suited for family transportation while others can be used for commercial needs. As the rear door is able to be opened to a maximum of 260 degrees, this van is a great option for those who are constantly loading and unloading freight.

Safety

The Relay has always scored high in terms of safety and this latest version is no different. ABS, hill assist and emergency braking systems are all included as standard features. Lane departure warnings and a driver-side airbag round out this category.

Those who are interested in a cost-effective and yet highly versatile panel van will not be disappointed with what the Citroen Relay has to offer. If you have been searching for these same qualities, you cannot go wrong with what these newer models have in store.

The 7 Most Luxurious Cars On Sale Today

xj

Are you looking to exchange your car for something a little more luxurious? You should keep these 7 cars in mind when you go shopping:

1) Audi A7
The A7 has a unique feature in its five-door hatchback format. With a variety of engines, quattro four-wheel drive and all weather traction, it is certainly a car to beat on the luxury list.

2)Mercedes-Benz S Class
The classic Mercedes-Benz is considered to be the emblem of luxury vehicles. When it comes to refinement and comfort this car is unbeaten. Its engine allows for a speed of 62 mph in 4.6 seconds with no damage to the environment, and the driver benefits from complete control with safety features.

3) Jaguar XJ
One of the sportier luxury cars, the Jaguar XJ gives the driver a combination of speed and control. Although fast, the engine is still economical with 46.3 mpg along with a 510 ps.

4)BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
A little more practical than other luxury cars, the BMW still manages to combine sport and luxury. This car has the full range of luxurious features climate control, navigation, heated seats and leather. The steering makes the driver feel in complete control even as the engine is capable of hitting 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds.

5)Audi A8
This car may not look like much, but the interior more than makes up for it. It also doesn’t lack in speed department, capable of hitting 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds. It comes in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive form and both offer the driver responsive handling and secure road holding.

6) Bentley Flying Spur
It is another one of those classic luxury cars that combine sport with luxury. The performance and handling are second to none with a W12 engine that allows the car to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and is capable of going up to 200 miles per hour.

7)Range Rover
The Range Rover has always been the trusted vehicle for off road driving. The driver benefits from secure handling and the car comes in four or five seater configurations. The engines are surprisingly efficient despite its large size (44 mpg) and is capable of driving on any rugged terrain.

The 10 Fastest Cars in Britain

veyron

The cars on this list are rated based on their top speed and nothing more. Some of the cars on this list are out of this world. They have been designed and built for speed, and you may be surprised to learn that two of the top-ten fastest cars are hybrids!

1. Koenigsegg Agera R – 273mph

The Koenigsegg Agera R can reach around 273mph, and is built for flat-out speed. It costs around £1.1 million and is built in Sweden. Every square centimetre is built to be aerodynamic–including the shape of the alloy wheels.

2. Hennessy Venom get – 270mph

This car could frighten the devil out of his furry underwear with its sheer acceleration speed. It can go from 0 – 60 in just 2.5 seconds, which is enough to give anybody a nosebleed.

3. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 268mph

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Bugatti. The Dubai police have one of these as a police car. It is worth committing a crime just for a ride in one of these. The original Veyron reached 250mph, and the Super Sport has out done it by 18mph.

4. RUF CTR3 – 233mph

The RUF CTR3 cuts an impressive figure, but in terms of sports cars, you wouldn’t pay it any special attention. However, this sports car with a Porsche engine can reach up to 233mph and go from 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds.

5. Noble M600 – 225mph

This British-designed car runs at 225mph, just like the Pagani Huayra, but this car has a twin turbocharged Volvo V8 engine, and it has handling abilities that are out of this world. It drives so naturally that it almost feels like an extension of your own body.

6. Pagani Huayra – 225mph

This is the sort of car you would expect Batman to drive around in. It has a twin-turbocharged Mercedes V12 engine with a carbon fibre body. It can reach 60mph in just in 3.2 seconds.

7. Ferrari LaFerrari – 217mph

The only reason this car is number seven on the list is because it runs at 217mph, which is slower than the previous six, but that is not to say the this car isn’t fantastic. This car is jaw-droppingly amazing. Not only does it look like it is worth ten million quid, it is also a hybrid car. It is truly an astounding piece of technology that looks like it fell from a spacecraft.

8. McLaren P1 – 217mph

This is the sort of car you figure you will only ever drive in computer games. It has a level of class and sophistication that is hard to find. It is sexy, sleek, and sophisticated. It even has an electric engine that allows you to drive seven miles without any fuel in the tank.

9. Lamborghini Aventador -217mph

It seems unfair putting the Lamborghini at the number nine spot, but it too only goes 217mph, and despite its amazing four-wheel drive, it just doesn’t compare to the McLaren and Ferrari. Also, who is going off road with Lambos?

10. Porsche 918 Spyder

When you make your millions, this is the car you want. It a hybrid that can reach 214mph and is part of a limited collection. Buy this car today, and in 30 years it will be worth more than your house. You may want to store a little petrol so that the new owner can have a drive in 30 years.

7 Reasons A Citroen Nemo Is Perfect For You

nemo

Realising that you need a van for your needs can be a sobering thought if you’re used to driving a car: you can be forgiven for thinking about driving lessons before you take to the road. However; vans like the Citroën Nemo have turned the concept of the small van on it’s head. Here are seven reasons why this van is perfect for you:

1-It’s great value

The Citroën Nemo is priced very reasonably at £9,375-£12,175, which is comparable with many small cars. There’s a choice of 72bhp petrol or 74bhp diesel engines, 3 trim levels and a further choice of options.

2-It’s very economical

The 1,360cc petrol engine will return a respectable 40mpg, and this helps to make the basic X model a real consideration for those wishing to take advantage of the low purchase price and the lower cost of petrol compared to diesel. However; for long-distance drivers the 1,248cc diesel is more powerful and more economical, with a possible fuel consumption of 66mpg.

3-It’s easy to drive

The Nemo is based on the Fiat Punto and drives more like a car than a van. The driving position features good visibility with large mirrors and a deep windscreen. It also has power-assisted steering, making life easy for the driver.

4-It has a huge storage capacity

The Nemo has a class-leading 2.5 cubic metres of space, which rises to 2.8 cubic metres when the passenger side seat is folded into a recess in the loading bay. This capacity is double that of comparable hatchback vans.

5-It’s practical

The Nemo features rear doors that open through 180 degrees to aid loading, and higher-spec models feature a side door. There’s also a choice of bulkheads including a folding cage that encloses the driver to protect against shifting loads when the full load capacity is used.

6-It’s safe

The Nemo now features Electronic Stability Control (ESG) as an option on the basic models, and this comes as standard with the EGS version. All models feature ABS as standard.

7-It’s environmentally friendly

The diesel automatic version of the Nemo with start-stop technology boasts an ultra-low CO2 emission level of 109 g/km, and all models are compliant with Euro-5 emissions regulations. This makes the Citroën Nemo perfect for those wishing to lower their carbon footprint.

What Vehicles Can I Drive Using My License?

mr bean

Driving a vehicle larger than your car can be an intriguing and necessary prospect for a variety of reasons, but the rules about licencing can seem complicated and overwhelming. Below are some rules which explain what kinds of larger goods vehicles (LGVs) you can drive with an ordinary car driving licence.

You will probably know that you usually need at least a category C or C1 licence to drive an LGV, but there are several exceptions to the rule that allow you to drive one with your category B (car) licence. They are listed below.

1. You may drive a vehicle which is powered by steam rather than by petrol or diesel – for example, one that is powered by burning coal or wood.

2. If your vehicle is a road construction vehicle, and is intended for transporting a built-in piece of road construction machinery, you only need a category B licence to drive it.

3. You may drive a works truck with your car licence. A works truck is defined in this context as one that will be used in or near private premises (such as a building site), for example a forklift truck.

4. Vehicles related to agriculture (for example, a tractor, crop sprayer or combine harvester) may be driven with a category B licence if they are mostly used off public roads. The tractor must have a laden weight of 7,370kgs and not exceed 20mph.

5. You can drive a digging vehicle to and from it’s intended site.

6. There are specific circumstance in which you can drive certain large goods vehicles – it’s best if you stick to driving them between properties owned by you. For agricultural vehicles you would not normally be allowed to drive, you can only travel a distance of 1.5km or less. For non-agricultural LGVs you could not normally drive, the limit is 9.7km per calendar week.

7. You may drive goods vehicles that were manufactured before 1960, as long as they are unladen.

8. You can also drive any articulated goods vehicle that does not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes.

9. You may be allowed (depending on your occupation) to drive goods vehicles that are intended to remove obstruction to other road users or ones that can raise a disabled vehicle from the ground, and also goods vehicles used for carrying lifeboats.

While the law on driving other vehicles with your car licence can be complicated, the above rules should give an idea of what you can and can’t do.

7 Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

driving raim
Driving in heavy rain can be nerve wracking. As well as being hazardous, it can also be expensive because the wet can cause damage to your vehicle. However, many rain-related accidents and breakdowns can be avoided. Here are 7 tips to help keep you safe:

1. Is Your Journey Absolutely Necessary?

If it isn’t, stay at home until the rain clears. If you must go out, here are some steps to take:

* Check that your windscreen wipers and lights are working properly.
* Carry a mobile phone for emergencies.
* Plan your route to avoid areas known to flood.
* Allocate extra time for your journey.

2. Lights

The Highway Code says that you should put on your dipped headlights and rear fog lights when you can’t see more than 100 metres, But always turn your fog lights off when visibility gets better because they can dazzle other drivers.

3. Speed and Stopping Distance

Keep on or below the speed limit. Remember that it takes about twice as long to stop on a wet road as it does on a dry one, so leave at least five car lengths between you and the vehicle in front.

4. Spray

Large vehicles create more spray, which can reduce visibility. If you are overtaking a large vehicle, increase your windscreen wiper speed to compensate. Also watch out for potholes and dips in the road where water accumulates.

5. Standing Water

Driving through a flood could put you in danger and/or cause serious damage to your vehicle by flooding the engine and brakes or sweeping your vehicle away. If there is no other option…

* Drive slowly and at a steady pace in a low gear.
* Don’t follow another vehicle into the water because they could stall and strand you.
* Don’t assume it’s always safe to cross at a ford because the depth and flow of water can increase in wet weather.
* Once out of the water, test your brakes to make sure they are clear of water.

6. Aquaplaning

Aquaplaning happens when your tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control. To regain control, don’t brake or you will skid. Instead, slow down gradually and steer straight until the tyres make contact with the road.

7. Breakdown

While waiting for help to arrive, keep the bonnet closed to avoid the electrics getting soaked.