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A Guide to Buying Your First Van

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When you’re starting out in business, what van you buy can has a huge influence on your profit, level of trade and efficiency. It is also worth remembering that first impressions count, so arriving at a job in a battered, tired-looking vehicle will not generate as much initial goodwill as turning up in a smart new van. Before purchasing a van you need to decide on several different factors which will determine what type of vehicle will best suit your needs.

Factors that will determine the right van for you…

Size and Type:
If you choose a van that is too large, you’ll be spending unnecessary money on fuel and may have difficulty parking it. If your van is too small, you will have to make several trips to transport all the materials and tools you’ll need.

Fuel economy:
This is often linked to size. However, many vans come in a variety of engine capacities. If you often need to transport heavy loads, a larger engine will be ideal. If your materials are more lightweight, a smaller engine will be adequate and help save you money on your operating costs.

Cabin style:
How many people do you need to transport in your van? Are you intending to replace your family car, or will you have workmates that you will be taking to jobs with you?
Will the basic model suffice or do you want extras like built in sat nav, parking sensors etc?

Cargo space:
How large your cargo area is will determine how efficiently you can work. Is the standard space suitable, or are you transporting more delicate items which would require the space to be ply-lined?

Once you have established a short-list of suitable vehicles based on your budget and the above criteria, it is highly recommended that you arrange a test-drive. Taking your prospective van for a test-drive will enable you to familiarise yourself with the handling and size of the vehicle, as well as gaining experience of the interior features and functionality.

By carefully considering your budget, needs and your test-driving experiences, you will find a van that meets all of your requirements and will serve you for many years to come.

If you are thinking of purchasing your very first van, why not visit http://citroenvansales.com/ and see what quality and value Citroen have to offer!

Why a Citroen Nemo May be The Perfect Van for You

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If you require a compact yet surprisingly versatile small van, then the Citroen Nemo should be high on your list. Boasting twin sliding doors, a flexible interior which offers a larger payload than you’d expect, and economical petrol and diesel engines, the Nemo is ideal for anyone seeking a nippy city van or delivery option.

The Nemo will take a standard Euro pallet comfortably, and hence can be used for larger deliveries than just parcels. A choice of 1.3 diesel or 1.4 petrol engines, some offering stop-start technology, will return fuel economy of up to 60 miles per gallon, though economy topping 50 mpg is more attainable under standard driving conditions – the diesel engines are also surprisingly green, with CO2 emissions as low as 109 g/km for the stop-start version.

Practicality ranks highly among the Nemo’s features. The twin rear doors open to 180 degrees, and there’s also a nearside sliding door on some models. All of the vans feature Citroen’s “Extenso” folding passenger seat, which increases load length from the standard 1,523 mm to a much more extensive 2,491 mm, easily topping other vans in the class. A choice of different bulkheads is available, while unglazed rear doors provide enhanced security. The van is certainly a more sizeable option than rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsavan or the Ford Fiestavan.

Although the suspension can feel stiff, the Nemo’s ride is pretty smooth, and the punchy engines handle motorway driving easily. There’s good visibility from the driving seat, which is located closer to the centre of the van than usual, and the cabin feels surprisingly spacious. There’s plenty of storage space and the large glovebox is extremely useful. The van is based on the Fiat Punto, and drives much better than many vans of similar size and specification. Overall, it’s a great option for those seeking a frugal, versatile and compact van.

6 Top Tips to Get You Saving Fuel

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Here are six tips you can use to save fuel and they apply to cars, vans and lorries. Above all, keep your speed down and you will save more fuel in the long run.

1 – Drive more carefully
Drive carefully and do not go too fast and you will save more money. There are a lot of haulage and delivery firms that have added tracking hardware into their vans and trucks. It records the location of the vehicle, hard braking and heavy acceleration. It also records jerking and sharp cornering and reports it to the head office. Drivers may be disciplined by their bosses if they drive carelessly or wastefully.

2 – Have routine services
Servicing your vehicle on a regular basis is the best way to ensure your vehicle remains fuel-efficient. Between services, you should take note of any fuel consumption anomalies.

3 – Lighten your load if you want to save on fuel
Less weight means less fuel. Studies showed that if you drive 12,000 miles per year, then having a moustache will cost you £5 per year.

4 – Remove exterior racks and other accessories when not in use
Your vehicle is built to be aerodynamic. The drag from something such as a window open is tremendous and costs you extra fuel money, so you can imagine how much your racks and other exterior accessories are costing you.

5 – Turn off your heater or air conditioning
Air conditioners use fuel to operate and some heating systems do too, so turn them off if you want to save fuel.

6 – Keep your tires topped up
Having your tires at the wrong pressure can add up to a larger fuel bill. If they are over inflated, then you run the risk of a blow out if you have a heavy load and you risk wearing out your tires earlier than usual. If your tires are under inflated, it will cost you more fuel in the long run and may also wear out your tires before their time.

Citroen Relay voted ‘Best Heavy Panel Van’

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There is no quick way to design a heavyweight van that is 100 per cent perfect, and suits the requirements of everyone that buy it. Vans need to be reliable mechanically, and tough enough to cope with the variety of jobs that they are called on to do. At the same time, as an owner you will naturally want good fuel economy, a safe ride and have the sort of comfort that you probably would not have expected even from your family car ten years ago.

If you want to know if such a van exists, then the answer has to be a definite yes, as the Citroen Relay has all of these qualities and more. To win the award of Best Heavy Panel Van, you obviously need to be the best, and with the Relay it is safe to say the French company Citroen have come up with a winning formula.

Raising the standard for the rest to follow, the Relay went through more of an evolutionary facelift rather than something revolutionary in 2014. The 35 L3H2 HDI 130 now has a six-speed manual transmission, giving first-class performance, and adding to a rather distinctive mix of load carrying practicality.

The Relay offers the highest payload in its class. This is 1,525 kg, which is way ahead of its closest rival. The load compartment is also set out to deliver the maximum space and ease of loading and unloading.

As you would expect in today’s technological age, this van comes with a shed load of gadgets. These include air conditioning, sensors for parking, Bluetooth hands-free, sat nav, remote central locking, cruise control and touchscreen audio software.

It’s fuel efficient too, at 38.2mpg, and comes with state-of-the-art intelligent tracking control and underbody protection.

As well as offering standard panel vans, Citroen has new models for specialist purposes, which is an excellent idea. Included in the range, you have Luton vans, dropsides and tippers. These a quality conversion models that come with a full company warranty that covers the conversion job, and the chassis.

The Citroen Relay is a shining example of what to expect when a vehicle manufacturer gets everything right.

The Advantages of Owning a Citroen Dispatch

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Citroen’s Dispatch has become one of the most popular vans in UK with its diesel and petrol engines. This model offers a potential 40 per cent savings in fuel costs which is one of its biggest advantages. The Citroen Dispatch comes with 2.0 litre 16-valve unit and has a powerful engine with a torque rating of 180. Citroen’s diesel engines are amongst the best on the market and produce less emission than the petrol engines.

The stylish Dispatch van has an appealing chrome-finish grille that reaches up to the headlamps. This model looks robust and dynamic, with clean fluid styling and wide rubbing strips that protect the car in case of accidents. If you want something different from a van, the body size and style of the Dispatch is ideal for you. This van has a carrying capacity of up to 1000 kilograms and comes with a powerful pneumatic suspension that is ideal for city car parks.

The cabin of a Dispatch is quite roomy for its size and there are 3 seat configuration settings that make them comfortable, especially in long drives. This is perhaps due to the wide gap between the driver and passenger seats. When you are parked up in the lay-bys, you can take advantage of the flat dash-top that lets you spread out your paperwork and there is plenty of storage above the windscreen.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of owning a Citroen Dispatch is its low running costs as it can deliver up to 62.8 mpg on the fuel. This is good for a van that can carry a load of up to 1000 kilograms and the service intervals are every 20,000 miles. In addition, the CO2 emissions are under 183g per kilometre and every van comes with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Looking After Your Van This Winter

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If you are not planning to use your van every day through the winter months, it is vital to take certain precautions. Protecting your vehicle during the colder months will ensure it can be used again at the start of spring. To help you with this task, go through the following tips and use them as a checklist.

Check the antifreeze level on a weekly basis and if needed, add the coolant mixture as appropriate. Another most common cause of breakdowns in winter is the battery. If your battery is older than 5 years, it may be time to replace it with a new one.

You should also check that all your lights work properly. If necessary, carry spare bulbs just in case. Your van’s tyres should have at least 2mm of tread. For convenience, you can opt for winter tyres as they improve safety.

As damp and condensation are most likely to build up inside of your can over the winter months, you may end up with mouldy carpets and seats. If left untreated, the bodyshell of your vehicle can get damaged. To prevent this from happening, open the windows to circulate air every once in a while and place a bowl of salt inside the van for dehumidifying reasons.

If you are not going to be driving your van very often in the winter months, certain areas of the vehicle may get damaged or cracked. It is best to keep the van in an enclosed garage in order to prevent tyre damage. But by far the simplest way to reduce stress to the vehicle is to move it every so often as this ensures different parts of the vehicle are on the move. Don’t forget to check the van’s tyre pressure as this will help preserve the tyres over winter.

By taking the above precautions, you can rest assured that your van will stay in tip top condition throughout the winter months.

 

Creating an Emergency Winter Car Kit

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During the Winter you are more likely to suffer a car breakdown than at any other time of year. Luckily you can equip your vehicle so that you are prepared for all the most likely eventualities. As well as all the usual items that you should regularly carry year round in your car there are several things that prove extra useful during the cold Winter months that could be a lifesaver should you encounter problems in inclement weather.

Throughout the year you should always be sure to carry practical items such as a warning triangle, spare bulbs for all your car lights and a first aid kit to deal with any emergency treatment that may be required. During the Winter you should also consider carrying the following to assist you in the event of snow, ice or extreme cold:

A blanket to keep you warm while waiting for emergency assistance to arrive. Temperatures can drop quickly once the engine cuts out so wrapping up warmly is vital. A reflective jacket would also be useful to wear while waiting by the roadside for the rescue crew to make you easier to see in bad weather or in the dark. A torch (with spare batteries) would be a great help in this situation too.

A shovel to help dig yourself out of any snow drifts you may encounter. This may be especially useful if driving in hilly or rural areas. Some spare carpet or cardboard would assist in giving traction to your wheels on icy surfaces. Some salt or sand would also be helpful in these circumstances to help clear ice around your vehicle and get you moving again.

An ice scraper, de-icer and spare screen wash are essential items to carry with you. Temperatures can often drop quickly and you need to be sure that your windows are completely clear and ice free before driving.

A tow rope and snow chains are helpful items to carry with you in the event of snow especially if you live or are planning to travel in remote areas.

3 Ways to Look After Your Van Tyres This Winter

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Whether you love it or hate it, winter is here, and as per usual it’s likely to bring rain, snow and ice. Challenging driving conditions mean that it’s more important than ever to keep your tyres in good condition. Apart from regularly checking the depth of the tyre tread, what else do you need to do to look after your van tyres?

 

1.Check Your Tyre Pressure

Keeping your van’s tyres inflated to the correct pressure is vital for several reasons:

Safety
When your tyres are under-inflated, your van will not handle as well, so putting yourself and other road users at risk. If they are over-inflated, they may overheat and will be at increased risk of failing.

The Environment
The second reason to keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure is to protect the environment. If the tyres are under-inflated, your van’s fuel efficiency will be lower, and its CO2 emissions will be higher.

Save yourself some money
Vans with under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance and so use more fuel than they need to. Over-inflated tyres are at greater risk of damage and are likely to need replacing more often.

 

2.Check for Damage

Some common reasons for cuts and tears on your tyres include impact between the tyre and the kerb or driving over potholes or other irregularities on the road surface. If you spot any damage, get your tyre checked as soon as possible as the tyre will be at increased risk of failing. Kerbing can also cause wheels to get out of alignment and lead to further uneven wear on the tyres. Heavy emergency braking can also result in “flat spots” on the tyre, so if you have had to brake sharply, get your tyres checked soon.

 

3.Your tyres are your responsibility

New regulations including the Duty of Care and Corporate and Social Responsibility place responsibility squarely on the driver of the vehicle for checking that it is maintained in a safe condition. Keep yourself and other road users as safe as possible this winter by making fortnightly tyre inspections part of your regular van maintenance.

Why a Citroen Berlingo Would be Right for You

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With its versatile design, ability to carry loads of up to 885 kg, and aids to make driving easier, the Citroen Berlingo offers many reasons for you to choose this high-quality and reliable van.

Space

The Citroen Berlingo’s design offers a load space volume of 4.1m3, allowing you to carry two Euro pallets. Two body types are available: L1 can transport lengths of up to 3.25m, and L2 lengths of 4.1m. It has wide, sliding side doors and asymmetric rear doors opening to 180° which allows ease of access. Loading and unloading are safe and easy, while its versatile EXTENSO® cab design, with no gear lever, seats up to three people. The crew van option offers extra seating for up to five: this is easily removable when you wish to turn your Berlingo back into a conventional van. Further flexibility is offered by refinements such as an opening roof that will allow you to carry longer items such as poles and ladders.
 

Economy

Competitively priced when new, and economical to run, the Berlingo boasts figures of 61.4mpg, amongst the lowest of its class. Co2 emissions are only 133g/km, making it one of the more environmentally friendly vans. For the ultimate green option, the micro-hybrid technology of the new e-HDi 90 Airdream ETG6 engine combines very low CO₂ emissions of 118 g/km with maximum fuel efficiency.
 

Driveability

Driving aids on the Berlingo assist you to drive in safety and comfort in the most challenging conditions:

The Berlingo has an advanced anti-skid system that adapts to driving conditions to improve grip. The selector allows you to choose one of the four driving modes to suit your current driving conditions – normal, snow, sand or all-terrain.

For improved safety when driving on steep slopes, Hill Start Assist holds the vehicle still for two seconds to give you time to move your foot from the brake to the accelerator.

On longer trips, the speed limiter makes for more relaxed driving, keeping the Berlingo at the speed limit you select.

If these fantastic benefits sound right up your street, take a look at our full Berlingo range today.

How to Prepare Your Van for the Christmas Break

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Doing a lot of driving around the Christmas period? You might want to read this before you do. The festive season can present a number of challenges when driving a van, such as excessive traffic, adverse weather, and slippery road conditions. Here are four tips on how to prepare your van for the Christmas break.

1. Keeping your van in working order
You might be using your van less frequently during the Christmas period, especially if you have time off work or the weather is particularly bad. Remember – the cold can damage any electrical or mechanical components in your vehicle, especially your battery. Plan ahead and if your battery begins to malfunction, use a trickle charger to help it start in cold weather. You might also want to keep some jump leads in your boot in case of an emergency.

2. Prepare your van engine
Your van engine might take much longer to get going when the temperatures drop, so steer clear of using full power and limit any revving until the motor has reached operating temperature. Making sure your vehicle’s oil is also working well can prolong the life of your engine and save you a lot of time and hassle in an emergency situation.

3. Stay safe
In adverse weather like heavy rain or snow, it is imperative that you stay safe when on the road. You must ensure that your van lights are clean, and that mirrors and windows are clear. Take some time to clear all snow or ice from your van before driving, and remove any snow that has fallen from your van that could provide an obstacle for
pedestrians. You might also want to take greater care when planning your journey. Check the latest traffic and weather reports on local television or radio stations, and find alternative routes if the weather is particularly bad.

4. Book your van for a service
If you suspect something is wrong with your van, book a service as soon as possible. It might take longer to get the van repaired during the Christmas period, so always plan ahead.