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Is My Van Roadworthy?

It is imperative to check that your van is road worthy and safe to drive. It has been reported that each year there are 1.3 million deaths linked to road crashes, with an average 3,287 deaths a day. There are precautions that you as a driver can take before jumping into your van, taking an MOT test is one.

 What is an MOT?

Legislation released by the UK Government states that by the third anniversary of its registration, the vehicle must get an Ministry of Transport Test, also known as a MOT test.

This verifies that the van is in full working condition and is safe to drive. The certificate needs to be granted, or your van could be at risk of repossession by the police. Additionally, without holding an MOT certification, your insurance company will not pay out a claim if an accident occurs.

What does the test examine?

This test assesses the following:

  • Lighting and Signaling equipment
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Wheels
  • Seat Belts
  • The general structure of the body
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel and emissions
  • The driver view of the road.

An MOT test examines the safety of your vehicle for all road conditions, with the anticipation of the life of any parts that may need replacing. During the test, van millage is recorded however it does not contribute or influence the results of the test.

 How much will it cost me?

MOT certificates vary in price depending on the size of vehicle. For example, a motorcycle will cost around £30 ranging to £130 for vehicles with more than 16 passenger seats. Vans typically cost from £40- £80, all dependent on size. These prices fluctuate if you take your van to a private garage.

How often do I need to get an MOT?

Once your van reaches three years old, it will require an MOT test once every year. Vans under three years old do not need an MOT certificate.

You can renew your MOT up to one month before the existing one expires. However, if you are a due for an MOT on a certain date, you should try to book the test before to avoid driving illegally.

Booking an MOT

When booking a test, you need to ensure that the center is an approved MOT test establishment, where a blue sign with 3 white triangles will be displayed.

You’ll need the vehicle registration number, the last four digits of the chassis number and if you’re using the online or telephone service, a debit/credit card.

I’ve passed the MOT Test. What do I do now?

You’ll get a call from the garage telling you to pick up your van at a selected time. When you pick up your van you will receive an MOT certificate from the test center, with a full breakdown of the results. The certificate will be recorded in an MOT database.

You will then need to return for an MOT test 3 years later.

Your MOT certificate should be kept safe if you intend on selling your van in the future, as the certificate shows the full history of the car.

 My van has failed the MOT Test. What should I do?

Your van will need to have the necessary work completed to ensure the MOT certificate can be distributed, once being retested. Driving without a valid MOT certificate is illegal with the possibility of prosecution.

 

Treat yourself this Christmas to a new Citroen Van!

Citroen Van Sales offer the complete range of Citroen Vans, with purchase prices and affordable rental charges.

Our small vans start with the stylish Nemo 1.3 Hdi LX 80ps Euro 6, a bargain at £7195 to buy, or £99 per month to lease. Six more vehicles of this type are available in varying sizes up to the Berlingo L2 BlueHDI 100ps Crew, which retails at an affordable looking £10,595 (or £159 a month).

If you want something a bit bigger you could try a vehicle from the medium size Dispatch and Relay series’. Beginning with the compact Dispatch XS BlueHDi 95 Enterprise (£13,995 or £197 PCM), all the way up to the roomy Relay 35 L3 H2 2.0 BlueHDI 130p (£14,995 or £199 PCM) it looks like they have the mid-range truck all covered.

Even if you are looking for a speciality van we have them too. The Relay 35 L3 H2 130ps is a refrigerated model, and if a dropside is your thing they have the Relay L3 130PS Enterprise Dropside for only £14,995.

Citroen Van Sales can offer up to 42% of list prices because they source their stock directly from the manufacturers, whilst their sales team can give the customer expert advice on whatever Citroen van is best for them or their business.

Tips for Cleaning Your Van

From bricklayers to gardeners, vans provide a mode of transport for people working in many types of industries. However, filling the van up with tools and equipment can often cause a built up of dust and dirt. If the van is not thoroughly cleaned then it can cause damage to the interiors, so it is essential that it is properly cleaned and maintained. Cleaning a van needn’t be a stressful or lengthy chore providing that you follow a few simple rules. Read on to find out how to clean your van in four simple steps.

Before you start, it’s a wise idea to grab all of the essential items you will need to clean your van. You’ll need a bowl, car cleaning solution, micro fibre cloth, hoover, an old toothbrush, a hose and a sponge.

Start with the interior of the van; remove all of the mats and shake them outside of the car. Place them outside of the vehicle until you have finished cleaning the interiors.

Prepare a solution of detergent soap and warm water, or if you prefer, you can use a cleaning product wich is designed for use in vans and cars. Dip the microfibre cloth into the mixture, and use it to wipe down all of the dashboards, the door panels, gearstick and the steering wheel. If there are any hard to budge stains, you can use an old toothbrush to scrub them away. When you are done, rinse out the cloth and wipe down the same surfaces with clear water and then dry. Ensure that you have remove all traces of cleaning product, as it can corrode or stain the dashboard if it is not properly cleaned up.

Next, use the vacuum to hoover the interior of the car and the mats that you removed. When clean, place the mats back into the van.

Now you’re ready to move onto the exterior of the van. Always use cleaining products which have been designed for use on vehicles as liquid dish soap can erode the paintwork. Pour some of the cleaning product into a bucket of warm water, then use sponge to wash the entire vehicle. When you are done, use a hose to wash the car and make sure that all of the cleaning product is removed. You can use the microfibre cloth to clean lights and more harder to clean areas.

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to having a squeaky clean van

Tips on Keeping Your Van clean

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From bricklayers to gardeners, vans provide a mode of transport for people working in many types of industries. However, filling the van up with tools and equipment can often cause a built up of dust and dirt. If the van is not thoroughly cleaned then it can cause damage to the interiors, so it is essential that it is properly cleaned and maintained. Cleaning a van needn’t be a stressful or lengthy chore providing that you follow a few simple rules. Read on to find out how to clean your van in four simple steps.

Before you start, it’s a wise idea to grab all of the essential items you will need to clean your van. You’ll need a bowl, car cleaning solution, microfiber cloth, hoover, an old toothbrush, a hose and a sponge.

Start with the interior of the van; remove all of the mats and shake them outside of the car. Place them outside of the vehicle until you have finished cleaning the interiors.

Prepare a solution of detergent soap and warm water, or if you prefer, you can use a cleaning product wich is designed for use in vans and cars. Dip the microfiber cloth into the mixture, and use it to wipe down all of the dashboards, the door panels, gear stick and the steering wheel. If there are any hard to budge stains, you can use an old toothbrush to scrub them away. When you are done, rinse out the cloth and wipe down the same surfaces with clear water and then dry. Ensure that you have remove all traces of cleaning product, as it can corrode or stain the dashboard if it is not properly cleaned up.

Next, use the vacuum to hoover the interior of the car and the mats that you removed. When clean, place the mats back into the van.

Now you’re ready to move onto the exterior of the van. Always use cleaning products which have been designed for use on vehicles as liquid dish soap can erode the paintwork. Pour some of the cleaning product into a bucket of warm water, then use sponge to wash the entire vehicle. When you are done, use a hose to wash the car and make sure that all of the cleaning product is removed. You can use the microfiber cloth to clean lights and more harder to clean areas.

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to having a squeaky clean van.

Are your tires safe for driving this Winter?

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As winter draws closer and the daylight hours become shorter, it’s time for motorists to take the necessary steps to ensure their safety on the roads.

Without thinking twice, most of us will have bought the can of de-icer, and topped up the antifreeze, but how often do we contemplate the suitability of our tyres for the harsh winter months? Let’s take a brief look at some important considerations concerning tyre safety as we head towards the end of the year.

Snow tyres are a great investment for any motorist. Living in the UK, it’s quite easy to be caught out by an unexpected snow flurry, so do consider being prepared by having a set of these specialised tyres installed. With a greater tread, and the ability to withstand the plummeting temperatures, a vehicle’s traction is greatly enhanced when driving on snow tyres.

Checking the tread on your current tyres is also of vital importance. The legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm, however, 3mm is the recommended minimum. The difference between these two measurements is a stopping distance of two car lengths on a wet road. Perhaps, the difference between a safe stop and a crash? Also check the tread on both sides of the tyre, as an uneven measurement may point to an alignment problem.

Tyre pressure is an equally important factor to consider at this time of year. For every drop of 10-degrees in temperature, a tyre will lose a single PSI of pressure. Those of us who had adequately inflated tyres during the warmer months, may now have dangerously soft tyres. Traction and handling are greatly affected by tyre pressure, so be sure to bear this in mind when heading out onto those hazardous roads. It’s also useful to point out that properly inflated tyres will lead to greater vehicle performance, allowing you to save money on fuel!

Taking steps to ensure your safety while driving in winter should be every motorist’s priority. Do ensure your tyres are ready to handle the changing environment as the colder months start to bite. After all, you never know when you might need to head out and deliver that missed Christmas present!

Tips for buying a used van

When you buy a new van that has just come off the production line, there is an argument that because you are the first owner, you are not buying other people’s problems. You can feel secure that it is in pristine condition, and you can use the extensive warranty that you have been given for any problem.

There is, however, a lot to be said for buying second hand. For a start, it is cheaper, and you could pick up a bargain. To ensure that you don’t purchase a vehicle that will cause you problems, certain essential checks are useful to know.

The body

Examine the bodywork for is rust. This may be easy to see if it is on the wings and sills, but also check underneath the wheel arches and don’t forget door frames. By pressing on a rusty spot, a sure sign of corrosion is if you hear a crunching sound. If not, it is just superficial.

The suspension

A van’s suspension should allow the vehicle to bounce once, before returning to a stationary position. If it doesn’t do this, you may have problems with a shock absorber. Always take a test drive before committing yourself to a sale.

Lights

If these are not working or are flickering, it is an indication that the electrical system isn’t healthy.

The air conditioning system

If this is not functioning correctly, then it could cost a lot of money to fix. Check this and the van’s heating system.

Braking

On your test drive, find a piece of straight road and see how the vehicle stops. Listen particularly for any grinding or squealing noises. The van should also stop in a straight line and not pull to the left or right.

Tyres

If there is wear on the tyres, this should be even. If not, then it a sign that maybe the tracking needs adjusting or there is a problem with the suspension. Check that there is a ‘proper’ spare tyre.

The engine

Look for smoke and listen for any strange sounds.

Steering

This should be responsive with no free play.

The cabin

Make sure that there are no warning lights on the dash that are lit up, and also try out the seat belts.

After doing all of the above checks, take a long look at the service history.

Finally, make sure you buy your second-hand van through a reputable dealer.

Top 10 classic Citroen Designs

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The French automobile company name of Citroën has always been associated with imposing style and automotive innovation. But what are the 10 cars that stand out above others from the make as past and future classics?

1. The Citroën Traction Avant was produced between 1934 and 1957 and was the first production car with four wheel drive. The classic looks and technical innovation, which also included independent suspension on all four wheels and a unitary body without a frame make it an obvious choice as a classic.

2. Although not the most beautiful of Citroën vehicles the 2CV or “deux chevaux” meaning Two Horses, a reference to the two horsepower engine, must rank as a classic piece of design. The car was produced from 1948 until 1990.

3. One of the most striking of motor cars and perhaps the most impressive of all Citroëns must be the DS or ‘Deesse’ meaning Goddess. As well as hydropneumatic suspension this car featured innovative directional headlights which turned as the front wheels did so.

4. Almost as impressive as the DS the SM, produced from 1970-75. A large car it was a sport coupe based upon the DS and in one version featuring a Maserati engine reflecting the fact that Maserati were during that time owned by Citroën.

5. After the SM the GS was born. Somewhat squarer in shape than its predecessors but still striking the car bore a number of innovations including suspension that would famously hold it up with only three wheels.

6. Next came the CX, another new design that was reminiscent of the DS and its successors.

7. The BX, produced between 1982-94 was an innovative new design that moved away from the smooth curving forms of previous models, and was a popular hatchback of the 80s and early 90s. The diesel-powered version became extremely popular due to the high performance and good fuel economy.

8. The XM of 1994 was a perfect example of old meets new. The sleek angular lines retained Citroën style and was a worthy successor to the DS estate.

Top Tips to Help Maintain Your Van’s Tyres

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Choosing the correct type of tyres for your van is very important, as is regular maintenance. Below we share some tips on how to look after your van’s tyres.

The importance of choosing the correct tyres

The correct tyre is essential in helping the van cope with heavy loads, rigorous journeys and varying road conditions. Ultimately, van tyres need to be hard wearing and tough.

There are many things you should look for when choosing van tyres.

Tread

Tyre tread is very important. The tyre tread needs to be 1.6mm or more, as stipulated by UK law. Having the correct tyre tread for your van improves handling, responsiveness and overall safety when driving.

Pressure

When your van tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, then this greatly improves the safety of your vehicle. If tyres are inflated incorrectly, then this will result in more wear and tear of your tyres and ultimately cost you more money, as they will need to be changed more regularly. Your fuel consumption will also increase, resulting in yet more expense. Check your model of van to find out what the correct tyre pressure should be. The pressure of your tyres will also change depending on how heavy the load is, so always check tyre pressure once the van has been loaded. One great tip here is to check the tyres when they are cold, as you get an accurate result.

Condition of your van tyres

Your van’s tyres should be inspected at least every 4 weeks, or before embarking upon long journeys. Van tyres are subjected to a lot of use and can easily accumulate debris in the treads. You also need to be vigilant for any cracks or bulges in the sidewall of the tyre, as these can prove fatal.

Alignment of wheels

Vans have to navigate multiple road surfaces, busy streets and are on the road more often than cars. For this reason it is very easy for them to drive into pot holes on the road and to hit kerbs, both of which can misalign the wheels and damage tyres. If you find that you are having to correct your driving, due to the van veering off to one side; or if one side of the tyre is more worn, then you need to get your wheels checked to make sure that they are aligned correctly.

 

Ensure Trouble-Free Driving with Proper Car Engine Maintenance

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The engine is, quite literally, the driving force of a car. Although a full engine replacement is possible, in reality when an engine fails it’s usually time to consign the entire vehicle to the scrap heap. Even before things get to that stage, an engine that’s running poorly is not efficient, which not only costs more to drive, it makes for a more frustrating and uncomfortable journey. Bearing this in mind, keeping your car’s engine in good working order as you go with proper maintenance is vital if you want to enjoy years of happy driving.

Oil Issues

Without oil, your engine will soon collapse into a clanking, screeching mess of tortured metal before seizing up completely. Ensure your oil levels are kept high enough by checking them regularly, and don’t rely on your dashboard warning light to remind you to top up – by this time, damage may already have been done.

Over time, the quality and efficiency of your oil will start to degrade, and the oil will start to pick up dirt and debris which it will pass on to your engine parts. Prevent this by changing your oil regularly so that it stays clean and retains its lubricating power.

Finally, if you find you need to top up your oil levels more and more often, take this as a warning sign that there could be a fault somewhere causing leaks – get it checked out urgently, as a serious oil leak can cause fatal engine damage with little warning.

The Cooling System

An overheating engine is still the most common cause of a car breakdown, but it’s not just a nuisance when this happens: if your engine is regularly running too hot, its lifespan will be drastically reduced. It’s vitally important to ensure that the levels of liquid coolant in your engine’s reservoir are kept at the proper level, and that there are no leaks in the system. Also, keep an eye on the various belts, fans, and hoses which are visible within your engine compartment – if they look worn, cracked, or even overly dirty, then either replace them or have them checked out by your mechanic.

Keeping in Tune

Although having your car serviced may seem like an unnecessary expense, skipping it will be a false economy if your poorly-maintained engine suffers a catastrophic failure. Schedule regular major and interim services, during which the engine tuning will be checked and adjusted if necessary to keep it running smoothly, as well as the overall state of the engine being inspected for early signs of wear and tear.

Today’s car engines are highly engineered marvels of power and reliability – help yours to stay that way by looking after it properly!

 

Best Places to Drive in the UK

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England’s roads offer a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the very best of the scenery the country has to offer. Starting with the Garden of England, Kent, a journey along the A258 between Dover and Deal offers stunning views of rolling countryside, fields beneath big skies and sea glimpses; historic buildings (three medieval and Tudor castles) and abundant greenery and trees make this a fine coastal drive with huge variation in elevation. For picturesque villages and towns the county of Suffolk offers a number of opportunities; focussing on the Suffolk Wool Towns will take the driver around Long Melford, Lavenham, Cavendish and Clare. For those who wish to drive through moorland country the A39 between Barnstaple, the oldest borough in the United Kingdom, and the coastal town of Minehead offers rolling, undulating countryside and sea views that combine to offer a wide ranging experience of views. This drive takes one through Exmoore National Park.

Those enjoying the Lake District and its scenery can take the A591 and A592 between Lake Windemere and Kirkstone Pass. The elevation of the pass, the highest in the Lake District, is 1,500 feet. The views are stunning and varied.
Loch Lomand in Scotland is by the A82, and the drive North from Dumbarton offers mountain views capped by heather and clouds. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Rowardennan Forest and the Trossachs National Park offer wonderful views during the drive. The A82 also links Loch Lomand and Loch Ness, offering stunning views across the Lochs, countryside and mountains.
For drivers seeking a demanding and challenging journey Cornwall offers the B3306 between St Ives and St Just and the road sits on the edge of the Celtic Sea. The road twists and turns repeatedly, and is often busy with pedestrians, cyclists and tourist buses. Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is the deepest in the country. 27 limestone cliffs climb 500 feet and boast an extensive cave system with two show caves available to visitors. The B3135 twists through the Gorge, offering spectacular views and there are opportunities for those who wish to go rock climbing or caving. The A303 on the way towards Taunton, Somerset, runs past historic Stonehenge, offering a fine view of the Neolithic circle of stones. Finally, Yorkshire boasts the Wensleydale to Swaledale road, described by Jeremy Clarkson as the ‘only truly spectacular’ road in Britain. The road runs through the Yorkshire Dales.