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Clean Your Car Like a Pro

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How to Clean Your Car Like a Pro

Having your vehicle professionally detailed can make your car feel like new again. With the right materials, you can clean your car like a pro and make your car feel like new whenever you like.

It’s important to begin with the interior. The first task is to dislodge any dirt and debris from the cracks and crevices with an air compressor. Then, use a stiff-bristled brush to loosen any stubborn dirt from the carpet and upholstery. If your car has leather seats, apply a leather cleaner and conditioner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions accordingly.

Using your air compressor once again, blow any build up out of the car’s air conditioning and heating duct work. Doing this will rid the vehicle of dirt and dust that can cause musty smells, helping to give your car that new car smell. Follow this with a thorough vacuuming of the interior.

Wipe down the dashboard and use a protectant to guard against harmful UV rays and keep it looking fresh and new. Clean pedals with detergent, and use a non-acidic cleaner on tyres. After applying a degreaser to the wheels, you’re ready to clean your car’s exterior.

Begin by hosing down the entire vehicle to rinse away any surface dirt. Follow this by scrubbing down the exterior with a soft sponge or washing mitt and a liquid detergent. As always, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines with your cleaning products. With a toothbrush, or a small detailing brush, remove any dirt from the cracks of the car’s bodywork.

Once your vehicle is clean, it’s ready for a polish. Use an appropriate polish for all surfaces. Apply a metal polish where needed and a plastic polish to brake lights, indicator lights, and headlights. This will not only keep all of your car’s lights looking their best, but will make your vehicle safer on the road, as well.

Now that the polish has been done, protect your newly detailed automobile with a fresh coat of wax.

Lastly, clean all the windows. A household glass cleaner will do, though it is advised that you choose a cleaner that is ammonia-free. For the best results on windows, use a micro fibre cloth to remove residue and eliminate those unsightly streaks.

Now that you know how to clean your car like a pro, you’re ready to take it for a drive.

Safe Van Driving – Your Top Tips

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Safe Van Driving – Your Top Tips

Preparing to drive your van.

1. Get to know your vehicle, its length and height, so that you can perform reversing and turning manoeuvres and navigate bridges or height-restricted entries to garages, car parks etc safely.

2. Keep to your van’s weight limit. When loading, lift safely and make sure that the weight is distributed evenly, and before setting off close the doors firmly and lock them.

3. Check the van is a vehicle covered by your driving license. It should have a current MOT certificate, in-date road tax and you should be insured to drive it. Comprehensive breakdown cover is also a good idea.

4. Before each journey check oil, tyres, lights, fuel, and wing mirror position, and don’t forget to test your windscreen wipers and top-up the fluid reservoir.

5. Prepare for an emergency; carry a high-visibility jacket, torch, first-aid kit and blanket. Your spare wheel should always have sufficient tread and be ready to fit on the van should the need arise.

The drive.

6. Plan you route, motorways are the quickest and safest way to get from A to B. If possible avoid rush hour traffic and school run time. Give yourself plenty of time for your journey plus extra to compensate for any contingencies you experience. Never rush, rushing is stressful and stress erodes good judgement. Always keep to the speed limit and if you are not good at navigating invest in a reliable Sat Nav. Never use a mobile phone whilst on the road, its illegal.

7. Sit properly, don’t slouch or sit in a contorted position. Make sure head restraints are comfortable for you, your back is supported and feet can reach the pedals; and don’t forget to fasten your seat belt. Check you have a good view of the road from both the rear view mirror and the wing mirrors and be aware of any blind spots.

8. If you start to feel drowsy during your journey pull over and take a rest as soon as possible. Until you are able to do so, get cold air circulating in your cabin by opening a window or putting the cold blower on.

Finally.

9. If an accident should occur, switch your engine off, immobilize your van, check on the welfare of others involved and when necessary call the emergency services. Never flee the scene of an accident, always be ready to exchange your insurance details or present your documents to the police.

What Vans Citroen Has To Offer

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If you’re looking for a new van this spring, then look no further than the superb range of Citroen vehicles. With so much choice on offer, though, how do you select the right van for your need? Here’s a guide to what Citroen can offer.

Citroen Nemo

The Nemo may be the smallest van in Citroen’s range, but it’s no weakling, featuring a reliable, dependable 1.4-litre engine that allows it to carry a 660 kg, 2.5 cubic metre payload without fuss. With more than 1.5 metres of interior space, the Nemo is capable of handling some surprisingly bulky loads, but it also offers an excellent level of comfort for drivers and passengers thanks to features such as air conditioning, Bluetooth and parking sensors.

Citroen Berlingo

Slightly larger all round than the Nemo, but still very much a compact van, the Berlingo offers immense flexibility thanks to its variety of lengths and trim levels. Engines range from an economical, 95PS, 1.6i unit to a powerful, 90PS, HDi option, with 180 degree opening rear doors allowing payloads of up to 896 kg and 4.1 cubic metres to be accommodated with ease. Some Berlingos boast a modular folding passenger seat for even greater flexibility, while Enterprise models feature hands-free Bluetooth and air conditioning.

Citroen Dispatch

With engine power from 90PS all the way up to the Combi model’s 160 PS, the Dispatch makes light work of heavy loads. Available in a wide range of styles ranging from Panel Van to Platform Cab, it’s capable of dealing with loads of 1,200 kg. Combine that with a cavernous 7 cubic metres of load space and twin sliding rear doors and the Dispatch’s attractions are clear. Enterprise models of this van come with rear parking sensors and steel bulkhead, while all models benefit from low fuel consumption.

Citroen Relay

The Relay panel van really is the ultimate in Citroen load-luggers: with no fewer than four length and three height options available, there’s a Relay to suit every need. Every Relay has interior space for three Euro-pallets, while the largest can deal with payloads of up to 17 cubic metres. Citroen offers a range of three excellent HDi diesel units with power ranging from 110 to 150 PS. With premium features such as Hill Start Assist fitted as standard, the Relay can take whatever you throw at it.

Here’s Why You Need A Citroen Nemo In 2016

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The Citroen Nemo van is a good choice for someone in need of Load space. The compact van is deceptively spacious. With its Extenso passenger seat, it quickly provides more space when necessary. The seat can also fold and serve as a table. The Nemo also offers plenty of storage space with its deep glove compartment and pocket doors. It can handle large parcels, and is built to endure their continuous dropping.

The Nemo comes in a diesel and petrol model with the diesel model using Fiat’s 1,248cc 74bhp MultiJet engine and the Peugeot Citroen 1,360cc 72bhp for the petrol engine model. Both engines are reliable on the road and provide efficient fuel economy. It’s easy to get around in the Nemo because of its compact size and maneuverability. The van also makes it easy to park with the rear parking sensors.

The 10 Best Small Vans of 2015

If you are looking at various van options, here are some of the best picks:

1. Volkswagen Caddy – One of the most popular vans in the UK market with low tyres that are rolling resistant. It has two engine models; Candy Maxi and Caddy, and it has a strong build.
2. Ford Transit Connect – A beautiful van that has an enhanced aerodynamic design. It is built for fuel economy and provides a lot of cargo room.
3. Citreon Berlingo – An economical vehicle offering up to 5-passenger seating and it also comes in an electric model.
4. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – The van is suitable for cargo and passenger transport, and comes with safety gears.
5. Fiat Fiorino – A small van that offers a good amount of load space with a folding passenger seat for possible extension.
6. Vauxhall Vivaro – A practical vehicle with a sturdy build. It comes in two height models and offers fuel economy on the road.
7. Renault Kangoo – A very energy efficient van with a 1.5 dCi turbodiesel engine and excellent fuel economy.
8. Vauxhall Combo – Offers good load space and handles well on the road.
9. Fiat Doblo Cargo – Comes in different sizes and styles, and is smooth on the road
10. Mercedes Citan – Shares diesel engine options with Renault Kangoo but offers more comfort.

How to Fix Up Cars Interior on the Cheap

It is possible to fix the interior of your van without spending too much money on it. You just have to get the right materials. For instance, you can sew up a torn car seat instead of buying a brand new one. Cleaning the carpet will give it a fresh look. Applying lubricants will also keep the moving parts working. Shop online for used parts that can fit into your van’s interior when it needs repairs.

A Brief History Of The Citroen World Racing Team

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The Citroen Racing Team has a long and storied history and is one of the most well established racing teams in all of motor sports. Starting all the way back in 1956 with their fist entrance to endurance rally events using the then brand new Citroen DS up to modern day where Citroen is a leading name in both endurance rally racing as well as the touring car circuit.

Humble Beginnings

With the release of the Citroen DS, Citroen saw their first opportunity to get into the world of competitive motor sports. The DS had great success is rallying where sustained speeds on poor surfaces are essential. It took a couple of years and some innovation before Citroen picked up there first win but in 1959 the DS stormed the competition to take home the top prize at the Monte Carlo Rally.

From there the Citroen DS saw repeated success across the world in the rallying circuit. Picking up a further nine championship titles in the following twenty or so years in challenging rally’s including Rally Du Maroc as well as two home victories in the Tour de Corse in France.

An Absence and Return

Citroen hit hard times in 1974 when it was forced to file for bankruptcy and as a result the racing team had to take a back seat to the more important task of getting the company back up and running. After a period of years though Citroen returned triumphantly to the world of racing in the 90s with the Citroen ZX which won the Rally Raid Manufacturer’s Championship an incredible five times consecutively between 1993 and 1997.

Entering the World of Touring Cars

Whilst Citroen had always been known for their prowess in the rally world, it wasn’t until 2013 that they entered the competitive world of touring cars. With their Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, developed in mere months due to the skill of their engineers, Citroen took fourteen victories from the first fifteen races in the 2014 World Touring Car Championships and eventually took the Manufacturer’s WTCC Championship five races before the end of the season. This was the season that also saw the Citroen WTCC pilots take the first three ranks of the Drivers’ World Touring Car Championship.

So from humble beginnings to modern day success, it looks like the Citroen Racing Team is here to stay.

An Honest Review Of The Citroen Dispatch

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The Citroen Dispatch is a panel van, which is available in several different specifications; with load bearing capacity ranging from 5 to 7.0m3. This review will focus on the most basic version, the SWB low roof van L1H1, which has a height of 1,449mm, a width of 1,600mm, a length of 2,254mm and a 5.0m3 load capacity.

Fuel Consumption

One of the Citroen Dispatch’s strongest points is it’s economical fuel consumption; with careful driving the version with the 90 bhp version offers 42.2 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 177 g/km. All versions of the Dispatch run on diesel.
The service times of the Dispatch are quite long – yearly or every 20,000 miles – and many of its rivals offer lengthier times between services. Insurance costs, however, are extremely competitive.

Inside the Cab

There isn’t much legroom inside the front of the cab, especially in the middle seat, but there are some useful features, such a large windscreen, a cup holder, door pockets. The driver’s seat is lower than many other similar vehicles, making it an ideal choice for delivery drivers as access is easy. Remote central locking and a ‘Traffic’ satellite navigation system are fitted as standard.

Performance

The Citroen Dispatch is an easy and comfortable van to drive as the steering column and driver’s seat are both height adjustable. There have been reported problems with the electronic power steering, but these have been smoothed out. Comfortable suspension, and easy manoeuvrability make it the ideal choice from winding through city traffic. It’s easy to park as it’s the same size as a large people carrier.

Load Area

The smallest version of the Citroen Dispatch can cope with a load of 1200 kg. Rear air suspension is an option that allows drivers to lower the height of the rear, making loading and unloading much easier – and the height readjusts itself automatically if the driver forgets to reset it.

Safety

The Dispatch has an excellent safety record and has a good reliable engine, if somewhat noisy. Side airbags are not fitted as standard, however, and neither are front fog lights.

Overall Verdict

The Citroen Dispatch is a high quality vehicle that represents excellent value for money. It’s a reliable workhorse of a panel van that can cope with large loads, whilst handling and parking like a car.

Citroen Berlingo: A Medium-Sized Masterpiece

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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.

7 Reasons A Citroen Nemo Is Perfect For You

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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.

Citroen’s Wackiest Creations

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The French are no strangers to crazy cars, and Citroen have often been at the forefront of bizarre motors. From classics from the golden age of motoring up to 21st century wonders of modern technology, there are plenty of Citroen models that top the list of weirdest vehicles of all time!

The Citroen DS

Created in 1955, the DS was the height of revolutionary engineering when it was first designed. Abandoning the traditional suspension method of springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, this stylish new vehicle adopted a combination of pneumatics and hydraulics for a super-smooth ride that was even likened to travelling on a magic carpet! An added bonus of this was that the height of the car was actually adjustable and it could level itself automatically to adapt to any road type for maximum comfort when travelling. The DS is most famous for its role in saving the life of President Charles de Gaulle in 1962. When assassins fired on his car, causing all four tyres to burst simultaneously, the car’s innovative suspension allowed it to automatically adapt and retreat at high speed, evading his assailants. The DS became a true French hero and was celebrated throughout the rest of de Gaulle’s presidency.

Citroen 2CV Safari

The 2CV is possibly the most iconic French made car of all time, designed to give the average French worker access to motoring, however the Safari model is especially unique thanks to its unusual twin engine set up. Marketed as a four wheel drive, it used one engine under the bonnet and another in the rear. It also featured a significantly dangerously positioned fuel tank, which was located under the front seats with the fuel cap protruding through the driver’s door!

Citroen C4 Cactus

The C4 Cactus is like a concept car that has been brought into mainstream production and sale. Using the most up-to-date safety technology, its outer shell is effectively bubble wrapped, featuring “airbumps” that are made from durable plastic with embedded air pads, protecting the car and its passengers from damage from bumps and scrapes. These panels are also available in eye-catching colours to ensure the vehicle stands out from the crowd. Thanks to modern technology, it is also super-light, making it extremely efficient to drive.

Citroen Dispatch – The Ultimate Middle Van

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Overview:

First launched in 2007 as a joint venture between Fiat and Peugeot Citroen, the Dispatch has become the mainstay of Citroens mid-range fleet. Available in a short-wheelbase model L1, and long-wheelbase model L2, there is also a high roof variation of the L2 designated L2H2.

If you need to carry staff as well as goods, then crew cabs are an option, as are six and nine seat combination variants, designated SX models. A platform van with various loading options is also available.

Running Costs:

Although petrol engines were available on the earlier models, the range now is exclusively diesel using 1.6, 90bhp and 2.0 litre, 125bhp HDi engines.

Economy is the name of the game running commercial vehicles, and the engines, designed by Ford and PSA, return an impressive 42.2mpg with emissions of 177g/km for the 1.6 size, and an even more impressive 44.1mpg, with emissions of 168g/kg for the 2.0-litre.

Although the 1600 may be slightly underpowered, the fuel consumption figures put the Dispatch in the same box as the Vauxhall Vivaro ecoFLEX, and the VW Transporter.

Load Options:

Depending on your choice of body, the Dispatch can carry 5.0, 6.0, or 7.0 cubic metres of cargo.

Unfortunately air suspension is an extra, but at a cost of 410GBP, well worth considering. It allows the rear end to drop to 491mm, lower than any other similar commercial. The package also includes automatic monitoring of the tyre pressures.

Safety and Reliability:

One of the Dispatch’s big let downs is electronic stability control is an optional extra, and not available at all for the L1H1 1000 HDi 90. Fitted with a driver’s airbag, a passenger airbag is a 140GBP option and side airbags aren’t available for any model.

Engine wise, both 1.6 and 2.0 litre sizes have a tried and tested history, and are a good reliable workhorse in commercial vehicles.

Cab and Comfort:

I’ve always found the driving position in Citroens, both car and commercial comfortable and relaxing, and the Dispatch is no different. With seat height adjustment, and steering column adjustment, the Dispatch will accommodate drivers of all shapes and sizes.

The range doesn’t have an automatic gearbox option, but the manual five and six-speed boxes have a light action when shifting up and down through the gears.

Plenty of cab storage space is available with the usual door pockets, plus cubbyholes in the dash, and a deeper bin on the passenger side. Central locking, electric windows and trip computer are all standard. If you require a higher spec cab the Dispatch Enterprise offers air-con, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and a USB socket for 880GBP.

All in all, a hard working economical mid-range van, high load carrying capabilities and an easy drive make the Dispatch a good, value-for-money, all-rounder.