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Are your van tyres safe, legal, and efficient?

When you drive a van, there are a set of questions you always need to know the answer to. Where are you going? What are you transporting? Will the customer be in? Is your cargo safely secured in the back for the van?

These are the day-to-day questions you’ll ask, but you need to add another to that list. How are the tyres?

With all the miles you will put into a van, the tyres really should be your chief concern. They are the only thing connecting you to the road. They influence your stopping distance, your ability to steer and even your fuel efficiency.

Here’s what you need to know about checking your tyres:

Tyre tread

The law is the same for van tyres as it is for car tyres. They must have a tread depth of 1.6mm. It is obviously not ideal to be running a van at the limit and it will impact your ability to brake and steer. It will be especially noticeable in wet conditions.
It is regarded as good practice to change your tyres when they have 3mm of tread left. It’s really important to remember to check your tread regularly. When you are moving a heavy load with a lot of stop-start braking, the last thing you want to be concerned about is if your tyres are up to the job.

Pressure

Checking your tyres is more than just checking for tread and damage, it’s about maintaining the right pressure in them. Running under-pressurised tyres will greatly increase your fuel usage, your stopping distance and wear out your tyres quicker. In the same way that over-pressurised tyres will affect your steering and driving style. Running the tyres at the pressures they were designed for is the best way to get maximum life from them, increase your fuel efficiency and improve your driving experience.

Buy Efficient Tyres

All tyres are rated on their fuel efficiency. The rating runs from A, as the most efficient, to G for the least efficient. Buying as high up the scale as your budget will afford will save you fuel costs later on.

Driving a van should not be a stressful experience, making sure you have safe, legal and efficient tyres will help to make your journey as smooth as possible. Making a tyre check a part of your pre-driving routine will help you in the long run.

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!

 

Why you should choose us

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Pure Vans Limited (PVL) is among top companies that have been listed for offering van sales in Britain for more than 20 years, maintaining the right code of conduct and offering diverse choices. They deal in top of the range vans from leading companies like Citroen and all the vehicles listed for sale are inspected prior to approval for sale. Therefore, you are assured to receive a trouble-free van that will serve you for a long time.

David Greenhaf, Pure Vans Limited’s managing director, is an individual who has been in the motor trade market for more than 20 years, starting his career as a salesman in leading motor trade companies. This relationship has allowed him to get vans at favourable prizes, a benefit that is passed to buyers of the same vehicles. The company also works with other well experienced sales representatives and managers, who have ensured the vans procured meet the requisite criteria for approval to be sold.

 

Reporting
All information provided to the FCA is accurate and a reflection of Pure Vans Limited’s activities, so no item listed in the information is an imaginary creation meant to earn the company a reputation. Pure Vans Limited also invites external auditors to collect and interpret information about their products and transactions.

Treating customers fairly
PVL works in accordance with the regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority and are committed to applying the principles outlined by the FCA. This includes treating customers with fairness in all transactions and activities. Treating customers well, therefore, is a core policy in the culture of the company.

Buying a Van that works for your Business

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Ensuring that a van is capable of meeting the specific transport requirements of a company is just as important as employing people with the right qualifications to perform specific duties. Larger, well-established and successful businesses will have realised the importance of functionality and reliability when it comes to their commercial transport needs and those planning to enter this arena should take careful note. It is imperative that small start-up businesses in particular spend time researching available options, while taking into account budget and future transport demands as a business expands.
Important Points to Consider When Choosing a Van

The first consideration would be whether to purchase a new or a used van and the decision requires a careful analysis of the pros and cons of both options, as both are potential money-savers. A new van offers the perk of being able to choose specifications that are perfectly suited to precise business requirements. Further incentives are peace-of-mind warranties, no MOT for three years and a precise history of the van. If budgets are really limited, then leasing a vehicle is another available option, as the cost can then be spread over several years. The decision to purchase a used van can also be a money-saver if the proper steps are taken to ensure its reliability.

What to Check For

A thorough test run will ensure the functionality of a van’s steering, brakes and gears, so that taking someone along who is qualified to judge the efficiency of a vehicle is imperative if buyer’s remorse is to be avoided. A van’s service history, as well as its insurance claims history can determine whether mileage is genuine and whether possible past damage may have an impact on its future performance. It is also important to check the finance and ownership histories, as well as the V5C registration certificate and MOTs. Tyres would be a very unwelcome expense for a start-up small business, so they must be carefully checked to ensure that they meet legal safety requirements.

General Tips

Use only reputable motor dealers when purchasing either a new or a used van and if the sale is private, then the above precautions are crucial. Road tax and insurance costs must also be taken into consideration, as well as the cost of servicing the vehicle. If proper care is taken, a van can help to drive the success of a business.

How to Look After Your Van

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Preventive maintenance is the most important thing you can do keep your van in proper working order and potentially save you money in the future. Carrying out these few simple procedures on a regular basis will insure that your van is running at optimal condition.

Firstly, start under the hood. Checking the brake fluid level is a simple but very important step in van maintenance. Brake fluid plays a crucial role in your van’s braking system. Keeping the fluid reservoir full will prevent brake failure and possibly even an accident.

Routinely checking the washer fluid reservoir is also a simple yet essential step in looking after your van. Neglecting the washer fluid can result in zero visibility, causing a dangerous and stressful situation.

Keeping water/coolant levels topped up is vital to your van’s engine to prevent over heating, or water freezing in the engine, resulting in expensive repairs.

Check the oil in between scheduled oil changes. Your van’s engine requires constant lubrication, and oil also has cleaning properties which help to reduce the dirt that clogs the engine openings. Low oil levels can cause extensive damage, and tremendous repair bills.

Lastly, tyre maintenance is key in regards to safety and economy. Under-inflated tyres can result in overheating, and over-inflated tyres cause poor handling on the roads. Tyre pressure ought to be carefully monitored to prevent dangerous situations. If need be, pressure should be adjusted in accordance with the van’s current load.

In addition to preventing unsafe scenarios on the motorways, regular checks of tyre pressures keep the treads from wearing too quickly or unevenly. Another reason to perform regular inspections of tyre treads is the fact that illegal treads can result in a fine, as well as three penalty points, which may mean an increase on commercial insurance payments.

Correct tyre pressures can equate to lower CO2 emissions coming from your van than those with incorrect tyre pressures thus reducing the environmental impact of your vehicle. Maintaining good tyre pressure could even save a bit of money at the petrol station.

Staying on top of these simple but essential maintenance routines can save you money, and keep your van running smoothly, and make it a safer place to be.

Citroen Dispatch 2016 Review

 

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Compared to the previous model, the 2016 Citroen Dispatch comes with significant improvements that will guarantee smooth cruise and strength not forgetting they have modified the van for comfort. The carrying capacity has been increased and the refinement is improved compared to the outgoing model. This has resulted in better performance at a lower running cost.

The new Citroen Dispatch will be one of the biggest rivals of Volkswagen Transporter, and will come with convincing features that can allow one to use the van even on snowy weather. It is designed to work as a town vehicle that is able to transport supplies for long hours.

Developed after a partnership was sealed between Peugeot, Toyota and Citroen, the 2016 Citroen Dispatch is made to carry a maximum of 1400kg, which is 200 kg more than what the previous release could do. It can also carry at as much as three Euro pallets and will be in a position to tow 2.5 tonnes (500 Kg more than the previous release).

Basically, the 2016 version of the Citroen Dispatch is an upgrade of the earlier release and is a promising competitor in the market. The Dispatch will come in three distinct sizes; the M, XL and XS. Its wheelbase is small and the average length will be 3.3 metres. This can increase to 4.0 metres for the XS version of the same vehicle.

When it comes to the engine, brilliant technology was applied to ensure fuel economy and power are all achieved all at once. The engineers chose to make more diesel engine versions due to the power needed when the vehicle is loaded. The engine line-up consists of seven powertrains, which are separate on 1.6 and 2.0 litre units.

With the 1.6 litre headliner, you are promised 55.3 mpg and 133g/km of carbon dioxide, which is an improvement if compared to the previous version. What is good is that most of these engines are installed with 6-speed manual transmission, with the 2.0 litre 180PS packing six-speed auto.

Among features upgraded on this version are the hands-free sliding doors that are easily accessible on a foot motion. The loadspace bulkhead has also been given a handy flap at its base, making it possible to use the full length of the vehicle after sliding pipes or a ladder beneath the passenger seats. All models of the Citroen Dispatch have been rated 5 stars by the NCAP and have autonomous braking system.