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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.

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.

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.

How To Fix Up Your Cars Interior On The Cheap

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A Guide To; How To Fix Up Car Interiors On The Cheap

You may have the most shiny car on the outside, but if the interior isn’t up to scratch it could let the whole vehicle down. Whilst buying a brand new interior from the car dealer is an option, it can also be very costly. If you only spent a few pennies on the car, then you don’t want to pay the earth to fix it up. Here are some tips for fixing up your car interior without it costing the earth.

2nd Hand Parts

Breakers yards and local newspapers can be a wealth of bargains if you know what you want. Also, people will also often list a car on online auction websites that are past having an MOT, but have good parts still attached. Before you approach a scrap yard or private seller, always research the price of the interior components if you were to buy them brand new; this will ensure that you aren’t ripped off for more than the retail price.

Give It A Go

Yes, you could always source the interior parts and then ask a professional to remove the old and fit the new pieces, but this isn’t cheap. If you have a little willpower, muscle and time, then you really can do the swap yourself even with no experience. There are a wealth of ‘How To’ videos on the internet, and a quick search engine check can take you straight to the one you need. Give it a go, you can always ask a friend or professional for help later if it doesn’t work out.

Cloth or leather Interiors

A gaping hole in a seat or unsightly fraying due to wear can look like a daunting task, but it’s actually very much the opposite. With a curved upholstery needle you can sew the edges of a rip neatly back together for immediate gratification. If material is missing, then find a swatch of similar material or even go crazy with some funky patches to make a statement. You can use the same techniques with a leather interior, but if there are no rips and the leather simply looks tired and cracked, then treat it. You can buy leather treatment from most online or high street car shops and a little bit of elbow grease will leave it looking refreshed.

It’s all too easy to deliver your car to a professional, but if you lack the pennies then give some of these tips a go; you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

The 10 Best Small Vans of 2015

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People who are looking for a new or used small van in good condition will find that a wide range of excellent models were released in 2015 that are just waiting to be enjoyed. These small vans are ideal for people who are looking for an all-rounder that can carry heavy loads but is still compact enough to fit into a small garage. Here are some of the best small vans from 2015 to choose from.

Ford Transit Connect
People who prize economy and utility will love the Ford Transit Connect. With 100 cubic feet of cargo room and a 169-bhp 2.5 litre engine, there is plenty of power and space for all types of tasks.

Volkswagen Caddy
Quality and comfort are the watch words of this high end model, which boasts good properties and well appointed controls.

Fiat Doblo Cargo
This mean machine comes in a whole host of different styles and sizes and is a real dream to drive. With up to 64mpg fuel economy and secure and smooth handling, owners will love putting the Fiat Doblo Cargo through its paces.

MINI Clubvan
The upmarket of this small van makes it one of the most stylish offerings around and it is both very comfortable and fun to drive,

Vauxhall Combo
This impressive small van is known for its top of the range stability control and also comes with a class leading payload and excellent economy.

Fiat Fiorino
This slick urbanite is not just a pretty face as it boasts 2.8 cubic metres of load space and is very practical.

Renault Kangoo
This city delivery van is very versatile and offers impressive fuel efficiency combined with excellent value for money and a great driving experience.

Citroen Berlingo
This is one of the most economical small vans around and boasts a long load bay and unique twin front passenger seats.

Mercedes Citan
This compact and very stylish minivan offers one of the nest mileages around and comes with excellent handling and plenty of gadgets.

Peugeot Bipper
The compact footprint and generous interior space of this small van make it a great choice and the folding passenger seat provide extra space.

Of course, when choosing a small van it is important to take your specific needs into consideration. While all of these offerings are able to go the distance, some are more aesthetically pleasing than others, while people who enjoy plenty of gadgets and gizmos to keep them company on long journeys will want to make sure that their small van is fully kitted out and ready to go.

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.

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.