How To Fix Up Your Cars Interior On The Cheap


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


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.

The 7 Weirdest Vehicles Ever Designed


Over the years, car manufacturers have experimented with a number of unique and eye-catching designs. Some were naturally more popular with their audiences than others. Let us take a look at what many consider to be the seven strangest vehicles ever to enjoy the (temporary) limelight.

1. The 1956 Buick Centurion

With a nearly all-glass bubble top and a streamlined design, this model intended to give the driver and passengers a full view of the road. Unfortunately, the design never caught on.

2. The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

Said to have been inspired by the streamliner trains of the time, the Thunderbolt had a rather bulbous body punctuated with pop-up headlamps. It should be mentioned that this was the first vehicle to sport power windows; years ahead of other manufacturers.

3. The 1951 GM LeSabre

This was the first model to have a wraparound windscreen and tail fins. While appearing as if it were manufactured by aliens, these two features would become commonplace during the remainder of the 1950s and 1960s.

4. The 1948 Tasco

It is believed that the short-lived Tasco was inspired by the fighter planes of World War Two. Still, a mixture of curved edges and a rather bulky shape appeared to be very out of place and the brand was soon discontinued.

5. The 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne

Only 28 Aerodynes were ever made and yet its iconic design still fetches automotive awards into these modern times. With a shape that falls somewhere between a Bentley and a Rolls-Royce, the Aerodyne exhibits a truly classic (if not slightly bizarre) appeal.

6. The 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

This design vaguely mirrors the shape of a Lamborghini and can be seen as rather ahead of its time. As it was a mere 33 inches (83 centimetres) tall, drivers literally had to climb through the windscreen to sit inside.

7. The 1950 GM Firebird 1 XP-21

Taking cue from the burgeoning space race at the time, the XP-21 blended the appearance of a missile and a jet aeroplane. Complete with a vertical stabiliser and a bubble one-seater cockpit, this strange model was able to turn over an impressive 370 horsepower.

These are indeed some of the most bizarre concept cars to even have been built. While not all were popular with the masses, there is no doubt that such innovative thinking had a massive impact upon vehicles for years into the future.

A Brief History Of The Citroen World Racing Team


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.


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.


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.

10 Amazing & Affordable Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

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With the festive season fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of amazing and affordable gift ideas for the car lover in your life.

1) Personalised car mug – this is a lovely gift for any car enthusiast. Personalise a mug with their favourite car and add their name or a special message from you.

2) Car-themed calendar – the gift which keeps on giving the whole year long! Your petrol-head friend can hang this at home or at work and daydream about the 12 stunning cars that feature in the calendar.

3) Smartphone holder – smartphone holders keep smartphones secure and prevent them from disappearing under your seat! They also make it much easier to use your smartphone as a sat-nav.

4) Car cuff-links – available in a range of designs and colours, a pair of car-themed cuff-links are sure to complete the look for any car enthusiast.

5) Personalised number plate – this is a gift that will definitely impress a motor-head. Personalised number plates can be as cheap as £30 but be warned that prices can increase very steeply depending on the registration you choose.

6) Race tickets – does the car enthusiast in your life feel the need for speed? If so, there are numerous racing events scheduled each year (such as Formula 1) and tickets to one of these would make a fantastic present and give them something to look forward to.

7) Supercar driving experience – treat your car loving friend to an exhilarating day out and the chance to fly around a circuit in the car of their dreams. There are a huge variety of experiences and price ranges available to pick from so make sure you shop around to find the best deal.

8) Heated massage seat cover – this is a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time in their car. The massage functionality will soothe away any traffic induced rage and it can be easily transported for use in the house or office too.

9) Racing video games – there are plenty of different racing games available for every type of gaming console. Thanks to advances in technology, racing games provide a thrilling and immersive experience which is sure to get the adrenaline of any car fan racing.

10) Car care kit – if the car lover in your life spends more time grooming their car than themselves, this could be the perfect gift for them.

Citroen Berlingo: A Medium-Sized Masterpiece

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

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.


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.


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.


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.

How To Drive Safely This Winter

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Winter, known for its below-zero temperatures, appalling weather, short days and dark evenings, presents numerous challenges to motorists and few would disagree that it is the most dangerous season to drive in. Rain, sleet, snow and hail as well as fog and high winds can make driving difficult in wintertime as can icy roads that may cause automobiles to slip and slide with disastrous results. Ice on the roads, including the deceptive black ice, is a common occurrence in the aftermath of rain, snow or sleet when rainwater or meltwater refreezes solid making the roads treacherous.

Check battery, electrical systems and antifreeze.

The last thing a motorist wants when driving in winter conditions is for the car battery to die, causing the engine and electrical components to fail and leaving the car and driver stranded and vulnerable beside the road. Disasters may also occur when the car has insufficient antifreeze, resulting in such complications as the failure of engine components and the bursting of radiators. Efforts should be made to avoid unnecessary drain on car batteries, tending to last five years and needing testing every six months, while electrical systems should be checked and maintained in peak condition.

Ensure tyres are suitable for winter conditions.

Fitting a car with the correct tyres for driving in winter conditions, such as winter or all season tyres, and ensuring that they are in optimal condition is crucial for safe driving in winter. A tyre tread of 3mm is necessary for safe winter driving and maintaining tyres at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, while remembering that pressure drops in cold weather, is essential for wheel stability. Every car should be equipped with a spare tyre and tyre repair kit just in case a tyre becomes damaged and needs replacing or fixing.

Maintain optimum visibility.

In order to drive safely in winter it is crucial that visibility is maintained to the highest standard during the hours of daylight and darkness alike. Functioning windshield wipers are required to sweep aside rain, sleet, hail, snow and mud that can obscure the driver’s vision while lights must be capable of illuminating the dark winter evenings and of penetrating the dense veils of winter fog. Windows should be clean, clear and free of any objects that could block the view while visors are necessary to shield the driver’s eyes from the glare of the low winter sun.

When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Car?

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Dealers may make you think there are hot and cold seasons where they see many and few sales, but even though there is a little truth to it, the fact is it rarely affects prices unless the company is going out of business. The best time to buy depends almost exclusively on you and your personal circumstances.

The Rare Occasion When It Doesn’t Depend On You

There are certain things that happen in the car world that do affect the prices of cars in your favour. For example, the two-seater Smart cars were once popular for their 100% safety record, their excellent fuel consumption, and their size that means they are ideal for city driving. However, when the four-seater version came out it became a big success, and dealers were falling over themselves to stock up on them and shift their smaller two seater versions quickly–so many offered big discounts.

The Economics Of Buying A New Car

The best time to buy depends on you, but there is something you should know first: a new car is a massive waste of money except under two conditions. The first condition is if you sell the car for more than its second-hand value (they call it the blue book value). The second condition is if you take care of the car, keep it for many years, and run it until the end (or near end) of its life. If you work under either of those conditions, then the economic side is a good reason to buy a new car.

When You Want To Save Money?!?

The two conditions mentioned above will save you money. If you buy a car and take care of it for years, it will save you more than if you changed your car every few years and had to put up with overly frequent repairs. Stretch out the cost of repairs for your new car and it comes to less than the money you pay for repairs when buying a series of second-hand cars over the same period of time.

Buy When Repairing Your Current Car Will Cost More Than The Finance Payments

Do the maths and figure out if you are saving more by buying a car, even with a loan or on finance, over keeping your current car. If your current car is costing you an average of £350 per year, you can probably find a finance deal with interest lower than £350 per year; ergo you make a saving and get a new car too.