Citroen Dispatch: All You Need to Know

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The current Citroen Dispatch, launched in 2007 and given a facelift in 2011, is the result of a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Fiat. It is a much bigger van than its predecessor and competes with the likes of the Vauxhall Vivaro and Volkswagen Transporter. The Dispatch is a versatile van and is available as a standard panel van, crew van and a minibus. It is available in two different wheelbase lengths and two different roof heights with a variety of seating and load options. 

The Dispatch has twin rear doors fitted as standard and two sliding side doors. The sliding doors open to a width of 924mm – enough to load a Euro pallet. The smallest Dispatch can carry two Euro pallets and has a payload of almost a tonne (988kg) while the longer wheelbase Dispatch can carry three Euro pallets and has a payload of up to 1,200kg. 

There are two diesel engines to choose from; the 90bhp 1.6-litre, which is only available in the lower roof vans, returns 42.2mpg and the 125bhp 2.0-litre which is more efficient returning 44.1mpg. Service intervals are 12 months or 20,000 miles and insurance costs should be competitive ranging from group 3E to 4E.

Driver comfort has not been forgotton with an adjustable driver’s seat and adjustable steering column, electric windows and built-in SatNav system. A five-speed manual gearbox is fitted to the 1.6 Hdi models and a six-speed manual gearbox features on the 2.0 Hdi models. Every Dispatch has a twin passenger seat and there are numerous storage bins and cubby holes, including a large glovebox, deep passenger side bin and overhead storage shelf. 

Air suspension is an optional extra enabling the rear of the van to be lowered to 491mm, ideal for manual loading. The system is self-levelling, maintaining a constant ride height, and includes tyre pressure monitoring. The system will automatically reset itself to the correct height if you forget before driving off.

Citroen says: “If your business needs to carry more – then the Citroen Dispatch is the answer. It takes up no more road space than a big people carrier and yet offers up to 1,200kg carrying capacity.” www.citroen.co.uk

Van Maintenance 101

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Whether your van is required for personal or professional use, proper maintenance is extremely critical to make certain that it continues to function optimally. While there are inevitably times when the vehicle will require professional work, the best way to avoid the bulk of unforeseen circumstances is by performing a few regular tasks. Let us take a look at some do-it-yourself habits to adopt.

The Engine

Of course, the engine always needs to be running properly. Oil levels should be checked on a regular basis; preferably once every month. The same holds true for transmission and brake fluid. Still, there are some other mechanical devices that will need to be examined. Every 3,000 miles, make certain that the fan belt is tight and not frayed. Take a look at any hoses. If they appear to be cracked or signs of wear are observed around their connections, they should be replaced. Nonetheless, there may be other signs which are difficult to diagnose. If you begin to hear squeaks, rattles, “pings” or if the colour of the exhaust smoke changes, bring your van to a repair shop.

Tyres

Check the treads of all tyres to make certain that they are not “bald”. Worn treads can present a real braking hazard and even decrease the efficiency of the van. Once every week (particularly if you use the van every day) check the pressure of the tyres to make certain that they have not deflated. Note that improperly inflated tyres can decrease their lifespan by as much as 20 per cent!

Windscreen

Even the smallest chip within your windscreen can quickly evolve into a major problem. Any fracture should immediately be rectified with the use of do-it-yourself windscreen repair kits. These can be found at your local automotive store. If the crack is larger than six centimetres, it is wise to take the van to a professional repair facility. Not only can a crack obstruct your vision while driving, but never forget that your van is not likely to pass an MOT inspection should an imperfection be present.

Of course, you should also take a look at your headlamps and warning lights; these will fail from time to time. Proper van maintenance is an important responsibility that must always be taken seriously. By doing so, you can be assured that your vehicle will provide you with years of reliable service.

Keeping Cool In Your Car This Summer

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The heat of the summer can make driving an uncomfortable experience. If you don’t enjoy intense heat, especially when you get into your car that has been parked in the sun for many hours, you may find the following tips regarding staying cool in the car useful:

Keeping the car cool before driving

When your car is not in use, leave some blankets on the seats. These will shield the seats from exposure to direct sunlight. An alternative to blankets is using sunshade. You can find sunshades that are made of aluminum foil and are designed for back seat and front seat windows. Parking the car in the shade is also highly recommended whenever possible. 

Keep your belongings out of the sun

Tapes, sunglasses, water bottles, or any other items in your car must be kept away from direct sunlight. Try storing these underneath the seat and make sure you cover them with a blanket. Alternatively, you may conceal your belongings in the boot of your car. 

Park in a garage or carport when possible

If your home has a garage or carport, even if it is warm inside the garage, it will still be beneficial to park the vehicle away from direct sunlight. 

Keeping the car cool whilst driving

To combat the sun whilst driving, try and install tinted glass as this allows light to pass through without heating the windows. Some tinted windows allow up to 70 per cent light to pass through the window depending on how dark the tint is. 

Be sure to keep coolant in the car

Antifreeze or coolant will keep the engine cool and prevent it from reaching high boiling point. In case of long distance road trips, it is best to keep an extra bottle of antifreeze in the boot of your car. 

Use window visor

Many car owners swear by the effectiveness of window shades to keep the vehicle cool in the surging temperatures. Every time you exit your car for longer than half an hour, put up a window visor to keep the interior cool. 

Buy a solar-powered fan for inside the car

When you are going on a road trip with your family, why not opt for a solar-powered fan to keep the inside of your car cool and pleasant. Even in the hottest summer days, these fans will extract hot air from your car by constantly circulating the air to decrease the overall temperature. This will make your driving experience in the summer months a highly enjoyable one. 

The 5 Best UK Driving Roads

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Glasgow to Fort William – A82
This 140 mile route along the A82 begins in the heart of Glasgow, travelling northwest through some of the city’s famous suburbs including, Kelvinside, Anniesland, and Clydebank before heading North along one of the most dangerously narrow roads in Scotland, peppered with hair-pin bends around the shores of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Travelling on to Fort William you pass Rannoch Moor and go through Glen Coe. From Fort William the road skirts the west coast of Loch Ness, with stunning views of Ben Nevis in the background.


Black Mountain Pass – A4069
Stray sheep and difficult bends are some of the pleasures of traversing this 23 mile stretch rising to a height of 493m (1,617ft)over the Black Mountain, in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. This is a challenging road which since being featured on BBC’s Top Gear, attracts drivers, but watch out for Mobile Speed Cameras (hidden in things like horse boxes, and workmen trucks). The road connects Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen with Llandovery via Brynamman and Llangadog.


The Cat and Fiddle – A537
This 12.5 miles rollercoaster of a road runs through the Peak District National Park from Buxton to Macclesfield. Considered one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, it presents a challenge to motorists and motor cyclist alike with its steep climb, stray sheep and many tight bends. The biscuit tin views are well worth the effort though. The route gets its name from the Cat and Fiddle pub at the summit.


The Evo Triangle – A543, A5 and B4501
So named because EVO Magazine road test cars they review along it. Sweeping bends and beautiful, big sky scenery takes the driver on a 20 mile circular route over Welsh moorland. The drive incorporates a stunning view of the Llyn Brenig Lake as you drive onto Pentrefoelas before heading back to the village of Cerrigydrudion


The Buttertubs Pass
This route from Thwaite to Hawes takes the driver through 5.5 miles of the Yorkshire Dales along a C road referred to as “England’s only truly spectacular road” by Jeremy Clarkson; a Yorkshire man himself. The scenery is spectacular, beginning with a steep climb for the first couple of miles out of Thwaites to the peak which provides views of the dramatic limestone scenery and the potholes formed by the rock face where, it is said, farmers used to stored their butter; hence the name. From the peak the road descends rapidly through High Shaw and Simonstone into Hawes where you might just be able to pick up some real Wensleydale cheese.

Finding Citroen Nemo

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The Citroen Nemo is the perfectly formed latest offering from the well established French car makers. This motor is far from disappointing and the following are a few reasons why.

Superior Safety

As usual, Citroen have refused to comprise on comfort and safety. The ABS breaking and airbags as standard are just the tip of the iceberg. Citroen also offer a range of options to ensure that your load is kept well away from you, even in the unfortunate event of an accident. The range of different style bulk heads means that you can personalise your van to your preferred look, whilst also keeping you and your passengers safe.

Efficient and Economical

The fuel efficiency and co2 emissions ratings for this small but mighty van are record breaking. The economical HDi 75 diesel engine means that you will be filling up a lot less than you would with a comparative van, but you still have the load space.

Larger Loading

The Citoren Nemo is the smallest, biggest van on the market; with an exceptionally compact size of just 3864mm, this van is a magician, as it has a load volume of a mighty 2.8m and a load length of 2491mm. The large sliding side loading doors, asymmetric rear swing doors and low loading sills mean that as well as getting a lot in this little van, you can do it with ease.

Awesome Aesthetics

To provide you with the ultimate comfort and design, the cab in the Citroen Nemo has been made to look and feel like a car; with 12 storage compartments and a great driving position, you will soon forget that you are in a van at all.

Terrific Toys

This incredible van doesn’t stop there. With rear parking sensors, an integrated Bluetooth system and a passenger seat that transforms into a table, you really have no need for a separate office space. This is just a taster of the extras available on the Citroen Nemo.

With all of this at prices starting from just £11,225.00, the Citroen Nemo really should be your first choice when looking for a works van. There is a lot more to this little van then meets the eye; after all, great things come in small packages.

5 Reasons to Pick Citroen

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The Citroen Company is long established, but why do so many people still go for Citroen cars and vans? Here are a few reasons why the Citroen vans are so popular these days.

1 – The load capacity of a Citroen

Take the Citroën Nemo as an example. It is a van that is compact at just 3.86m, and it can still pull a load length of 2.49m, and even more if you fold the passenger seat down. It has a payload of 660kg, which means you can fit a lot in this city-ready van.

2 – Very low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Nobody expects a van to perform as well as a private-use car such as the Smart Car, because a van needs a bit of muscle. Citroen have produced vans with exceptional fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. For example, the Citroën Berlingo has emissions as low as 118g/km

3 – Grip Control for traction in all conditions

Citroen work hard to give you optimum traction in all conditions and their vans are proof of how far they have come. The Citroën Dispatch provides optimum traction even with an uneven load. There are few vans than can make such a claim.

4 – Citroen has a huge choice of vans

Their range of vans means you can pick one to suit your needs. There are sizes, shapes and designs that fit almost all mainstream trades, and there are plenty for private use too. The New Citroën Relay gives you a massive payload that would buckle other vans.

5 – A trusted name in the automotive industry

Citroen came through the global economic downturn because people trust the Citroen name, and Citroen have given people no reason to distrust them. Their cars and vans have an elegant mix of style with a large dose of practicality. Their designs put safety and function before bells and whistles. That is why people know they are getting a good vehicle when they buy a Citroen.

If you like the idea of owning your very own Citroen van, why not visit: http://citroenvansales.com/ today and check out our range!

How Often Should I Maintain My Van?

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How often you maintain your van depends on how important its longevity is to you, and if ensuring a high resale value is a priority. Regular maintenance, however, is also necessary to ensure that your van runs without any problems during your ownership. The three most important things to regularly check are the coolant, oil and tires.

* Oil: When you check the oil, make sure that the colour is as dark as treacle and that it is clean without any bits in it. Any change to the colour or consistency of the oil should be immediately investigated.

* Coolant: Coolant is extremely important as it safeguards your van against overheating and damaging the engine and other mechanical parts under the bonnet. Top up as soon as you notice that the levels are running low to avoid your engine overheating.

* Tires: Regularly maintaining the tires is vital to ensure that your van performs as well as possible. Low tire pressure means that your van will consume more fuel. The tread on your tires should also be regularly examined as bald tires are illegal.

Keeping your van properly secured with alarms and locks is another sensible way of protecting your investment. Deter nosy opportunists by having tinted windows or curtains. Using a heavy-duty immobilizer in the ignition circuit will stop the fuel flow and hopefully act as a deterrent to any thieves in the vicinity. Make sure that your van does not look like an easy target, as a botched burglary attempt can easily damage the appearance of your van and have a negative impact on its resale value.

Lastly, remember to keep the interior looking spruce by using protective covers and mats where appropriate, and giving it a hoover and wipe-down once in a while with suitable interior-cleaning products.

Following the above tips should help your van to run smoothly and keep its resale value, whether you plan to trade it or keep it.

A Guide to Buying Your First Van

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When you’re starting out in business, what van you buy can has a huge influence on your profit, level of trade and efficiency. It is also worth remembering that first impressions count, so arriving at a job in a battered, tired-looking vehicle will not generate as much initial goodwill as turning up in a smart new van. Before purchasing a van you need to decide on several different factors which will determine what type of vehicle will best suit your needs.

Factors that will determine the right van for you…

Size and Type:
If you choose a van that is too large, you’ll be spending unnecessary money on fuel and may have difficulty parking it. If your van is too small, you will have to make several trips to transport all the materials and tools you’ll need.

Fuel economy:
This is often linked to size. However, many vans come in a variety of engine capacities. If you often need to transport heavy loads, a larger engine will be ideal. If your materials are more lightweight, a smaller engine will be adequate and help save you money on your operating costs.

Cabin style:
How many people do you need to transport in your van? Are you intending to replace your family car, or will you have workmates that you will be taking to jobs with you?
Will the basic model suffice or do you want extras like built in sat nav, parking sensors etc?

Cargo space:
How large your cargo area is will determine how efficiently you can work. Is the standard space suitable, or are you transporting more delicate items which would require the space to be ply-lined?

Once you have established a short-list of suitable vehicles based on your budget and the above criteria, it is highly recommended that you arrange a test-drive. Taking your prospective van for a test-drive will enable you to familiarise yourself with the handling and size of the vehicle, as well as gaining experience of the interior features and functionality.

By carefully considering your budget, needs and your test-driving experiences, you will find a van that meets all of your requirements and will serve you for many years to come.

If you are thinking of purchasing your very first van, why not visit http://citroenvansales.com/ and see what quality and value Citroen have to offer!

Why a Citroen Nemo May be The Perfect Van for You

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If you require a compact yet surprisingly versatile small van, then the Citroen Nemo should be high on your list. Boasting twin sliding doors, a flexible interior which offers a larger payload than you’d expect, and economical petrol and diesel engines, the Nemo is ideal for anyone seeking a nippy city van or delivery option.

The Nemo will take a standard Euro pallet comfortably, and hence can be used for larger deliveries than just parcels. A choice of 1.3 diesel or 1.4 petrol engines, some offering stop-start technology, will return fuel economy of up to 60 miles per gallon, though economy topping 50 mpg is more attainable under standard driving conditions – the diesel engines are also surprisingly green, with CO2 emissions as low as 109 g/km for the stop-start version.

Practicality ranks highly among the Nemo’s features. The twin rear doors open to 180 degrees, and there’s also a nearside sliding door on some models. All of the vans feature Citroen’s “Extenso” folding passenger seat, which increases load length from the standard 1,523 mm to a much more extensive 2,491 mm, easily topping other vans in the class. A choice of different bulkheads is available, while unglazed rear doors provide enhanced security. The van is certainly a more sizeable option than rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsavan or the Ford Fiestavan.

Although the suspension can feel stiff, the Nemo’s ride is pretty smooth, and the punchy engines handle motorway driving easily. There’s good visibility from the driving seat, which is located closer to the centre of the van than usual, and the cabin feels surprisingly spacious. There’s plenty of storage space and the large glovebox is extremely useful. The van is based on the Fiat Punto, and drives much better than many vans of similar size and specification. Overall, it’s a great option for those seeking a frugal, versatile and compact van.

6 Top Tips to Get You Saving Fuel

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Here are six tips you can use to save fuel and they apply to cars, vans and lorries. Above all, keep your speed down and you will save more fuel in the long run.

1 – Drive more carefully
Drive carefully and do not go too fast and you will save more money. There are a lot of haulage and delivery firms that have added tracking hardware into their vans and trucks. It records the location of the vehicle, hard braking and heavy acceleration. It also records jerking and sharp cornering and reports it to the head office. Drivers may be disciplined by their bosses if they drive carelessly or wastefully.

2 – Have routine services
Servicing your vehicle on a regular basis is the best way to ensure your vehicle remains fuel-efficient. Between services, you should take note of any fuel consumption anomalies.

3 – Lighten your load if you want to save on fuel
Less weight means less fuel. Studies showed that if you drive 12,000 miles per year, then having a moustache will cost you £5 per year.

4 – Remove exterior racks and other accessories when not in use
Your vehicle is built to be aerodynamic. The drag from something such as a window open is tremendous and costs you extra fuel money, so you can imagine how much your racks and other exterior accessories are costing you.

5 – Turn off your heater or air conditioning
Air conditioners use fuel to operate and some heating systems do too, so turn them off if you want to save fuel.

6 – Keep your tires topped up
Having your tires at the wrong pressure can add up to a larger fuel bill. If they are over inflated, then you run the risk of a blow out if you have a heavy load and you risk wearing out your tires earlier than usual. If your tires are under inflated, it will cost you more fuel in the long run and may also wear out your tires before their time.