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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hooray For The Relay: Citroen

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Panel vans have been popular for many years and the Citroen Relay has consistently ranked at the top of most lists. As of 2014, this model was redesigned and is can now keep pace with rivals such as the Ford Transit and the Volkswagen Crafter. What are some of the aspects that make the Relay a great option to consider?

Important Updates

It is first a good idea to mention a handful of the most noticeable updates which have taken place within this newer model. The Relay boasts a new grille, redesigned headlamps and even an optional LED strip to add a bit of extra flair. These amenities are then paired with updated brakes, an engine with lower emissions and an interior that offers technological gadgets such as satellite navigation and tyre pressure sensors.

Engine Power

All engines supplied within the Relay range offer a 2.2-litre diesel capacity and their horsepower will vary accordingly. This will range between 108 and 148 bhp. This is an excellent benefit in terms of flexibility, for drivers with varying needs will be able to choose the power level that suits them the best. On a final note, the Relay provides between 39 and 41 miles per gallon; ideal of you have been interested in purchasing an economy vehicle with muscle.

Interior Space

The Relay is considered to be one of the most practical panel vans currently on the market. This is largely due to the fact that there are no less than four different lengths and three different heights for you to select. So, some models are ideally suited for family transportation while others can be used for commercial needs. As the rear door is able to be opened to a maximum of 260 degrees, this van is a great option for those who are constantly loading and unloading freight.

Safety

The Relay has always scored high in terms of safety and this latest version is no different. ABS, hill assist and emergency braking systems are all included as standard features. Lane departure warnings and a driver-side airbag round out this category.

Those who are interested in a cost-effective and yet highly versatile panel van will not be disappointed with what the Citroen Relay has to offer. If you have been searching for these same qualities, you cannot go wrong with what these newer models have in store.

Citroen Dispatch – The Ultimate Middle Van

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Overview:

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

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

Running Costs:

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

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

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

Load Options:

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

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

Safety and Reliability:

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

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

Cab and Comfort:

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

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

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

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

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.