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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

5 Reasons to Pick Citroen

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

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.