When buying an older used car, old MOT records can be a very useful guage to the maintenance history of the vehicle, However often the paperwork gets mislaid, for the last few years however it has been possible to view MOT history for any car online for FREE via the GOV.UK website. Here’s how..
Need to find out when your car MOT expires? Just enter the registration number in the box below, and you’ll get the MOT expiry date, and also some history on previous MOT’s directly from the Goverment – Useful for checking when buying a new car
Many people take great delight in telling me that Peugeot/Citroen’s new 1.2 Puretech engine is their version of Ford’s Ecoboost.
Well.. It is and it isn’t.
Both are 3 cylinder small capacity engines, Ford’s being a 1 litre and Peugeot’s being a slightly larger capacity 1.2.
The Ecoboost however is turbocharged in all applications (except for a few fiesta’s with the base spec 65bhp version), where Peugeot offers a naturally aspirated AND a turbocharged version across the range.
The easiest way to tell whether a Peugeot or Citroen has the Turbocharged engine is to look at the power outputs in adverts, If its advertised as a Puretech 82 its NOT turbocharged.
More powerful ones, the Puretech 110ps and 130ps have the turbocharger and these engines tend to be only fitted to higher specification models, or larger cars.
I recently waxed lyrical about the qualities of the Citroen Berlingo (& Similar Peugeot Partner) Van, and then came across this offer, if you are in the market it’s worth a look.
It’s a Berlingo Enterprise (which means you get the 3 front seats, Air Con, Cruise Control and Touch Screen Radio) It’s also the higher capacity 850kg model which gets you the 90ps engine instead of the 675kg’s 75ps engine.
A year old, and having covered 16000 miles, probably an ex hire or lease van, it’ll still be under the Citroen warranty so no worries there. Effectively a new van for 9 Grand. Bargain!
It’s the kind of Van I’ll be buying when my current one expires, although I may hold out for the (hopefully) forthcoming turbocharged petrol version.
I have no affiliation with Arnold Clark (or any dealer for that matter) but I’d assume as a pretty major player in the Motor trade, they are a pretty safe bet to make a purchase from.
IF you are looking for a small car, there are some pretty good deals out there on the new Vauxhall Corsa at the minute, while pricing may look similar to a more desirable VW UP or Skoda Citigo, The Corsa can actually be significantly better value for money, for a start its bigger, which if you have ever seen the size of a VW UP!’s boot is a major plus point, is cheap to run and maintan, and the included spec on many cars is something bigger cars would lust after.
The car which took our eye was this Brand New (but Pre-registered) Corsa 1.4 Sting 3 door which had as standard:
Bluetooth Phone System
Cruise Control & Speed Limiter
As well as all the stuff you expect nowadays – Power Steering, Alloy Wheels, Electric Windows.
Not bad for a Brand New 7 Grand Hatchback! Some Higher spec models even now have Heated Windscreens, Heated Seats AND Heated Steering Wheels!!
This car was for sale with the Peter Vardy Group – Link
As a newly blessed ‘family man’ with a small business to run, Van choice is becoming something of an issue, Without moving up to a mid size van (Vivaro, Vito, Transporter etc) I now have the need – at least occasionally – to carry more than a single passenger, hence much research into smaller vans with more than two seats.
The traditional approach to this dilemma is a ‘crew van’ with a folding bench seat in the cargo compartment – two issues with this:
Firstly, the Van becomes less of a van and more of an estate car, defeating the purpose of having a van in the first place..
Secondly, having people and tools & equipment rolling around in the same compartment isn’t particularly safe.
The solution for us was the new-generation Citroen Berlingo/Peuget Partner Van, which (on most models) features a 3 seat front cab.
Admitted there’s a few limitations, you’d struggle to call the middle seat ‘full sized’ and it can be a challenge loading people into the middle seat with a car seat installed on the passenger side seat.
But.. If you can live with the downsides, you now have the ability to retain a proper small van, permanently racked out with tools etc, and the ability to occasionally pick the kids up from school, nip to the shops etc.
The updated 2016 model even has cruise control, and a touch screen radio setup! I’m told by our local citroen dealer that the berlingo should soon be available with the 1.2 Turbo petrol engine, which would be my engine of choice, even though the 1.6 Turbo diesel isn’t bad.