Cheap Berlingo!

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.

 

 

Fancy a DS3 for a year?

I think the DS3 is a funky little thing, a bit bigger than the competitor Fiat 500 and Mini, but still suitably ‘cool’

lingscars.com currently has a 1 year leasing deal for a DS3 ‘Chic’ at £158.27 a month, If you have yet to try the modern trend of car leasing, this is a nice short deal to give it a go.

£650 deposit and then £1740 over the year = £2390 for a years hassle free motoring.

Even if leasing isn’t for you (and its not for everyone), check out Ling’s website anyway, it’s awesome 🙂

 

More info on DS here

 

 

 

Small 3 Seater Vans

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.

Definitely worth a look!