Citroen is one of the world’s oldest and most innovative carmakers, and though not everyone is a fan a used Citroen could be the ideal car for you. Some of the most reliable, most affordable, and most attractive car models through history have been Citroens, and their reputation continues among their devotees to this day. If you need an ideal car for families of all sizes that has a bit of French style thrown in, then a Citroen could be perfect for you. So here’s a quick guide to help you choose your very own used Citroen.
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Learn About the Brand
André Citroën, a French engineer, founded Citroen after the First World War, with the first model being produced in 1919. From the very beginning the brand built a reputation for innovative design and creative, but forceful, advertising. Citroens captured a number of early automotive milestones, often during dramatic publicity stunts such as driving across Africa or across Asia. Over the years, Citroen has been sold to or merged with a number of companies, notably Michelin from the 1930s to the 1960s, and Peugeot most recently. Through it all, however, Citroen has maintained a distinctive identity and style as a brand.
Choosing a Model
When considering which model of Citroens in right for you, the sheer number of available options can be confusing. At first glance many of their names can even sound interchangeable, as they’re made up of different number and letter combinations – so it’s all the more important that you do your research and make sure you’re getting the right one. As with choosing any car, the key is to consider what your needs are as a family (and as a driver) and then go for the model that best matches those needs. You’ll need to consider things like which fuel type you want (usually depending on your annual mileage), how many passengers you’ll need to carry, and what size engine you need. You will of course also need to establish a budget, taking into account both purchase cost and the cost of maintaining the car after purchase.
Buying Your Car
As with buying any used car there are a few things to check up on before you part with your case. As a general rule, if possible you want a car that’s 3 years old or less. Of course it’s not just about years though, it’s the miles on the clock as well – and you should be aiming for 50,000 miles or less over that three-year period, that way you know it hasn’t been overdriven. You should also always perform standard checks, like making sure the MOT is in date, and for any scratches or chips on the paintwork.