This Citroen’s no citron

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - USED CAR -

small, but it strug­gles with a full com­ple­ment of four adults aboard. Some small cars are also com­pro­mised when it comes to features, but not the DS3 in this case. It had air, cruise, sixs­peaker sound, al­loy wheels and fog lamps.

It was also on the money when it came to safety with ABS brak­ing, ESP sta­bil­ity con­trol, and front, head and side airbags stan­dard, all of which added up to a five-star tick from AN­CAP.

NOW

As we’ve writ­ten be­fore, buy­ing a Citroen should be a con­sid­ered de­ci­sion, not one driven by emo­tion.

While it’s an old and re­spected brand in its home coun­try, and loved by a few fa­nat­ics here, it’s had a some­what che­quered his­tory in this coun­try. Over the years it has come and gone, dif­fer­ent dis­trib­u­tors have han­dled the brand, and deal­ers have changed. That said, it’s been rel­a­tively sta­ble for some time now, which should give buy­ers some com­fort.

Be­fore buy­ing a Citroen check where you would get it ser­viced; deal­ers aren’t on ev­ery street cor­ner. Con­sider an in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist, hopefully a fac­tory-trained me­chanic who has struck out on his own af­ter spend­ing time learn­ing the brand with a dealer.

Con­sider hav­ing your po­ten­tial choice checked by an ex­pert in the brand, one who is fa­mil­iar with the quirks. Thor­oughly test drive it to make sure you’re com­fort­able with the choice, driv­ing it in as many vary­ing sit­u­a­tions as pos­si­ble.

Look for ev­i­dence of crash dam­age, mak­ing sure re­pairs are up to scratch. Also look for oil leaks around the en­gine, check the oil, get down and look at the tyres for even wear and signs of hav­ing been thrashed. Make the usual checks for a ser­vice record; it’s vi­tal for a long life that a car has been ser­viced as per the rec­om­mended ser­vice sched­ule.

SMITHY SAYS

Worth a look if you want to be dif­fer­ent. It’s solid, with de­cent per­for­mance and vice-like grip on the road.

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