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My wifes Citigo was nearly 6 months old when we bought it with 25 miles on the clock. An absolute bargain compared to the cost of an unregistered version, and appears and drives as a brand new car. The real risk is the one year old car with perhaps 500 miles on it which has been to the supermarket or perhap just to church on a sunday!
Indeed! Hence the advice for Didne above, just to watch out that the pre-reg doesn’t mean the first 6-12 months of the warranty has been used up already. Before you take ownership.
 

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Neither a Berlingo enthusiast nor detractor be. Each to their own needs and requirements in a car. Would be a boring world if we were all the same.

There also seem to be plenty around that have been adapted to drive mobility scooters straight in the back. With ramps, etc. So the kits for that must be available. Although I expect rather expensive to fit, as they seem to involve cutting a path through the rear bumper and crash zone?
 
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One advantage of the Berlingo over the Yeti (maybe the only one :giggle: ) is that the loading sill is substantially lower, making it easier to load bulky or heavy items.
 

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I don't know why the Berlingo/Partner have proved so popular as the basis for conversion. Perhaps there's something in their structure that lends them to it? Maybe there are Yeti mobility conversions too, but I can't say I've noticed them. As a new Yetiist myself maybe I haven't yet got the eye for them? And yes, the sill height is substantially different - 50cm on le Berlingo, 66-67cm on our Yeti. There are advantages and disadvantages in both of course.
 

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Hello all hope you all ok after all these storms. We’ve just got our internet back, been incredibly frustrating not to be able to check in here and do car research last couple of days, Especially as also didn’t want to venture out Into the maelstrom to go looking at them either. Though to be honest I probably did need a break from it all. Brain has turned to mashed potatoes ? Is it just me or does everybody get like this car hunting? I hope I end up with a good one. I dont want to be doing this again anytime soon.

Flintstone, thank you once again for a plethora of good advice. You make some very good points that I hadn’t previously thought of, esp regarding timing, and different types of warranties, and I do like the notion of haggling for spare wheel/camchain/tow hitch etc when dealer is not keen on dropping price. And thank you for being nice about the Berlingo! Pidgenpost, thanks for your reassuring comments on it too.

The Hood, I had a look at the Terios. It looks really cute and inside it reminds me of my Micra - I’m forever having to rearrange mums coat (lil old lady lots of coats!) Over to her side so I can get to the hand brake and gears! So maybe a bit wider would have some advantages! Robjon, based on your measurements I calculated that with Yeti in garage I would have max 5.5” gap to squeeze out of door. Mmmm. Ken3966 thanks for your comment too. I rather like the Citigo - had a bit of a play with one at Arthur Dailey’s. Too low for mum but I loved it. Sounds like you got a great deal.


I’ve found a couple of companies not too far from me that specialise in ex-Motobility vehicles. The nearest is ’Wholesale Car Company’ in Ilkeston Derbyshire, the other is ‘Jubilee Mobility’ in Wednesbury. Both offer 3-year old vehicles (all types) (though I didn‘t notice any Yeties (Yetis? Yetii?)) fresh off the Motobility scheme at reasonable prices with 12 or 24 month warranties already fitted up with wheelchair adaptations. Plenty Berlingos, Peugeot Partners and Vauxhall Combi Life’s there - I think it’s the generous headroom that makes them ideal as passenger can be pushed straight up ramp still in their wheelchair and remain in it for journey instead of having to struggle to transfer between wheelchair and passenger seat at each end. Plus they can accommodate a mobility scooter if necessary. I’m seriously considering getting one of those. As Robjon pointed out it would certainly be easier to load ‘bulky or heavy items‘, such as mum, though I’m not sure how inconvenient it would be having the ramp in the way when mum‘s not in the car. Seems like Motobility vehicles tend to get well looked after though. Will go and have at look as soon as the weathermen say it’s safe to go outside!

TTFN, and thanks again,

lotsa Luv Didne xxx
 

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Berlingo and Peugeot Partner are the same vehicle of course, apart from the badges. Not sure myself what a Vauxhall Combi Life is or even looks like - I know, I shall Google it or search on EBay Motors after here. But I would not be surprised to find there were some mechanical similarities? As Peugeot-Citroen and Vauxhall-Opel were already collaborating on development costs. Before the complete take over last year (?), when PSA bought Vauxhall-Opel from ailing General Motors.
 

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Hello Flintstone ! Yes, I gather the three are all the same - although the car reviews keep on saying the Berlingo just pips the other two to the post, which I find rather odd !?! Met a lovely little old couple t‘other day in Morrisons Carpark with a new Combi life which had a sort of miniature crane in the back to get missus’s disability go-cart up into the boot. They gave us the full demo it was great. They seemed chuffed to nuts with it. It was the petrol one.
 

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Vauxhall Combo Life, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter (previously Partner) are all basically the same vehicle with slightly different front ends. Engine/gearbox availability varies across the three vehicles. For example: Combo Life is available with petrol engine and auto 'box whereas Berlingo petrol is only available with a manual 'box. Additionally, I believe Berlingo to be the only one available with pano roof but specifications seem to change every month!

If DidneYeti is considering a Berlingo, she might also want to consider the Combo and Rifter in order to get the exact specification she requires.

? I wonder what BobDog would have made of the name "Rifter" ?
 

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The Peugeot Rifter was designed and named in Japan by the same team responsible for the Colt Starion and named it thus because it could be modified to rift wheelchairs into the back.
 
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Be careful with ex motability cars as they are often lightly damaged and accident repaired and mechanically can be damaged as well by poor driving. My sons ford focus had to have a number of small repairs to the paintwork and the former motability driver had wrecked the clutch in Fords version of the dsg, so that had to be replaced shortly after purchase under the warranty. The car had only done 21k!!
 
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Hi Guys

After you‘ve all been so incredibly helpful, thought I’d give you an update. Yesterday I put a deposit down on a 2016 ex Motability Peugeot Partner Tepee, converted by Allied, from Wholesale Car Company in Ilkeston who specialise in Wheelchair Adapted Vehicles. It’s a 1.6 petrol, has done 29000miles, which was actually the highest annual mileage of the 5 WAVs I looked at (they’re nearly always low mileage - I found a 6 yr old 8000 mile one with another supplier!) I‘ve found what seems like hundreds and hundreds of really positive reviews for the dealer WCC online, and being motability the car‘s got a really good service history. They’re now MOTing and Servicing it, should be ready next week, so I hope it turns out to be good. I like the car, it meets all my specs and I feel good about it, so we‘ll have to see how it goes.

After an enormous amount of research, a variety of test drives, and giving up on the idea of garaging it, I finally concluded that a 2016 or 2017 Allied Converted Partner was really the only type of car that was going to work for me. In the Yeti I loved the ability to take the seats in and out and the only other cars I’ve found with that feature, and good headroom, are the Berlingo and the Partner - but this fabulous feature was done away with in the 2018 ‘new improved’ ( !?NOT!!‘ ) update. What on earth are they thinking! 2015 or earlier missed out on a slew of safety improvements. I decided I needed the disability ramp for mum, but when I get some time to myself I’ll need the ramp to fold flat to floor out of the way so that I can load it with camping stuff and use it as a campervan sometimes. Turns out Allied are the only conversion company who make ramps that fold flat, and they have a special arrangement with Peugeot not with Citroen. So that pretty much narrows it down then. It’s got privacy windows for stealth camping and the only thing missing from my spec is roof rails but it has the attachment points for them so that’s not really a problem.

In an interesting turn of events 88 year old mum has now announced that she wants to come campervanning too! Ah Right OK. I didn’t see that one coming. Will have to see what I can do...

So that’s it for now. I hope it turns out good. Thanks to your advice I have avoided Diesel engine and avoided a 1300m/yr model, and learnt that not all dealers are the same, and for that and all the rest of your advice I thank you.
Wish me Luck ? !
Cheers !
Didne NotYeti xxx
 

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That's an impressive amount of research! Good luck with your new car :)
Hope you'll still drop by from time to time to say hello.
 

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Good luck with your new car, it sounds like the right one for you. My wife also chose her car based around her mothers needs. Glad to hear you avoided diesel. You are always welcome to drop by and we even have a section called "I sold my Yeti and bought a.....". Posts in that section are intended to help Yeti owners when the time comes to move on, so you are welcome to post in there. If we don't have a suitable section we can always get Admin to create one (we can no longer do so).
 

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Thankyou ?
I would love to drop by from time to time.
Perhaps you could create me a section called ‘Not Yeti’, for all those aspiring would-be-Yeti-owners who upon being asked ‘Do you have one?‘ can only reply, whistfully, ‘Not Yet’ ?
 
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