Variety is the spice of the Refrigerated van/delivery sector which is why we’ve seen more and more manufacturers stepping up their range in the last decade or so, with long wheel base to short wheel base freezer vans; box storage, high volume, low volume, high power, low power and everything else you can think of.
There’s never really been a better time to invest in a new refrigerated van as part of a fleet for your delivery business, but that degree of choice does come with some complications. How do you know which to choose or which manufacturer to look at?
We’re, hopefully, going to help by checking out the 2009 Citroen Relay 33 100ps L2 H1 freezer van, for you.
What Sets It Apart From Its Siblings?
The Relay 33 stands out in front from the ranks of the Citroen freezer van range mainly due its competitive nature; this van can easily put any other manufacturer’s larger volume refrigerated vans out of the running, and stands apart from some of the earlier Citroen models.
Now, a 2009 might seem slightly dated (even if we’re looking at a second hand purchase), but this particular category of refrigerated van seems to be withstanding the test of time.
One of its major drawbacks, however, has always been its chassis and body size, which are on the larger side of the freezer van scale. Although this has its obvious advantages for any outfit looking to make long haul, large volume or otherwise weighty deliveries to large supermarket chains or suppliers, it also limits some of the smaller custom that delivery services need to survive in between the ‘larger meals’.
It lacks the same degree of maneuverability that might be granted with, say, a Citroen Berlingo class of refrigerated van. The trade-off between flexibility and more powerful storage is something that needs to be taken into consideration upfront.
The actually technology of this van is nothing new, nor nothing to be scoffed at: it runs with a Hubbard 360AM refrigeration system and the usual GRP insulation combination, as well as being a standard manual drive transmission (which shouldn’t be much of a problem within the UK delivery sector).
Where it makes up for some of its lack of finesse, is with its side loading doors which – given the van’s size – grant quite a lot of access when loading it up for longer trips.
That said, owing to this particular freezer van’s reputation and craftsmanship, these 2009 model Citroen Relay 33’s have actually retained quite a bit of their original market value, meaning you may be looking at a cost slightly higher than you’d expect from a dated model of freezer van.
On the flip side, though, that extra quality and slightly hitched price may be the difference between a fine investment or a series of financial losses in having to maintain and repair a lesser refrigerated van over the years.
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