During our last dialogue with “L’Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS”, the demand for the availability of spare parts for Citroën and DS vehicle collectors again was put on the agenda.
As you all know, we have the unique opportunity to aggregate the national and international demand for the reproduction of spare parts for Citroën vehicles – with the special focus on those parts which are not available any longer or only in too low volumes on the market, eg. which are typically rather niche products.
L’Aventure has offered to all clubs to engage in this market and try to solve the potential bottlenecks.
Via the ACI Delegates, all club can submit their demand for spare parts for all models which are outside of the availability at dealers (this means typically vehicles which are of age 20 years and older).
We thus kindly ask all clubs worldwide to approach their national ACI Delegates to submit their potential demand towards us.
At the ACI Board, we have appointed our Board member Manfred Buchgeher to handle all spare part demands and act as an interface between L’Aventure and the ACI/clubs.
Manfred can be reached directly by email to “spareparts (at) amicale-citroen-internationale.org”
We have jointly agreed on a format: Spare Part Request Template (XLS, 50kB).
We kindly ask the Citroën and DS clubs to submit their demand via this template towards their national Delegate.
Attention: The deadline for the feedback by the ACI Delegates is 15-September-2016!
NB: for DS Automobiles clubs (which are related to the “new DS” models) this approach is not applicable since these models are subject to support by the dealership of DS Automobiles today.
This was listed as one of the first reasons for the establishment of ACI, but it never got of the ground. Bernie Shaw was the original Spare parts coordinator.
Dear David, you are absolutely right – but now there is a different background: it generates a business opportunity for the new heritage association, L’Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS. This did not exist before.
The benefits are for both sides, the clubs and the association. And: the first items are produced – the Amicale Citroën & DS France has already reported about reproduction of parts for the Citroën GS.
This is also the chance for the UK (and of course other countries) clubs to request spare parts which are not available any longer. We thus encourage the clubs to take this opportunity and report back what they need! Please trigger the appropriate contacts and point them to this web page resp. Manfred Buchgeher as our contact.
Hi David are you the Irishmen who baught my DS 10 years ago? How are you? BR Ward Hagenaar
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No.2 Xantia LHM return hoses.
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Dear Surjit, thanks for this comment but we kindly ask you to follow the agreed procedure. Please kindly approach your national ACI Delegates. For details, please look at the “contact” page. Thank you.
Is it correct that the national AC’s didn’t get notified about this yet?
Because we at Citroën Contact (NL) didn’t.
Hello Michel, all Delegates were informed and reminded multiple times throughout this year – the very first info was spread “face-to-face” at the ACI AGM 2016 in February this year in Paris. It is their role as national interface to communicate in both directions, from and to the clubs and their members. Please kindly approach your national Delegates. Thank you.
I think the attempt from PSA is honorable but totally amateurish. How can a Person from ACI or whereever can estimate how many parts are needed in total? And imposing a Deadline of 15. Sept? So some parts will be reproduced one time only? Look at that:
The headoffice at VW alone has 50 employees. If PSA is serious they have to assign a bunch of People to this Projects, specialists in the cars and the technical area, not just handing out a simple questionaire. Sorry.
Dear Nils, of course this is a first attempt and certainly will evolve in maturity over time. It will not be “…a person from ACI…” to make this estimation, but the clubs. Several clubs do entertain their own spare part stocks, to support one or several models. Consequently, it is an opportunity for the clubs to improve their service and capabilities to their club members. You are member of the DS Club Deutschland I assume – so please contact your club and ask them to contribute with their demands to the overall German spare part reproduction demand.
At second, the deadline of September 15th is an extended deadline. The ACI Delegates already had been informed beginning of February about this upcoming activity during the ACI AGM. Several mails and also reminders have been sent out to all Delegates, a template for feedback was communicated. Since then, we have not received a single request from any Delegate that this deadline can not be met…
Please also note that this service for now primarily addresses demands from the clubs and their members. Any non-club demands is not part of this first iteration. It may come in the future though. Stay tuned for additional news over time. Thank you.
In Denmark in our club I have not heard about this.
Hello Jesper, please contact your national Delegate to inform all clubs then. Thanks!
What you all have to be VERY careful about here is a proper sorting of priority levels for the parts to be considered.
Most owners (and club officials as well) actually have little knowledge of what is needed en-mass as they do not repair the cars often. Specialists often have a biased view as time changes needs.
Some parts considered vital are no so, improvisation keeps cars on the road despite problems.
Body panels are the most important parts in countries that have rain and salt on the roads.
Hello Andrew (hope your book writing works well 🙂 ) – thank you for your suggestions. Certainly when we get into larger demands the prioritization needs to be part of the process…
In Portugal we dont know about this. our Delegates are absent of this information.
Hello Pedro, all Delegates are informed because they are on the distibution list. Also, we talked to them during ICCCR 2016 in NL at an ACI medting. Nevertheless, we take your comment serious and will inform them by dedicated email.
Thanks for letting us know!
A shame to have missed this.
I’d heard rumours about this scheme but nothing official. I had heard nothing from our own club (UK ccc)
But I look forward to future consultations and i will keep checking this web site.
Keep up the good work.
Dear Phil, this is an ongoing process – so please contact your ACI Delegates (see the contact link) to learn about more details.
We also recommend to spread the word via your club internet forum or other ways (letters to the club journal editors) to spread the word.
Furthermore, we recommend to your friends and Citroën lovers to subscribe to our news so you’re constantly updated on progress.