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Are Mercedes expensive to maintain?

Owning a Mercedes is a joy usually reserved for the luxury end of the market. But what is the Mercedes service cost?
Owning a Mercedes is a joy usually reserved for the luxury end of the market. That is unless you find a particularly good second-hand deal. The German manufacturer is famed for claiming they invented the automobile in 1886, however that has been widely disputed. However, there's no argument about is the fact Mercedes have manufactured some incredible vehicles in the automotive industry. While you might be lusting over a Mercedes CLS Class or the C Class Cabriolet the sensible part of you is probably wondering, are Mercedes expensive to maintain? In this article, we'll explore the typical costs for maintaining a Mercedes and the prices you can expect to pay when something goes wrong.

What is checked in an MOT and a service?

A complete guide to everything on your car that's checked during an MOT and service.
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A car MOT and service are two very different checks that must be performed on your car regularly to ensure it is safe for the road. But what is the difference between what is checked in a MOT and a service? In this article, we'll take you through the key differences between a service and a MOT and explain why each are important elements of your cars maintenance program.

What are Fleet Cars and How Does Fleet Vehicle Leasing work?

If your business requires staff to travel for their job then you may be considering your options for fleet cars. But how does fleet vehicle leasing work?
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If your business requires staff to travel for their job then you may be considering your options for fleet cars. But how does fleet vehicle leasing work? What are the benefits of fleet vehicle leasing? and which cars are the best choice for your fleet? In this article, we'll tackle the nitty gritty and give you all of the information you need by answering your common question How does fleet vehicle leasing work?

Should I Use a Car Broker?

What are the Pros and Cons of Using a Car Broker?
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Leasing a car is becoming an increasingly popular choice and, because of this, there are so many vehicle brokers advertising attractive offers that are sometimes just too good to refuse. But, why use a vehicle broker? There are advantages and disadvantages to using a car broker and it’s important for you to be aware of these before you make a decision as to whether using a broker is right for you. That’s why we’re going to give you a quick guide to the pros and cons of using a vehicle broker. Using a vehicle broker has it' s advantages. For example...

Dealer Vs. Car Broker: What’s the Difference?

What's the difference between a car dealership and a car broker?
When you decide to get a new car, one of the biggest decisions you will be making is whether you go through a vehicle broker or a dealership. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and it’s important to take these into consideration when you make your decision. Neither option is suited to everyone, so you want to make the right decision so the process is as easy and painless as possible. You’ve probably worked out by now that OSV is a vehicle broker, so you’re probably expecting us to try and push you towards a vehicle broker. We understand that this isn’t always the right option for everyone, and that some people will prefer going to a dealership. However, we think it’s important that you make an informed decision to ensure that you get the best customer service for you. So, we’re going to talk you through the main differences between going through a dealership and going through a broker, and what sort of deals you can get with each.Firstly, let’s start with the main differences between the two options. Using a vehicle supplier is becoming increasingly popular. They are basically the middleman between you, a dealership and a finance house...

How Reliable Are DS Cars? An Honest Assessment Of The DS Brand

We take a look at how reliable DS Cars are...
White DS3 parked on a driveway
DS Cars are a fairly new brand in their own right. The premium brand of the Groupe PSA, which is Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Vauxhall, was announced by Citroen in just 2009. It was only in 2015 that the Citroen branding was dropped and DS became a standalone brand. That said, in the short time they have been on the market, DS cars have become extremely popular and are now quite a common sight on our roads. But, how reliable are DS cars? In this article, we look at how reliable DS cars are, and how this compares to their rivals.

Top Nationwide Car Leasing Companies in the UK (Reviews / Ratings)

We count down the best leasing companies in the UK...
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Every year here at OSV, we work with well over 1,000 individuals and businesses in an effort to help them find the right vehicle for their leasing needs. And although we generally can find the right fit for most of our customers, we realise there are occasions when another leasing company may be the better option. Furthermore, our customers do ask us about competitors all the time as they seek to do their due diligence while shopping for the best leasing value. It is, for this reason, we decided to write this post today. It gives you a list of some of the companies that have a solid vehicle leasing history in the UK. Please keep in mind there are assuredly companies with a sound reputation that aren't on this list. Simply put, we can't include everyone, and this is simply based on our experience. Also, even though the following companies are numbered, the following isn't meant as a ranking. It's simply meant to educate you on the vehicle leasing marketplace. After all, at OSV we understand that knowledge means better buying decisions. Here goes, and we hope it helps…

Bad Credit Car Leasing – Is It Possible?

It Most Certainly Is. Leasing a Car with a Poor Credit History is Now an Option
So, you want to lease a car. The problem is you have a less than perfect credit score. Maybe you’ve paid one or two bills a bit late, which has resulted in a low credit rating and it feels like you’re never going to get the car you want or need. However, this isn’t always the case. There could be a chance that you can still lease a car. That’s why we’ve written an article explaining what your options are if you want to lease a car with a bad credit rating. Let’s start with the basics, what actually affects your credit score? There are a number of things that affect your credit score both positively and negatively. Those are...

Should You Lease Your Next Car?

Thinking About Leasing Your Next Car? Here Are Some Things You Should Consider...
Blue Ford Fiesta - why is business contract hire cheaper than personal contract hire
Around 20% of all new car transactions are leases. Having the option to drive a brand new car every two or three years is very appealing to most people and with the amount of great deals available, leasing is become increasingly popular. But, should you lease your next car? Aside from the fact that you get a new car every few years, leasing does have its good qualities. However, it isn’t for everyone. At OSV, we help people decide if leasing is for them every day, and have done so for almost two decades. So in this article we will be looking at the pros and cons of leasing, and whether you can get a better deal if you lease your next car. There are lots of advantages to leasing a car such as...

What Is WLTP?

Are the WLTP rules too confusing? Explore in this article how they can actual benefit you!
We know how the story goes - you buy a car that has an official fuel consumption figure of 65.6mpg, but find yourself managing just 52.1mpg all the time. It’s a drag and you’re paying out more than you expected. What gives? Measuring these figures can’t be easy for the testers involved, but it’s hoped that it’s just about to get a whole lot easier. For more than thirty years, the New Driving Cycle (NEDC) has been used to carrying out fuel economy and European new car emissions tests. As of September 2017, however, a new test has replaced the dated NEDC. It’s called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP). In case you were wondering what it’s all about and what it will mean for you as a driver and car owner, OSV has got you covered with our article all about the WLTP.
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