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The current global situation – What’s going to happen to my vehicle order?

If you have any questions about what's happening with your vehicle order at the current time
The current global situation - what's going to happen to my vehicle order?
If you've got a car on order and you've already been informed about delays to your delivery it's going to be frustrating. We've put together an article explaining what's happening behind the scenes and offering a few suggestions for solutions if your lease is about to end and you need a vehicle quickly.

Where’s my new car coming from?

Have you ever wondered if your new car was made in the UK or imported in?
UK Car Imports
When you buy a car what’s the first thing you think about? Is it the mileage, the car safety rating, the extras, the colour? Or do you think about where the car was made and how it’s going to get to your front door?
Road Tax - 2020 changes
The Road Tax changes for 2020 might seem confusing, as there don't appear to be any increases in cost. However, if you are registering your vehicle with the DVLA for the first time, there will be a difference in cost if you wait until after April 6th, 2020. Vehicles are now being tested using the more realistic WLTP and this has signalled a change in the band that your vehicle will be placed in for first year VED. So, if you have any questions, we've got the answers. Read our detailed article to find out more.
What is a Clean Air Zone?
Clean Air Zones are set up with the intention of cutting pollution and encouraging drivers to choose vehicles that produce less in the way of polluting fumes or use alternative methods of transportation, such as bicycles or public transport. In this article we provide you with information about vehicles that are exempt from the Clean Air Zone charges, and also the location of planned Clean Air Zones in the UK.

Road trip tips

We give you some of our top tips for a safe and comfortable drive
Road trip tips for a safe and comfortable drive
Are you going on a road trip this year? Perhaps you're visiting family or friends, or just getting away for a holiday? Whatever it is, in this article we've put together some of our top tips for a safe and enjoyable trip. Whether you're going alone and need to avoid the stress of traffic jams, or with the family and you need to keep the children amused so there isn't a riot in the back seat.

Safety tips for driving in extreme weather

Our tips to driving in extreme weather conditions...
Driving in extreme weather conditions
Weather is getting more extreme. We can’t deny this, it’s been happening for quite a few years now. Our winters are getting wetter and colder, our summers breaking heat records year on year, and that’s just the UK. Because our weather is getting more extreme, we need to adjust. Whether that means you invest in an air conditioning system for your bedroom or consider triple glazing, we all need to adjust to this extreme weather. But, we also need to make sure we adjust how we drive. Your driving should vary depending on the weather, and as the weather gets more extreme you will need to know how to navigate the roads safely. So in this article, we are going to talk about how to drive safely in each extreme weather condition, including the extreme heat and cold, as well as rain and snow.

Keeping safe on the roads in winter

We give you some tips to keep you safe on the roads this winter...
how to keep your vehicle safe in winter
Winter has descended upon us, and quite quickly. Snow has already been and gone, and so has the shortest day of the year. However, while it might seem like it has already been winter for a long time, we still have a way to go before the leaves start reappearing on the trees and the birds start singing again. In the winter months, it’s important to keep safe when out on the road. So in this article...

How long will it take for my car to be delivered?

What factors affect delivery time?
How long will it take for my car to be delivered?
So you’ve ordered your car, now you just have to wait for it to be delivered. The thing is, your vehicle supplier hasn’t actually given you a specific date. We understand that this can be frustrating, you’ve bought something and now you want to know exactly when it will be in your possession; it’s fair enough. Maybe you have to plan the sale of your current car, or perhaps your existing vehicle may be due to be handed back. Whatever your reasons, it is understandable that you want to have a clear understanding of timeframes. At OSV, we have had years of experience working with all manufacturers and we understand the complexities and difficulties that can cause delays. Therefore, we have written this article to help you to fully understand how long your car might take to show up, which will enable you to be fully educated and put the right plans in place.

Should I buy an electric car?

There are a lot of newer electric vehicles on the market, we break down the various qualities of those available.
Electric Vehicle banner
If you're thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle, but feeling a little bit anxious having heard various things about their limitations, we aim to alleviate some of that anxiety. In this article we look at the cars available, some of the grants that you can get if you decide to go electric, and plans being made for a more effective electric vehicle infrastructure in the UK.

Where does Vehicle Tax go?

Where does our road tax go? We investigate...
Vehicle tax (car tax) or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is something that we all have to pay if we want to drive our cars. The same way you have to pay company car tax if you want to drive a company car.  Like it or loathe it, it’s a necessary part of driving and living here in the UK. But, where does vehicle tax actually go? In this article, we explore where our vehicle tax goes and what exactly it pays for.
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