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What is Vehicle Excise Duty

Vehicle Excise Duty - also known as Road Tax can be confusing, we go into the detail...
Everything you need to know about Vehicle Excise Duty
Vehicle Excise Duty or VED is commonly referred to as Road Tax. A tax levied by the government to drivers which bring the UK government £730 million every year in revenue. Vehicle Excise Duty is collected by the DVLA, the government department that governs drivers on UK roads.

The ultimate guide to Company Car Tax

Everything you need to know about Company Car Tax...
The ultimate guide to company car tax
If you're considering getting a company car then it's likely you've come across the term Company Car Tax more than once. Company Car Tax is something that can be quite complicated. In this article we talk about the rules and regulations behind it, including how it's calculated and we go into some of the things you'll really want to know including how driving an electric company car may benefit you between 2020 and 2023.

Can I have a private plate on my lease car?

What do I do if I want a private number plate on my lease car?
So, you've just ordered a brand new lease car and you're eyeing the private plate on your current vehicle - or you've found one you'd really like. Is it possible for you to put the plate on the vehicle you've just ordered? In this article we answer the question "Can I put a private plate on my lease vehicle", what the process is and also how you can buy a new plate. We also talk about insuring your private plate so that if your car was stolen, lost or written off you're aware of what happens next...

Why is my car not showing on the DVLA database?

Can't see your car on the DVLA database? This could be why...
Why is my car not showing on the DVLA database?
You’ve got your new car, and you want to check something on the DVLA. Maybe you want to check when your car tax is due, or you just want to have a look to make sure it’s on there. But, it’s not. You can’t find your car on the DVLA. There are a few reasons why this might be the case, In this article we talk more about what the reasons may be, and what you can do to change it.

Top nationwide car leasing companies in the UK (reviews / ratings)

We count down the best leasing companies in the UK...
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…

A list of the best electric vans available in the UK

Looking for a van that lowers your carbon footprint? We look at the top electric vans...
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An electric van might be a bit of an odd concept for some, but they are becoming increasingly popular. While electric cars are becoming ever popular, 100% electric vans are also becoming more appealing for business owners and employers alike. But, which ones are the best? In this article, we take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of an electric van, and which ones are the best...

What is WLTP?

Are the WLTP rules too confusing? In this article we explore how they can actually 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.

Change to Road Tax 2018

Wondering when the new road tax changes kick in? In this article, we go into every possible detail you may need to know
Road tax? It’s become as complicated as Brexit and changes as often as the British weather. And in April 2018, it’s about to change again. Confused? Frustrated? Wanna know what the score is in terms of how much it’s gonna cost you? OSV has got you covered with the in’s and out’s of the new UK car tax system.

Getting a used car through OSV: FAQ

We look at getting a used car through OSV...
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At OSV, we mainly talk about new cars and vans. But did you know that we also offer used cars? That’s right, it’s not something we do all that often, but we offer used cars and vans on finance and to buy outright. However, we haven’t done that many articles on getting a used car or van, so we haven’t yet answered many of the questions our customers ask. So in this article, we are going to answer your frequently asked questions, ranging from what finance options are available to why you should get a used car from OSV...

Changes to advisory fuel rates – December 2017

We look at the changes to advisory fuel rates...
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As of December 2017 the new Advisory Fuel Rates came into effect after an announcement by HM Revenue and Customs. So what are these changes? And do these changes take into account everyone’s wishes? In this article, we look at the changes to the advisory fuel rates and how they will affect you...
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