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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.

How reliable are Subaru? An honest assessment

We take a look at how reliable Subaru are...
How reliable are Subaru?
Subaru are popular with a core set of buyers. The company's marketing is targeted specifically to their niche in the market. Subaru owners want the cars because of the drivetrain engine, off-road capabilities and the fact that, in the sports market, they are affordable.Despite being a very niche market, Subaru has been a strong presence when it comes to customer satisfaction and reliability for some time now. But, how reliable are Subaru? In this article, we look at Subaru reliability and how they compare to rival manufacturers....

Have you considered where your next new car will be made?

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?
OSV Brexit - how will Brexit affect you?
So, you’re thinking about buying or leasing a new car in the next few months? You know that it’s going to take some time for the car to be assembled how you want, but it’s still only going to be a few weeks, right? What happens if you don’t need your car until May? Is Brexit going to make that much of a difference?
a futuristic car with all the latest car technology
Technology is everywhere, and our cars are no exception, but despite all the sophisticated new features, seatbelts are considered the first – and best – line of defence against potential harm. With 63% of drivers saying that too much in-car tech can be a dangerous distraction, OSV Ltd wanted to know which tech drivers actually wanted, and which they could live without. In some cases, the answer seems to be ‘most of it’.
a man in a grey smart suit handing over a key to a car
When looking to find fresh talent, it seems that company cars are still the best bet for businesses, according to new research by OSV. The data shows that 49% of interviewees would even consider accepting a job that didn’t otherwise appeal, if a car that they couldn’t afford privately came as part of the package. In spite of this, more than half (51%) of those interviewed admitted that they still didn’t understand the Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax regulations in relation to company car use, which came into force more than a year ago (April 2017).

Are Mercedes-Benz Reliable? An Impartial Look at the Luxury Brand’s Reliability

We give an honest assessment on how reliable Mercedes cars are...
Mercedes E Class
When you are looking for a new car, one of the most important things you should look at is a car’s reliability. Afterall, you don’t want to spend all that money on a car only for it to be so unreliable you spend even more money getting it repaired. One brand that has often cropped up in the debate about reliability is Mercedes-Benz. While the prestigious brand is just that, prestigious, it’s reliability has been thrown into question a few times before. We think that our customers deserve to know as much as they can about the brands they are looking at, so in this article we are going to give you an honest assessment of Mercedes, from looking at what the consumer surveys say and comparing its reliability to some of its rivals.

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...
Grey Renault Kangoo ZE Charging
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...

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…
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