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How reliable is Volkswagen?
German engineering has long been associated with well-built and reliable cars. However, Volkswagen reliability is something that many people are in two minds about. So, how does the people's car perform when it comes to reliability? We know that the cars are well-built and they have some of the most popular vehicles on the market today, but are they reliable? In the latest article in our updated reliability series we answer all the questions about many of the popular models that the well-known German brand produce.

How reliable is Volvo? An honest assessment of the Swedish brand

Volvo prides itself on its safety innovations, but is it a reliable brand? We investigate...
How reliable is Volvo?
It’s no secret that Volvo are one of the most ambitious car manufacturers on the market today. They want to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries in their new cars by 2020 and are going to make all of their cars electric or hybrid by 2019. So yes, you could say that Volvo are pretty ambitious. But there is one thing that never really comes up when we talk about Volvo cars, and that’s reliability. How reliable are Volvo? In this article, we look at how dependable Volvo are, and how this compares to their rivals...

Is Mercedes-Benz reliable? An impartial look at the luxury brand’s reliability

We give an honest assessment on how reliable Mercedes vehicles are...
How reliable is Mercedes-Benz?
When you're looking for a new car, one of the most important things to look at is the car's reliability.One manufacturer that often crops up in the reliability debate is Mercedes-Benz. While the brand is certainly prestigious, its reliability has been thrown into question several times.In this article we look at several of Mercedes' more popular ranges and analyse their reliability, hopefully answering some of the pressing questions you may have if you are looking to purchase or lease a new Mercedes.

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 reliable is Hyundai? An impartial look at the brand

How reliable is Hyundai? We investigate...
How reliable is Hyundai
Hyundai is the largest motor company in South Korea and the third largest manufacturer worldwide. But how reliable are the vehicles they produce?In this article we look at the company's performance and placement in UK reliability surveys and also look closely at a number of the vehicles they produce, including the Tucson and the i10.So, how reliable is Hyundai?

Is Jeep reliable? An unbiased look at the American classic

How reliable is the off-roader really? We take a look...
How reliable is Jeep
Did you know that Jeep became the primary 4-wheel drive vehicle of the United States Army and the Allies during World War 2? Civilian models were then produced in 1945. Since then, Jeep have become renowned for their off-road SUVs, and at one time, pickups.You would expect that a manufacturer that helped see us to victory in the Second World War would be quite literally bulletproof. Right?So why are people asking the question; are Jeep reliable?In this article, we look at whether Jeep are reliable and how this compares to their main rivals.

How reliable is Maserati? An unbiased look at the exclusive brand

How reliable are Maserati? We investigate...
How reliabile is Maserati
Maserati is a brand known for luxurious and fast cars. Founded in 1914 by the Maserati brothers, the brand is now owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.In recent years the manufacturer has become more popular, selling over 3,000 vehicles in 2014 and rising ever since.With bespoke luxury comes exclusivity and a hefty price tag, but is reliability also part of the package?In this unbiased article we take a look at how reliable Maserati vehicles are.

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…

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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