Tips and Advice

Tips and Advice

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....

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…

Car Travel Tips

We give you some of our top travel tips...
two adults and a young child in a car seat sitting in the car smiling
Going on a winter break? Maybe you desperately want to get away after the stress of Christmas and New Year. Or perhaps you want to celebrate the end of dry January in style by going away for a few days. Regardless of the reason, you are going away and you are going to take your car with you. Like people, pets and work, cars also have to go through preparation before you travel. If you don’t prepare your car then you could end up in all sorts of trouble. So in this article...

Who Is In More Accidents? Men or Women?

We look to answer the age long debate...
Business competition. Two colleagues having disagreement and conflict
A few years ago, we reported that the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) found that men are more likely to be involved in crashes because of bad driving habits than women. These bad habits included driving too fast and drink-driving. They found that men were nearly twice as likely to be involved in a collision due to being careless, reckless or in a hurry. They also found that men are more likely to crash because of poor behaviour or inexperience. However, that was a few years ago, so is this still the case? In this article, we settle the argument once and for all and give you some top tips to stay safe on the roads...
red Toyota Prius parked on tarmac
Toyota are one of the largest car manufacturers in the world and are hugely popular. Known for their city cars and their hybrid car, the Prius, Toyota are a common sight on our British roads. Their affordability, practicality and great style means that they are popular for first time drivers and families alike. They are also hugely popular to lease. But which Toyota’s are the best to lease? In this article we look at the Top 5 Toyota lease deals on the market today, and the ones you might want to consider leasing through OSV...

Winter Tyres Explained: Should I Get Winter Tyres?

Everything you need to know about winter tyres...
picture of winter tyres in the snow
Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean that winter is. In fact, we’ve got quite a way before we get to summer again. And, the recent bad weather might have got you wondering whether you should invest in some winter tyres. So should you get winter tyres? In this article, we look at everything you need to know about winter tyres including the different types, how much they cost and whether they are something you should consider.
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