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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’.
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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.

Best Electric Van

Looking for a van that lowers your carbon footprint? We look at our 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...

Are Mercedes expensive to maintain?

Owning a Mercedes is a joy usually reserved for the luxury end of the market. But what is the Mercedes service cost?
Owning a Mercedes is a joy usually reserved for the luxury end of the market. That is unless you find a particularly good second-hand deal. The German manufacturer is famed for claiming they invented the automobile in 1886, however that has been widely disputed. However, there's no argument about is the fact Mercedes have manufactured some incredible vehicles in the automotive industry. While you might be lusting over a Mercedes CLS Class or the C Class Cabriolet the sensible part of you is probably wondering, are Mercedes expensive to maintain? In this article, we'll explore the typical costs for maintaining a Mercedes and the prices you can expect to pay when something goes wrong.

What is checked in an MOT and a service?

A complete guide to everything on your car that's checked during an MOT and service.
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A car MOT and service are two very different checks that must be performed on your car regularly to ensure it is safe for the road. But what is the difference between what is checked in a MOT and a service? In this article, we'll take you through the key differences between a service and a MOT and explain why each are important elements of your cars maintenance program.

What are Fleet Cars and How Does Fleet Vehicle Leasing work?

If your business requires staff to travel for their job then you may be considering your options for fleet cars. But how does fleet vehicle leasing work?
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If your business requires staff to travel for their job then you may be considering your options for fleet cars. But how does fleet vehicle leasing work? What are the benefits of fleet vehicle leasing? and which cars are the best choice for your fleet? In this article, we'll tackle the nitty gritty and give you all of the information you need by answering your common question How does fleet vehicle leasing work?

Should I Use a Car Broker?

What are the Pros and Cons of Using a Car Broker?
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Leasing a car is becoming an increasingly popular choice and, because of this, there are so many vehicle brokers advertising attractive offers that are sometimes just too good to refuse. But, why use a vehicle broker?There are advantages and disadvantages to using a car broker and it’s important for you to be aware of these before you make a decision as to whether using a broker is right for you. That’s why we’re going to give you a quick guide to the pros and cons of using a vehicle broker. Using a vehicle broker has it' s advantages. For example...

Dealer Vs. Car Broker: What’s the Difference?

What's the difference between a car dealership and a car broker?
When you decide to get a new car, one of the biggest decisions you will be making is whether you go through a vehicle broker or a dealership.Both have their advantages and disadvantages and it’s important to take these into consideration when you make your decision. Neither option is suited to everyone, so you want to make the right decision so the process is as easy and painless as possible. You’ve probably worked out by now that OSV is a vehicle broker, so you’re probably expecting us to try and push you towards a vehicle broker. We understand that this isn’t always the right option for everyone, and that some people will prefer going to a dealership. However, we think it’s important that you make an informed decision to ensure that you get the best customer service for you. So, we’re going to talk you through the main differences between going through a dealership and going through a broker, and what sort of deals you can get with each.Firstly, let’s start with the main differences between the two options.Using a vehicle supplier is becoming increasingly popular. They are basically the middleman between you, a dealership and a finance house...

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.
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