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THE internet arm of specialist leasing firm Alexander Lauren takes a fairly classic view to its homepage design.

Called carleasinguk.com, it is busy, but full of options, and the homepage includes a side menu separated into business and personal sections, providing a quick and easy way to search for a specific function.

The scrolling ticker text windows on the homepage show website technology put to good use, allowing users to see special offers without manually having to look.

The side menu is also split into informative paragraphs at the bottom of the homepage, giving an explanation of each of the site’s functions.

The news and reviews section of the site can be confusing. There doesn’t seem to be an archive as such and this section was sparse to say the least.

The practical aspects of the site work well and a lot of information about leasing (the main purpose of the site) is easy to access, understand and utilise.

Prestige, commercial and short term leases all have their own section on the site, making it easy to search for specific types of vehicle.

The Special Offers section shows good use of recognisable car manufacturers’ logos. Pictures of the actual cars would have been a welcome additional touch.

The Taxation Advice section offers a sum of information and a table of examples, but no tax calculator is included.

The site map isn’t so much a map, more a list of untidy links – ultimately more confusing than helpful.

The practical uses of this site work very well, but carleasinguk.com suffers from a messy layout in places and a few continuity problems (where is the BMW badge?).

Come here if you want to find out about leasing but don’t come here for the visual display. Who needs a car leasing site to look pretty anyway?

The lowdown

The site: www.carleasinguk.com

We like: Practical elements work very well

We don't like: Messy layout in parts and the site map is a misnomer

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