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IT’S a rare thing that a website manages to get the mixture between Flash and html right. vrsonline.co.uk, the online vehicle remarketing service, does.

The Flash-animated top menu and a clean html introductory homepage is easily navigated – it’s a theme maintained throughout the site.

After clicking on a menu option from the top, the same options are then displayed on the left, which helps you keep track of where you are.

Jump straight to the ‘log-in/register’ section to sign up for complete access and you will be brought to a separate password-protected section.

This area of the site provides you with 24-hour access to a personal vehicle stock wishlist and an online purchasing facility that means vehicles can be delivered to the forecourt within 72 hours of a mouse click.

To do a stock search, simply fill out the online form and each will be displayed with drop-down field criteria and a list of potential matches. Searches can also be saved.

After clicking on your preferred vehicle, some simple specifications are shown and the option to buy online can be taken. Not exactly sure if it’s the car for you or want to know more? By clicking on the ‘Interested?’ button you will be contacted by a VRS employee to guide you to the right choice.

Added website functionality enables users to access their buying history and add their views to a ‘talking points’ forum. Customers can also email their account handler via the website to make specific queries or stock requests.

The ‘meet the team’ section of the site is one of the examples of some good Flash animation. The way the images of current employees light up and scroll across the screen looks brilliant and the comment on each of the team members (mostly funny) adds a real personal touch – systems analyst James Gregory has a particularly odd secret. Tom Seymour

The lowdown

The site: www.vrsonline.co.uk.

We like: Sci-fi cool, pocket-size layout

We don’t like: No brickbats at all for this well thought-out site

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