Where customers feel they have cause to raise a complaint it is important to us that these are dealt with objectively, fairly and within an acceptable time frame.
Our aim is always to provide an exceptionally high level of service to all of our customers.
The following procedure explains how we deal with complaints, our commitments to you and what redress you have if you think your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction.
If you have a complaint about any aspect of our service then we would like to hear from you.
To help us investigate and resolve your issue as quickly as possible, you can contact us by telephone or in writing. The most appropriate person will handle your complaint in the quickest possible time.
Our complaints contact details are:
Customer Resolutions Department
Nationwide Vehicle Contracts Ltd
Unit 9, Christie Way
Telephone: 0345 811 9595 (Opt 4)
Email: [email protected]
To assist us in resolving your complaint efficiently it would be helpful if you could provide the following information::
Please note: If you appoint a third party to act on behalf we cannot discuss any aspect of your contract with them until we receive your permission in writing or from your personal email address or in writing to the above address.
Any complaint, verbal or written, will be allocated it to the most appropriate Complaints Handler.
We will always try to resolve your complaint immediately. However, sometimes this may not be possible. In all cases we will implement the following process:
We will send you written acknowledgement within 3 working days of receiving your complaint
Your case reference will be your Nationwide Vehicle Contracts order number
We will give you the name and title of the person handling your complaint
Make contact to seek clarification on any points where necessary
Fully investigate your complaint with reference to other NVC departments, NVC staff and third parties where relevant
Keep you informed and fully updated regarding any progress
Discuss with you our findings and our proposed response
Our aim will be to send you our final written response within ten working days but no later than eight weeks as required by the Financial Conduct Authority
Customers sometimes express dissatisfaction to us about their product provider/funder. In this scenario, we will establish whether your complaint relates solely to the advice or service given by Nationwide Vehicle Contracts or the service/performance of your funder/product provider or vehicle manufacturer. If unclear, this should not delay investigation and regardless of cause we will proceed with our own investigation. Your case manager will review this matter and take the complaint directly to the third party, if appropriate, in consultation with you. In cases where third parties have clearly caused the issue we will refer the matter promptly to the third party, providing you with a written explanation of why we have done so and their contact details.
The Customer Resolutions Department will work with the relevant department managers to establish the nature and scope of your complaint having due regards to the Financial Conduct Authority's direction:
It is Nationwide Vehicle Contracts policy to treat all complainants the same, however, certain types of complaints fall within the scope of FCA rules and consequently within the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service.
This will set out clearly the Nationwide Vehicle Contracts decision and the reasons for it. If any compensation is offered a clear method of calculation will be shown.
Where appropriate we are required to include details of the Financial Ombudsman Service together with the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association) Conciliation Service in the final response. If dealing with an eligible complainant and a regulated activity, we will:
Complaints that can be settled to your satisfaction within 3 business days can be recorded and communicated differently. Where we consider a complaint to be resolved to your satisfaction under this section, we will promptly send you a Summary Resolution Communication, being a written communication from us which:
We will consider a complaint closed when we have made our final response to you. This does not prevent you from exercising any rights you may have to refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service or the BVRLA Conciliation Service.
If you have a regulated consumer credit contract arranged by us and are not satisfied with our Final Response, you may be eligible to refer the matter either to the Financial Ombudsman or to the BVRLA Conciliation Service.
Financial Ombudsman Service
If relevant then you can refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service – you must do this within six months of our final response. When we send you a final response, we will also provide you with a copy of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s explanatory leaflet.
We will co-operate fully with the Ombudsman in resolving any complaints made against us and agree to be bound by any awards made by them.
You can contact the financial Ombudsman at the following address:
The Financial Ombudsman Service
Email: [email protected]
BVRLA Conciliation Service
As a Leasing Broker member of the British Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) you or Nationwide Vehicle Contracts LTD may refer any unresolved disputes to them.
The BVRLA is approved by Government as a Consumer ADR body under the Alternative Dispute Resolution For Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities andInformation) Regulations 2015.
The BVRLA Conciliation Service will investigate potential breaches of the BVRLA Code of Conduct and will aim to resolve matters using information presented by both parties to the dispute. Any information requested from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts will be sent to the BVRLA within five working days. Based on the information available, the BVRLA will provide both parties with its findings and recommendations.
The BVRLA aims to resolve complaints through their Conciliation Service within 30 days and members must comply with the Conciliation Service’s findings.
You can log a complaint to the BVRLA via their website.