We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
Everyone has rights with regard to the way in which their personal information is handled. During the course of our activities we will collect, store and process personal information about our customers, suppliers and other third parties, and we recognise that the correct and lawful treatment of this data will maintain confidence in the organisation and will provide for successful business operations.
This policy sets out the basis on which any personal information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal information and how we will treat it.
For the purpose of UK data protection laws, the data controller is We Buy Any Car Limited of Headway House, Crosby Way, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7XG, with the ICO registration number Z972834X.
Requests, or queries regarding this policy can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When processing your information, we must comply with the six enforceable principles of good practice. These provide that your personal information must be:
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal information about you, including:
Information relating to your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, criminal convictions, sex life or sexual orientation, or certain types of genetic or biometric data is known as ‘special category’ data.
During the course of dealing with you, we do not expect to collect any ‘special category’ data about you.
We may obtain personal information by directly interacting with you, such as:
We may obtain personal information via automated technology when you interact with our website by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies (such as recognising you as a returning visitor so we can show you your last valuation).
We may also collect personal information about you from third parties or publicly available sources, including credit reference agencies and third party providers of anti-fraud and anti-money laundering verification services.
For a full list of cookies used on our website please click here.
We may also collect personal information about you from third parties or publicly available sources, including;
We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:
We will only use ‘special category’ information where the law allows us to do so.
We may use your personal information for a number of different purposes. For each purpose, we are required to confirm the ‘legal basis’ that allows us to use your information, as follows:
|Purposes for which we will use the information you give to us||Legal basis|
|When you obtain a valuation from us, you provide your name, postcode & contact details||It is necessary for your and our legitimate interest to provide this information, to enable us to provide our service to you.
Your postcode is used so we can identify your local branch; your contact details so we can communicate with you regarding the service you have requested; your name so we can personalise our contact with you.
|To purchase your vehicle and, if accepted, to take possession of your vehicle and deliver the payment to you and/or your finance provider||It will be necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us|
|Where you are acting as a representative of an organisation, to process the organisations instructions and, if accepted, to provide our services to your organisation||It will be necessary for our legitimate business interests, namely to with a view to providing our service to your organisation, and for performance of contract where a sale is agreed.|
|To record the transfer of ownership of your vehicle with the DVLA via DVLA’s online portal||It will be necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us|
|To obtain further information about you and/or your organisation||It will be necessary for our legitimate business interests, namely to ensure we are fully aware of all issues relating to our services we are providing, and to the performance of our contract.|
|To validate information to satisfy our contract using publicly available information on websites such as Companies House. For example, confirming of business/asset ownership for the purpose of due diligence, validating suspicions an individual is not acting in accordance with the terms of our contract, or carrying out credit reference checks, credit score assessments, anti-fraud or anti-money laundering checks.||It will be necessary for our legitimate business interests, namely to ensure we are fully aware of all issues relating to our services we are providing, to the performance of our contract, and to satisfy legal and regulatory obligations.|
|Post-Sale contact where issues have been identified in accordance with our contract||It will be necessary for our legitimate business interests, and in accordance with our contract|
|Where you have contacted us with a query or concern via our Customer Service Team||It will be necessary for our legitimate business interest to enable us to address your query.|
|To administer our website and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes, to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so, to measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we serve to you and others, and to deliver relevant advertising to you||It will be necessary for our legitimate business interests to ensure you receive the best experience possible when accessing and using our website. For this purpose, strictly essential cookies & local storage will be set onto your device when you visit our website. This enables us (for example) recognise you as a returning user by displaying your latest valuation, or maintain continuity in the case of a connection issue.
Non essential cookies are only placed on your device with your consent. Some of these are used to (for example) display our adverts to you when you leave our website; to test versions of our website, or help understand how you use our website.
|To enable you to participate in a prize draw, competition or complete a survey||It will be necessary for our legitimate business interests, namely to study how customers use our service, to develop them and help grow our business|
|To provide you with significant updates or special offers concerning your vehicle.||It will be necessary for us to provide you with these as legitimate business interests, namely to ensure you continue to receive communications that you have previously agreed to receive as part of our service (until you tell us you no longer wish to receive them)|
We will only use your personal information for the purpose(s) for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
It is a requirement for you to provide use with your name, contact details & postcode for the purpose of us providing you with your valuation. If you wish to sell your vehicle to us, is a contractual requirement for you to provide us with certain information, namely your name, address, email address, vehicle registration details and bank account information, and other proofs we may request to satisfy our contract.
If you do not provide us with information required to obtain a valuation or to enter into contract with us to sell your vehicle, we will be unable to provide you with our service.
We may share your personal information with the parties set out below:
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal information and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal information for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal information for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers in the United Kingdom.
We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely, including taking the following safeguards:
If you have questions regarding the security of your data when transferred overseas, please let us know and we will endeavour to advise what steps are taken to protect your data when stored overseas.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
The length of time that we will store your data will depend on the ‘legal basis’ for why we are using that data, as follows:
|Legal basis||Length of time|
|Where we use/store your data because it is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us||We will use/store your data for as long as it is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us|
|Where we use/store your data because it is necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject||We will use/store your data for as long as it is necessary for us to comply with our legal obligations|
|Where we use/store your data because it is necessary for our legitimate business interests||We will use/store your data as long as it is necessary.|
|Where we use/store your data because you have given us your specific, informed and unambiguous consent||We will use/store your data until you ask us to stop (how to withdraw consent or opt out is detailed further on in this policy)|
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information, we consider the amount, nature and sensitive of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
You have various legal rights in relation to the information you give us, or which we collect about you, as follows:
If you wish to exercise any of your legal rights, please contact our Customer Service Team by writing to the address at the top of this policy, or by emailing us at email@example.com.
You also have the right, at any time, to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office if you believe we are not complying with the laws and regulations relating to the use/storage of the information you give us, or that we collect about you.
You can ask us to stop sending you our communications at any time by;
We do not use automated decision-making processes using, or in respect of, personal data.
Our website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
Calls to and from our branches are recorded for training & monitoring purposes. This is to ensure that our staff provide our customers with good customer service, in accordance with company policy and practice. Recordings are held for a limited period of time to fulfil this purpose before being erased.
Our sister company Cinch Cars Limited (cinch.co.uk) can help you find and buy cars through approved dealers. If you’ve ticked the box to say you are interested, we’ll provide cinch your name, email, mobile number and postcode. cinch will contact you by email and/or text with updates about their service, vehicle recommendations, and ways to make buying and owning cars a breeze. Cinch will be the data controller for this data, you can find out how they use it at cinch.co.uk/privacy.
If you want to update your communication preferences with cinch, access, correct or erase the data that they hold about you, or request any of your other legal rights in relation to it, you can contact cinch directly through their website cinch.co.uk, using the links in any communication sent to you by cinch, or by emailing DPO-Office@cinch.co.uk.
Any changes we make to our policy in the future will be posted on our website.
If you have any questions or requests regarding this policy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at DPO-Office@bca.com.
Last updated 28/09/2021