My complaint with Peter Vardy came after purchasing a secondhand Mini from their Dundee branch and resulted in weeks and weeks of phone calls, emails and Whatsapp messages achieving nothing until the day the emailed complaint was sent, at which point I finally started to see some progress.
I saw the vehicle on the website around 8 April 2020 which I was aware was during the lockdown period and would not be available however was keen to show an interest in the vehicle and contacted Vardy. Almost immediately I was contacted back to discuss terms by a salesman and within a few emails was provided a potential deal on PCP terms. I was aware at this time that the vehicle would not be available for some time due to the lockdown and was advised to reserve it. I did this paying the £99 reservation fee.
I was contacted by customer services on 23 April stating that if I wished to, I could now go ahead with the purchase and I would have the vehicle on my driveway by 30 April. During this conversation despite not having seen the car up close I was assured that the car would be valeted, serviced and in first class condition and that if I had any issues with it, Vardy's after sales was second to none and would deal with any problems. I went ahead with the deal I had been provided and on Thursday 30 April the vehicle was delivered to my door. I noted at this time that the vehicle did not appear to have been valeted and was dirty inside and out. At this time my part exchange vehicle was taken away. This was part of the deal, the vehicle was being traded in and the outstanding finance cleared with the PCP finance company. This appears to be where the problems start. I will list my issues and deal with them in order.
1. At time of writing the complaint (26/05/2020), 26 days after trading the vehicle in, the finance on my trade in vehicle had not been settled. I had a payment taken from my bank during this period for the vehicle despite no longer owning it. I contacted Peter Vardy every few days regarding this and was assured that all was in order and that it was being dealt with and any over payment would be returned. I repeatedly checked with the finance company who continued to state that no monies had been paid to them. I repeatedly called Vardy's using the main number, the Dundee numbers and had spoken numerous people regarding this, all of which pled no knowledge and assured me I will receive a phone call from finance/sales manager to discuss and reassure me. I did not receive any phone call in the nearly four weeks I was trying to resolve this. When I say I did not receive any call backs, to be specific, despite at least 8-10 calls to Vardy's each one ending with a promise to have a manager call me back. I did not receive any calls back, none, not one. This was finally settled on 26 May by which point I was contacting them on a daily basis, however Vardy's managed to settle a different figure which meant I only received a portion of my over payment from the finance company. I have since given up trying to recover the rest of the payment from Vardy.
2. During this period I received no paperwork for this purchase, no invoice, no receipt for the significant deposit, no details of the service carried out, absolutely nothing. I had been contacting the customer service adviser for a number of weeks and had been promised everything would be resolved and I would receive a phone call from the Sales manager. See above for how successful that was. If I had to provide any proof that I owned the vehicle during this period I could not do it nor prove the deposit value as I had received no paperwork, nothing. The adviser stated that if my deposit had not cleared Vardy's would not have released the Mini, however that really isn't good enough is it.
3. I paid £99 reservation fee for this vehicle, this fee was not included in the deal as the deal was agreed prior to the vehicle being reserved. Despite asking for this to be returned numerous times this problem persisted and despite numerous occasions in which I had been told it had been attended to, it took until 15 June to finally get this resolved and involved the Vardy accountant!!
These points raised above and more have been communicated a number of people within Vardy's over the last month and a half. I have been calling on average ever 3-4 days building up to almost every day due to the frustration and lack of progress. It appears that as soon as my deposit hit Vardy any assistance or after sales ceased. Since complaining I have managed to get these issues resolved slowly.
I have not received any apologies or explanations for these problems. I would not advise blaming the current circumstances as the cause as the initial sale of the car and delivery was done with lightening speed. Only grinding to a halt when my deposit and trade in was secured. I will not use this company again.
Note: I posted this review on Trust Pilot some weeks ago and Peter Vardy posted a response stating how it was not the service customers should expect to receive and the matter would be escalated to senior management to contact me and seek a resolution. That was over 4 weeks from the date of posting today. Predictable response of absolutely no contact from anyone at Peter Vardy, nothing whatsoever, beware.