We know that there's a lot of information here, but we want you to be fully informed about your rights, and how XLCR Group uses your data. For example, we will explain things such as the credit checking procedure, and how we combine data across XLCR Group to build a picture of you.
We hope the following sections will answer any questions you have, but if not, please get in touch with us.
It is likely that we will need to update this Privacy Notice from time to time. We'll notify you of any significant changes, but you're welcome to come back and check whenever you wish.
When using the XLCR Group websites, XLCR Vehicle Management Ltd is the data controller.
2. What is XLCR Group?
XLCR Group is made up of a number of related businesses, including but not limited to:
- XLCR Vehicle Management Ltd (thebestcardeals.co.uk, thebestvandeals.co.uk and fourwheels.co.uk)
- Intelligent Vehicle Finance Ltd (intelligentvehiclefinance.co.uk, insuredlease.co.uk and insured.lease)
- XFleet Vehicle Retail Ltd (xfleetcars.co.uk and xfleetvans.co.uk)
For simplicity throughout this notice, "we" and "us" means XLCR Group and its brands.
3. Explaining the legal bases we rely on
The law on data protection sets out a number of different reasons for which a company may collect and process your personal data, including:
In specific situations, we can collect and process data with your consent, for example, when you tick a box to receive information from us and details of offers.
When collecting your personal data, we will always make clear to you which data is necessary in connection with a particular service.
In certain circumstances, we need your personal data to comply with our contractual obligations. For example, we may need to collect your address details to deliver a vehicle to you, and pass those details on to the supplier or a logistics company.
If the law requires us to, we may need to collect and process your data. For example, we can pass on details of people involved in fraud or other criminal activity involving XLCR Group to law enforcement.
In specific situations, we require your data to pursue our legitimate interests in a way which might reasonably be expected as part of running our business and which does not materially impact your rights, freedoms or interests. For example, we will use your order history to send you or make available personalised offers.
We also combine the order history of many customers to identify trends and ensure we can keep up with demand, or develop new offers or services.
We may also use your address details to send you direct marketing information by post, telling you about products and services that we think might interest you.
How and why do we use your personal data?
We want to give you the best possible customer experience. One way to achieve this is to get the richest picture we can of who you are by combining the data we have about you.
We then use this to offer you promotions, products and services that are most likely to interest you.
The data privacy law allows this as part of our legitimate interest in understanding our customers and providing the highest levels of service.
Of course, if you wish to change how we use your data, you'll find details in the "What are my rights?" section below.
Remember, if you choose not to share your personal data with us, or refuse certain contact permissions, we might not be able to provide some services you've asked for.
Here's how we will use your personal data and why:
- To manage our relationship with you or your business, such as dealing with any enquiries, applications or orders you make. If we don't collect your personal data, we won't be able to deal with your enquiry, application or order and comply with our legal obligations. For example, your details may need to be passed to a third party to supply or deliver a product or service that you have ordered, and we may keep details for a reasonable period afterwards in order to fulfil contractual and legal obligations.
- To respond to your queries and complaints. Handling the information you send enables us to respond. We may also keep a record of these to inform any future communication with us and to demonstrate how we communicated with you throughout. We do this on the basis of our contractual obligations to you, our legal obligations and our legitimate interest in providing you with the best service and understanding how we can improve our service based on your experience.
- To protect our business and you from fraud and other illegal activities. This includes using your personal data to maintain, update and safeguard your account. We will also monitor your browsing activity with us to quickly identify and resolve any problems and protect the integrity of our websites. We'll do this as part of our legitimate interest.
- To protect our customers, premises, assets and staff from crime, we operate CCTV systems in our premises which record images for security. We do this on the basis of our legitimate business interests.
- To process payments and to prevent fraudulent transactions. We do this on the basis of our legitimate business interests. This also helps to protect our customers from fraud.
- If we discover any criminal activity or alleged criminal activity through our use of CCTV, fraud monitoring and suspicious transaction monitoring, we will process this data for the purposes of preventing or detecting unlawful acts. Our aim is to protect the individuals and businesses we interact with from criminal activities.
- With your consent, we will use your personal data, preferences and details of your transactions to keep you informed by email, web, text and telephone about relevant products and services including tailored special offers, discounts, promotions, events, competitions, etc. Of course, you are free to opt out of hearing from us by any of these channels at any time.
- To send you relevant, personalised communications by post in relation to updates, offers, services and products. We will do this on the basis of our legitimate business interest. You are free to opt out of hearing from us by post at any time.
- To send you communications required by law or which are necessary to inform you about our changes to the services we provide you. For example, updates to this Privacy Notice, product recall notices, and legally required information relating to your orders and applications. These service messages will not include any promotional content and do not require prior consent when sent by email or text message. If we did not use your personal data for these purposes, we would be unable to comply with our legal obligations.
- To display the most interesting content on our websites, we may use data we hold about you. We do this on the basis of your consent for our website to place cookies or similar technology on your device. For example, we might display a list of vehicles you've recently looked at, or select offers to show you based on your order history with us and any other data you've shared with us.
- To administer any of our prize draws or competitions which you enter, based on your consent given at the time of entering.
- To develop, test and improve the systems, services and products we provide to you. We will do this on the basis of our legitimate business interests.
- To comply with our contractual or legal obligations to share data with law enforcement. For example, when a court order is submitted to share data with law enforcement agencies or a court of law.
- To send you survey and feedback requests to help us improve our services. These messages will not include any promotional content and do not require prior consent when sent by email or text message. We have a legitimate interest to do so as this helps us to make our products and services more relevant to you.
- To build a rich picture of who you are and what you like, and to inform our business decisions, we will combine data captured from across XLCR Group, third parties and data from publicly-available sources as we have described in the section "What sort of Personal Data do we collect?". We will do this on the basis of our legitimate business interest.
7. Combining your data for personalised direct marketing
We want to bring you offers and promotions that are most relevant to your interests at particular times. To help us form a better, overall understanding of you as a customer, we combine your personal data gathered across the XLCR Group as described above, for example your order and application history with us. For this purpose, we also combine the data that we collect directly from you with data that we obtain from third parties to whom you have given your consent to pass that data onto us, or data which is available as a matter of public record — such as information from Companies House.
8. How we protect your personal data
We know how much data security matters to all our customers. With this in mind, we will treat your data with the utmost care and take all appropriate steps to protect it.
We secure access to our websites using "https" technology.
Access to your personal data is password-protected, and sensitive data such as payment card information is tokenised to ensure it is protected.
We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we carry out penetration testing to identify ways to further strengthen security.
9. How long will we keep your personal data?
Whenever we collect or process personal data, we will only keep it for as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected.
At the end of that retention period, your data will either be deleted completely or anonymised, for example by aggregation with other data so that it can be used in a non-identifiable way for statistical analysis and business planning.
Some examples of customer data retention periods:
If you become a customer of ours, we will keep the personal data you give us for up to ten years after you cease to be a customer so we can respond to any questions or complaints, show that we have treated you fairly, and maintain records to comply with our legal, regulatory and contractual obligations.
10. Who do we share your personal data with?
We share your personal data with trusted third parties, for example, the lenders and insurance companies which provide the finance and insurance contracts you order, dealers and vehicle manufacturers who supply and build the vehicles you order, logistics companies who deliver those vehicles, and so on.
Here's the policy we apply to those organisations to keep your data safe and protect your privacy:
- We provide only the information they need to perform their specific services
- They may only use your data for the exact purposes specified in the contract between us and them
- We work closely with them to ensure that your privacy is respected and protected at all times
Examples of the kind of third parties we work with are:
- Lenders who provide the finance products we supply to you
- Insurers and their administrators who underwrite and administer the insurance products we supply to you
- Credit reference agencies and fraud prevention agencies
- Vehicle manufacturers, dealers and suppliers
- IT companies who support our business systems
- Operational companies such as logistics/delivery companies
- Direct marketing companies who help us manage our electronic communications with you
- Companies such as Google and Facebook to show you products that might interest you while you're browsing the internet. This is based on either your marketing consent or your acceptance of cookies on our websites. See our Cookies Notice for details.
- Data insight companies to ensure your details are up to date and accurate
Sharing your data with third parties for their own purposes
We will only do this in very specific circumstances, for example:
- With your consent, given at the time you supply your personal data, we may pass that data to a third party for their direct marketing purposes.
- For fraud management, we may share information about fraudulent or potentially fraudulent activity in our premises or systems. This may include sharing data about individuals with law enforcement agencies.
- We may also be required to disclose your personal data to the Police or other enforcement, regulatory or Government bodies, upon a valid request to do so. These requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis and take the privacy of our customers into consideration.
- If you are involved in a road traffic accident or offence, or incur a fine, toll, Congestion Charge, penalty charge, private parking charge or similar, we may need to provide your personal data to the council, authority or company which issued it or contacted us about it
- We may, from time to time, expand, reduce or sell XLCR Group and this may involve the transfer of divisions or the whole business to new owners. If this happens, your personal data will, where relevant, be transferred to the new owner or controlling party, under the terms of this Privacy Notice.
- For further information, please contact our Data Protection Officer.
11. Where your personal data may be processed
Sometimes we will need to share your personal data with third parties and suppliers outside the European Economic Area (EEA), such as the USA.
Protecting your data outside the EEA
The EEA includes all EU Member countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. We may transfer personal data that we collect from you to third-party data processors in countries that are outside the EEA.
If we do this, we have procedures in place to ensure your data receives the same standards of protection as if it were being processed inside the EEA. For example, our contracts with third parties stipulate the standards they must follow at all times. If you would like more information about these contracts, please contact our Data Protection Officer.
Any transfer of your personal data will follow the applicable laws and we will treat the information under the guiding principles of this Privacy Notice.