CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19)
Coronavirus: Help & Support
If you’re coming to the end of a Payment Holiday and are worried about restarting payments, we're here to help.
We have options available if you think your money worries might be long term. Get in touch on 0800 151 2454 so we can talk it through the best option for you. Before you call visit our online tool first to work out what you can afford to pay.
Free, independent support
If you’d like to speak to someone independent, below is a list of other organisations that give free debt advice and can help with whatever money worries you have.
If you don’t know where to start, the Money Navigator Tool on Money Helper gives instant help based on what you tell it about your circumstances.
You can also get advice on how to deal with financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus on the FCA website.
Useful links and telephone numbers:
Money Helper (0800 138 7777)
Citizens Advice Bureau (03444 111 444)
National Debtline (0808 808 4000)
Step Change Debt Charity (0800 054 6734)
If you’ve reached the end of your payment holiday and can’t restart your payments
If your income is still impacted by coronavirus and you cannot restart your payments we have options available to help. Use our online tool first to work out what you can afford to pay. You can then call us, on 0800 151 2454 so we can talk it through.
To ensure we can give you the best support when you call us, please get all details of your income and expenditure ready before you call. This may include wage slips, bills and bank statements.
If you need extra support to make your payments
A Term Extension can help you manage your monthly payments.
If you’re not able to restart your full monthly payments, we may be able to increase the length of your agreement which will reduce how much you pay each month. This is called a Term Extension.
A Term Extension will cost you more in the long term as it will take you longer to pay back the amount borrowed.
If you ask us for a Term Extension we’ll need to do a credit file check and you’ll need to sign an agreement to confirm you’re happy with the changes.
If you’ve already taken a payment holiday before taking a Term Extension, you won’t need to pay any extra amounts added for taking a payment holiday.
As part of the application, you will be able to use a Term Extension calculator to work out the best option for you. You can also use the Budgeting Tool to work out how much you can afford to pay each month.
To apply for a Term Extension, you can log into your online account and select 'Help to manage my payments'. If your payment is due within the next 8 days, you should wait until after you have made your next monthly payment to apply for a Term Extension. If you can’t make your next payment, call us on 0800 151 2454 to see how we can help.
If you don’t want to keep your vehicle, you can end your agreement early and hand it back to us. This is called Voluntary Termination and you may still have an amount to pay if you do this.
If you want to keep your vehicle, there are options such as giving you a period of breathing space to sort out your finances or a reduced payment plan. These options will impact your credit file, so make sure you talk to us about what this means for you.
PCP End of Contract
Keep the vehicle
If you wish to keep the vehicle, you will need to pay the optional final payment. You can do this online or by calling us on 0344 8248888 and selecting the make a payment option.
Return the vehicle
If you wish to return the vehicle to us, we can arrange this for you.
If your end of contract date is more than 28 days away, you do not need to take any action at the moment. Please come back to us when your end of contract payment date is within 28 days and we will tell you what to do.
If your end of contract date is within 28 days, you should do the following:
Email us at Mbox-PCPReturns@lbgassetfinance.co.uk to confirm that you wish to return the vehicle. You will need to include your agreement number. We will be back in touch as soon as we can to arrange collection.
If you have not already done so, please cancel your direct debit so that no further payments are made to us. Your agreement will be placed on hold until the vehicle is collected. You will not be charged any late payment fees. We will also ensure that there is no negative impact on your credit file.
You must stop using the vehicle with effect from your end of contract date. This is the due date for your optional final payment. You will find this in the reminder letters that we sent you advising that your contract is coming to an end.
You must keep your insurance and Road Tax in place until your vehicle is collected
You will need to keep the vehicle safe and in your possession until we collect it. We do ask that you ensure the vehicle is maintained. Please top up oil and water levels when needed and start the engine and let it run for 15 minutes each week.
You will still have to pay any charges that may be due if you have exceeded the mileage allowance. You will find your mileage allowance and excess mileage rate on your agreement. You will also have to pay any charges that may be due for damage to the vehicle other than fair wear and tear. We will contact you about any charges that may be due AFTER the vehicle has been collected.
If you want to end your agreement and return the vehicle, please send an email to Collections.VTMailbox@lbgassetfinance.co.uk. You will need to include your agreement number and a telephone number so that we can call you back. We will call you back as soon as we can to explain how this works. We are receiving a very high number of calls and emails at present so it may take us a few days to call back.
Due to Government guidance our collection process might take longer than usual. So get in touch as soon as you can.
MANAGE MY ACCOUNT ONLINE
You can change your payment date online. Select the ‘change payment date’ button. You will be shown the amount that will be due for changing your payment date. You will need to make the changes at least 5 days before your next monthly payment is due. If you are unable to process a payment date change online, you can call us on 0344 8248888.
You can change your address online. Select the ‘Update address’ button and you can input your new address.
You can change your bank details online. Select the ‘Update bank details’ button and you can input your new bank details.
You can use our online service to complete the actions below. You will need to log in to your account using your date of birth, postcode and agreement number. You then need to click on the relevant button. If you are a business, you may not be able to use our online service. If you are unable to use the online service, call us on 0344 8248888.
Finance is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Finance provided by Black Horse Limited, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff CF10 5BH.
Black Horse Limited Registered in England and Wales with registered number 661204.
Registered Office: 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN