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★★★★★

“Fantastic Credit Card”

Written on: 02/02/2014

I applied for this credit card back in 2010 and was accepted pending my address being verified. I was given a £200 limit which was sufficient given I had very bad credit following a split with my partner. They were the only ones to give me a chance! My credit limit has increased every 6 months and I am now at the maximum £3000. I do all my banking online and pay the balance off in full every month and have never had a problem. I was also very aware of the APR when I took the card and it… Read Full Review

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Percythelamb's Comment

Written on: 14/04/2014

Why be loyal to them? Had used the card for 12 months got a credit history started of at £500 increased to £1k , never had credit before..Applied for the asda card instant approval with a limit off £3500 also applied for the MBNA platinum instant approval of £5500, I've got no loyalty to vanquis, I kicked it to the curb..nobody likes those sort of cards in they wallets

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“Wish I could give Zero stars”

Written on: 04/01/2014 by joh71262 (1 review written)

Yes they really ARE that rubbish. The card has served its purpose for me as it has helped me repair my credit. Unfortunately, dealing with the (&£($&% (insert your own expletive there) in their so called customer service team is the stuff of nightmares. I was supposedly a gold card member but all that seemed to entitle me to was rude and ignorant staff when I called with a query - and this was virtually without exception. I have chopped the card up into the smallest, sharpest little pieces and… Read Full Review

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Bigbellee's Response to joh71262's Review

Written on: 09/01/2014

I agree. I always settle my monthly online account in full. It usually takes ages to log in; so much so that I refuse to use their site; instead I have set up a payment through my online bank accounts. The idiots in sales/customer services try to sell clients worthless payment protection insurance. I just tell them to try selling something else as they clearly have very little or indeed no comprehension of 4,000 % credit card interest. Paying in full every month, even when spending 4 or 5 times the average amount particularly at festive seasonal times is sensible, all be it not good news for credit card providers when they must make do with the commission paid by the supplier of goods or services for the privilage of flogging stuff this way

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“Not a customer but bombarded by calls”

Written on: 03/01/2014 by tallington (4 reviews written)

I was called every single day, three times a day, for three weeks over the Christmas period. I'm not a Vanquis customer, and they were looking for someone else - despite my protests that I don't know this person. I only got this to stop by emailing the CEO, contacting the Financial Ombudsman and complaining to the Information Commissioner's Office. Here are my observations if you're thinking of becoming a customer: - Clearly you can give any details, since this chap had given a duff number -… Read Full Review

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“HELP!!!”

Written on: 17/12/2013

Ok just signed up for one of these today and I know I lve got cooling off period so I could cancel this if I wanted to just wounded if I did cancel this straight away tomorrow would I be charged for anyway still get phones and the rest of it and what if I kept it and didnt sure it at all is there a charge there aswell for not useing it cause id still be getting statements could really use advice on this guys thanks… Read Full Review

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Fatsue's Comment

Written on: 01/01/2014

Well I didn't understand a word of it! Is their some coralation between how stupid you are and how you string a sentence together?

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Meowwwwwww's Comment

Written on: 24/01/2014

correlation, not "coralation".. Silly !
Duhhhh!

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Meowwwwwww's Comment

Written on: 24/01/2014

For other people's reference, you can cancel the credit card within 14 days. Unfortunately, applying for it will have lowered your credit score and I'm guessing you will have several "administrative" fees to pay off first.

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Fredkingsf's Comment

Written on: 27/01/2014

Why would their be any 'administrative' fees if the card hasn't been used,you simpleton! Furthermore,one credit search will not affect your 'credit score' you are allowed three searches within six Months. Instead of spell checking other's on here perhaps you need to know the facts regarding the consumer credit act!

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★☆☆☆☆

“Avoid at all costs”

Written on: 14/12/2013 by Daz1972p (7 reviews written)

Haven't been able to use card for three days now as it's always declined. Customer so called services are useless, promise to unblock it but don't, last spoke to them on sat afternoon and was told by the rude girl half way through discussing the situation that she was now going home and I would have to wait till Monday morning to call back and hung up. I have never missed a payment, never gone over limit so I guess they do not want me as a customer as the cannot add charges to my account, so… Read Full Review

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Joh71262's Response to Daz1972p's Review

Written on: 04/01/2014

I am a supposed Gold card member but all that seems to entitle me to is rubbish customer service an like you, a card the works when it wants to. Luckily I've been accepted for a proper credit card elsewhere but am about to fight with the "billed deferred finance charges" of nearly £50 they've slapped onto my account. I've already chopped up my card and returned it to them with a scathing letter to which they will never respond, telling them how useless they and their CS staff are.

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Girlie1112's Response to Daz1972p's Review

Written on: 07/03/2014

stop lying! You maxed the card out and never paid, or you are cashing it out at ATM's. Vanquis never blocks any card they issue, unless you abuse it!

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Daz1972P's reply to Girlie1112's Comment

Written on: 08/03/2014

U r lying, they will block a card if they think u r using it too much, example is if u only make small purchases and the suddenly use it for a high value purchase. How date u insinuate that I have abused the card, I have never gone over my limit or missed a payment.

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Intercityboi's reply to Daz1972P's Comment

Written on: 17/05/2014

Vanquis DO block cards if you carry out X amount of transactions within a small period of time. When I had their card (which, thankfully, I no longer have) I did some Christmas shopping. I used the card in M&S for a small transaction of around £12, another store for around £10 and when I went to use it in another store for around £8, it was declined. It being Christmas time, their was a massive queue behind me and the assistant didn't help by booming out that the card was declined. I called Vanquis to ask just what was going on (their was plenty of available credit on my card) and the advisor said they did this to counter fraudulent transactions. Now if I'd have made numerous high value transactions, I could understand, but transactions totalling £30 using chip and pin? Ridiculously useless, just like the company and its customer service!

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★★★☆☆

“need to know the intrest people!”

Written on: 28/11/2013 by cranney93 (1 review written)

I have spent 220 pound took out minimum payments so how much will I pay back next month?… Read Full Review

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Joh71262's Response to cranney93's Review

Written on: 04/01/2014

Check your confirmation letter. It will tell you the monthly interest charge

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★★★★☆

“High APR but it gives you a credit rating!”

Written on: 25/11/2013

Everyone that gets this credit card is more than aware that it has VERY high APR. As long as you pay your minimum payment on time, it isn't a problem. If you can't afford to pay it back or don't like the APR, surely you shouldn't get a credit card. Be aware of their version of PPI - it is the same thing pretty much, just a different name and they may put it on your account and charge you without your knowledge. Customer service are good and efficient most of the time (some made it VERY… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Gone over limit”

Written on: 23/11/2013

I have loved my vanquis card until TODAY. I pay the minimum amount every month and check my balance almost weekly. At the beginning of last week I checked my balance, I spent half of what was available. I rang and checked it this morning to find that the interest had taken me over my credit limit so I rang straight away to make the necessary payment. I was due a credit increase on the 27th of this month which I was relying on to see me over the festive period. I asked them if going over my… Read Full Review

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Milan1602's Comment

Written on: 30/11/2013

Hi I would say no as they work on an automated system. So the chances of the increase happening becuase of what happened is slim. Unless a line manager would be willing to override it however I doubt they would do that . Sorry couldnt be anymore help

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Girlie1112's Comment

Written on: 07/03/2014

Why apply for and use these type of cards if you know you cant afford to pay the balance of each month or if not, at least twice the minimum payment. Did you not check the APR.

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Misselaineious8's Comment

Written on: 15/01/2014

Hi, I think this might happen to me too. I have gone over my credit limit by 30p, ( as I withdrew cash and thought the fee got deducted at next statement not immediately) and spotted this yesterday .... the same day I received a letter telling me about a limit increase.
I've paid a few pounds to being me back under the limit, but am now thinking I'll miss out.
Did they say when you might be eligible again? Can I ask if you were over your limit by much more than 30p?

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Girlie1112's Comment

Written on: 07/03/2014

Never ever use a credit card to draw cash! It also shows on your credit file and other lenders may think you are desperate for cash.

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Angryrobjack's Comment

Written on: 01/01/2014

Paying the minimum payment is very dangerous,the interest along would amount to nearly the minimum payment amount! As for going over you're credit limit that is your own stupid fault.Furthermore, Vanquis will never increase your limit as a result! It seems to me maxing up your limit gives the impression your irresponsible and credit hungry! Personally, pay more than the limit for example, if your minimum payment is five pounds three would be interest,so I would suggest you pay at least fifty to sixty per month.

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★★☆☆☆

“Would not recommend ”

Written on: 14/11/2013 by Postmanstu (1 review written)

Been with vanquis for 18 months never really had a problem to be honest with you guys. I just never heard of this deffered interest. Never had a late payment charges etc. I would suggest that anybody who spends is to avoid maxing it out. I cannot work the interest out correctly despite having a mathematics degree. I have never known any credit card company to charge interest in arrears. I have found some of the staff to be rude,some who have the intelligent of a dead cat! Some are liars. I… Read Full Review

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Joh71262's Response to Postmanstu's Review

Written on: 04/01/2014

I'm going through this at the moment with my card. I am prepared to fight the deferred finance thing though as mine is nearly £50 ON TOP of £21 interest. I think the staff read from crib sheets which is why they have no clue what they are talking about. Can't wait to be free of them I can tell you.

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★★★☆☆

“50 Transaction limit”

Written on: 30/10/2013 by mattkeen (1 review written)

So I run my account well and pay it off every single month in full. To be honest given that fact and that I never ever give them any money I don't have an issue with them at all. i.e. I never need to contact them, they don't contact me and all is good. However I've exposed a massive issue with their online banking because I use it for everything I do. Believe it or not their system can only show 50 transactions in any given month, to make it worse it's not the last 50 it's the first 50! So… Read Full Review

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“Never get accepted!!! grrr”

Written on: 02/10/2013 by sammyjayneex (9 reviews written)

I have applied with this company over the past 2 years and have NEVER been accepted for a credit card....why???? i thought it was for people with bad credit to help rebulid it well they send me invites and emails but never give me one whats the point… Read Full Review

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Patrick1991's Response to sammyjayneex's Review

Written on: 10/11/2013

Hi there.
if you want a credit card from the company then may i suggest that you call them up and apply that way i was the same i had a very poor credit score and i did not get a card for the 6 times i applyed then i got told to try calling them when i called them they gave me a basic card with £300 credit limit and after 6 months my credit score had went up a good deal and i got a credit limit raise to £1500 and now i have had contract mobile phones no problem as long as you keep all debts up to date you will find them a great bank

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Joh71262's Response to sammyjayneex's Review

Written on: 04/01/2014

If you haven't got one yet, PLEASE try and avoid them. I am trying to rid myself of these idiots (wanted to use a stronger word !!!!) and it's not as easy as you would think. Steer clear if you can

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Dave.franks's reply to Joh71262's Comment

Written on: 17/01/2014

Same Here I Am In Hell Of A Pickle With Them, Tried Closing Account Down With Them They Keep Slamming Interest On And Don't Tell You, You Can't Talk To Them On The Phone As They Have Very Little English, I Entered On To A DMP And They Accepted The Monthly Offer, When It Come To Due Date They Would Sell Debt On But They Cant Tell You Where It Has Gone. So I Phoned DMP Up And Took Them Off The Plan They Wont Even Update My Address.

NOT TO BE FUNNY GLAD YOU GOT DECLINED MATE, STAY WELL AWAY FROM THEM THEY ARE DOGGY PEOPLE.

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Girlie1112's reply to Dave.franks's Comment

Written on: 07/03/2014

you cant close an account with debt owing on it! Are you for real?

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★☆☆☆☆

“Im now FREE.... Avoid Vanquis if you value sleeping.”

Written on: 01/10/2013 by sjb86 (2 reviews written)

I applied for a Vanquis card in 2007 and got it with a £250 limit with an Apr of 39.9. Shocking I know but with a £250 limit it didnt seem too bad to try and handle to get my credit rating up. 3 years went by of not really any issues just allowed them to take the direct debit. 2010 credit limit increase, great went up to £1000. What I didnt notice was that the Apr went up to 59.9. According the Vanquis as soon as I spent on the card after the increase I agreed to the new terms. Jan 2011… Read Full Review

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Girlie1112's Response to sjb86's Review

Written on: 07/03/2014

All you had to do was call them and cancel the ROP. I did.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Shockingly dishonest ”

Written on: 24/09/2013

They first lure you by a pre-approved application and then deny you the credit card. But the worse of this dishonest process is that they will give your information to the small petty personal credit so they will call and hassle you every single day, many times per day. Shame on you as you still call yourself a bank… Read Full Review

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“This company just DO NOT know what they are doing”

Written on: 19/09/2013 by genagstring (1 review written)

I applied for a vanquis card face to face on the 2nd august 2013. I was told i was approved for a £1,000 limit. I was happy condiering my credit hasnt been the best and i have been working to build it up over the last year or so. Well this is when the problems start, when i applied face to face i was told that someone would call me the next working day and speak to me, and that i would recieve my card within 3-5 working days, from the day of application. I filled in the form at the desk with… Read Full Review

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Fatpatwithabigmouth's Response to genagstring's Review

Written on: 05/05/2014

I don't believe you! Vanquis are based in Bradford,With offices in London and Chatham,read the company portfolio,it's states " we are based in the UK,and are proud that we are the only credit card company not to outsource overseas" cannot stand liars,and your one of them

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★☆☆☆☆

“Customer Service”

Written on: 05/09/2013 by Bedisgusted (1 review written)

My account shows 4 purchases that I did not buy ( I still have the card), well over £400, and I have tried for 4 days to contact them on the lost card number and the automated phone system, I am still waiting for someone to to answer the phone!! I am reduced to writing to them, (they don't have an e-mail contact THAT should have warned me about the number of complaints they must get,) to tell them that my account is being used and not with a legitimate card. A Mickey Mouse operation for… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Nasty, immoral company”

Written on: 28/08/2013 by FightTheClowns (1 review written)

DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY... EVER! You can be over-limit and they will still HARASS you on the phone trying to sell you products you not only DO NOT WANT but also you CAN'T AFFORD. Disgusting company. They harass you non stop on the phone day and night, they have cunning ways of charging you money you without you even realising and they make things purposely difficult to understand so you DO NOT QUESTION you statements. If you need a credit card and vanquis are the only ones who will give you… Read Full Review

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Pipster1234's Response to FightTheClowns's Review

Written on: 17/09/2013

Totally agree, recently took them to the Ombudsman who couldn't work out the statements but ruled in their favour, all in it together springs to mind.

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“Any company that pesters you with 20+ emails a week to...”

Written on: 24/08/2013 by Unhappychappy123456 (2 reviews written)

Any company that pesters you with 20+ emails a week to apply for a card with no option to unsubscribe is a bad egg in my books. I have clicked the unsubscribe link on the email many times but there is no option to unsubscribe anywhere. And what company these days doesn't have a contact email address??? Look at the complaints data. It soaks for itself.... In such a short space of time there are many complaints registered about this company. My advice to everyone would be avoid like the… Read Full Review

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Lifexperience's Response to Unhappychappy123456's Review

Written on: 09/09/2013

Can't you block them? Outlook allows you to block unwelcome emails by entering it's email address.

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Unhappychappy123456's reply to Lifexperience's Comment

Written on: 09/09/2013

I block and junk... They send from various different email addresses. So impossible to stop the mails!

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★★☆☆☆

“easy to get accepted but steep apr and poor service”

Written on: 25/07/2013

i got accepted for this card easily and received my card swiftly. vanquis claimed that i would get increases every quarter, which never materialised after holding the card for just under a year. i never went over limit and paid in full every month (thanks to a steep 59.9%APR) but still that was not good enough to get an increase. i hold an aqua card and a barclaycard which they gave me credit limit increases much sooner (both after about 4months) so the vanquis became obsolete so I closed the… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Whatever you do dont get one.”

Written on: 23/07/2013 by Kevin_71 (1 review written)

Everything was going alright until a couple of months ago. Living in Scotland and my parents live in Hampshire. My father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and shortly after my mother called me and said I think you need to come home quickly. A payment was made around the same time as I headed south. My father did live for a few weeks longer but was deteriorating rather quickly and I felt I had to stay home to be with him. My employer was good and let me have as much time off as I needed… Read Full Review

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Pipster1234's Response to Kevin_71's Review

Written on: 30/07/2013

Totally know what you mean and sorry about your Dad. They ring me on an hourly basis even though I have taken them to the Ombudsman, I wrote to them and twice to the CEO but they deny getting the letters (sent recorded so I know they got them), have given up calling them as the phone numbers are premium rate ones and no alternatives are given, It amazes me that if you are in financial difficulty they only supply a costly number to call.
They are the lowest of the low and rip off merchants.

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Intercityboi's Response to Kevin_71's Review

Written on: 11/08/2013

Firstly, I am very sorry to read about your father. I can totally understand your comments about this shoddy excuse for a credit card company. They're nice as pie to you when you're paying on time but as soon as you hit a problem, something not necessarily your fault, they will not listen to reason. I think the staff are put through an intensive customer dis-service course before they are let loose on the 'help' line.

The best thing I ever did was to pay these clowns the balance in full and shut the account. Even though, they sent me a 'statement' for July 2013 and the account had been closed since December 2012. When I called to query it, one of their gorilla's, rather rudely, barked it was a 'mistake'. Getting the card in the first place was my 'mistake'.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Unethical Loan Sharks and Theifs”

Written on: 20/07/2013 by Haliharassment (1 review written)

Avoid getting any credit card from Vanquis. My experience is they are unethical and do not care about UK credit regulations. I have had nothing but un substainated charges applied to the card up to £1000. They claimed mistakes and errors and keep saying they will refund but instead keep adding charges. I had to make one claim when I paid a deposit for flights to Spain but the agency I paid to went bust, ATOL advised me Vanquis should refund the costs. I applied to Vanquis who said they would… Read Full Review

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