10 facts about s75 and chargeback on credit cardsAs Which? unveils poor practice, know your rights

23 January 2011

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Many high-street retailers offer store credit cards

As Which? today reveals that credit card companies are regularly giving consumers false or misleading information when they call to make a credit card claim enquiry, we give you ten top facts about your credit card rights.

  • Under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, the card company is ‘jointly and severally liable’ for any breach of contract or misrepresentation by a company you've purchased something from. You don’t have to reach stalemate with (or take legal action against) the retailer before you claim against your card company.
  • S75 applies to items costing more than £100 and up to £30,000. It also covers reasonable costs you have as a result of the trader’s breach of contract.
  • S75 is particularly useful if the retailer or trader has gone bust or doesn’t respond to your letters or phone calls.
  • Items that you bought online or while overseas are also covered under s75.
  • S75 doesn’t apply to purchases made using a credit card cheque or if you withdraw cash on your credit card to pay for an item or service.
  • S75 covers the whole purchase, even if you paid only part of the cost on the card and the rest by other means.
  • There is no time limit to putting in a s75 claim. However, if you're unhappy with the card company's response or the outcome of a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service, you have a total of six years to pursue the matter in court.
  • If the credit card company does not help, you can take your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service free of charge.
  • Chargeback is a useful industry-backed system for when s75 doesn’t apply. This could be, for example, where you’ve paid by debit card or bought goods for less than £100.
  • There is a short time limit on chargeback claims. Visa, for example, sets a 120-day time limit which starts from the day that you are aware of a problem.

Take action to get the most from your credit card

People who want to make a claim against their credit card provider can find sample letters in our free guide .

For more details on our credit card claims investigation, read our news story Which? exposes poor credit card claims advice.

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