Play for Cars Ltd – Standard Competition Operating Terms
Play for Cars Ltd (‘Promoter’, ‘our(s)’) operate competitions – skill based games resulting in the allocation of Cars, motorcycles and vans (‘vehicles’) as prizes in accordance with these terms and conditions on the website www.playforcars.co.uk (the ‘Website’) – (the ‘Competition(s)’).
The Competitions are open to all persons aged 18 and over and is resident in the UK except the Promoter’s employees (permanent or on a temporary ad hoc basis) or members of their immediate family, agents or any other person or persons immediate family who is connected with the advertising (Trinity Mirror employees), creation or administration or judging of our Competitions.
By entering a Competition the entrant (‘Entrant’, ‘you’, ‘your(s)’) will be deemed to have legal capacity to do so, you will have read and understood these terms and conditions and you will be bound by them and by any other requirements set out in any related promotional material on our web site.
Competitions are governed by UK law and any matters relating to the Competition will be resolved under UK Law and the Courts of UK shall have exclusive jurisdiction.
In the event that you participate in a Competition online via the Website, and by accepting these terms and conditions you confirm that you are not breaching any laws of residence regarding the legality of entering our Competitions. The Promoter will not be held responsible for any entrant entering any of our Competitions unlawfully. If in any doubt you should not take part in the competition and check with the relevant authorities.
Competition Entry Requirements
Competitions may be entered online via the Website.
Availability and pricing of Competitions is at the discretion of the Promoter and will be specified at the point of sale on the Website.
Your Play for Cars.co.uk Account(s)
In order to enter a Competition, you will need to register an account online with us. We need this to store your contact and ticket entry information so that your ticket entry coordinates are considered during the judging process.
To register an account online you will be asked to provide an email address and password in order to log in to your account and enter the competition.
Please note that your email address will also be the username that you use to log in to your account. Each account can only have one username attributed to it at any given time.
When playing a Competition online via the Website, follow the on-screen instructions to:
Select the vehicles(s) that you want to win by clicking on the amount of tickets you want to play for the vehicle(s) you select. For the avoidance of doubt the vehicle photographs provided may show cars that are of higher spec or a different colour than the vehicle which will be awarded as first prize. This is due to the vast amount of specification variations that are now possible in modern vehicles and so acquiring photographs of each and every car at the exact required spec offered is not always possible. For instance, some interior photographs may show Sat Nav installed but this may not be included in the vehicle awarded. Winners will however be given the option, where possible, and at the discretion of the promoter to increase the spec of the car they have won at their own expense. The promoter will also, where possible, offer a choice of colour’s for the spec awarded or again offer the winner the option of choosing a colour which will incur an increase in price at the winners own cost.
Enter the competition by playing tickets in the Fix-the-Ball game and when you are ready to checkout (purchase your ticket(s)), provide your contact and payment details. You will need to check your details carefully and tick the declaration, confirming you have read and understood the Competition terms and conditions.
For each Ticket that you have purchased, you will need to complete a Fix-the-Ball entry on screen, which shall operate as follows:
You will be shown a sporting photograph from which the ball has been digitally removed;
Using all the information shown in the sporting photograph displayed on the computer screen use your skill and judgment to correctly identify the grid coordinate within which you consider is the most likely position for the centre of the ball before it was digitally removed from the image;
Drag the crosshair curser to the required position and click the FIRE X button (on mobile devices only. Click your mouse to place a cross (X) directly onto the image on a laptop or desktop) to mark this spot with a cross (you will see your cross’s coordinates on the screen). The computer will register this X,Y coordinate as your entry into the Competition
You may repeat the process for the Fix-the-Ball Challenge for as many entries as you wish to make, up to the specified limit of 50 entries per competition. You will require one Ticket for each entry, or if you qualify for special offers as detailed on the website you may have additional Free entries to play.
All Free Tickets awarded under special sales offers 2 or 3 will be allocated towards the car with the lowest ticket value that appears in the “Your Ticket Selection” table on the Fix-the-Ball car selection page (‘Step 1 – Choose Your Car by Selecting Tickets For It’ page) on the web site. When your payment has cleared we will then contact you by email to confirm your entry into the Competition. Please note that when entering online you will not be deemed entered into the Competition until we confirm your Ticket(s) order back to you by email.
(‘Website Entries’ referred to as ‘Entr(y)(ies)’)
The Promoter reserves the right to refuse or disqualify any incomplete Entries if it has reasonable grounds for believing that an Entrant has contravened any of these terms and conditions.
To the extent permitted by applicable law, all Entries become our property and will not be returned.
Entries (tickets) are limited to fifty (50 including subscription tickets but excluding Free tickets for current special offer promotions 2 and 3) per person per competition. Abuse of this limit will not be tolerated and if the Promoter has reasonable grounds to believe that an individual is exceeding this limit by entering using multiple accounts, it reserves the right at its sole discretion to void any orders, any Game Credit earned or to award any winning runner up (in the event that there is a tie) or runner up prize for the next closest entrants.
Each Competition will run for a specified period of usually 2 weeks apart from the first two competitions which will run for 4 and 3 weeks respectively. Each competition will end at 11.30am every second Monday morning and the next will begin at approximately 12.00pm on the same Monday afternoon.
Subscription plans are available for 6 or 12 consecutive competitions to those players who have attained Priority Player status. Priority Player status is attained automatically when a player spends £20 or more in one or any two consecutive competitions. Credits for being close, special offer discounts and Free tickets are not awarded for Subscription tickets. However, subscription tickets will qualify for the £1500 Winners cash Bonus automatically and without any additional charge.
Subscribers may play additional tickets on top of their Subscription Plan tickets if they wish up to a maximum of 50 tickets per competition. These additional tickets will be added to their Subscription plan tickets for that competition. Subscription Plan tickets will always be played first by default. Additional tickets, if played, will be treated like repeat player or priority player tickets where credits for being close, discounts and free tickets will apply. However, the £3 additional charge will be required for any additional tickets to qualify for the £1500 Winners cash bonus.
Credits won with additional tickets cannot be deducted from subscription plan payments. Nor can credits be exchanged for cash.
Subscription Plan charges will be charged as follows:
- The first payment made upon purchase of the Subscription plan in advance of the first 2 competitions of the subscription plan term.
- Thereafter, payment will be made every 4 weeks in advance of the next two competitions until the period of the subscription ends and the plan is paid in full.
Subscribers have at least 2 weeks per competition to play their subscription tickets and reminders will be sent to those that have not played a few days before each competition ends. Unplayed subscription tickets cannot be carried through and played in subsequent competitions and will therefore be voided automatically when the competition closes and no refund given except in exceptional circumstances. This will be decided by the promoter on a case by case basis.
Although Play for Cars Ltd. is a UK only prize competition website subscribers can still play their subscription tickets while abroad as long as they are still a UK resident. Proof of UK residency will be required before any major prize is awarded.
The XY coordinate position of the centre of the ball in the original image is determined during the judging process and entries that match or are closest to this XY coordinate will be deemed the winner. (the image used in the competition is a copy of the original with the ball digitally deleted). The original image which still has the ball featured is used in the judging process – both the copy and the original are of exact same size and resolution. The independent auditor will officially oversee the judging process but will not paticiapte as a judge himself. He will however act with full autonomy during the judging process and is free to scrutinise and request that any part of the judging process be repeated if it is not carried out to his full satisfaction. He will be appointed by Play for Cars. Ltd acting lawyers firm Licensinglaywers.co.uk, (Registered trading name of Licensing and Safety Lawyers Ltd) Prama House, 267 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7HT
The promoter and two other Play for Cars Ltd. employees, overseen by the independent auditor, on a ‘Zoom’ (conference call software), shared screen conference call will use specially developed software designed to assist in the determination of the centre of the actual ball position in the original image. The software will enable the use of 4 different cursors placed such that the cursor can be manually aligned as close as visually possible with the centre of the ball in the original image. Three of the cursors will be placed in turn by the Promoter and the two other Play for Cars Ltd. employees/judges. The fourth cursor will be a joint effort between the 3 Play for Cars Ltd. judges. The coordinates of each cursor in turn are recorded but not made visible until all four cursor coordinates are saved. When all the coordinates are revealed the promoter will decide with the agreement of the independent auditor that the 4 cursor coordinates are of close enough grouping such that they can be used in the final winning coordinate calculation which is an average XY coordinate of all four cursor XY coordinates. The software then calculates the average position of all 4 cursor centre coordinates. The result of this averaging calculation (the average X coordinate is rounded up to the nearest whole coordinate and the average Y coordinate is rounded down to the nearest whole coordinate) is deemed the centre of the ball X,Y coordinates.
The software will then automatically query the competition entry database where all entries for that specific competition are saved. The software will automatically reveal the winning coordinates and when prompted reveal the winners name and city the winner is from (winner of the First Prize) and determine all winning runners up (tied for first place but knocked out on winner logic) runners up (10 runners up chosen at random who’s crosses are next closest crosses to center of ball coordinates) and credit awards. The final act of the judging process will reveal the vehicle that the winner has won.
The entire judging process will be recorded on screen via screencast software in the virtual presence of the Promoter or a representative of the Promoter, two playforcars employee’s and an independent auditor. The entire judging process will be recorded via pic in pic video technique. Only the winners name and city he/she is from, and the vehicle he/she won will be shown in the recording.
The recording of the judging process will then be made available to all players who entered the competition via email link, as soon as possible after the judging is complete. This is how the winner will find out he or she has won. The promoter or representative of the promoter will not contact the winner to confirm he/she has won until 8 pm that same Monday night.
It is the Entrant’s sole responsibility to check and update their contact details. If for any reason they are taken down incorrectly, the Promoter will not be held responsible. Entrants must carefully check their contact details have been recorded correctly.
Within Five (5) days of the end of the respective Competition, all competition results will be uploaded to the competition results page of the website for all participants to view.
The First Prize Winner will be the person who correctly identifies, or if no one is correct, who is closest to, the center of the ball coordinates as determined by the method described above. The Software will select Ten (10) runners up Entries, who will be adjudged to be the ten (10) Entries (after the Winner) closest to the winning position. If there are more than 10 within the same distance then a random 10 will be selected.
For the avoidance of doubt, distance will be measured by calculating the straight line distance from each valid and eligible Entry to the winning coordinate Position (‘Distance’) using Pythagoras theorem, as follows;
Winning coordinates = Xw, Yw
Your entry coordinates = Xe, Ye
Distance = √(Xw-Xe)² + (Yw-Ye)²
Distance = √(X)² + (Y)²
In the event that there are two or more Entrants with valid and eligible Entries that are equally close to or exactly match the winning coordinates (each a ‘Play-Off Entry’), the entrants to whom such Play-Off Entries belong, identified by their Play for Cars Ltd. Account (the ‘Play-Off Entrants’) will participate in a knock-out procedure programmed within the judging software to determine the First Prize Winner for such Competition as follows:
Play-Off Scenario 1
In the event that each of the Play-Off Entrants has made multiple Entries to the Competition:
In Play-Off Scenario 1, the other Entries to the Competition made by each Play Off Entrant using the same PlayforCars Account as their respective Play-Off Entry will be used to determine the First Prize Winner as follows – the First Prize Winner will be determined by calculating the Distance of the next closest Entry to the center of ball coordinates (excluding the Play Off Entry) (‘PO1 Entries’) made by each Play-Off Entrant in that Competition (‘Play-Off 1’). In the event that Play- Off 1 results in a Play-Off, the Play-Off 1 process will be repeated until there are no more PO1 Entries to judge.
Play-Off Scenario 2
It is Play for Cars Ltd policy to reward those that make the highest number of ticket entries.
Therefore, if, for example, 5 players have tied for First Prize. If 1 or more of those players only have one ticket they will be excluded and offered a Winners Runner up award of £75 game credits. This leaves 4 players to have their next closest tickets measured.
Assume 3 of the 4 still tie with their next closest tickets. The other who has not tied will also be excluded from the play-off and also be awarded £75 in game credit as a Winners runner up. The remaining 3 will go to the next play off and have their 3rd closest crosses measured. However, if one or more of these does not have another ticket to measure he will be excluded and also be issued £75 winners runner up game credit.
This process will continue until there is a single outright winner.
Play-Off Scenario 3
If, however, the final 2 or 3 players have still tied and neither has another ticket, (Or if in the event that all of the Play-Off Entrants has only made one (1) Entry to the Competition) they will be asked to play in a playoff game where each will get one chance to identify the winning coordinates of a new Fix-the-Ball competition image. The closest to the winning coordinates of that image will be confirmed as the outright winner.
The Runners Up will be chosen using the same process as set out for the First Prize Winner above. Runners up are not Winners Runners up since they did not tie for first prize. Runners up are the next closest to the center of the ball coordinates excluding all Winners runners up.
The First Prize Winner, the Winning Runners Up (Play off entrants) and the Runners up are all referred to as ‘Winner(s)’.
If for any reason the Promoter is unable to contact a Winner within 5 days (which may be extended at the sole discretion of the Promoter) of the end of a Competition or the Winner fails to confirm acceptance of the prize or the Winner is disqualified as a result of contravening any of these terms and conditions, the Winner will forfeit the prize and it will be awarded to the Entrant with the next closest coordinates or in the case of a play off to the entrant last removed due to the knock out process, as defined in the judging process. For the avoidance of doubt once the prize has been forfeited, the original Winner, Winning Runners Up or Runners Up will have no further claims against the Promoter.
In the event that the Promoter has to close a Competition early for reasons beyond its control, the Winner will be selected from all valid and eligible Entries received by the Promoter prior to the date of closure. The Promoter also reserves the right at its sole discretion to extend the closing date of any Competition.
Competitions will never be initiated without sufficient funds being available to award the first prize regardless of the number of tickets sold.
However, the promoter will retain the right to cancel any competition. Should the promoter exercise the right to cancel the competition all players who participated in that competition will be refunded, in full, within 2 days of competition closure.
All Entrants are automatically entered onto the Promoter’s database for the purpose of conveying information as to the status of their Competition, as well as any future Promotions or Competitions offered by the Promoter.
The First Prize Winner will be required to send a copy of their passport or other formal photographic ID (driving licence) to the Promoter to confirm their identity, age and also to prove that the credit/debit card used to make the purchase was legally theirs or that they had authorisation to use it, and proof of their UK residence, before any prize will be paid or delivered. Any failure to meet these obligations may result in the First Prize Winner being disqualified and the Promoter choosing an alternate winner.
All Winners will also be required to provide photographs and/or pose for photographs and videos, which may be used in future marketing and public relations by the Promoter in connection with the Competition and in identifying them as a winner of a Competition.
Following receipt and verification of the details requested above by the Promoter, the Winners will be contacted in order to make arrangements for delivery of the prize. At this point the Winners must choose between the prizes available (as detailed in the Competition prize information on the Website) and notify the Promoter of their choice in writing (email).
Competitions are comprised of many different vehicles and two cash prizes. For the avoidance of doubt, there will be only one vehicle (car, motorcycle, van, pick up, ATV or scooter) or cash prize awarded for each Competition (‘First Prize’) and not one per model or type of vehicle listed. Please also note the following:
During the course of a Competition, if due to circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter is unable to provide the stated First Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to award a selection of similar Substitute vehicles of equal or greater value.
If the First Prize Winner has won a vehicle that is not readily available (provided that it has been offered as a prize by the Promoter on the Website), an order will be placed by the Promoter. Please note that delivery may take up to 12 months for certain vehicles and vehicles will be ordered in basic standard specification. All vehicles will be ordered in the UK from UK dealers or local to the winners location at the promoters discretion only. Bespoke options and upgrades can be added at the First Prize Winner’s request but must be paid for by the First Prize Winner in advance. All vehicles will be right hand drive for use in the UK and will be delivered with UK VAT paid. The First Prize Winner will not be awarded Game Credit on their competition entries.
Please note that all our vehicles are supplied in the UK.
The Promoter will ensure all dealers relevant road tax, warranty and servicing packages are honoured by the dealer to the First Prize Winner. The Promoter will deliver the First Prize Winners car with road taxed for the first year paid in full. It will be the First Prize Winner’s responsibility to organise their own insurance and pay for it directly.
Cash Alternative: Should a Winner not wish to take delivery of one of the First Prize Car a Cash Alternative can be claimed. The Cash Alternative is 80% of the ex VAT UK RRP of the prize as detailed on our Website. Please note that the additional money offered towards tax for the first year of Car ownership is not included should the Winner opt for the Competition Cash Alternative.
Runners Up Prizes: Ten (10) Runners Up Prizes will be awarded for each Car Competition only, in the following manner. The ten (10) Runners Up will each receive £25 worth (face value) of Car Competition game credit for Competitions run by the Promoter.
Play-Off Entrants: For the avoidance of doubt, the vehicle won by the First Prize Winner will be the vehicle attributed to the ticket that was judged to be closest to the winning coordinates and not any vehicle attributed to subsequent entries that may be used to establish the First Prize Winner. Anyone involved in a Car Competition Play-Off, except the First Prize Winner will automatically receive £75 of game credit to play future Car Competitions.
Game credit cannot be exchanged for cash.
All other expenses not expressly specified herein are the sole responsibility of the Winners.
All prizes are subject to the terms and conditions of the prize provider, manufacturer or supplier.
Each First Prize must be accepted as awarded and is non-transferable or convertible to other substitutes and cannot be used in conjunction with any other vouchers, offers or discounts, including without limitation any vouchers or offers of the Promoter or other prize suppliers.
The Promoter can store the chosen prize free of charge for 21 days after notifying the First Prize Winner, at the end of which time the First Prize will be delivered to the Winner. There may be a higher mileage upon delivery due to the relocation of the vehicle to and from the storage location.
Winners’ Personal Data
Acceptance of the prize by the Winner will mean they are required to have their photo and video taken by the Promoter for promotional purposes (Public Relations and Marketing), both immediately after their win and in the future for use unless prohibited by law.
By entering a Competition, you agree to the use of your name, address, and/or photograph or other likeness, without any additional compensation and as required by the Promoter if you are declared a Winner.
Limits of Liability
The Promoter makes no representations or warranties as to the quality/suitability of any of the vehicles offered as prizes. Except for liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the Promoter, the Promoter shall not be liable for any loss suffered or sustained to person or property including, but not limited to, consequential (including economic) loss by reason of any act or omission by the Promoter, or its servants or agents, in connection with the arrangement for supply, or the supply, of any goods by any person to the prize Winner(s) and, where applicable, to any family/persons accompanying the Winner(s), or in connection with any of the Competitions promoted by the Promoter.
No responsibility will be accepted for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, for any computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability, for the acts or omissions of any service provider, internet, accessibility or availability or for traffic congestion or unauthorised human act. The Promoter shall use its best endeavours to award the prize for a Competition to the correct Entrant. If due to reasons of hardware, software or other computer related failure, or due to human error the prize is awarded incorrectly, the Promoter reserves the right to reclaim the Competition prize and award it to the correct Entrant, at its sole discretion and without admission of liability. The Promoter shall not be liable for any economic or other consequential loss suffered or sustained to any persons to whom an award has been incorrectly made, and no compensation shall be due. The Promoter shall use its best endeavours to ensure that the software and website(s) used to operate its Competitions perform correctly and accurately across the latest versions of popular internet, tablet and mobile browsers. For the avoidance of doubt, only the ticket coordinates recorded in our systems, howsoever displayed or calculated, shall be entered into the relevant Competition and the Promoter shall not be held liable for any competition entries that occur as a result of malfunctioning software or other event. Competition coordinates may be checked at any time by accessing your account at playforcars.co.uk
Data Protection Notice
Any personal data that you supply to the Promoter or authorise the Promoter to obtain from a third party, for example, a credit card company, will be used by the Promoter to administer the Competition and fulfil prizes where applicable. In order to process, record and use your personal data the Promoter may disclose it to (i) any credit card company whose name you give; (ii) any person to whom the Promoter proposes to transfer any of the Promoter’s rights and/or responsibilities under any agreement the Promoter may have with you; (iii) any person to whom the Promoter proposes to transfer its business or any part of it; (iv) comply with any legal or regulatory requirement of the Promoter in any country; and (v) prevent, detect or prosecute fraud and other crime. In order to process, use, record and disclose your personal data the Promoter may need to transfer such information outside the United Kingdom, in which event the Promoter is responsible for ensuring that your personal data continues to be adequately protected during the course of such transfer.
Play for Cars Ltd., Company address – Queens Highlands, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Registered Companies House – No. 568033
VAT No. 288 4016 81
A list of winners and their home town will be available for one (1) month after the end of each Competition by sending an email to the Promoter.