As we head into 2013 some drivers have been questioning whether they want 13 on their number plates when new ones are issued in March some of the most superstitious potential car buyers have complained to the DVLA, stating that they should have the right to opt out of the change.
The DVLA have revealed that motorists will be able to register cars bought after 1st March 2013, when the new number plates will come into circulation, as 62 plates, the same as those registered after September 2012. This system would be eligible until September 2013 when the next registration begins (the 63 plate). CAP, the vehicle data company has contradicted the DVLAs plans saying drivers will not have a choice over which registration plate they have.
The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has backed proposals saying that the DVLA has offered the right option for superstitious motorists. A representative of VRA said: This is great for those who regard the number 13 as unlucky but it could cause a challenge for the used car market. Those picking up on the anomaly will value the car correctly, but those who dont may offer drivers considerably less for the car than it is worth just based on the registration plate.
Some people may think this is an overreaction but the fear of the number 13 is well documented and is known as Triskaidekaphobia. For those that wish to avoid having 13 on their number plate the other alternative is to buy a personalised / private plate which could cost upwards of £250.
The VRA are worried that reverting to a previous plate could prove detrimental when selling the car in future - it could make the car appear to be older than it is. However, the DVLA are concerned of the impact refusing to allow customers to change their plates could have on new car sales. A similar situation was witnessed in Afghanistan which saw a significant drop in sales that year not ideal for UK dealers.
Do you think customers should be able to get a 62 plate instead of a 13 plate if they wish?
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