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Unlucky 13-plate has used car value repercussions

The DVLA is allowing superstitious customers to avoid having 13 on their number plates when they buy a new car in March.

The DVLA is proposing motorists who buy a new car registered from 1 March 2013 to 31 August 2013 can choose to have it registered as a 62-plate, effectively keeping it the same as vehicles registered from 1 September 2012 to 28 February 2013, until it naturally reverts back to the regular plate pattern which will see the 63 registration appear on 1 September 2013.

The 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 don’t may offer drivers considerably less for the car than it is worth just based on the registration plate. Something for the used market to consider in spring next year.”



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  • LINGsCARS.com - 23/07/2012 09:51

    This is idiocy. What about people who want a "7" in their number because it is lucky, or Chinese people who want a lucky "8", or want to about a number "4" because it means "die". I had a Nissan Pathfinder customer who thought it inappropriate to have "PUF" on his number plate but DVLA made hell of a fuss about changing that. In the end I was very confused about what was appropriate and if anyone was homophobic. But what idiocy to change the number plate on some superstition. Next year, are we gonna allow idiots to rename the year 2013 to a continuation of "2012". Do they think having the year 2013 on a plane ticket mean that it will crash? What about the major road in England linking Central London with east London and south Essex?? Are they gonna rename the A13, too? Utter nonsense and stupidity. Ling LINGsCARS

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  • j bryan - 02/01/2013 22:25

    why not make the registered plate 63 for a year [march to march] as a one of

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  • E Graham - 11/02/2013 14:20

    I'm in the proccess of buying a new car and have the chance to pick it up two weeks before the new registration. Will I lose out?

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