CAP has moved to clarify the situation regarding next March’s plate change following rumours that superstitious drivers could choose a ‘62’ rather than a ‘13’.
The valuations specialist says it has received numerous enquiries about the potential impact of Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13 – on both demand and depreciation. The only escape is a private plate, which can be bought from £250.
CAP’s Martin Ward said: “The trade has been rife with talk about this issue, but it seems the rumour that drivers will be allowed to opt out of ‘unlucky 13’ was based more on hope than fact, as our contacts at the DVLA have confirmed.
“While it is easy to poke fun, many people really are nervous. Even if the driver isn’t bothered what numbers are on their car, some superstitious family members might object.
“It is not often we say this at CAP but we have no idea whether the used values of 13-plate cars will be affected or not, although it does seem unlikely.”