Will 13 on your number plate put you off a new car?
So the new UK registration numbers are just around the corner, being issued from 1st March this year. Any new vehicles registered between March and September 2013 will have the number 13 as the year identifier.
But many of us aren't keen on the number 13
The number 13 has long been seen as unlucky. Even rows of houses have the number 13 either left out (jumping from 11 to 15) or replaced with 12A or something similar. So it's hardly surprising that motorists are equally uncomfortable with 13 on their registration number.
Many of our customers in the past few weeks have been buying private number plates just to avoid having 13 on the registration number of the new car they've ordered. Customers who've ordered new cars to be delivered in just a few weeks' time...don't want to drive away from the showroom with the number 13 on their brand new car. Some are even reputed to be putting off the purchase of a new car for a few months, till the 63 registration number is issued in September this year. I'll be interested to see if the sales of new cars is affected in the next few months.
If you don't want the number 13 on the registration number, it's easy to disguise the age of a car with a private number plate. For less than £100, Irish number plates are the cheapest money can buy. Though of course, there are lots of other options too.
What's your view? Does the number 13 bother you? Would you buy a car with 13 on the number plate?