On the 1st of March 2013 this year’s number plates will come into force; most years the new number plates will be implemented without any fuss or attention and the majority will barely notice that anything has changed but not in 2013.
It’s expected that a lot of people will actively avoid buying new cars with the number 13 as it is seen as unlucky in many cultures. The DVLA has anticipated this aversion to the number and it has been suggested that they will be offering motorists with the option to revert to a 62 plate; however, it is thought that cars with a 62 plate will appear to be much older than they actually are and subsequently decrease in value.
A Very Unlucky Drop in Sales Predicted
While the DVLA has potentially come up with their solution to this anticipated problem, it is not confirmed that this is the case and even if it is, there’s no guarantee that it will be successful.
Strangely, this isn’t the first time that something like this has happened and history tells us that an unlucky number plate is likely to result in a drop in the sales of new cars.
In Afghanistan there is a similar aversion to the number 39 which, when the number plate system was updated, caused a fair few problems! There was a significant decrease in sales reported following this which is a particularly ominous prediction for many dealers in the UK.
Could It Go the Other Way?
While everyone’s running around panicking about the potential drop in car sales, there have also been suggestions that personalised number plate sales could skyrocket! The number 13 on a number plate bears a close resemblance to the letter B giving drivers the opportunity to create names like ‘RO13 ERT’ and ‘AL13 ERT’.
It’s unclear exactly how the new number plates will affect sales in the motor industry and we simply won’t know until the figures are released. There’s one thing that you can rely on though, no matter how unlucky the number on your registration plate, your insurance won’t be affected!
Here at Insure 4 a Day we specialise in short term car insurance ranging from 1 to 28 days for both cars and vans and the only thing we need your number plate for us to know the age of your car! If you’d like more information about our insurance then please visit our website or click here to get a quote!