The DVLA has lowered the price of its personalised registration plates, as the rumour over an exchangeable 13 plate has been dismissed.
Although there were many superstitious motorists hoping the new 13 plate of March 2013 would be exchangeable for the upcoming 62 plate of September 2012, it seems it was just hearsay - meaning new cars bought between March and August next year are stuck with the 13 plates.
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However, the DVLA is adding a proverbial silver lining to the 'bad news' as it lowers the prices of over 37 million of its personalised licence plates, which now start from just £250 - meaning we may ultimately see more private plates on the road as some motorists attempt to swerve the unlucky number 13.
Whether or not the DVLA's decision to lower personalised plate prices was related to the 13 plate incident in debatable, but with the 13 plate being a must for people who are not buying private plates, new car prices for quarter two of 2013 may be adversely affected.
Owners of 13 plate cars may also be at a loss when it comes to selling them as residual value may be reduced, especially if they encounter a superstitious car buyer.