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Can't drive new car due to registration problems - Is he dealer liable?

I ordered a new Ford Mustang in January and was told that delivery would not be until September 2016. In the meantime I bought a specific "66" number plate from the DVLA to put on the car (£400). My car has now arrived two months early but I cannot register it on my new reg until 1st September.

This is frustrating as I'd otherwise be delighted to be able to enjoy my new car for the summer and as I can't take delivery until September I'm now also worried about it standing in the outside compound at the dealership for two months without being run. Do I have a claim against the dealership?

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The dealer is not responsible for your vanity plate. You have the choice of leaving it on retention and running the car through the summer, then using the plate at a later date for another post-September 2016 car. Or paying the dealer to store it for you until September. If this is what you choose, it would obviously be better to have it stored securely under cover. The dealer might do a deal with you to keep it as a showroom car at no cost to you.
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