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'Plate prejudice' may see motorists miss out

Wed, 20 Feb 2008
People looking to pick up a used car may find that they lose money due to judging a vehicle by its registration plates, according to new research.

EurotaxGlass has found that people who go for automobiles registered between March and August will often pay up to £300 more to drive them out of dealerships.

But this can have an effect on other vehicles on the road, comments the firm's managing director Adrian Rushmore.

He said: "In the typical year, sales during the period September to February usually account for around 45 per cent of total annual registrations, so these weaker residual values are affecting a very significant number of used cars."

This comes after a poll from Motor Trader found that just under half (49 per cent) of automobile dealers were expecting to shift more second-hand cars than new ones as 2008 progresses.ADNFCR-1081-ID-18476131-ADNFCR

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