The new 2018 number plates are to be introduced on September 1st
The new 2018 ’68’ numberplates will be introduced in the UK on September 1st.
New ’68’ registered cars will soon be hitting the roads in Britain and many drivers will look to get their hands on them to be able to have one of the newest vehicles on the road.
However, motorists are being informed that they could land an awesome deal by being a little bit savvier and opting for a pre-registered car.
Pre-registered cars are vehicles that were purchased and registered by a dealership, thus giving them a number plate.
When you purchase this vehicle you are therefore registered as a second owner, despite the car only travelling an inconsequential amount of miles.
Cars are often pre-registered by dealers to hit sales targets but as the new plates are coming in they will be looking to offload stock to make room for a host of new vehicles.
Therefore, motorists in the market for a new vehicle could stand to make a hefty saying off a new vehicle by purchasing an ’18’ plate opposed to a ’68’ plate.
One trade-off with buying pre-registered is that you will have less control over the colour, trim, specs and engine, so it is worth bearing that in mind.
Earlier this month, BuyACar revealed a number of cars that have had their prices heavily slashed ahead of the new plates coming in.
Certain cars have been heavily discounted, with the Jeep Cherokee Limited M-Jet seeing the highest discount of £12,220 being applied.
Similarly, cars such as the Ford Focus Zetec and BMW 116d Sport have seen over £5,000 cut from their list price.
Drivers could make greater savings this month as the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) emissions standards come into force on September 1st.
Citroen C4 Spacetourer has been discounted ahead of the new WLTP emissions standards
Under the new rules, all cars must comply with the stricter WLTP emissions standard, which has resulted in dealers desperately trying to sell new cars that don’t meet these standards ahead of the deadline.
Some cars from major brand such as Audi, VW, Porsche, and BMW have been discounted ahead of the deadline.
Drivers will stand to make the biggest savings on in-stock models that do not meet the regulations but remain road legal due to being ex-demo or pre-registered.
Some examples of cars that receive discounts are the Citroen C4 Spacetourer which could be discounted by over 20 per cent, the VW Tiguan that benefits from an 8.3 per cent price cut and the Ford Fiesta which has seen 7.8 per cent knocked off its list price.
A guide to what each character and number means
What do all the characters on a number plate mean?
Here’s a simple guide to what the numbers and characters on number plates refer to.
The first two letters on the number plate are the ‘DVLA memory tag.’
These letters represent the region the vehicle was introduced – the first letter refers to the region while the second the local DVLA offices. For example, the L at the start of a number plate stands for London.
However, where it gets confusing is that multiple letters can signify the same DVLA office.
It is not uncommon, however, for cars with similar letter sequences to be from the same manufacturer
Jeep Cherokee has been discounted by over £12,000
After these letters, there are two numbers on the first half of the plate are the age identifier.
The current numberplate system was introduced in September 2001 with the labelling of new cars starting at ’51’ in 2001 followed by ’52’ in the following September.
It changed slightly after 2010, the half-year mark was changed from ‘5’ to ‘6’.
For example, November 2009 got 59 while November 2011 got 61.
Before this point licence plates used a single letter that represented the year it was released in.
This system began in 1983 with the letter A and ended in August 2001 with ‘Y’.
The Ford Focus Zetec has also been slashed
Here is a how you can identify the age of a car since its introduction:
After the number identifier is three random letters.