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Would you buy a car with the new ‘13’ number plate?

07 March 2013

This particular year was always going to be a difficult one for anyone with triskaidephobia  - an irrational fear of the number 13.

Yet how many people realise that the UK’s new car market could well be among those to suffer the consequences?

According to the AA, almost a third of buyers would have serious concerns about purchasing a vehicle with a 13 number plate, mainly due to worries about being able to sell them on.[1] 

Of 20,000 members they polled, 10 per cent said they would not buy a car with a number 13 registration plate for superstitious reasons.

Many in the auto industry tacitly accept that a significant number of motorists could even wait until August, when the number plates change once again to 63, before buying their next new car.

Unlucky 13?

The number 13 has never been popular with car drivers. It’s not a coincidence that no Formula 1 car has worn the number 13 for decades -the entry list goes from cars 11 and 12, on to cars 14 and 15.

In fact it has only been used on two occasions since 1925, when two drivers were killed within weeks in car 13. A year later it was banned by the Automobile Club de France after another fatal accident in a major race.[2]

"Number plate superstition sounds silly but once they encounter a series of mishaps, new owners may begin to wonder. The flip side is that they drive more carefully and look after the car better," said AA president Edmund King.

Check your credit report

Should you be after a loan to buy a new car, it would be a good idea to check how your credit report is looking.

Lenders use credit scores when assessing your suitability for a vehicle loan, and there are things you can do to influence this. The higher your score, the easier you will find it to get approved for a loan on a vehicle and find the best deals and lowest interest rates.

Your credit report is essentially an overview of your borrowing behaviour - a personal history of the credit you’ve had and the repayments you’ve made, from mobile phone accounts to mortgages and more, and lenders use it to help decide if you'll be able to make new repayments on time.

It’s free to see your Experian credit report with a 30-day trial of CreditExpert[3]. You can also get expert advice on improving your chances of being approved for a vehicle loan, and help finding vehicle finance deals that suit your credit profile finance. 

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