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Does anyone still care about having the new number plate on their new car?

Getting the new car number plate on a new car used to be a big deal for car buyers, but is that still the case?

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We’re heading towards the launch of the new ‘24’ number plate in March but will that make any difference at all to you as a car buyer?

In the past, the chance to drive around in one of the first new cars in the country with the new number plate was a big factor in encouraging people to buy cars at plate change time. Today, car sales still spike in March and September when the new number plates are launched, but how much of that is car buyers wanting the new plates and how much is dealers and manufacturers concentrating their promotions and launches in those periods?

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The car market has changed a lot in recent years and with more big changes on the way, it's uncertain whether the tradition of buying cars at the right time to get a new plate will continue.

We want to know what you think about the value, or otherwise, of a new car number plate. Take our survey and let us know…

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Steve Walker is group web editor at Autovia, overseeing the online presence of Auto Express, Carbuyer, evo and DrivingElectric. Steve has been working as a motoring journalist, road tester and editor since 2002 and has written about cars for numerous titles over the years from Coach and Bus Week and the Yorkshire Post to The Scotsman, AutoTrader, MSN and the Wall Street Journal

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