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Audi A4
September 2001: new-style plate on Audi A4

 

By Tim Naylor, PR manager, BCA

A recent survey by BCA, in partnership with www.honestjohn.co.uk, revealed that a third of respondents couldn’t tell the age of a car by its number plate.

Age, mileage and condition are the three most crucial factors when buying or selling a car. But these results suggest that many businesses buying or selling a car are either unaware or confused by the current registration plate system.

Over 1,200 Honest John readers responded to the BCA survey. They were asked to identify the youngest number plate from four different options, including both the old and new style registration numbers.

These were:

  • LY57ABC
  • Y123ABC
  • LY07ABC
  • X123ABC

The correct answer is LY57ABC.

But 32% got the question wrong; and 27% thought the old style plate (pre-2001) was the youngest rather than the September 2007 plate.

So, to avoid further confusion, here’s the BCA guide to the number plate system.

Those cars registered from March onwards carry the

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