March is the biggest month for dealers across the UK with September traditionally the second busiest. Motorists will spend £5 billion on new cars in March which will generate over £1 billion for UK economy. Industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) expects around 350,000 new cars to be registered during March.
There are more than 300 technology-packed models currently on the market, representing one of the biggest ever choices for UK motorists. The average new car CO2 emissions are now 138g/km with official miles per gallon figures typically exceeding 50mpg. Car safety has improved with 77% of new cars tested by Euro NCAP in 2011 achieving five stars and in the last 10 years road fatalities falling by almost 50%.
The registration plate changed in 1999 from alphabetical to the twice-yearly March and September system that uses the year as an identifier. The new system uses two letters at the start of the plate to identify the region a vehicle is registered in, the following two digits refer to the year (i.e. in 2012 the March plate will be ‘12’, in September it will be ‘62’. The final three letters are randomly allocated to new car dealerships across the country.