I think the righteous indignation is a bit previous tbh.
I don't agree with the previous posts about the wonderfulness of the current system btw, it's neither logical nor graceful, it was designed solely with snobbery in mind, to benefit the "Irish Motor Industry". A letter-based system is much more logical, for example, simply because 26 > 10.
I do get your point though.
Or, in the case of an import, 100000 > the width of the number plate.
I'd like to be introduced to the guy that came up with that and punch him in the face; just once, but hard. Dickhead.
I'd like to kick the **** out of the whole lot of them!
Talk about making absolute **** of a perfectly good system.
Nope the dealers created the current mess of nearly all car sales being bought in Dec-Feb by ageing all cars the same, you get the same price for a Jan car as a Dec all other things being equal. If we get two different reg numbers per year the dealers will offer less for a Jan-Jun reg than for a Jul-Dec reg. So the same thing will happen except that most car sales will now be in Jun-Aug.
To smooth out the car sales the dealers need to change their trade in policies and that isn't going to happen
As has been pointed out there are plenty of cars with 13 on their registration plate, the SIMI made up the 13 issue to get the reg system changed after they created the uneven sales themselves. They are using the 13 as a smoke screen.
How many here work in a business that is front loaded to the first four months of the year. Given the current economic climate it is very hard for a motor dealer to employ good staff for the first six months only to find they have to let them off for the second six months. The new system will allow for a more even spread of the new car business. As for Triskaidekaphobia, I believe there was an independent survey conducted for the SIMI that showed quite a high percentage I think around 20% of the people would not buy a new car in 2013 because of the number 13. I dont think the gov would change the number plate system because of the No 13 alone for fear of negative perception from outside Ireland. However using the balancing sales argument will kill two birds with the one stone and makes good sense.
I'd go a step further so.
Why not have a plate system which takes each month of the year into account.
13A - January 2013
13B - February 2013
Would fully spread car sales across the year evenlt.
People are saying that this will split the sales more evenly across the year, but will it not just create a situation where noone wants a 131 plate, and instead will hold out to June to get a 132 plate, meaning fewer cars are sold in January-April? You know what people are like when it comes to the reg plate...
but by that logic then would they not just hold out for a 141 plate , or a 142 plate "sure its only 6 months till the new one" , people have to buy cars some time.
Because when you go to trade in your Feb 13 car the dealer will offer you less then someone with a similar Aug 13 car. The dealers created the short buying period and now they will just move it to mid Summer instead of mid Winter.
The only way to remove the short purchasing period is for dealers to offer trade ins on the car not the 1st two digits, soon to be 3, on the plate, as they are the ones offering less for a Dec registered car than a Jan registered car.
No, they have this system in the UK and it works fine.
Not if you actually want a new car. I might be wide of the mark but considering the importance a lot of people seem to put in the number plate I really dont think its that much of a stretch to think that people will wait until the "2" plate is released, if the want to buy a new car. Also you know full well that when it comes to trade ins the "2" plates are invariably going to be worth more than the "1" plates.
In fairness this change is reported to be coming about because people are superstitious of a number plate; Im not sure Id be trying to second guess the mentality of the Irish car buyer!!!
I think the idea of the change is fine, I'm not pressed either way about the extra digit but still.
My car Is December 04, the fact that a January 05 car could be worth a grand or two more is a joke IMO.
Bring in dateless plates. Solves all the problems.
This is exactly what I mean though; the idea that now not only will a January car be worth more than a car registered a few weeks earlier in the previous December, an July reg car will also be worth more than one registered a few weeks earlier in June. And knowing how we are about reg plates I cant see many people buying cars after maybe January if they know that in a matter of weeks they could get a more valuable car.