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In message <UPMAIL18.firstname.lastname@example.org> "Jonathan Linkov" writes:
> By the way, can you explain that little thing about the registration #s? I
> read an atricle in one of the papers about it, and, honestly, they make it out
> to be that everyone in the UK buys thir cars in August JUST for a new letter!
> What does this all mean? You can send it to me or the list. TIA
UK registrations are of the form 'Ynnn xxx' - where 'Y' is the year letter
(currently R) and nnn/xxx are numbers/letters respectively.
So - my 1988-built ur-quattro is F600 JVJ. Clearly identified as having been
registered in 1988/9 - specifically after 1 August 1988 and before 31 July 1989.
Yes - sad though it is to admit it - it's a big thing to have had an 'R' plate
on 1 August 1997. On 2 August, it's not such a big thing. Daft stories are
legion - over 40 (forty) brand new 'R' registered cars were total losses in the
early hours of 1 August 1997 as their owners tried to drive them home in the
wee small hours and wrecked them for various reasons.
Yup. Buy a new car on 1 August and drive around all day like a king. Next day -
you just took a $10k hit on the value. Enjoy your breakfast.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club