New car registrations may have slumped in recent times due to ongoing supply chain issues but it’s still been a busy day for dealers across the country as the new 22 registration comes into circulation.
Six months on from the arrival of the 71 plate, the first 22 registered vehicles have been rolling off the forecourts this morning.
Several happy customers have been collecting their brand new cars with some showrooms even carrying out midnight handovers.
One such event was held by Marshall Mercedes-Benz of Preston which saw seven customers arrive in the middle of the night to collect their new wheels.
— Marshall Mercedes-Benz (@MMGMercedesBenz) March 1, 2022
Elsewhere, customers arrived at a more reasonable hour to drive away in their brand new cars.
At Marshall Toyota in Ashford, it was light by the time their first customer – a Mr Booth – arrived to pick up his is brand new GR Yaris.
— Marshall Toyota (@Marshall_Toyota) March 1, 2022
Meanwhile, at the dealer group’s Skoda showroom in Oxford, the first consumers of the day were Ross and Hannah Mitchell.
Hannah Mitchell & Ross Mitchell (our Parts Manager) collecting a 3rd consecutive new car from Haseeb Rashid, Sales Executive, on #NewRegDay!
— Marshall ŠKODA (@MarshallSKODA) March 1, 2022
Away from Marshall, Carlisle Audi had a pair of RS3s prepped and ready for their new owners this morning, while the weather was perfect for the big day at Furrows Ford in Shropshire.
Happy #NewReg day!
— Carlisle Audi (@Carlisleaudi) March 1, 2022
Not only is it the first day of spring, it’s also the launch of the new 2️⃣2️⃣ reg day!
Will you be picking up your new set of wheels today? *Beep Beep* #furrows #NewReg #22plate pic.twitter.com/MBd51PJMGr
— Furrows Group (@FurrowsGroup) March 1, 2022
Other dealers were offering a delivery service this morning, such as County Garage Ford in Kent, which was seen loading an orange Focus ST onto the back of a truck ready for its new owener.
You don’t need sunshine when you have a stunning Focus ST in Orange Fury being delivered to your door
— County Garage Ford (@County_Garage) March 1, 2022
Finally, it wasn’t just humans getting excited about the change of plates – as this adorable snap from Lloyd Newcastle Mini shows…
That face you pull when you realise the 22-plate is finally here… Happy 1st March! Who’s taking delivery of their brand-new 22-plate MINI today? ✨ pic.twitter.com/T2cuIBNskq
— Lloyd Newcastle MINI (@NewcastleMINI) March 1, 2022
The new plates will remain in circulation for six months before being replaced by a new ’72’ registration on September 1.