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Midnight handovers galore as 65-plate cars hit the road for the first time

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Gavin Hayer, Sales Executive at Wessex GaragesIT’S one of the two biggest days of the year in any car dealership’s calendar – the day the registration plate number changes – and many showrooms across the UK held special midnight handover events early today.

The Peter Vardy BMW and Mini dealership in Edinburgh was among those welcoming buyers to its showroom as the clock struck 12 to mark the arrival of cars bearing the 65-plate.

The team took to Twitter to share details of the occasion.


At Harold Wood Audi, Essex there were celebrations galore as customers hit the road in their new vehicles…

… with customers tweeting the business to let the team know how pleased they were with their purchases.

Meanwhile, staff at Wessex Garages are predicting strong sales of the 65 number plate after a successful past six months.

New car sales have been running 13 per cent ahead of the same period last year at the business, which has outlets in Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and Newport.

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And the company has reported motorists are ordering new vehicles in their droves this year and sales of September registrations are looking rosy.

Keith Brock, managing director of the company, said: ‘So far this year, we have had a great response from our customers regarding the purchase of new vehicles and predict this to continue in September with the new 65 number plate.

‘Our pre-orders for September are on track and we think new car buyers have never had it so good. There is so much choice as well as discounts and offers to be had.’

Our picture shows Gavin Hayer, sales executive at Wessex Garages, with a Nissan Qashqai.

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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