Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

This is not a happy sit­u­a­tion for any­one. Speak­ing as some­one who de­plores the re­moval of orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion num­bers from clas­sics, there are ob­vi­ously cases when is­su­ing the car with an agere­lated num­ber is un­avoid­able.

Men­tion a Q-plate and most en­thu­si­asts will grum­ble that they’re for kit cars or maybe an an­cient truck moul­der­ing around the back of a lo­cal garage. In other words, they’re still a leper of the au­to­mo­tive reg­is­tra­tion world.

Most peo­ple prob­a­bly wouldn’t buy a clas­sic reg­is­tered on a Q-plate amid con­cerns that it’s been hastily shoved to­gether, or at least messed about with.

Hence there is a mas­sive im­pact on the car’s val­ues, and some in­sur­ers may de­mand con­sid­er­able ev­i­dence of work done to a car be­fore even con­sid­er­ing a pol­icy at a grossly in­flated price.

Cer­tainly the Q-plate ap­pears to sow seeds of doubt among many peo­ple. The DVLA is right to sub­ject cer­tain ve­hi­cles to an IVA or in­spec­tion by a lo­cal garage but to some of the cri­te­ria for Q-plate is­sue is lit­tle woolly.

We won­der if the DVLA would be happy at one op­tion for ditch­ing aQ – the car’s owner buy­ing a num­ber from its ex­ten­sive sales stock!

NICK LARKIN Ed­i­tor-at-large

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