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64 Plate New Car Registrations in September 2014 Best For in 10 years

September 2014 has been the best September for a decade for new car sales, although March 2014 was even higher.

The new 10 year record for September new car sales comes for a number of reasons:

  • improving UK economy and confidenence
  • attraction of more fuel efficient cars
  • attraction of new cars with lower CO2 emmissions and lower road tax costs
  • good deals on new cars from key manufacturers
  • buyers fixing low finance deals now for fear of higher interest rates coming

We posted a blog update earlier this week about the strain on the .Gov road tax web page and long delays in purchasing road tax online. That is from 1 October 2014 so the trend may well be contining into October.

The SMMT predict the new car market cooling slightly going forward.

Best Selling Car Models September 2014

The best selling cars in September 2014 according to the SMMT were:


  1. Ford Fiesta - 23,266
  2. Ford Focus - 13,508
  3. Volkswagen Golf - 13,011
  4. Vauhall Corsa - 12,506
  5. Volkswagen Polo - 10,312
  6. Fiat 500 - 9,122
  7. Vauxhall Astra - 8,861
  8. Audi - A3 - 7,317
  9. Peugeot 208 - 6,968
  10. Nissan Qashqai - 6,847

The Ford Fiesta is regularly at the top of the UKs best selling car models, and there is no change in September 2014.

Best Selling Cars 2014 January To September (Year To Date)

The best selling cars in 2014 to date are:

  1. Ford Fiesta - 106,930
  2. Ford Focus - 67,015
  3. Vauhall Corsa - 62,693
  4. Volkswagen Golf - 58,664
  5. Vauxhall Astra - 47,482
  6. Nissan Qashqai - 38,920
  7. Volkswagen Polo - 36,772
  8. Audi - A3 - 35,596
  9. Fiat 500 - 35,032
  10. BMW 3 Series - 29,655

Best Selling Cars By Manufacturer 2014 up to September 2014

The above broken down by car manaufacturer would be as follows:



This makes Ford the car manufacturer with the highest number of new cars registered in the UK for September 2014, and the start of the 64 plate registrations, with Volksgagen coming second even if you count Volkswagen and Audi together as a single manufacturer.

425,861 new cars registered in the key month of September, a rise of 5.6% and the biggest September since 2004.

New ‘64’ numberplate boosts volumes, with September marking the 31st consecutive month of growth in the new car market.
Registrations for the year-to-date reach 1,958,196 – up 9.1% on January-September 2013.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “September’s strong performance underlined the continuing robustness of the UK new car market, particularly in the context of last September’s bumper volumes.

“Demand for the new 64-plate has been boosted by intensifying confidence in the UK economy, with consumers attracted by a wide range of exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient, new cars. In the months since March – which saw an 18% jump in registrations – the growth has shown signs of levelling off as the market starts to find its natural running rate.”

The growth in new car sales in the UK has continued at such a rate setting new records for growth in the UK car market beating previous records for continous growth last set in the 1980s. 

Abolition of the tax disc from 1st October 2014 and VED becomes non-transferrable

The Tax Disc Becomes Obsolete

If you weren’t already aware of the abolition of the road tax disc with effect from 1 October 2014 you need to be aware of this change which is one of the biggest changes in DVLA history.

History of the Vehicle Road Tax Disc

Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 budget and the current system of Vehicle Excise Duty became law in 1920 the funds raised by vehicle excise duty were ring fenced and used for road construction being paid directly into a special road fund between 1920 and 1937 after which it has been treated as general taxation not specifically earmarked for road development.

The road tax disc otherwise known as the vehicle tax disc has been around for 93 years since it was introduced in 1921. The first road tax discs were of a plain design of black ink on grey paper which vehicle owners had to cut out themselves. Colour was introduced to the road tax disc in 1923 and in 1938 perforations were added around the outside of the printed circle to make it easier for the circular tax disc to be extracted with display on your vehicle windscreen.

In 1942 perforations around the outer circle ceased only four years after their introduction for approximately a 10 year period after the factory containing the perforating equipment was reportedly bombed by the Germans during World War II.

The vehicle tax disc displays the vehicle excise duty paid and the month that the duty paid expires.

Before tax disc is issued valid insurance and MOT must be held for the vehicle concerned.

It is currently a legal requirement to clearly display the vehicle tax disc however from 1 October 2014 there is no requirement to display paper tax disc as the VED records will become fully computerised and managed via the vehicle registration procedures.

In fact the DVLA are advising vehicle owners to remove the tax disc from the windscreen and destroy it from 1 October 2014.

As you will no longer have a visual reminder clearly on your car it might be a wise move to opt for the direct debit option for payment to DVLA in order to avoid unwittingly failing to renew your VED on time. DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder but the direct debit payment option could make things a lot easier for many road users.

Road Tax (VED No Longer Transferrable from 1 October 2014

Another important change to be aware of from 1 October 2014 is that VED or road tax paid is non-transferable when a vehicle changes ownership.

When the DVLA receive the V5C from the seller any whole remaining months of VED paid will be refunded to the seller.

The purchaser will be required to purchase their own road tax (VED) or declare a SORN with effect from the date of purchase before they can use the vehicle, so plan ahead of your vehicle purchase to avoid problems.

End of an error as part of the government’s changes in order to reduce administration costs.

The times of a note in your windscreen saying “tax in the post” are over.

How To Pay Your Road Tax

From 1 October 2014 (5 October if setting up at a Post Office®), Direct Debit will be offered as an additional way to pay for vehicle tax. This will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from 1 November 2014:
•annually
•6 monthly
•monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis)

Provided an MOT remains valid, the payments will continue automatically until you tell DVLA to stop taking them or you cancel the Direct Debit with your bank. Valid insurance should also be in place for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland.

The Direct Debit will be cancelled and payments automatically stopped when you tell DVLA that you no longer have the vehicle, or the vehicle has been taken off the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made.


New Road Tax Rates From 1 April 2014

On UK Traffic News we aim to feature other driving information that is useful for drivers in addition to the latest traffic news.

Our section of road tax rates for taxing your car has been updated as the rates of tax have changed from 1 April 2014.

The majority of the car road tax bands have increased by £5.

Here is where you can find the list of road tax rates for renewing the road tax for your car from 1 April 2014.

Road tax is charged based on the CO2 emissions for your car and you can find the CO2 emissions for your car on the car's registration documents.