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New Car Sales 2018

Car Sales fall again as UK consumers shun diesels

New UK car registrations were down 2.8% in February from a year earlier, hit by another fall in the sale of diesel vehicles.

The society of motor manufacturers and traders, the industry's trade body, said sales totalled 80,805 last month.

Demand for Diesels fell by 23.5%, while sales of petrol cars rose 14.4%.

However last months fall which comes ahead of the key number plate change in March, was not a steep and the 9.7% decline seen in January.

SMMT chief Mike Hawes said the industry's expected a "further softening" of sales in March.

Sales of Alternatively- fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose 7.2% year on year driven by some new, smaller models coming on the market.

The strong growth in sales of petrol cars and AFVs has been unable to offset the move away from diesel, which has now slid to a 35.6% market share.

Signs of recovery?

Mr Hawes said: "Although the new car market has dipped, it remains at a good level despite the drop in demand for diesel."

"Consumers should be reassured, however, that the latest cars are the cleanest in history and can help address air quality issues, which is why they are exempt from any restrictions."

Although car sales were down in February some economists said there were grounds for optimism.

Why it is now harder for your vehicle to pass an MOT

New MOT regulations come into force in the first major overhaul in 5 years 

The changes to the rules mean it will be harder than before for vehicles to pass their MOT test

The vehicles are to be put through tougher emissions tests and faults rated in three defect categories.

New 'Minor', 'Major' and 'Dangerous' categories will be applied to all cars in order to meet European Roadworthy status with Major and Dangerous resulting in automatic fails.

Cars with minor defects will be allowed to pass and the faults will be recorded but those that fall into the dangerous category will be subject to and automatic fail. Dashboard monitoring is also set to get stricter as any lit warning light will result in failure of the test.

In the past as long as your car was deemed roadworthy, you could keep driving it, even after it has failed provided your old MOT was still valid.

They are also clamping down on DPF tampering and removals, if it has been removed or tampered with in any way it will not pass - unless it can be proved it has been done so for filter cleaning.

Robert Davies Motors Ltd is an appointed representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010), whose permitted business is to act as Principal Firm for a network of Motor Dealer Appointed Representatives who act as Credit Brokers for introduction to finance providers, acting on behalf of the lender.