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Cars and trade plates

By BenCee on 17 Jun 2011

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When we take cars out for reviews, they are either registered, or they would come with trade plates.

Journalists generally prefer registered cars, because it makes things easier for us, in terms of identification and convenience.

However, we obviously don't have it our way all the time, so we'll make do with trade plates sometimes.

We do get quite a lot of stares from people when we drive around a car on trade plates, even for a rather standard, run-of-the-mill car. The effect is amplified if we get a somewhat nice-looking car, because it gives people double the reason to stare.

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I can understand people's curiosity and bewilderment when they see an unregistered car running around, but come on. That doesn't mean one should glare at us like we've committed a crime or anything. The look that some people give us is like we've done a cardinal sin and should repent.

Besides, it's not like one would have never seen a car on trade plates before (unless they've never been to Ubi or Leng Kee in their lives, ever).

So, the next time you see an unregistered car on the expressway, or somewhere out of those car belts, don't be too surprised. It's just one of us.

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Huat138 Jun 17 2011 04:39 PM
How about car without number plate on the road? In Shanghai, China. A buyer is given 1 month to register number plate for new car.

The buyer can driver away the car from the showroom as he has paid for it but has not register yet. Hence, it is not uncommon to see car without number plates on Shanghai roads.
Xspace Jun 18 2011 03:13 PM
And your point is MYOB?
Mozzie Aug 12 2012 11:01 AM
How to buy the trade plate?
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