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Loan charges: Many Brits fear 2013 to be an unlucky year

Many Brits may be opting to not take out any credit in 2013, with the perceived unlucky year potentially causing some expensive loan charges further down the line.

New research from comparison website GoCompare.com revealed that one in five (18 per cent) of Brits are to be more cautious in 2013, with seven per cent concerned with the bad omen of the '13' year.

One in ten (nine per cent) of Brits say they will not buy a car with a '13' registration plate. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry in the Republic of Ireland was so concerned that it asked the Irish government to modify the number plates to '131' and '132'.

Some three per cent of Brits are avoiding getting married next year and four per cent are waiting until the following year to start a new business.

The fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia, and 22 per cent of Brits say they feel uneasy about the figure. However, just seven per cent say the number has actually been unlucky for them, with more than double that (16 per cent) saying it has actually brought them luck.

"It's difficult to pin down the exact root of the belief that the number 13 is somehow unlucky and in some cultures, such as in Tibet and Italy, 13 is actually seen as a lucky number," said John Miles, Gocompare.com's business development director.

Jennifer Haines

Jennifer's speciality knowledge is credit card changes and balance transfers.ADNFCR-2776-ID-801507592-ADNFCR



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