Again, there were 50% more car sold in 2016 that in 2014. I hope you're right but my aging hunch tells me a lot of people are driving on the never-never.
2016 is the first year that sales exceeded pre-bust levels. There were a few years following the bust where we seemed to lose a lot of the new car snobbery of the good times and there was more kudos in keeping an older car in good nick. That pesky cheap finance is back with a bang now though.
However, look at the CSO stats since 1998:
|New Private Cars||138,538||170,322||225,269||160,908||150,485||142,992||149,635||166,270||173,273||180,754||146,470||54,432||84,907||86,932||76,256||71,348||92,361||121,110||142,688|
These numbers are new private car registrations, and include first time registrations of second-hand imports. So 2016 was a very good year on recent trends, but we've only just caught up with the 1998/ 1999 numbers, and our population has grown by almost 30%, more than one million people in that time.