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A Personalised Number Plate Can Make Your Vehicle Stand Out

By Author: Alan Hebbs
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There is something very special about owning a personalised number plate. Apart from the fact that, however much you pay for a private number plate, you never own it. A number plate is only assigned to you by the DVLA for use on a vehicle. If you decide to sell the vehicle and cease to be the registered keeper, you also transfer the plate to the new owner because the plate identifies the vehicle. However, it is not all bad news because you can formally apply to the DVLA for a retention certificate. You do need to do this before you sell the vehicle, since – as the supermarkets say – when it's gone, it's gone.

A personalised number plate can make your vehicle stand out from the crowd. Contrary to what many people believe, a private number plate is not just for the wealthy who have so much money they don't know what to spend it on. Yes, of course, there are the private plates that make the headlines, and they can cost anything up to £500,000, or even more, but there are plenty of registrations that sell for as little as £250. You have to add to that the cost of transferring the plate to your vehicle which is a fee charged by the DVLA for doing so and is currently £80. So there you are – for less than £350 you can have your own personalised registration to make your Ford Fiesta or VW Polo stand out from the crowd!

There are quite a number of dealers who have personalised number plates for sale, and there are a lot of number plates on the market – somewhere north of 45 million of them. So the good news is that there is bound to be one that rings a bell with you if you want to make your car stand out. If you are thinking about buying a personalised reg, you really need to sit down and consider what combination of letters and numbers you would like, but don't just settle for one. If your name is Ben, you could try a number of plates with a combination that reads BEN or B3N, either of which would be suitable. So you could use the current registration type with two letters, two numbers and the three letter suffix such as GD61 BEN, and a number plate like that would probably only cost around £350, or possibly less.

The next level of plates is the one that begins with three letters followed by three numbers and a single letter suffix. So you might have BEN 294S for instance. That kind of number plate can sell for up to £750 or so. You could also have a plate where the numbers mean something to you, even if they don't to anyone else. So if you were born in June 1981 you might get BEN 681 followed by a single suffix letter.

Next up in price come those plates which have triple letters with prefix year letters such as B4 BEN. Another good choice might be P4 ULS. According to the DVLA, these would set you back up to £60,000.

Then there are registrations which don't have prefix year letters, but just numbers, such as 4 BEN. Again, these can probably sell for up to £100,000. Beyond this level of number plate are those which are very rare such as B 3N and J 11. There is no law which says that you can't put something like that on your Peugeot 108, but it will probably cost you 20 or 30 times what the car is worth.

Personalised number plates can actually be a great investment. If you buy a plate that is sought after it will increase in value, and sometimes by a lot. Afzal Kahn, for instance, bought the number plate F1 back in 2008 and paid a whopping £440,000 for it. But at April last year it was listed at £12.25 million!

Another way of using personalised number plates is using them for branding if you own a business. The owner of Pimlico Plumbers in London, Charlie Mullins, has plumbing related plates on his vans, such as W4 TER, LAV 1, 701 LET, BOG 1, and so on. Customers call up asking for their plumber by the number plate he uses.

Private Car Numbers has been in the business of buying and selling number plates for 35 years and has stocks of thousands of personalised number plates for sale that you cannot buy anywhere else.

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