Deciding what Number Plate to Buy
Numbers, numbers everywhere! Which one is right for you? With
over 30 million registrations numbers available the choice of which
number plate to purchase can be overwhelming. To begin with its
best to have an understanding of the various formats that registration
numbers are issued in. The first registrations issued are commonly
known as dateless number plates. These registration numbers have
no age identifier letter and are the oldest form of car registrations.
The first number plates ever issued were over 100 years ago.
Suffix registrations display 3 letters followed by up to 3 numbers
and a final letter identifying the year the number was issued. These
were first issued in 1963 with the A suffix series. An example of
the format of a suffix registration is ABC 123A
Prefix registration numbers were first issued in 1983 when the suffix
series ran out. The format is the reverse of suffix number plates
with a letter identifying the year the registration was first issued
at the beginning of the number plate. This is followed by up to
3 numbers and then 3 letters. An example of the format of a prefix
registration is A123 ABC.
In 2001 this series was replaced with our new, current style number
plates. These display 2 letters followed by 2 numbers and then 3
letters. The numbers relate to the year the registration was issued
and act as an age identifier. An example of a new style registration
is AB02 ABC.
With so many formats of registration numbers, the different combinations
available are vast. To help you choose and give you some inspiration
here are some common ideas to find you perfect plate!
Who is the Number Plate for?
If you are purchasing the registration for yourself or a loved one
why not incorporate a name within the number plate? Registrations
which read your name are extremely eye catching and attract a great
deal of attention on the road. RO 55 (Ross), M477 HEW (Matthew),
RU55 ELL (Russell), KAT 13S (Katie s) and ROB 1N (Robin) are classic
examples of such number plates.
Name plates offer the highest level of personalisation on a registration
but can command some of the highest prices. The registration 51
NGH (Singh) sold at a DVLA auction in 2006 for a staggering 254
000! MR51 NGH (Mr Singh) and S1 NGH (Singh) were also both big sellers,
each fetching over 100 000.
Don t worry if you are after a name plate but don t have this sort
of budget in mind ..there are many cheaper options available! And
if you can t find the name you are looking for why not try to find
What Numbers are significant?
Buying a number plate for a birthday or anniversary present? Why
not use the numbers from the special day! Incorporating the day,
month or even year of an anniversary or birthday is a popular choice
when it comes to buying a number plate. If the number plate is for
a birthday how about the age of the recipient? 18, 21, 30, 40 and
50 are popular numbers when it comes to birthday plates and are
always happily received! Lucky numbers are also all the rage and
added a certain lucky charm to your vehicle.
Hobbies and Interests
Music fans have been known to declare their devotion to their favourite
singers with the number plate ELV 1S selling at an auction for 75
000! Fans of sport have also been known to buy car registrations
relating to their favourite sport or team including F4 CUP (FA CUP),
TEN 15 (Tennis) T33 OFF (Tee Off), and AR53 NAL (Arsenal). Even
animal lovers have bought number plates dedicated to their furry
friends including DOG 1E , PU55 CAT, and ROV 3R.
Going one step further it is possible to combine some of these ideas
to personalise the number plate even more. Some of the best examples
of these can be found in Irish number plates. Here you could chose
a registration with your name and birth year. GIL 1962, BIL 1982
and BAZ 1973 speak for themselves!
So as you can see there really is a number plate out there to suit
everyone. Popular names and numbers are becoming increasingly scarce
and can demand high prices when they are for sale. However with
some many combinations available you are sure to find a plate that
s fits your budget! If you are serious about buying a registration
plate, find it now .before someone else does!
Bob O'Donnell is MD of Cape Plates ( www.capeplates.co.uk
) and has a passion for all things number plate related. He started
the business with only one number plate to sell, and now has a portfolio
of over 30,000,000 on offer.
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