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Why Buy Private License Plates?

Updated on January 31, 2016

If you Have a Nice Car why not Personalise it With a Private Number Plate?


It is Easy to get Personalised Registration Plates?

Buying private plates can be for personalisation or profit, read on to learn more.

When considering whether to treat yourself and your beloved car or motorbike to a personalised registration plate there are a variety of different reasons that may sway your decision. The purchase of the plates in the UK could not be easier now. There is a multitude of online websites offering to sell you the plates but also expanding on that and offering to deal with the DVLA on your behalf. They deal with the DVLA to ensure the correct documentation is administered, which leaves you with the simple task of paying the fee. Across the globe multiple sites exist where you can search for numberplates for your licencing area.

There are millions of plates on their databases, you can search for whatever you want, and they will give you the closest matches they can find. The search will yield multiple results but if what you are looking for is not there, you can then contact one of the companies on their phone lines. The offer for the right price to try to source your specified plate or a very near match to it. The prices vary enormously depending on what you are looking. There are some plates available at around one hundred pounds whilst others cost in excess of fifty thousand pounds. It all depends on what you are looking for and exactly how much you are willing to spend.

For some one plate won't be enough.
For some one plate won't be enough. | Source

Use Private Plates to Stand Out for the Crowd

A main motivation is to make your car stand out from the ordinary and be noticed. The variety of plates available means that almost all initials, names and hobbies are covered. So if you want the world to know your name and date of birth, they will.

Hobbies are also fully covered. The avid golfer amongst us may opt to show everyone something that is a fundamental part of his life and display his hobby for all to see on his number plate.

It is even possible to have your full first name on the registration, if it is short enough. Putting their business name or type is a popular choice for business owners. After their initial investment the number plate is memorable and providing them with free advertising every time that they are mobile.

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Hiding the Age of your Car

One of the most popular reasons for people to purchase the plates is to hide the age of their car. A well-maintained older car that is quite rightly the owner's pride and joy, can find a new lease of life. It can appear newer when its plates are changed and if it is, a model of car with minimal design change over the years the real age of the car maybe a well kept secret.

You can even hide the age of your vehicle, although sometimes that may be too tall an order!
You can even hide the age of your vehicle, although sometimes that may be too tall an order! | Source

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Buying Plates as a Gift for Special Birthdays and Anniversarys

One interesting reason people have for putting the plates on their cars is to remember a special year. Some people have a year in the past, which is very special to them. They may want to remember a wedding, the birth of a child or even a special anniversary. The plate allows them to remember the significance it has for them and to display it for all to see. These people may also opt to put an older plate on a newer car to capture the memory of their special year.

Buying private plates as a gift is definitely an individual present and can prove inspirational when it is difficult to find something that is just right for those special occasions. The plates needed to mark key birthdays like an 18th or 21st birthday are readily available and even weddings can be honoured with the right lettering.

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Registration Plates as an Investment Opportunity

A growing but less obvious reason to buy personalised plates is as an investment opportunity. Due to the rising demand for them in recent years, they are now viewed by some as a means to generate some extra income.

The current economic slump has meant savings account return rates are not what they were. In light of this some people have found a new outlet to invest their money. The purchase of certain in demand plates now, is hoped to yield a large investment return in the future when the investor chooses just the right moment to resell the number.

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Your Reasons to buy will be as Unique as you are

So buying personalised number plates is something very individual. It can provide a means to hide the age of your car or indeed remind you of a year, which was special in your life. When purchased for others it can provide a lasting, very personal gift and it will always evoke memories of a special date or word. Surprisingly some people now also view it as an investment opportunity.

In summary, many good reasons exist for buying the personalised plates and there are so many widely available now that you should be able to find one just right for you. Your own reasons for purchasing and placing that special number on your vehicle will be as unique as you are.

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Personalise your pride and joy. | Source

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    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bill. You really didn't need to come visiting today. You have been a great support since I have been here and have read faithfully whether it be bookmarks, ghosts or writing! Thank you though.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For whatever reason, I've never considered buying personalized license plates. I'm sure at one time or another I had a good reason, but it escapes me now. :)

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      We do, a good ancestry to have indeed.

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      gaplumber 4 years ago

      Just "Plumber" please, save you some typing, the ga is for the state of Georgia, am I correct that we share Scottish ancestry?

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Thankyou for reading and commenting gaplumber. I'm not the rider, but I have happily lived with bikes for half my life :)

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      gaplumber 4 years ago

      I liked your hub but love the bike pictures, very nice indeed.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Thankyou for reading and commenting :)

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      Anna Haven 5 years ago from Scotland

      Thankyou :) I think you were wise to give that plate a miss!

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      Andy McGuire 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      My only request is to make it something everyone can understand. What's the point of a personalized plate when only 3 people know what it means? "DFT4JTY" means absolutely NOTHING and you've wasted my time trying to read and understand it. Jerk. :P

      On another note, I was going to get "FGHTCLB" as a plate once, but I decided it was best that I didn't.

      Great hub, Anna!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Interesting question - I've never thought about it before, but you're right, there seems to be lots of different reasons why someone might personalise a number plate.