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Old 30th Dec 2018, 14:17
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Selling a private vehicle registration plate (UK)

I'm been asked to sell a private vehicle reg plate on behalf of a family member here in the UK. Not massively valuable (prob somewhere in the region of GBP1-2K depending on the winds on the day).

I've seen some sites that will "market" your plate for a flat fee of around GBP40, but with no guarantees of sale. Can anyone offer any intel on such sites or indeed any other places I could try? Don't want to spend too much time on this, but it's not a fire-sale; I don't want to line someone's pocket to the reg owner's detriment!

Thks in advance.
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 14:30
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Exchange and Mart used to sell thousands

https://www.exchangeandmart.co.uk/personal-plates
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 18:57
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I used one of the larger buying / selling companies = told them what I had - left them to it as wasnt in a hurry - came back to me 8/9 months later and asked if I would accept 3000 - I said yes - simplest deal in the world......( came on a lorry that we bought - so I considered it a bonus)
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 19:48
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Several years ago I bought a new car and when delivered it had my initials on the registration plate. I was glad when I eventually traded it in because I didn't like people thinking I was vain enough to have bought the plate.
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I was glad when I eventually traded it in because I didn't like people thinking I was vain enough to have bought the plate.
Isn't it a funny old world, you were concerned that people might deduce that you were vain by inadvertently having your initials on the plate and yet there are many others who put much energy and time and money into getting a plate that SHOUTS that 'yes it's ME!!!' to the world......I've seen quite a few unusual ones in the posher parts of London, usually attached to a very expensive sports car, but also many 'mangled' examples where letters and numbers have been illegally melded into a name. :-) Pimlico Plumbers have a good selection of plumbing related plates on their vehicles, some of which bring a smile to people's faces, more so than their prices!
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 08:14
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I've seen quite a few unusual ones in the posher parts of London, usually attached to a very expensive sports car.................. Pimlico Plumbers have a good selection of plumbing related plates on their vehicles, some of which bring a smile to people's faces, more so than their prices!
While parking yesterday there was a Monaco registered Bentley Bentayga in the next space.

The numberplate read...POO 8.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 09:11
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I've acquired a 1998 sports car with an unwanted personalised plate. I'd like to revert it to its original R- reg to restore a 'classic' look. How do I go about that, and would it be wise?
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 09:43
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I've acquired a 1998 sports car with an unwanted personalised plate. I'd like to revert it to its original R- reg to restore a 'classic' look. How do I go about that, and would it be wise?
You can go to the DVLA website, pay 80 and have the personalised reg put on retention. They will immediately issue you with the original reg that the car had, plus an authorisation certificate that you can use to get the new plates made up. The retention certificate will be sent by post and can be used to transfer the personal reg to another vehicle, and remains valid for 10 years.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 10:04
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Thanks all for the info. I was wondering if there are any companies that buy plates at risk for onward sale (obviously at a discount to the market rate). Can’t immediately find any on Google, market seems heavily leaning towards selling on owner’s behalf for a fee. Possibly a risky business to hold so much exposure in stock, but if they bought at say 30% below market rate then a decent ROI when they sell. Just looking at options.
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Exchange and Mart used to sell thousands

https://www.exchangeandmart.co.uk/personal-plates
>ROFL<

Just found plates worth more than the car......
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 10:15
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Elite Registrations have been buying and selling plates for many years.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 10:28
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You can go to the DVLA website, pay 80 and have the personalised reg put on retention. They will immediately issue you with the original reg that the car had, plus an authorisation certificate that you can use to get the new plates made up.
So if you're buying a used car and it has custom plates you have to knock 80 off the price you're willing to pay in order to cover the cost of not looking like a wally. Useful to know.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 10:43
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Unless it had a number like G 11, or M 22; in which case I might suffer for a short time.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 10:49
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One of my cars has what might be seen as a "personalised" number plate (it's three letters, three numbers) - but it's personalised to someone else.
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VP959, thank you!
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Interesting to consider whether those who are so anxious not to look "vain" and would accept any old registration on a new car would be equally happy to accept any old colour on the car that turned up. No, thought not..... After all, they're just different forms of personalisation.

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Old 31st Dec 2018, 11:28
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Interesting to consider whether those who are so anxious not to look "vain" and would accept any old registration on a new car would be equally happy to accept any old colour on the car that turned up.
My current car is tarmac-coloured (aka "silver"), as were around 60% of cars at the time I bought it. But my previous car had died and I was told there would be a wait of many weeks until a car in a safer colour could be custom built for me. So I accepted any old colour on the car that turned up.

And to me the colour is basically a safety issue - driving a tarmac coloured car against a tarmac coloured road and a tarmac coloured sky (as we all too often get in the UK, like just right now for example) doesn't seem to me to maximise visibility. But I haven't actually checked accident statistics for different coloured cars.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 11:31
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Originally Posted by Union Jack View Post
Interesting to consider whether those who are so anxious not to look "vain" and would accept any old registration on a new car would be equally happy to accept any old colour on the car that turned up. No, thought not..... After all, they're just different forms of personalisation.
You think that having a unique registration plate is equivalent to using a colour shared by thousands of other identical cars?
Just as well you answered your own question.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 11:37
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When you've had the same registration number for around 30 years it does make life easier as you get older, as it makes the thing easy to recall when asked. FWIW, I didn't buy the reg I've had all these years, I was given it, but have transferred it to around a dozen different cars over the years and won't sell it as I'm now quite attached to it. Years ago it served to hide the age of the car I was driving, but more recently all it's done is ease the burden of trying to remember a long alphanumeric sequence and, for a few months every couple of years or so, hide the fact that the car is new.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 13:01
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Originally Posted by Talkdownman View Post
I've acquired a 1998 sports car with an unwanted personalised plate. I'd like to revert it to its original R- reg to restore a 'classic' look. How do I go about that, and would it be wise?
Did you buy the plate too? My understanding is that a personal plate belongs to the purchaser of the plate, not the car and should have been removed by the plate owner at their cost with the original going back on the vehicle before it was transferred to you.
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