Updates about Private Plates

Two plates listed on Plate Trader attempt to break records!

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Private number plates are a common sight on UK roads nowadays, but it’s not often that they cost more than the cars they adorn – or indeed than a mansion. But two private plates currently listed for sale here […]

January 19, 2017

Private Number Plates: The Ultimate Guide


The world of private number plates can sometimes feel like a bit of a minefield. There are laws and restrictions that have to be followed, complicated looking paperwork to be completed & loads of websites to choose from.That’s why […]

June 28, 2016

TV Dragon Number Plate Sells With Plate Trader


Duncan Bannatyne, Chairman of the Bannatyne Group, serial entrepreneur and investor, best known for his appearances on TV show Dragon’s Den, has sold his number plate, 6 AVS, via the fast-growing number plate classifieds website He initially posted […]

October 28, 2015

Plate-Trader seller offering guaranteed buy-back scheme!


The DVLA gave us all some positive news recently about the transfer & retention of number plates. This included the removal of the £25 yearly retention fee, a fee which has been in place since 1974. As from this March, there is no fee to […]

June 19, 2015

Free Instant Number Plate Valuations: Too Good To Be True?

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So you want to find out how much your number plate is worth, and you want to know quickly and for free.Well you’re not alone. Every month, thousands of people search on Google for terms like ‘free instant number […]

May 07, 2015

Number Plate Retention Online: A Step By Step Guide

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If you read our recent post about the DVLA dropping the fee for retaining a number plate, then you’ll remember that we also mentioned that you can also now retain a number plate online. Our good friend Mike Oyston […]

April 26, 2015

Why And How To Sell A Number Plate Privately: A…

How to sell a number plate privately

When you decide to sell a number plate, you have two main options. OPTION 1 Sell Through A Number Plate Dealer Number plate dealers are like estate agents in that they act as a middlemen between yourself and the buyer. […]

April 22, 2015

Retaining A Number Plate Is Now FREE And Easier Than…

Putting a number plate on retention is now FREE!

The Government seems to always be telling us that they’re short of money, so anyone whose reg is held on a retention certificate and not on a vehicle may have been looking nervously at the yearly renewal fee of £25. That fee has not […]

March 07, 2015

New Number Plate Record Set, Just As We Predicted!

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If you followed the 25th anniversary DVLA number plate auction like us, then you’ll probably now consider yourself a Ferrari expert after Ferrari plates stole all the headlines and broke a record! If you missed it, here’s what you need to know […]

November 30, 2014

DVLA Personalised Number Plate Auctions – 25 Years Analysed

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If, like us, you’re fascinated by number plates, then you may be as excited as we are about the 150th DVLA auction, which is now well underway. With this in mind, we’ve carried out extensive research on the sales of […]

November 28, 2014

Personalised Number Plates Can Be Big Business!

Pimlico Plumbers business private number plates

Many people are now using private number plates to promote their businesses. Charlie Mullins, for example, has made his fleet of vans at Pimlico Plumbers stand out with a clever range of reg numbers as you can see above. This […]

November 14, 2014

What Makes A Personalised Number Plate Valuable?

What makes a personalised plate valuable?

The fact that you’re reading this post means that you probably have some interest in personalised number plates, and if you’ve looked for a personal plate before you’ve probably seen some of the crazy, out of this world, downright […]

November 05, 2014

Could We Be Heading For A New Number Plate Record?…

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The DVLA yesterday announced the list of numbers available at its 25th Anniversary Auction at The Vale Resort, Hensol near Cardiff in late November. Hidden in the middle is the number 25 O (i.e. the number 25 and the […]

October 06, 2014

Why You Shouldn’t Sell Your Private Number Plate On Ebay

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Hello again number plate buyers and sellers. Just wanted to let you guys know that we’ve recently updated our eBay fees page to reflect eBay’s newest charging structure, and thought it was worth a mention on our blog for those […]

October 04, 2014

The Rudest Number Plates Allowed By The DVLA

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The DVLA carefully tiptoe down the line between good and bad taste. Their decisions spare us those up and coming registrations that may cause offence. Just recently, they spared us WA11 KER at the last minute, only to change […]

September 23, 2014

Number Plate Ideas: 18 Of The Very Best

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New private number plate ideas are hard to come by. If you’ve searched for your name or initials and not found anything you like, you may be tempted to give up looking…   …we know, we’ve been there in the past! This […]

September 17, 2014

10 Of The Coolest Personalised Number Plates Ever!

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Great cars deserve great plates and whilst there are millions of registrations available, every now and again you see one that stands out above the rest. Below you will find 10 of our favourite private and cherished number plates. 1. F1 […]

September 11, 2014 Seller Mike Oyston Makes The News!

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A Plate Trader seller and number plate collector was featured in the local press this week with his Manchester City number plate. Mike Oyston, 62, bought the number plate ET11 HAD back in 2010 with money from a redundancy […]

September 09, 2014

Where Can I Sell My Number Plate Fast/Instantly?

Sell my number plate instantly/now for cash fast

If you’re looking to sell your number plate fast and for instant cash then you’re in the right place. In this post we’re going to go over the options if you want to sell your private reg now, and the […]

June 21, 2014

Where’s The Cheapest Place To Buy Private Number Plates?

Cheapest private number plates

I was talking to one of my friends the other day who is currently looking to buy a private plate and naturally approached me for advice. I won’t bore you with the full details of our conversation (mainly because […]

June 09, 2014

What Is The Legal Spacing & Letter Style On Number…

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We’ve had a few of you guys asking about the legal spacing and lettering on plates since we started producing them and launched our online number plate designer, so we thought we’d write a post to hopefully clear the […]

June 08, 2014

Can I Sell My Private Number Plate To The DVLA?

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Okay, so we were checking our search engine rankings as we often do, and noticed that every time we type in “sell my number plate” or “sell number plate” etc. Google suggests adding “to the DVLA” at the end, […]

June 07, 2014

What Is My Private Registration Plate Worth?

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How much is my private number plate worth? This is a question we get asked every single day, and although by now we’re pretty well versed with our responses, it’s still a tough question to answer. Like anything else, […]

June 05, 2014

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