Updates about Private Plates

Does Having A Private Number Plate Affect Your Insurance?


One question many people have before purchasing a private number plate is whether or not it is likely to make your insurance premiums skyrocket. This is because it is common knowledge that car insurance companies aren’t fans of most […]

November 08, 2021

Can You Create Your Own Private Number Plate?


Personalised number plates are a great way to make your vehicle more unique and add value to your car but how exactly do you purchase a personalised number plate and is it possible to create your own? Keep reading […]

October 24, 2021

Ensuring Your Number Plate Is Legal


Last year, 13,720 drivers faced hefty fines of up to £1,000 after being caught with illegally modified number plates. Without legal plates it can be difficult to trace drivers in the event of an accident, speeding camera flash or […]

October 15, 2021

Personalised Number Plate Fees Explained

Fees Explained

Many people are hesitant when it comes to purchasing a personalised number plate as they are unsure of the fees involved. On top of the initial purchase price, you’ll typically incur other additional costs, payable to the DVLA in […]

October 12, 2021

Plate Trader scoops award at the 2020 Transport Awards

SME News Transport Awards Winner

A short but sweet update today… We are proud to announce that we’ve, once again, been selected as Best Online Private Number Plate Marketplace at the 2020 Transport Awards from SME News. This years award makes us back to back winners, […]

April 13, 2020

Keep your DVLA documents & reference numbers safe


With the DVLA’s online services, it’s now really important that you keep the reference numbers and codes displayed on your documents confidential. That’s because, with these codes, a scammer could steal the rights to your personalised registration without you knowing. Removing a […]

March 26, 2019

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

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

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!

25 O record breaking private number plate

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

DVLA number plate auction results

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?…

25O Number plate record

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

Sell my number plate on ebay

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

Rude number plate

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

Private plate ideas

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!

F1 registration plate

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

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…

number plate legal spacing

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?

Sell my number plate to the DVLA

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

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