Since there are a lot of common misconceptions when it comes to private number plates, we’ve decided to separate the fact from the fiction and tell it to you straight. This is a no-nonsense, straight to the point article designed to give you the lowdown on private number plates in as little time as possible. Think of it as a private number plates 101 if you will.
- They’re cheap
No, seriously, they’re really cheap. The most affordable options will set you back just a few hundred pounds, as much as decent set of rear tyres. If you want a more unique number there’s no limit to the amount of money you can spend on a plate, but the point is that they’re not these ridiculously expensive things everyone’s making them out to be. To view one of the most comprehensive databases of private number plates visit CarReg.co.uk‘s private number plates resource.
- They’re a great way to stand out
The reason why so many people hate them is exactly the reason why the rest love them. Lots of people call them vanity plates, but going by that logic we should call all clothes ‘vanity clothes’. Think about it. We don’t wear identical uniforms despite the fact that there’s no obvious benefit to spending more money on expensive clothes or choosing different patterns/designs. We do it to stand out and express our character through the way we dress. It’s a part of who we are. So why should cars or SUVs be any different? More to the point, what’s the difference between aftermarket wheels and personalised number plates? If anything, private numbers plates are more special since no one else can have your exact plate.
- They’re regulated by the DVLA
All private plates follow certain DVLA criteria, just like normal plates, governing their size, shape, background color, font color, spacing, etc. You can’t omit empty spaces nor can you rearrange them, and you certainly can’t add your own ‘finishing’ touches to the plate. So, no matter how special of a plate it is, it still has to play by the rules. This way, no one can abuse the system and get away with things like changing the font style or its size.
- They’re an excellent gift
The next time you’re stuck thinking of a perfect gift for your significant other, just get them a personalized number plate. It’s an excellent way to show them how special they are to you and how much you cherish them. Every time they look at the plate they’ll be reminded of you. Plus, getting a plate for someone else as a gift is no different to getting one for yourself. Plates can be transferred from vehicle to vehicle and they only have to be renewed once every ten years if they’re not in use. Is there a better gift, especially for a car enthusiast?