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Buying a Private Number Plate? Here’s the Do’s and the Don’ts!



When you are planning to purchase a new number plate for your car you need to be aware of a few things. It is always advisable that you follow a few steps to ensure you don’t lose out or fall foul of the regulations. We have a list of the do-s and the don’t-s that you need to follow to get the best private number plates at the most reasonable prices.

Set a Budget before You Buy

It is important to have a budget for the number plate that you are planning to purchase. Personalised number plates are available at a wide range of prices. It is important to find the right kind of plate within a price range that you can afford. This will prevent you from purchasing a number plate, which is too expensive and beyond your reach, whilst ensuring you maximise your satisfaction from your purchase.

Have a Clear Idea of the Style You Want to Purchase

Wondering what should be type of number plate that you should go for?

There are different types of styles for car number plates. These include:

  • Prefix style car number plates
  • Suffix style car number plates
  • Current style car number plates
  • Dateless style car number plates

It is important to choose the right style of number plate for your car whilst remembering that the age of your vehicle may limit your choice.

When purchasing the number plate it needs to be registered in your name. . So, it is essential that you have all vehicle documents to hand when making your purchase.

Be Flexible

You might have set a budget for purchasing a personalised number plate. But when you enquire with a registration broker you may find that the number plate that you finally like comes at an increased cost, which slightly surpasses your budget. However, it is still affordable to you.

If you remain inflexible and focus entirely on your budget you are likely to lose the opportunity to purchase your ideal number plate as they tend to increase in price with time.

Don’t Forget the Agency Fee

When you are purchasing a private number plate, you will need to make a payment to the authorising body which in the UK is the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The DOT fee associated with the transfer of a personalised registration to your vehicle is £80 and this needs to be borne in mind when establishing the cost of purchasing a number plate.

Use Recognised Brokers

Always buy a private number plate from a DVLA recognised broker so that you have the confidence that the process will be managed in accordance with the Cherished Numbers Transfer Rules. Reputable brokers with over 10 years market experience are a good starting point as there are a large number of inexperienced companies in the market place.

Buying Classic Cars – Explore the Cons before Buying!



Classic cars are a hobby for a lot of people. Even those people who do not purchase classic cars find classic cars amazing. If you are a car lover, you are surely in awe of the array of wonderful classic cars available. Before you purchase a classic car, it is important to be completely sure that the car is a classic in all senses of the term. Only then will you ensure that you are going to get a good return for the money you are investing.

Antique or classic cars are amazing. They have a unique appearance and everyone enjoys seeing them on the roads in the UK . Many classic cars effectively have a personalised number plate by virtue of their age and some of the most expensive cherished numbers adorn classic cars.

So, how would you go about purchasing a classic car?

There are a few cons you need to consider. You need to be aware of areas of concern in order to ensure that you are not compromised when buying a classic car.

Might Not Fetch a Great Amount on Resale

You might love to buy cars. And you don’t purchase them only for the sake of luxury. You see them as a form of investment. And there’s nothing wrong in that. A lot of cars turn out to be great investments. But you will need to ensure that you are able to maintain the car in good working condition in order to make sure it does not lose value.

Take More Time, Energy and Money to Maintain

Do you already own a car? Do you maintain that properly? You must be aware of the fact that it takes a lot of time, energy and money to maintain your new car. It’s even more so with a classic car. As the vehicle is quite old, the parts can start malfunctioning. So, to keep the car running properly, it is important to take it for regular maintenance. And even then, it might not run properly on a regular basis. You need to be prepared to invest further time and money beyond your initial investment.

Spare Parts are Not Easily Available

You have a classic car, which has been performing quite well. But it often creates a bit of a problem. It often happens that your car will need the replacement of a part. Parts for classic cars aren’t always readily available and it becomes quite difficult to keep the car on the road or in a serviceable condition. You will need to identify where you are going to be able to source parts for the classic car you are purchasing.

On the Expensive Side

Classic cars are attractive and a favourite of most car enthusiasts.  However they come with a cost that can quickly burn a hole in your pocket. You need to research how much the car is likely to cost on an ongoing basis otherwise it might not be a good investment in the long term.

Despite all the disadvantages, there are lots of benefits of buying a classic car. And generally speaking the pros outweigh the cons with one of the pros being the private number plate on the car which makes it even more unique and more valuable in the long term.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Personalised Number Plate



Owning an exclusive car is an aspiration for a lot of people and many of these people also have an aspiration to make their vehicle unique by the addition of an exclusive personalised number plate.

Wanting to go for something really unique:

Adding a personalised number plate will certainly make your vehicle unique.

When considering a personalised number plate for your vehicle you need to ensure you purchase the right number for your vehicle.  When you are planning to purchase a private number plate from a Broker you should check out a few things before committing to your purchase:

Is the Broker DVLA Recognised ?

The assignment of a new registration to your vehicle will need to be managed in accordance with the Cherished Marks Transfer Regulations and you will need to ensure the Broker is familiar with the regulations. A good indicator of this will be the Broker having DVLA recognition as a reseller of cherished marks. You can visit the DVLA website to check if the Broker is DVLA Recognised. Alternatively the dealer will declare this on their own website.

Be Informed about Values

There are several investment advantages of owning a personalised number plate but that does not mean you need to be careless with your money.

You can research prices on the same personalised number plate across brokers in the market place. The most efficient way to do this is via the internet. Find the number plates that you like and check out prices across reputable and well established brokers via their websites.

Choose Your Payment Method

When purchasing from a reputable broker you will be able to secure a personalised number plate by making a deposit payment on-line through a secure payment system. Subsequent balance payments can be made by cheque, BACS transfer, by debit or credit card. Make sure you are aware of card handling fees on credit cards as these can be excessive with some brokers. Premier Plates UK charge a 2% card handling fee on credit cards only which is one of the lowest charges in the market.

From a Broker or an Auction

Buying a personalised number plate from a broker or at auction can give very different results. Auctions can provide very unusual results with prices varying hugely for standard numbers. This can be driven by competition for a particular number where more than one party have their sights set on securing a specific number. For this reason you should go to an auction or submit bids at an auction with a very specific budget based on your research of prices achieved at previous auctions.

Buying from a Reputable Broker will ensure you are buying from a Professional organisation with market prices representative of market value. Reputable brokers will avoid over pricing of personalised number plates as they have their reputation to protect in the market place.

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Our staff will co-ordinate the transfer of your personalised number plate with DVLA Swansea and provide updates on transer progress for your convenience and peace of mind. Our cherished number plates can be purchased securely on-line from our website or alternatively by telephone. Premier Plates UK sell cherished numbers owned by clients, government stock and our own stock. Under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 (rules on cancellation H6) we must notify all our clients that our service begins immediately upon placement of your order and subsequently no cooling off period or refunds are given. Please refer to our terms and conditions page for detail relating to the purchase of a uk registration. Premier Plates UK is in no way affiliated to the DVLA. We are a registered reseller of DVLA number plates and use of the term 'DVLA' is only for the purposes of describing the goods and services offered by Premier Plates UK

Premier Plates are a DVLA approved reseller of DVLA number plates and we are a registered supplier of acrylic and classic number plates for cars and motorcycles. We buy personalised registrations from auctions and from members of the public. We are brokers of dvla registrations for members of the public and we provide our marketing service for owners of high value and low value private number plates. We have custom search facilities on our website which allows our customers to search quickly for their ideal number plate. If you are looking for a dateless or a modern style of registration then you will be able to find it and enquire or buy securely online. We also have a sales team available to deal with your enquiry or alternatively to take an order over the phone should you feel nervous about ordering online. Before choosing your ideal plate you need to check on the age of your vehicle and the year qualifier for the new plate in order to make sure it is a transferable number to your vehicle. In purchasing your ideal plate you will need to ensure the vehicle displays the registration in accordance with DVLA regulations and it is recommended that you buy your number plates from us as part of your order.