It’s pretty safe to say that personal number plates have enjoyed something of a renaissance in the UK over recent years, having found their way onto more everyday autos than ever before. From family cars to buses to business vehicles and so many more, everyone seems to be jumping on-board the private plate bandwagon and having a darn good time in the process.
At the same time, however, it remains a subject which for many people is still shrouded in mystery having once been the kind of assets that were reserved for the rich and powerful only. As such, it’s hardly surprising that some are taking more convincing than others, having not fully come to terms with what private plates are all about and the kind of benefits they can bring a buyer.
So with this in mind, here’s a quick look at just a few of the most common myths regarding private plates that you may well have unknowingly bought into:
Myth – Private Plates Are Expensive
Once perhaps, but these days it’s perfectly possible to pick up a private plate for not much more than what a couple of nights out would cost you. There was indeed a time when unless you were willing to spend hundreds, thousands even on a number plate you weren’t going to have any luck with the private plates market. As of right now, however, things could not be more different and if you have enough cash to buy and operate a family run-around, chances are you have more than enough to upgrade to a private plate.
Myth – All the Best Plates Are Taken
There’s some logic to this theory in one sense as with private plates having been on the market for decades, it’s inevitable that tens of thousands have already been scooped up. However, with an archive of quite literally tens of millions of possible letter and number combinations to choose from, it’s absolutely impossible that any given person could not easily find the perfect plate to suit their tastes. There are so many more plates on the market than there are cars on the roads in the UK that to state, there aren’t any decent ones left is pure fantasy.
Myth – Buying and Transferring Is Complicated
This is another one of those myths that may once have held some truth, but really isn’t relevant anymore. The reason being that while there is a certain amount of admin and paperwork that underpins the sale and purchase process, this will more often than not be taken care of by the service you buy the plate from. And what’s more, actually buying in the first place from a good online service is as easy as entering the details of the plate you want and hitting the ‘buy’ button – it really is as easy as that!
Myth – Private Plates No Longer Gain Value
This myth can be ousted with one plain and simple fact – the new UK record for the highest price ever paid for a private plate was set just last year at over half a million pounds. This illustrates just how alive and well the industry is, along with the kind of cash some people are willing to pay for the plates of their dreams. Of course, it’s not as easy as just buying any old plate and expecting to make a fortune, but with a little thought and savvy injected into the process, the right private plate can represent a pretty rewarding investment to say the least.
Myth – I Have to Sell the Plate Along with My Car
There’s absolutely nothing in the world that says you have to sell the private number plate attached to your car when selling the car itself. Instead, you have every option to transfer the car back to its original number plate and keep it to be used on whichever car you buy next. There’s a small fee to be paid each time such transfers are made, but it’s a small price to pay to hang onto the plate you’ve come to know and love.
Myth – I Can Edit My Plate with Fancy Fonts, Colours and Strategic Use of Bolts
While this is a pretty commonplace practice up and down the UK, it is in fact against the rules of the DVLA to do anything to affect the appearance of your plate. Chances are you’ll find plenty of garages willing to do this kind of thing for you, but then again, they aren’t the ones that will end up lumped with a massive DVLA fine sooner or later for doing so.