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    • Beenie
    • By Beenie 10th Apr 18, 8:46 PM
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    Personalised reg plates
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:46 PM
    Personalised reg plates 10th Apr 18 at 8:46 PM
    Has anyone bought these, and if so is it straightforward?

    I am thinking (only thinking, mind) that I might surprise my husband for his birthday with some of these plates. I have looked at a couple of sites and am not sure if the prices advertised are just the price paid to the dealership for the reg., or if it is the total cost (whatever the associated costs might be).

    Does anyone know?
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    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 10th Apr 18, 8:54 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:54 PM
    Are you sure it!!!8217;s the sort of surprise he!!!8217;d want?
    • jaybeetoo
    • By jaybeetoo 10th Apr 18, 8:55 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:55 PM
    First check if the registration is available from the DVLA. It is cheaper than buying from other sites.

    http://dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk
    • pe567567567
    • By pe567567567 10th Apr 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:57 PM
    I have had a couple for many years and I would suggest the you check that the plates are on a retention certificate if from a dealer and that the price includes VAT, then you will have no hidden costs. Buying from DVLA is straightforward. Just keep in mind that the plates have to be fully legal when on the car and that you never own them, just have the right to display them...if you sell the car or if it is written off due to an accident make sure that you bang them on a retention certificate before anything else. This is all straightforward, done on line and more or less instant. I think it is £130 for 20 years, but better to check yourself. Just be careful to have spacing etc correct or you can get fined and lose the plate. I have a very short plate and have been pulled a couple of times although it is perfectly legal...I have to remind them of the law regarding plates and it tends to get them stroppy. If they are advertised by a dealer it is highly unlikely that they would be available from DVLA.
    Last edited by pe567567567; 10-04-2018 at 8:59 PM. Reason: additions
    • jaybeetoo
    • By jaybeetoo 10th Apr 18, 9:05 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 9:05 PM
    I would suggest the you check that the plates are on a retention certificate
    Originally posted by pe567567567
    Even if a dealer or a web site is advertising a registration, check the DVLA first. Sites advertising registrations often don't own them all - when they get an enquiry from a punter they buy the registration from the DVLA and then sell it on at a profit.
    • flashg67
    • By flashg67 10th Apr 18, 9:25 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 9:25 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 9:25 PM
    +1 for trying the DVLA site first - cheaper for most plates, and the price includes the first transfer. I got a certificate sent within a few days after purchase.I just entered the cert number online when I was ready to put it on the car and got a conformation that I could now use the plate on the car.
    You create an online 'account' so you can keep more reg numbers in there if you decide to treat yourself too...

    Really easy now it's all online
    • docmatt
    • By docmatt 10th Apr 18, 11:24 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 11:24 PM
    A good honest dealer to start with would be carreg. Iíve bought and sold a few over the years and found them to be great.
    • Beenie
    • By Beenie 11th Apr 18, 7:46 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 7:46 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 7:46 AM
    Thank you for your useful replies.

    It's only an idea at present. We are members of a car enthusiasts club, and now that personal plates have become affordable, most people have them for fun rather than status.

    Having read what you've all said, I probably won't do it as a surprise; he's the car owner and obviously needs to know what is going on.
    • Ant555
    • By Ant555 11th Apr 18, 1:32 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 1:32 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 1:32 PM

    Having read what you've all said, I probably won't do it as a surprise; he's the car owner and obviously needs to know what is going on.
    Originally posted by Beenie
    When I bought one from the DVLA we didnt have to say which of our cars it was for - we just bought the plate and received a certificate of entitlement/ownership with an expiry date where we had to have either transferred it to a car or extend the certificate - I cant remember how long but it was for, but 10 years rings a bell

    So, your husband will not necessarily have to do anything before you purchase the registration number - you have ages to put it on a car and sort out any admin.

    You could even keep it for a car you haven't bought yet etc.

    I dont want to add any complications but you cant make a car look 'newer/younger' so if you have an older classic car then be careful with number plates that contain years. Ie if your car is 15 years old 2003 then you cant put MR55 BEN on it as the '55' bit means 2005/2006

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by Ant555; 11-04-2018 at 1:34 PM.
    • z1a
    • By z1a 11th Apr 18, 3:20 PM
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    Do you hate him that much?
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 11th Apr 18, 3:23 PM
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    Do you hate him that much?
    Originally posted by z1a
    (but I agree with you...)
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