Do’s and Don’ts When Buying a Personal Number Plate

When you’re considering making your vehicle stand out with a personalised number plate, you’ve got to keep a few things in mind. For one thing, since so many people are using custom reg plates today, there are only so many letter and number combinations available. Another important thing to know is that some private number plates can be pricey, even though there are affordable personalised plates available.

Here are some do’s and don’ts you should keep in mind when buying a personalised private plate for your vehicle.

Do Determine How Much You Can Spend

Since private number plates can be expensive, it’s a good idea to decide how much money you want to spend on your personal number plate. Of course, it’s perfectly fine to buy a plate that costs more than the vehicle you own, if that will make you happy. However, if you’re like most people, you may not want to spend thousands of pounds for a custom plate. This is why you should set a budget and stick to it, before you even begin looking around.

Don’t Assume There’s Only One Style

It’s a common misperception among drivers that there is only one main style of custom reg plates available. The truth is that UK private plates are available in four different styles:

  • Dateless: Plates with no date displayed.
  • Current: Like regular number plates except the number & letter combinations can be chosen
  • Prefix: Plates that have the vehicle age indicator at the beginning of the plate
  • Suffix: Plates that have the vehicle age indicator at the end of the plate


It’s important to know that the rarer and fewer characters on a reg plate you’re looking for, the more money you’ll have to dish out. This is simply a matter of supply & demand.

Do Consider All Your Options

You’ll end up being very disappointed if you find out you can’t get the personalised plate you want because someone else has it. This is why you need to be flexible and have some options to explore. Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to blow your budget out of the water just because you’re dead set on having a particular custom reg plate.

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