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    Quote Originally Posted by JonRA View Post
    Incorrect spacing just looks desperate and sad to me. If it doesn't 'work' with correct spacing, forget it AFAIK.
    Agreed.

    Followed a Merc SUV earlier with a plate of, I think, AHM 114B.

    But he'd pushed them together and then stuck a yellow screw head in the B, so it looked like AHMAD (I presume).

    You had to be very close to see the last letter was a B, so the plate must have been illegal on numerous levels.

    It's a shame you can't just have anything though, surely memorable plates would be easier to remember if involved in a crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by draftsmann View Post
    Have you seen the same reg listed by another broker? It isnít uncommon to see several listings for the same number, at different asking prices.
    No I think it's only on the one, or at least I haven't seen it elsewhere and Google isn't showing any other options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    It's a shame you can't just have anything though, surely memorable plates would be easier to remember if involved in a crime.
    Danger with some plates is you can be distracted trying to work out what the actual registration is if you take away the misspacing etc.!

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    Off the back of this thread, I had a look at the latest DVLA online auction.

    A number of their offerings rely on misspacing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweepinghand View Post
    That’s correct - however the constabulary are not interested in minor indiscretions - it’s legible and easily identified
    My nephew has a really good one that looks like his name with minimal fiddling. I said you will get pulled by the police; thinking he never will in a million years. Got stopped after about 3 weeks.

    I’ve seen certain illegal plates around where I am that are on the 3rd or 4th vehicle over years and obviously never been bothered by the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    It's a shame you can't just have anything though, surely memorable plates would be easier to remember if involved in a crime.
    I'm not sure requiring all getaway drivers to get their car plates changes to ACR 1M is going to work.

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    A few years ago there was an MP suggesting proper full word plates, but never came to anything.

    Mate of mine in Calgary has vanity plate 'RFP' or suchlike, cost peanuts like CAD$50...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    It's a shame you can't just have anything though, surely memorable plates would be easier to remember if involved in a crime.

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    mine was £399 N1VLO MY NAME OLVIN ... a gift from the missus

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    They haven't called. Ball is back in my court I guess!

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    Seriously donít be too eager.

    My son went through something similar to get a plate that he wanted, played the waiting game and eventually he got it for less than a quarter of what they wanted for it. Did take some time though.

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    Donít see the point of private plates myself unless your a poser or Willy waver. Only imho of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slamdoor View Post
    Donít see the point of private plates myself unless your a poser or Willy waver. Only imho of course.
    Well one good reason is not having to change your Dartford Crossing account every time you change your car, particularly if you have a number of cars on the account.

    But thank you for advising me that my posing wife likes to wave her Willy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slamdoor View Post
    Donít see the point of private plates myself unless your a poser or Willy waver. Only imho of course.
    Yes, cheaper to get a T-shirt printed with a random misspelt word.

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    I bought mine from DVLA for £250.00 which includes the £80.00 transfer fee. P11 CLX you can probably guess my name from it. I couldn't get CLK
    I'm in my 50s and never ever felt the need for one but on a whim I took a look on their website and came away with a w4nker plate
    Bordom really does cost a lot at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmATeaf View Post
    Seriously donít be too eager.

    My son went through something similar to get a plate that he wanted, played the waiting game and eventually he got it for less than a quarter of what they wanted for it. Did take some time though.
    I think it very much depends on the plate. For a dateless 4 digit plate it seems the demands there, everything sells for good money etc. There's no chance I'd get more than 25% off, as anything and everything in that range sells at auction for that or more. Conversely I imagine for longer plates which roughly spell out a word etc, prices will be more likely to be all over the shop as it's much more subjective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slamdoor View Post
    Donít see the point of private plates myself unless your a poser or Willy waver. Only imho of course.
    +1, When I was unashamedly going through the male menopause ca 15 years ago I seriously considered buying one, a Ďproperí one not something that needs messing with to look right.

    I tried to buy PW58 for £5K and failed.........thankfully some other knob wanted it more than I did.

    Seriously, step back and ask yourself a few questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slamdoor View Post
    Donít see the point of private plates myself unless your a poser or Willy waver. Only imho of course.
    Can I offset the willy waver factor if I use it on a Smart car? Surely that balances out

    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    +1, When I was unashamedly going through the male menopause ca 15 years ago I seriously considered buying one, a Ďproperí one not something that needs messing with to look right.

    I tried to buy PW58 for £5K and failed.........thankfully some other knob wanted it more than I did.

    Seriously, step back and ask yourself a few questions.
    Fair, but if you had bought it then it'd be worth more now and you've have had it for 15 years. Swings and roundabouts. Perhaps I'll look back and think the same though

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    Back when we had plates in Northern Ireland assigned by county, so it was always easy to recognise a ďTyroneĒ car on your travels

    They always ended JI, so AJI 1, CJI 6000 etc

    They did away with that system so for historical reasons I bought NJI 77 when the chance arose and NJI 67 when it appeared on eBay one night Iíd been having a drink or 10

    Canít ever imagine selling them, my kids will have them

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    I like personalised number plates. I remember seeing a single single plate on a Vauxhall Astra. The car was very old with a value in the few hundreds, in comparison to the number plate which was worth multiple thousands. I thought it was really cool.

    When a number plate has bolts, screws and illegal spacing, it looks awful.

    There is a number plate thread on Pistonheads with some horrendous examples.

    Hold out OP. When you get called, drop your price further. Really make them work for the sale. He who dares...

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    +1, When I was unashamedly going through the male menopause ca 15 years ago I seriously considered buying one, a Ďproperí one not something that needs messing with to look right.

    I tried to buy PW58 for £5K and failed.........thankfully some other knob wanted it more than I did.

    Seriously, step back and ask yourself a few questions.
    PW 58 would be £10k+ now. Your loss.

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    I regret not buying 69 GYP when it was advertised in the back of Exchange and Mart for £600.

    Mind you, £600 was quite a lot of money back in the 80's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    PW 58 would be £10k+ now. Your loss.
    Not really, we don't know what it sold for but ~£6.5k then would be £10k now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Not really, we don't know what it sold for but ~£6.5k then would be £10k now.
    Itís not assigned to a car so either lost or on retention

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Not really, we don't know what it sold for but ~£6.5k then would be £10k now.
    You wonít by a two number two Ďcommon letterí plate for under £10k now, and itíll be £20k in another decade. So yes, it shouldíve been bought.

    By all means donít like private plates, but the fact is they are increasing assets which vetoes any Ďthey make no senseí allegations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    You wonít by a two number two Ďcommon letterí plate for under £10k now, and itíll be £20k in another decade. So yes, it shouldíve been bought.

    By all means donít like private plates, but the fact is they are increasing assets which vetoes any Ďthey make no senseí allegations.
    From your figures probably increased at rate of inflation, thatís all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    I just press the boot open button on the remote and look for the tailgate lifting.

    It does have the wifeís plate on it though!
    Years ago, my old boss used a customers car (not something Iíd ever do by the way!) to go Christmas shopping. Parked it in a multi story, got his bits and forgot what car he had come in. Or what floor he was on. This was pre remote locking and pre mobile phones so he had about an hour wondering around before he recognised it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    From your figures probably increased at rate of inflation, thatís all.
    The £10k+ I said could be £12k. Could be £18k. Common initials PW and a year of birth 58 are desirable.

    Prices are currently very strong, much more so than 5-10 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I regret not buying 69 GYP when it was advertised in the back of Exchange and Mart for £600.

    Mind you, £600 was quite a lot of money back in the 80's.
    This happens to be attached to one of my bikes coincidentally:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    PW 58 would be £10k+ now. Your loss.
    I donít define this as a loss, in the grand scheme if things its insignificant and I certainly donít regret being outbid for this or any other number plate!

    Actually, it was less than 15 years ago, it was around 2010. This number was released by DVLA and auctioned, I didnít win but I was close. It then appeared on a dealers site at around £7.5k and didnít sell for months. Number plates seemed to remain unsold for over 12 months at that time, maybe thatís changed.

    As for investment potential, a number that relates to a certain year is eventually going to lose its appeal, folks born in 1958 will now be 63 and thatís getting well into the territory where priorities move away from the flashy and flamboyant. PW will become less appealing because Peter, Paul and Philip are less popular names than they once were and that will eventually affect demand.

    Had I bought the plate I would've sold it in 2014 when health problems changed my attitude, mindset, and priorities, its unlikely I would still own it.

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    Question for the pros, should I be doing any checks on the reg ahead of time? Is it possible for historic 'stuff' attached to the plate to impact me if I buy it? e.g. if it was attached to a car that's had a past accident or something, will that impact me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by degsey View Post
    This happens to be attached to one of my bikes coincidentally:-)
    Ah, an RD250.

    This, coincidentally, is attached to my Scrambler 900 :-)


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    Someone call Eddie, I've found the perfect plate for him


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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    The £10k+ I said could be £12k. Could be £18k. Common initials PW and a year of birth 58 are desirable.

    Prices are currently very strong, much more so than 5-10 years ago.
    Bought mine in 2006 for £6k. Had an outright buy offer from Regtransfers this year for £20k. I don't know what they were going to sell it on for! I reckon it's been a good investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33JS View Post
    Bought mine in 2006 for £6k. Had an outright buy offer from Regtransfers this year for £20k. I don't know what they were going to sell it on for! I reckon it's been a good investment.
    Sell the bloody thing and take the profit. Let some other knob enjoy the perceived Ď kudosí whilst you count your money.

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    Yawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    Yawn.
    Yeah, you keep yawning......sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, porridgewog.

    Drive around with a personalised plate and some folks will think youíre cool, others will think youíre a prat. I prefer anonymity thesedays.

    If I was the OP Iíd spend my money on a decent motor instead.

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    Thatís four negative posts; shall you grant us a fifth?

    You really are the definition of monotonous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    Thatís four negative posts; shall you grant us a fifth?

    You really are the definition of monotonous.
    No, I merely present an alternative viewpoint, you and I have a history of antagonism and youíre letting that sway your judgement.

    Jog on Jocko, Iíve put forward a view that personalised plates are a crass form of vanity and Iíve explained how I arrived at this opinion. If you donít like it thatís tough.

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    Porridge wog and now jocko, sometimes it's not what you say its how it's meant. Surely you can put your point across without lowering yourself to this level?
    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    No, I merely present an alternative viewpoint, you and I have a history of antagonism and youíre letting that sway your judgement.

    Jog on Jocko, Iíve put forward a view that personalised plates are a crass form of vanity and Iíve explained how I arrived at this opinion. If you donít like it thatís tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velvetsnow View Post
    Porridge wog and now jocko, sometimes it's not what you say its how it's meant. Surely you can put your point across without lowering yourself to this level?
    Me and him have history, he deserves it. He’s been having a pop at me for a few years on here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    Yeah, you keep yawning......sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, porridgewog.

    Drive around with a personalised plate and some folks will think youíre cool, others will think youíre a prat. I prefer anonymity thesedays.

    If I was the OP Iíd spend my money on a decent motor instead.
    I have two personalised plates. My plate is MP NNNN and the wifes is SUE NNN. I have lost count of how many times I have been stopped and been offered a nice juicy sum for them.

    Owning a personalised plate is a sensible financial investment and the car isn't. I have owned both plates since the mid eighties and have never regretted it.

    I once offered a guy £50k (many years ago) for SUE 1 and he told me he had recently turned down an offer for £270K. Goodness knows what he would get for it now.

    If anyone thinks anyone else driving around on a personalised plate is a prat, then my view is it is they who are the prat. They certainly have very little commercial acumen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    Me and him have history, he deserves it. Heís been having a pop at me for a few years on here.
    I recall calling you a hypocrite due to your complaints about crass behaviour on the forum to the point you ďpermanently leftĒ for all of about a month, which funnily enough happened a few days after you called someone the C word.

    And now two rather misplaced Scottish comments to add to your catalogue of duplicity. You really are an idiot of the highest calibre.

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    A guy I used to have some dealings with 25 years ago had DAN 1 which always impressed me as I do like number plates, after knowing him for some time I asked him what he had paid for his number plate, he said £5, really ?

    It turned out he dident own DAN 1 he just had the number plates made up and used them for a few years.

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    Anyone know if any historic checks that should be done on a reg before purchasing? Ta

    Quote Originally Posted by TheTigerUK View Post
    A guy I used to have some dealings with 25 years ago had DAN 1 which always impressed me as I do like number plates, after knowing him for some time I asked him what he had paid for his number plate, he said £5, really ?

    It turned out he dident own DAN 1 he just had the number plates made up and used them for a few years.
    Haha, didn't know that was an option, I'm going to just have MIKE then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick P View Post
    I have two personalised plates. My plate is MP NNNN and the wifes is SUE NNN.
    I presume these arenít UK registrations with that format

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex L View Post
    I presume these aren’t UK registrations with that format
    2 letter 4 number and 3 letter 3 number are historic UK formats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    2 letter 4 number and 3 letter 3 number are historic UK formats.
    I read the plates literally as NNN. Now I get it, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex L View Post
    I read the plates literally as NNN. Now I get it, thanks.
    Ha yeah, code used by us plate nerds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex L View Post
    I read the plates literally as NNN. Now I get it, thanks.
    Does that mean you thought from the first post I was trying to buy the literal plate "N LLL"

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