How Much Is My Number Plate Worth? Guide To Valuing Your Private Reg | Guides (2022)

How to value a number plate

Valuing your number plate can be very difficult, primarily because all number plates are unique and unfortunately, there is no magic formula to uncover a registration plates’ value.

There are, however, a number of steps you can take to research the possible value of your number plate. By investing a bit of time and effort, you should be able to get an approximate figure of what your number plate is worth.

This guide is the most comprehensive one on the internet, and will help you to find out how much your number plate is worth.This is a long guide split into many parts, with each part covering a different factor that may influence or affect your plates value.

Each part is important, so we'd suggest sticking with us and reading through all of it. If, however, you're in a rush and just wanted to get a rough idea or starting point for valuing your number plate, we would suggest that the best thing to do would be to research the asking prices of similar plates.

Anyway, let's get stuck in.

What type of number plate is it?

The first thing we'll do is to look at the type of number plate, as this factor alone can play a part in its value.

There are currently 5 different types of number plate available in the UK (although across our site we generally use 4 as we combine Irish and Dateless into the same category, we’ve separated them in this guide as it’s important to distinguish between them when looking at values).

Below, we’ll outline the 5 different types and briefly explain what the number plate type alone, could mean for its value.

Prefix (e.g.A1 ABC)

Prefix number plates are generally the most common type of personalised number plate you see on the roads today. There are millions of them available to buy from the DVLA and this can limit their value as there is so much choice and there are many alternatives to most plates. Having said that, prefix number plates with fewer digits are becoming more valuable as there are now less of them available to buy direct from the DVLA.

Suffix (e.g.ABC 1A)

Suffix number plates are rarer than prefix plates because they cannot be purchased directly from the DVLA and are only available at DVLA auctions or via the second hand market through dealers or direct from sellers. This tends to keep their value slightly higher than their prefix equivalents. To look at, they look less ‘ordinary’ and more striking than a prefix plate with the 3 letters being first, and they also have the added benefit of being able to be registered to older vehicles and classic cars, which of course is not possible with prefix number plates.

Dateless (e.g. ABC 1 or 1 ABC)

As their name suggests, dateless number plates have no date of issue attached to them, meaning they can be assigned to any vehicle of any age, making them ideal to disguise a vehicle’s age. They tend to be the most valuable type of number plates around, and depending on the number of digits and the combination, the value can vary hugely. ‘Number 1’ plates and dateless plates with fewer letters and numbers tend to be the most valuable – A 1and F 1for example, are two of the most expensive number plates in the UK.

Irish (e.g. IGZ 1)

Usually cheaper than dateless plates, Irish number plates do not have a date attached to them either, which also makes them suitable to disguise a vehicle’s age. As Irish plates always include the characters ‘I’ or ‘Z’, it can be harder to ‘spell’ a name or word with them, making them some of the cheapest in the market place.

New Style/Current (e.g. AB12 ABC)

As with prefix number plates, new style plates are available to buy directly from the DVLA, meaning there are often several alternatives available for each plate, which keeps the values of them down. Also, this style of number plate is quite restrictive in terms of its structure, with all plates having 7 characters. This tends to make the plates look less 'personalised' and also can make it difficult to ‘spell’ a name or word on the plate, which resulted in a lesser demand than prefix plates experienced when they first went on sale. With that said, there are still some great combinations, plates like EN61 AND and HU21 CAN, for example, available.

The meaning of your number plate

We’ll now look at the meaning of a number plate, as a proportion of the value of any plate is determined by its meaning and the significance it could have to a potential buyer.

For example, some number plates spell out a persons first name or surname, some spell a word, some contain popular initials, and some even contain letters that have a meaning to certain groups such as football clubs (LFC/CFC etc.) or vehicle owners (BMW/AUD etc.).

Generally speaking, your number plate will probably fall into one of these categories, depending on the combination.

Name number plates

Some number plates spell a name, nickname or surname, and these are often some of the most valuable number plates around. Obviously the popularity of the name makes a difference here. A plate containing A1JON or F1ROB would obviously be more appealing to more people and therefore more valuable than one containing A1UNA, for example, assuming the other letters/numbers are the same. Don’t forget that not only English names can be spelt with number plates and there are names that you may not have heard of before so a quick Google search is always worth doing.

Word number plates

As with name number plates, if your number plate spells a word then it certainly has some value. Again, don’t forget to check Google for non-English words too. The values of these plates can vary wildly depending on the word and whether it's a word someone would want to display on their vehicle. Word number plates generally have a smaller market of potential buyers than name number plates but combinations like EN61 AND can demand higher prices.

Initial number plates

These tend to be the most popular types of personalised number plates, with lots of people happy to proudly display their initials on their vehicle whilst also hiding it's age. The popularity of the initials make a huge difference here.

The below heatmap, from theSAS blog,gives us a nice illustration to how popular pairs of initials are. It shows the likelihood of 676 combinations of first name and surname initials, with first initial listed along the bottom, and second initial on the left.

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As you can see, the most common first initials tend to be J, M and S, with the most common surname initials being S, B and H.

Popular two letter combinations include JS, JB, JH, MS, MB, MH, SS, SB and SH.

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Using the graphic, you should be able to get a rough idea of how common the initials in your number plate are, and therefore the size of the market for it. The more people your plate appeals to, the more it tends to be worth.

Be sure to apply some common sense when looking at the initials. If the initials in your plate areJDSorMJS, it’s going to be worth more than if they wereFGYorUV, purely due to the initials being more popular. The basic rules of supply and demand apply here. Again, be sure to Google search the initials on your number plate to check for acronyms or abbreviations.

Vehicle number plates

As long as the car is still around, there will always be a market for car related number plates. Sometimes it’s worth looking into selling your number plate directly to members of a forum or an owners’ club, as they are likely to place a higher value on the number plate due to them being enthusiasts of the car.

Obvious car number plates containing letters like VAG, AMG, BMW or AUD are generally the most popular but with many different manufacturers and models of vehicle available it’s advisable that you Google your number plate’s letters to be 100% sure nothing is missed here.

How to find the meaning of your number plate

It may be glaringly obvious that your number plate spells your name, a word, or relates to a vehicle but then again, it may not.

If it’s not, then we suggest that first thing you should do is Google search your number plate, both as a whole and in sections. Although this seems like an obvious thing to do, many people skip this step thinking that they know best, and a simple search might reveal a meaning that you hadn’t considered.

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For example, let’s say your name is Darren Alpine and you own the number plate D3 ALP, you should Google search ‘ALP’. This will show results about the Alkaline Phosphatase test, The Association of Learning Providers, companies called ALP Lighting, ALP Management, ALP Leisure and so on.

If you then Google search ‘D3’ you’ll find information about Diablo 3, and Data Driven Documents.

Lastly, if you start to Google the entire number plate ‘D3 ALP’, Google's will suggest searching for D3 Alpina. If you do this, you’ll find that the BMW tuners ‘Alpina’ produced a D3 model and your number plate would be ideal for one of their owners. Unless you’re a BMW nut, you may well have not realised this!

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Armed with this information you could directly advertise the plate for sale on a BMW/Alpina owners forum (the owner of this particular plate has already done just that) or in a magazine.

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Other techniques for finding out your number plates meaning can be found in the number plate meanings section of this guide.

It's important that you don’t skip this step, as it’s all too easy to under-value your number plate if you miss something here.

Look at the numbers

If your number plate doesn’t spell a name or word, and doesn’t appear to have any direct meaning, then its value can be hugely influenced by on the letters and numbers in it - how many and what there are.

Generally speaking, shorter plates are more desirable, so the fewer numbers, the better. Number 1 plates are the most valuable, but any single number i.e. 1-9 is generally better than having 2, 3 or 4 numbers.

If you have multiple numbers, then consecutive numbers, pairs and triplets are generally more valuable, as are years of birth.

For example, the number plate BBB 111 would be worth more than the plate BBB 141 because it has duplicate digits. Also the number plate BBB 11 would be worth more than BBB 111 because it has fewer digits. The character 1 also works for making a plate appear shorter than it really is.

Look at the letters

Once again less is more here. This only applies to dateless or Irish number plates as number of the letters in prefix, suffix and new style number plates are all fixed.

If you have a prefix or suffix number plate then you will have 4 letters in total, a prefix or suffix letter, and a combination of 3 letters together. If you have a new style number plate then you’ll have 5 letters, two at the beginning and 3 at the end of the plate. Whatever type of plate you have, pairs or triplets of letters generally tend to be most valuable if there is no other meaning to your number plate.

For example, the number plate PDR 10 is less valuable than the number plate PR 10, and the plate PR 10 is worth less than P 10, with the number of digits being the main factor in the values here.

Look at the order

Generally speaking, registration plates with letters first (before numbers), are worth more than ones with numbers first) e.g.JM 1 would be worth more than 1 JM. This is because the registrations with letters first are 'original issue' plates and generally have more history than the 'reverse issue', numbers first plates.

Research similar plates

Now that you’ve established meaning and looked into the number of digits in your plate, you should know what to compare it to. The next step is to do just that - to compare the prices being asked for similar plates to help you determine the value of your number plate.

Although every number plate is completely unique, this is usually the single best way to get a ballpark valuation.

Do bear in mind though, that often you’ll find the same number plates being advertised for sale at different prices with different dealers. We usually search around and use the lowest figure as our comparable as that’s what any savvy buyer would do.

Things to consider when researching the price of similar number plates for sale:

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Look at number plates with similar meanings or similar letters/numbers

Don’t just stop at comparing your number plate with plates that spell the same name or word, look at similar names/words as well.

For example, if your number plate was TAX 1S, then you might want to compare it to plates like CAB 81E.

Similarly, if your number plate was A1 ABC, then see if number plates like A2 ABC and A1 ABD are for sale as comparisons. The more comparisons you can make, the better informed you’ll be.

When looking for similar plates, it’s best to try and copy as much of your number plate as possible and only change maybe one or two numbers or letters. You want to find number plates that are as close to yours as possible, for example:

Your number plate

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Similar number plates

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How popular is the meaning

Clearly, a plate like P3 TER could appeal to anyone with the name Peter, which is more popular and therefore desirable to more people, than N1 SHA for example. While these are both perfect representations of peoples names and are both very appealing in their own right, you can expect that P3 TER would fetch a much higher price simply because of supply and demand.

The plate P3 TER is in very short supply as there’s only 1, and high demand as there’re hundreds of thousands of people with the name Peter in the UK. There is, of course, also only one N1 SHA plate too so the supply is the same; however, there will be much less demandas Nisha is not as popular a name.

Check historical auction prices

The DVLA publish all prices achieved for number plates at previous auctions online. You can search through for any plates that have ever been bought at auction and find out when and exactly how much was paid for them here.

It’s a great, untapped resource because a lot of number plates can be sold at auction and never re-surface in the private market.

For example, if I owned the plate KDM 1, I could simply enter KDM into the search box, and can find out exactly when similar plates were sold, and how much for.

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The prices listed here don’t include 20% VAT, the auctioneers’ premium of 7%, or the £80 assignment fee, so let's do the math using 1 KDM as an example...

Hammer Price£7,600.00
+ VAT on Hammer
Price @ 20%
£1,520.00
+ Buyers Premium
@ 7%
£532.00
+ VAT on Buyers
Premium @ 20%
£106.40
+ Assignment Fee£80.00
= Total Cost£9838.40

As we can see, the £7,600 hammer price achieved for1 KDM, actually ended up costing the buyer£9,838.40.

If you're in a rush and haven't got time to do the math, a quick and rough way to get the total cost is to add around 29% to the hammer price. To do this, multiply the hammer price by 1.29.

Using the above example, £7,600 x 1.29 = £9,804.

As you can see, it's not accurate to the penny, but it's not too far out and does give you a rough figure without the headache!

The next thing to do is to account for inflation.

In the example we’ve used here, 1 KDM sold way back in 1997.

Obviously things were a lot cheaper back in 1997.

So all we need to do is enter the total price and the year it was sold into the Bank of England’s inflation calculator to get today’s value.

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This shows us that the £9,929.60 paid in 1997, would actually be £16,141.79 at today’s prices.

We now know exactly how much was paid for a similar plate to ours, and have even indexed the figure to account for inflation.

Although this gives us the absolute rock-bottom cost figure, it doesn’t necessarily give us the actual value, as registration plates have generally appreciated over time with more interest and demand.

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Knowing how much someone paid for a plate is really useful, possibly even more so than seeing how much number plates are advertised for (after all, you can advertise your plate for whatever price you want, it doesn’t mean anyone will buy it).

However, you should bear in mind that number plate auctions have hugely increased in popularity in recent years, so prices in more recent auctions tend to be much higher than historic ones. Also, auction prices can be deceiving. If there is only one person who really wants a plate, they can potentially bag a 'bargain', whereas all it takes is two motivated buyers to drive a price extremely high as 'auction fever' kicks in.

Get several number plate valuations

Many number plate dealers offer to value your number plate for free. Some of these valuations are computer generated; others can be done over the telephone. The reason they do this for free is that they want to sell your number plate on your behalf and take a percentage of the sale price as their commission.

Dealers act as the middlemen between number plate buyers and sellers (very much like estate agents do with properties) and they make money by loading their commission into the final selling price of the number plate.

For this reason, the valuation they’ll give is often what will be returned to you when the number plate sells, not the asking price which will be displayed on their website or the price that a buyer would actually pay – so just be aware of this.

We would suggest getting as many valuations as you can, and would aim for a minimum of 3.

The reason for this is that with something like number plates, where there is no official guideline on value, you will probably find that the valuations that you get vary quite widely.

Different experiences, opinions and levels of research will probably lead to different valuations, but getting a few will allow you to average them out.

Are free valuations too good to be true?

As mentioned above, if you request a number plate valuation from a dealer, you will most likely be given a figure that they will aim to return to you. Let’s call this figure £X.

The dealer will actually advertise your plate on their website for a much higher price as they’ll add on their commission; let’s call this figure £Y.

The thing to consider is that if someone is willing to pay £Y for your number plate, then would you be happy to only accept £X for it and pay the difference to the dealer?

For example, let’s say you own the number plate A1 ABC, and have been told by the dealer that they will pay you £3,000 when the number plate sells. You then check on their website and see that they’re advertising it for £4,500.

How do you feel about it?

Yes they have a broad advertising reach, will take payment for the plate and complete the paperwork - but you have to decide if this is worth the money to you personally.

If you’d prefer a hands-off approach and are happy with the figure they're returning to you, then a dealer could be perfect for you.

If however, you want to maximise your return from the sale, then for the extra effort involved in advertising the number plate privately you could receive £4,500 instead of £3,000.

How much did you pay for your plate?

Looking back at the amount that you paid for your number plate is another good indicator of its value.

There are some people that think that they can buy plates for £250, and then sell them on for thousands a few days later – this is highly unlikely.

If there were that kind of profit to be made, then the plate would probably been snapped up a long time ago by one of the many dealers or traders that buy and sell for a living.

Consider how much you paid for the plate and also it may be worth looking at how long ago you bought it, and again possibly accounting for inflation using the Bank of England’s inflation calculator.

This will work for many plates, but not all.

A lot of personalised number plates may have started out as £250 purchases from the DVLA directly, so you would think that those plates would be worth at least £250, possibly more if you add in inflation as we suggested above.

However, unless it spells a name or word, or has a meaning that would add value to it then there may well still be very similar plates for sale at the DVLA, which drives down the price of your number plate.

For example, let’s say your name is Alan Brian Hodgkinson, and you buy a number plate that contains your initials, J7 ABH.

If there are still other J* ABH plates for sale on the DVLA website for £250 with no additional fees, then it makes sense that to attract a buyer to your plate, you may need to make yours slightly cheaper to tempt them away from the DVLA.

Why would someone pay much more than £250 for J7 ABH, for example, if J4 ABH is still £250?

Who might buy your number plate and how much would they be willing or can they afford to pay?

Now that you’ve looked at the meaning of your number plate and similar plates, you should start to consider who might actually want to buy it and how much they can afford to pay.

If your plate were P1 LOT for example, then you would assume that a pilot might want to buy it. As we all know, being a pilot is a fairly well paid profession, so you can also assume that they can afford to pay a good price for it.

If your number plate were a car related plate, for example C10 RSA, then you would expect it to appeal to any Vauxhall Corsa owners. You would have to consider how much they would be willing to pay for this in comparison to the value of the car.

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L4 MBO on the other hand, would probably fetch a lot more given the value of the car it is likely to be placed onto.

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Urgency to sell

This is another of the most important elements that go into valuing your number plate. If you’re happy to wait for months or even years for the right buyer to come along and pay the right price, then you can hold out for the best price. If, however, you’re in a rush to sell, then you’re likely going to have to accept a considerably lower value for your plate.

Is your plate worth more if you sell it with your car?

Possibly, but more than likely not. This generally applies to car related number plates, for example, Audi R8 owners often having R8 *** plates. These can be a great way to make your car stand out from others on the market, whilst simultaneously hiding its age and by selling the plate with the car, you avoid having to remove it from the vehicle and find a buyer for both separately.

You will probably have a pretty clear idea of your vehicle’s value, and using this guide you can get an idea of the number plates value, adding the two together to give you your total asking price.

This rule isn’t hard and fast though. Not everyone wants a personalised number plate, and some people already have their own so including yours creates work for them.

Is your plate worth more as part of a set or a pair?

In some cases it can be, but this really depends on the plates in question. If you have two matching plates like 1 ABH and ABH 1, then the same person may well want to buy both plates and pay a premium for them. We've probably all seen the examples of matching plates, like H4 PPY & 5 AD, or 2 BE & NOT 2B,however, not everyone wants or can afford to buy a pair of plates together though, so whilst we do recommend offering this as an option to an interested party, we wouldn’t suggest you insist on selling them together unless they're a really striking pair of plates like the examples above.

Does your plate need illegal spacing or modifications to give it meaning?

If your number plate needs to be illegally spaced or requires modified characters or conveniently placed bolts for it to have any meaning then the value it will be seriously affected.

The DVLA and the police have become increasingly vigilant in the past few years at penalising those who misrepresent their number plates. The fine has increased to a massive £1,000, which is enough to put off most buyers.

Misrepresenting the plate is also against the law and on that basis we advise against it entirely.

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Leaving room for negotiation

The last thing to consider when valuing your number plate is leaving a little room for negotiation.

Anyone who’s ever sold a car will know that buyers will always try to negotiate with you, and selling a number plate is no different.

For that reason, we suggest adding a percentage on top of the price you really want for the plate (perhaps around 10%), to give you a bit of room to negotiate with buyers.

Final word on number plate valuations

There is no exact science to valuing a number plate. Even experienced number plate dealers don’t know definitively how much your number plate is worth, although they do have a good idea thanks to their experience.

This guide gives you ideas and exercises that will help you to value your own number plate and ultimately the valuation will be down to a combination of these factors.

The fact is that the more time you spend determining the meaning of your number plate and the value of similar plates for sale, the more accurate your valuation is likely to be.

Valuing a number plate – checklist

This guide covers many inside tips and tricks to help you uncover the true meaning and value of your number plate. This checklist will help you to make sure you’ve considered all of them:

  • Establish your number plate’s meaning
    • What ‘style’ is your number plate?
    • Does it spell a word, name or initials?
    • If it doesn’t are there a low number of digits/letters?
    • Are there any pairs or triple digits / letters?
    • Does it contain any abbreviations?
    • Have you Google searched the plate, both in parts and as a whole?
  • Assess the value of similar number plates
    • Research number plate dealers and the DVLA for similar number plates for sale.
  • Obtain as many valuations as possible
  • Consider how much you paid for the number plate
  • Consider who might buy your number plate and what they could afford
  • Include a buffer in your valuation for negotiation

In summary

If you've made it this far, thanks for sticking with us. We hope you've took some value away from this guide and that it helps you to get an accurate idea of how much your number plate is worth.

As you've read, there are many factors to consider, from the type of plate, the characters, the meaning, and much more. in this guide, we wanted to give you as much information as possible, but hope that in doing so, we haven't overcomplicated it!

In our opinion, if you haven't got time or inclination to do all of the above research yourself,then the main factor to consider to get an approximate value, is to look at similar plates asking prices and more importantly their sold prices. Try to be realistic and don't just look for plates with huge prices whilst discounting ones with lower prices - just because someone has bought a £250 plate from the DVLA and listed it on eBay for £10,000.00, this doesn't mean this is what it's worth or that anyone would ever pay that for it.

Lastly, try to look at plates that are as similar to yours as possible i.e. ones with the same letters, or maybe similar letters and the same numbers, or the same meaning. Find 2-3 if possible and look at the average price of them as a starting point.

Still not sure?

If you’re still not sure what your plate is worth then don’t worry. Using our years of industry experience, we can tell you exactly what we think your plate is worth with an independent, impartial valuation. We carry out extensive research, taking into account all of the above factors and more, to give you a realistic indication of the value of your registration.

If you’d like us to do this, there are two options to consider:

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1. If you plan to sell your number plate, then it’s worth looking at placing a Premium Advert with us, as we offer free valuations with all Premium Adverts placed on our site. These are available from just £9.95 per month.

2. If you just want a valuation of your reg and don’t necessarily want to sell it, then we do have a standalone number plate valuationservice, where we’ll just value the plate and send you a valuation certificate for only £9.99.

We really hope you found this guide useful and thank you for reading.

FAQs

How do you value private plate? ›

Factors of a private number plate valuation

Your number plate valuation is determined by how desirable it is to other people, as well as how rare the plate is. Although every number plate is 'rare' (there is only one of each!), some are rarer and more desirable than others.

Is number plate worth anything? ›

Name number plates are worth most

As a rule, if a number plate has an easily recognisable name on it, it's worth a lot. Especially if it doesn't have too many 'spare' letters or numbers on it. A full name (like Simon or David) is harder to create on a number plate so it's worth more.

How much is D5 number plate worth? ›

Dubai's £7 Million 'D5'

Indian businessman Balwinder Sahni forked out 33 Million UAED, roughly equivalent to £7 million, in 2016 for the Dubai number plate 'D5'. Sahni told the press that he wanted the plate because 9 is his “lucky number”.

How much is RR1 number plate worth? ›

Now, a plate destined to adorn a Rolls Royce has sold for almost half a million pounds. The plate 'RR1' was described as "one of the most special" registration plates in the world ahead of its sale at the Goodwood Revival. It was given a guide price by Bonhams, the seller, of between £500,00 and £600,000.

Do private number plates go up in value? ›

Having private registrations on your vehicles can help with this uncertainty. Because they are a good investment and tend to increase in price even as the car itself depreciates, you know that you can always sell your private number plate on when and if you want or need to, giving you a good return.

What number plate is worth the most? ›

The most expensive licence plate in the world in terms of listed value is the California MM, selling for $24.3 million. This sale price includes an NFT that is laser-inscribed onto the back of the plate. The highest price paid for a plate that was actually sold was $9.5 million for plate D5 in Dubai.

What is the most valuable number plate in the UK? ›

The 25 O tops the list as the most expensive private plate ever sold in the UK. Purchased in 2014 by a classic car dealer and collector, John Collins, for £518,000.

Do the DVLA buy number plates back? ›

No, It's not possible to sell your private number plate back to the DVLA. The DVLA sells cherished number plates, but only new ones. They won't buy back registrations that have already been issued to a vehicle.

Who owns No 1 number plate? ›

1. Registration Number '1' The astounding sum of £7.25 million is the highest price paid ever for a plate. Abu Dhabi property mogul Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri snapped it up in 2008.

How much is the A1 number plate worth? ›

A1 is purposely not valued here as we are told that this is just not for sale, the owner also owns 1A. Many of the single letter/single number combinations (known in the trade as “Single-Single's”) are totally unique and are worth whatever their owner values them at!

How much is the F1 Reg plate worth? ›

THE world's most expensive number plate is up for sale - with a staggering £14.4MILLION price tag. The "F1" registration is listed for sale for the first time in a decade with the eye-watering value. Believed to be owned by Kahn Design founder Afzal Kahn, it was last seen on his Bugatti Veyron SuperSport.

Who owns the King number plate? ›

In 2018, British automotive designer Afzal Kahn was described as “the king of car customisation”. He bought his 'F1' number plate in 2008 for £440,000. He has since been offered £20 million for the plate but has no intentions of selling it any time soon.

Do number plates make money? ›

Why number plates? You can make money from number plates because they hold and increase in value as each one is unique. Realistically you're unlikely to find an interested buyer for a randomly assigned registration mark (that's the usual reg plates that we get with a car).

How much is the number plate 007 worth? ›

A licence plate with the code number of Ian Fleming's heroic spy, James Bond, has sold at auction for what is thought to be a record amount. The Guernsey plate, 007, sold for £240,000, believed to be the most paid at a public auction in Guernsey. The winning bidder of the number only plate wants to remain anonymous.

Why are number plates worth so much? ›

Beyond the investors and the vain, many more families are investing in his and hers plates and also finding matching numbers for the kids. New South Wales and Victoria have the highest value plates, mainly because of their longer histories and many buyers value them as pieces of art, said Boribon.

Do private plates lose value? ›

Like anything in life, the value can sometimes go down as well as up. Even if it does go up, you are not likely to see its value rise quickly, so you need to be prepared to wait a number of years or possibly even for decades.

Can you sell back a private number plate? ›

Selling a private reg plate

You can sell a personalised number plate you own privately or through a dealer. Although using a dealer will involve paying them a fee, it will take the burden of making sure the paperwork and financial transaction are all in order.

What makes a private reg expensive? ›

Generally, the age and novelty of a number plate are the principal factors governing its value. Older plates tend to command a higher price and also tend to be rarer since there are less of them.

What's the most expensive Personalised number plate? ›

$24.5 Million 'MM' Licence Plate Set to Become World's Most Expensive Private Number Plate. The owner of the rare California licence plate 'MM' has put it up for sale at an incredible $24,545,011.20, which would make it the world's most expensive personalised number plate.

Who has the number plate 1 UK? ›

Read more: Number Plates of The Rich And Famous

Around the world you'll find some absolutely ridiculous sums being placed on number plates – like Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri from Abu Dhabi who spent £7 million on the plate “1” – so, what can you expect to see from the UK? Let's find out!

Who owns the most expensive number plate in the UK? ›

The most expensive plate in the UK was purchased by classic car dealer John Collins. Selling for just over half a million pounds in 2014, it was the perfect plate to be fitted to his Ferrari 250 GT SWB, worth a staggering £10 million.

Can I sell my private number plate to DVLA? ›

Yes. It's possible to sell your vehicle and keep your private number plate as a retained plate. Please let us know your vehicle has a private plate you intend to keep when you first speak to us. The quickest way to retain your private registration plate is to contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

How can I sell my number plate fast? ›

Where Can I Sell My Number Plate Fast/Instantly?
  1. Option 1 – Approach a dealer and ask if they'll buy it for their stock.
  2. Option 2 – Advertise with as many dealers as possible.
  3. Option 3 – List it on eBay with a really low start price.
  4. Option 4 – List it on as many free websites as possible.
  5. Option 5 – Use a classifieds site.
21 Jun 2014

Can I sell the number plate off my car? ›

Can I sell my car and keep the number plate? The short answer is yes! If you have a number plate that you wish to keep when you sell or scrap your car, you must make an application to keep the registration plate by assigning it to a Retention Document.

Who has gypsy number plate? ›

Aaron Smith, a “born and bred” Leicestershire Romany Gypsy, had an unexpected admirer of his 'G0 GIPSY' number plate last Tuesday when he parked his Range Rover outside the King Power Leicester City Football Club Stadium not long after his home team 'the Foxes' beat Everton 3-1 to take the Premiership title.

Who owns CR7 number plate? ›

Knotty Green resident Russell Baldwin bought the CR7 numberplate this year, but is hoping to treble the five figure-sum he forked out for the registration. Ronaldo copyrighted the brand CR7 earlier this year, and has put it on merchandise and even opened a boutique in his native Portugal under the name.

What is James Bond's number plate? ›

The license plate number is BMT 216A. The car is completely destroyed by Silva at the end of the film. In SPECTRE (2015) Q restores the DB5 for Bond, and at the end of the movie we see James Bond drive away in London in the DB5 with Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) in the passenger seat.

Why F1 is most expensive number plate? ›

Contrary to regular registrations, the UK government forbids the use of any other digital or alphabetic symbols on the registration plate, which explains why this F1 plate is so pricey. One of the smallest automobile registration numbers in the entire world is this one.

What was the very first number plate? ›

The very first number plate ever registered was the “A1” plate. When the system was first introduced in 1903 thanks to the Motor Car Act of that year, this now famous plate was claimed by the Earl Russell.

Who has F1 plate? ›

The “F1” license plate is registered in the U.K., which means that, unlike in the U.S., citizens actually own their license plates and the contents that come with it as long as they pay the one-time and yearly fees attached to them.

Who owns the number 2 number plate? ›

Emirati businessman Ahmed Al Mazroui won the bid to own the exclusive Abu Dhabi number 2 plate, for a whopping Dh10 million. "I am very excited and proud to get number 2," he told reporters after the auction of distinguished number plates, on Saturday evening at Emirates Palace.

Who owns number plate No 5? ›

Balwinder Sahani bought number plate "D5" for 33 million Dirhams at the Roads and Transport Authority's number plate auction on Saturday. Sahani, also known as Abu Sabah, is the owner of RSG International, a property management company, with interests in the UAE, Kuwait, India and the US.

Who owns black number plate? ›

Black number plate

In India, all self-driven or rental vehicles (two-wheelers and four-wheelers) must bear a black number plate with yellow lettering. These vehicles are registered as commercial vehicles. However, one does not need a commercial vehicle driving licence to drive a black number plate car.

Are number plates an asset? ›

The value of a personalised car number plate lies in the right to use a particular combination of numbers and letters. This right is an intangible asset which is separate from the actual plate, and from the vehicle to which it is attached.

Why Steve Jobs never had number plate on car? ›

So Jobs made an arrangement with the leasing company; he would always change cars during the sixth month of the lease, exchanging one silver Mercedes SL55 AMG for another identical one. At no time would he ever be in a car as old as six months; and thus there was no legal requirement to have the number plates fitted.

What does license plate guy do for a living? ›

Working with Landon Collins, who headlined the event, a softball match was organized between current and past Giants team members. The event also featured a dodgeball game and a home run derby.
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Who bought the most expensive number plate? ›

Plate U 70 sold for Dh3m, Z 1000 was auctioned for Dh2.2m and plate V 99999 fetched Dh1.2m. Number plates garner huge interest among motoring enthusiasts in the UAE. In 2016, Indian businessman Balwinder Sahni paid Dh33m for plate D5 — thought to be the most expensive sale on record worldwide.

Can you sell a private plate back to DVLA? ›

It's worth mentioning that a common misconception among Brits is that you can sell your number plate back to the DVLA, but this is incorrect. Although the DVLA sell personalised registrations that have never been issued to a vehicle before, they have no interest in buying them back off you.

How much is A1 number plate worth? ›

A1 is purposely not valued here as we are told that this is just not for sale, the owner also owns 1A. Many of the single letter/single number combinations (known in the trade as “Single-Single's”) are totally unique and are worth whatever their owner values them at!

How much is the number plate 007 worth? ›

A licence plate with the code number of Ian Fleming's heroic spy, James Bond, has sold at auction for what is thought to be a record amount. The Guernsey plate, 007, sold for £240,000, believed to be the most paid at a public auction in Guernsey. The winning bidder of the number only plate wants to remain anonymous.

Can you resell private plates? ›

In most cases you can usually sell your private number plate to someone else. If you currently have a private number plate (on a vehicle or retention certificate), you will probably be eligible to sell or transfer your registration under the government 'Cherished Registration Mark Transfer Scheme'.

What happens to my private number plate when I sell my car? ›

You don't have to leave it on your car. You must remove the registration number from your car before selling it. If you don't, ownership of the registration number will pass with ownership of the vehicle.

How do I sell my private reg UK? ›

You have two options to select from when it comes to how you sell your personalised plate. You can either sell through a private dealer or broker who specialises in the selling of personalised number plates or manage the transaction yourself and sell your registration number privately.

Do I need to remove private plate before selling? ›

You should remove your registration plate when either scrapping or selling the vehicle and you wish to keep the registration plate. You should do this before you dispose of the vehicle.

Who owns No 1 number plate? ›

1. Registration Number '1' The astounding sum of £7.25 million is the highest price paid ever for a plate. Abu Dhabi property mogul Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri snapped it up in 2008.

What is the most valuable number plate in the UK? ›

The 25 O tops the list as the most expensive private plate ever sold in the UK. Purchased in 2014 by a classic car dealer and collector, John Collins, for £518,000.

Do number plates make money? ›

Why number plates? You can make money from number plates because they hold and increase in value as each one is unique. Realistically you're unlikely to find an interested buyer for a randomly assigned registration mark (that's the usual reg plates that we get with a car).

Who has the number plate 1 UK? ›

Read more: Number Plates of The Rich And Famous

Around the world you'll find some absolutely ridiculous sums being placed on number plates – like Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri from Abu Dhabi who spent £7 million on the plate “1” – so, what can you expect to see from the UK? Let's find out!

How can I sell my number plate quickly? ›

Where Can I Sell My Number Plate Fast/Instantly?
  1. Option 1 – Approach a dealer and ask if they'll buy it for their stock.
  2. Option 2 – Advertise with as many dealers as possible.
  3. Option 3 – List it on eBay with a really low start price.
  4. Option 4 – List it on as many free websites as possible.
  5. Option 5 – Use a classifieds site.
21 Jun 2014

Are private number plates a waste of money? ›

Most people think that a personalised number plate is a waste of money. Others disregard them as cheap, even though they are far from it. They can cost a fortune if you want it to, but if you take your time, stay open minded and shop around, you can get a personalised number plate for a few hundred pounds.

Can I sell my private number plate on eBay? ›

Not very well unfortunately... eBay is not famous or well-known as a marketplace for private car number plates.
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