Monday, 29 September 2008

More Incredible Number Plates Sales!

Hello all!

Those of you who check out the regtransfers blog (I imagine that's all of you!) will be familiar with Laura's daily wisdom on the topic of number plates. Well, here I am at to spread some more knowledge.

The biggest news in the world of private number plates would have to be the impressive sale of the plate '6 B' at the latest DVLA public auction, which took place last week in Wansford, Cambs.

Apparently, the number plate created a huge amount of interest, but bidders began to dwindle when the bid hit the £70,000 mark. The eventual lucky owner was an anonymous internet bidder, who secured the registration for a whopping £130,000!

Although no other registrations raised quite as much, there were several other plates that sold for respectable amounts. 'THE 571G' sold for £10,690. I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that this went to a Top Gear fan. 'OWN 1T' scooped an impressive £33,174, 'SYR 1A' sold for £25, 974 and 'NJM 4' went for £14,480. To read more, check out our Cherished Plates News Stories.

So, another impressive week in the world of number plates. It doesn't surprise me really. A great number plate won't ever go out of fashion, end up in the scrap yard, or leak oil all over your drive when it gets old. A number plate is a great investment and it's clear that more and more people are catching onto this!

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

S 1 Sells For Over £400k

Good afternoon,

This historic number plate has finally gone under the hammer.

The final figure for the auction of ‘S 1’ was £404,602.50, about forty thousand short of the record price paid for a number plate in the UK. This was a lot higher of the possible figures being bounded about, which were in the region of £300k.

The buyer of this cherished number plate obviously has a sense of humour as ‘S 1’ is going to go on a red Skoda. I’m sure it will be the envy of every Skoda driver up and down the country!

There is another auction coming up soon, with number plates such as ‘2 GAY’ and ‘BOR 11S’ going under the hammer. I’ll keep you updated on what happens there.

Have a good day.

Friday, 19 September 2008

S1 Goes Under The Hammer Today!

Good morning,

It's Friday and the sun is partially out. Joy.

Today could see another record number plate sale as historic Scottish "S 1" goes under the hammer at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival Sale. Bonhams expect the sought after "number 1" plate to fetch a staggering £250,000 when it is sold at auction later on this afternoon.

I'm not quite sure if it will match the astronomical £440,625 paid earlier this year for "F 1", but I'm sure it will receive a huge amount of interest. Hopefully it will be up there with the likes of "F 1" and "M 1" selling for £331,500 in 2006.

I'll keep my ears open and let you know how it goes.

Have a good day.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Number Plate Security For Free!

Good morning,

I contacted Bedfordshire Police last week to find out more about their Car Accessory Protection Scheme (CAPS). They were very helpful indeed, and provided me with information about future sessions that will take place in the Luton/Dunstable area.

After the success of the session which took place on 2nd September, another 2 have been organised. The first will take place at Tesco's, Skimpot Road, Luton on Tuesday 25th November between 11am and 3pm, the second on 18th December at Sainsbury's in Luton Road.

These days are aimed at motorists who wish to protect their vehicles from number plate thieves. Motorists who attend the sessions will receive free number plate security screws, and Police urge anyone with information about number plate theft to contact them in confidence.

Have a good day.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Philippine Number Plates

Good afternoon,

I have recently been updating the world number plates section on and, as I have family members in quite a few countries, I thought I would get them to take some original pictures of current issue licence plates from their country. As I am Filipino I thought I would start there. Thanks Uncle Glenn!

Circa 2000 Philippine Number Plate To the left is a number plate form an older vehicle, issued circa 2000. These plates require a yearly re-registration and issuance of new stickers for both the front and back plates, and the widscreen.

Current Issue Number PlateThe number plate to the right is a current plate which requires registration every 3 years. The plate features an image of the Rizal Memorial, Luneta Park. The monument is a tribute to national hero José Rizal, who was executed for his efforts towards Philippine independence, a martyr of the Philippine Revolution. Along the bottom reads "Matatag na Republika", meaning "Strong Republic".

I will leave it as that for today, but I am hoping to acquire pictures of plates from afar over the coming days.

Have a good day.

Monday, 8 September 2008

A Sudden Realisation...

Good morning,

It came to my attention this morning, while finding something interesting to write about, that I had not explored much of the website. So, for the last half an hour, that is what I have done.

I had not realised the true vastness of the site, and while clicking through the pages I found there are indeed some sections you may like to check out.

A starting point would be the number plates museum. A very interesting section with pictures of historical number plates, tax discs and details of DVLA auctions, including the reserve prices and sale prices of personal number plates.

The next is the forum. Although I knew of it and have replied to a few posts, I didn't realise how many knowledgeable users had signed up. If you can't find the information you're looking for on the website, go to the forum and I'm sure someone will be able to help.

Other things you may like to have a look at are the world plates section - providing information about number plates from around the world, the news archive - keeping you up to date with all the number plates news you could ever need, and the number plates magazine - with exclusive celebrity interviews, and which is absolutely FREE!

I'll update soon. Have a good day =)

Friday, 5 September 2008

Where Are All The New Cars?

It's the 5th day since the release of the new 58 plates, and I have still not seen a single one! Very disappointing indeed.

But I, Ben the Blogger, may have found an answer. While checking my emails on this beautiful, fine...(bluff) rainy, cold and windy day, I came across an article entitled "UK car sales stall to lowest level since 1966". It seems the dreaded "Credit Crunch" is the culprit behind the lack of brand new and long awaited vehicles on our roads.

The growing uncertainty over the stability of the economy is forcing motorists, who would otherwise buy a new vehicle, to postpone their purchase with fears of the credit squeeze tightening further.

Sales in August were down 18.6% compared to last year and the outlook is bleak, as car sales in the last 4 months fall by another 10%.

I am still on the hunt! When will I get to see a 58 plate?

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

An Exciting Blog Post

Good afternoon,

I'm trying to keep this number plates related, but I do have to say well done to Chelsea. Come on lads, let's win the Prem!

I am slightly annoyed, actually. The hyped release of the '58' registrations left me believing I would see them dotted all over the place. Apparently not, as I have yet to see a single vehicle displaying a brand new plate!

With not a lot going on in the world of personal number plates this has turned out to be quite an uninformative and boring blog post. For now, visit the forum and get involved in the "Number Plates Game" =)

Monday, 1 September 2008

'58' Number Plates On The Roads

Good morning,

Today is an important day for potential car buyers, as over 2.5 million brand new '58' registrations are released and ready to roll off the courtyards. Research shows that around half of motorists purchasing a new vehicle will pay up to 14% more by choosing the wrong finance deal.

There is a massive demand for these number plates even during the credit crunch, and it is estimated that around 100,000 of these new style plates will be sold in the final months of 2008, adding to the 120,000 '08' registrations released earlier this year.

On average, motorists will be paying around £1,400 more for their vehicle by not shopping around for the best finance package, showing just how keen they are to be the proud owner of one of these brand new number plates.