The term "private registrations" has been coined by many people to replace the original "cherished number plates" or "cherished registrations". Initially, the idea of "cherished" was to indicate that a particular registration mark was of sentimental value to the vehicle owner - for example, the mark may have been in the family for a long time or been on the very first car purchased. The regulations (still to this day called cherished transfer regulations, by the way) allowed for the transfer of such a registration from one vehicle to another. Nowadays, with the vast array to choose from, the idea of "cherished" is perhaps not so relevant. Yes, private number plates can be cherished items but equally can be regarded as another kind of car accessory or a stepping stone on the way to acquiring a very rare dateless registration mark - in the same way as a first-time home buyer might purchase a 2-bedroom apartment hoping eventually to purchase a detached, four-bedroomed house in its own grounds.
In the cherished number plate industry, we tend to use the terms "plates" and "registration marks or numbers" to mean the same thing. This can be confusing, since strictly speaking, number plates mean pieces of plastic (usually oblong) which are fitted to the front and rear of your vehicle but often dealers will refer to private plates meaning private registration marks.
When you buy from a numberplate dealer, what you are actually purchasing is the handling of a service, conducted through DVLA; to change the record for your vehicle on the Swansea computer, thus allowing you to legally display the personalised plates on your vehicle. Most dealers offer a set of acrylic plates as a separate service but their core business is the changing of your vehicle documents and record to show the new private registration.
So, the following terms can be found in the industry: private number plates, private registrations, cherished number plates, personalised number plates, cherished numberplates, personalised number plates, cherished registrations, cherished or private marks, car registration etc etc.
At National Numbers we have been leading clients through the maze of acquiring a private registration for more than 35 years. We believe it should be a fun experience for you and, therefore, we have put in place a "joined-up" computer system allowing anyone in the office to let you know the exact stage of your transfer at any one time.
We suggest you use our number plates clever search. You can literally type in anything:- initials, birthdays, names, words, pets, sport. Because of our vast database built up over more than 35 years, you will achieve a wide choice of results.
Obviously, you will have a budget to work to but we offer 0% finance on most registrations.
To follow are a few hints to bear in mind when searching. Remember, you can't mis-space nor can you use a reg to make a vehicle appear newer than it actually is. In other words, you can't put a "Y" prefix reg onto a "W" reg vehicle.
|A||4, 8, 9, 17, 19|
|B||3, 8, 13|
Remember, you could always call us for inspiration if you can't find what you're looking for.