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Deciding Which Personalised Number Plates to Buy

Aug 28, 2008
A personalised number plate - one of life's little luxuries, and not an expensive one either these days. Which one to go for though? There are certainly plenty of choices.

There are a vast range of different style personalised plates that drivers of distinction are choosing to buy in an attempt to define their lifestyles, their passions or to simply stand out from the crowd. Some of the different types of personalised number plate available include registrations that relate to names or nicknames, jobs and professions, football or sports teams and players, astrology, pets, models of cars or simply interesting words that might be used to reflect the personality of the driver.

The most popular choice of personalised number plates is the private plates used to represent a person's first name. You will have to get pretty creative when it comes to choosing a name for a plate, as many names are shared and demand for common names drives prices sky high. David, John or Mark are likely to be beyond the financial reach of pretty much anyone other than the super-rich (or the seriously dedicated collector of personalised number plates.)

In light of the scarcity and cost of first name plates, many people like to apply abbreviated names to plates - short three letter abbreviations such as MEG or SUE are significantly more affordable. However, the increasing popularity of personalised plates and especially these shortened named, dateless number plates has pushed prices astronomically high - and they are still increasing.

For those looking for a more affordable option the next best choice is finding a plate simply representing initials and not necessarily a name or even abbreviation. However, where demand is high prices can be inflated and some sets of initials prove more popular than others.

Another popular way that people like to express themselves using personalised plates is by representing their profession or hobby. Three-letter words such as PUB, LAW, and TXI, are still affordable as there are many registration numbers available with these letters. However, you should be prepared to pay more for longer words.

Horoscope signs and even pet names are now popular options as people seek to find a unique number that reflects an aspect of their lives they wish to share with others - or just carry as a lucky totem on their car.

Often drivers will choose a plate that reflects the specific car they drive or sometimes they'll select more generic car-related words.

Some go for words that they feel represent an aspect of their personality. Others simply try to find the most expensive personalised plates on the market to let people know that they are successful and can afford a top price plate.

Whatever your motivation or whatever you wish to express through a new personalised number plate, there's bound to be that perfect registration number out there for you. Your best bet is to get in touch with a company that specialises in personalised number plates who can advise you on the most affordable option for your requirements.
About the Author
Jayne Henry of Speedy Registrations Ltd - speedyreg.co.uk. Speedy Registrations have been supplying number plates to the public since 1984. Based in Northern Ireland we also specialise in private number plates. Every transfer is conducted in strict accordance with DVLA regulations covering number plates.
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