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Private Number Plates

Looking For A Way To Make Your Car Stand Out From The Crowd?

Maybe your car already looks great, but you just want to get rid of that standard, dated number plate. Well, whatever your reasons for looking at private number plates, you've come to the right place. With over 40 million to choose from, what will it be? A DVLA number plate with your football team's initials? A cherished number plate that gives your car a bit of status? Or perhaps you just want a registration that means something to you, or to give someone as a gift? Whatever you're looking for, and even if you don't really know yet, BOSSREG are the experts when it comes to private number plates, and can help you find the one that's perfect for you.   We've all seen them, and we've probably admired them too - personalised registrations are becoming an increasingly common sight on our roads. The most exclusive ones can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, yet there are others that some people will find just as special for less than you pay for car insurance, and whether you buy them online or face to face, getting a private registration for your car at a great price has never been easier. Some people might ask why you would spend the extra money on a private number plate when your car already has a perfectly good one? Most buyers would say that they make them feel good. They make you proud of your car every time you look at it, and even though you're not doing it for them, especially as it might be quite an expensive purchase, other drivers will be impressed by your private registration too.   Personlised registrations are a great idea, whatever you're driving, but they can be even more impressive if they're used to complement a car that already looks good, like an expensive vintage model or a luxury sports car. These are the kind of cars that were built for private number plates - does a £100,000 Aston Martin look quite as impressive with a standard DVLA plate on it? Most celebrities don't think so, which is why you'll usually see them driving around in expensive cars with a suitably attractive personalised registration.   Just like making improvements to your house will increase its value, adding a private number plate to your car could make it worth more, for a couple of reasons. To start with, a potential buyer is going to know that you take pride in your vehicle, which probably means that you've been happy to spend money on it and it's been properly looked after and serviced. Then there's the fact that a personalised registration will make your car more appealing to a greater number of buyers, and the more potential buyers you have the more you're likely to get for it. If you're selling your car with a private number plate it's not uncommon to add more value to the car than it cost you to actually purchase the registration.   One final reason to purchase a private registration is that they often make excellent investments. Exclusive looking number plates will always appeal to motorists with expensive cars and deep pockets, so if you own one or can buy one at the right price, there's no telling how much you could make when you sell it in the future. Also, some cultures feel that certain numbers are incredibly lucky, so if you own a number plate based on that number, someone who's particularly superstitious might make you an offer you can't refuse. There's a whole host of reasons why a private registration could be a great way to make money but one thing is for sure, the most popular number plates will always be in demand, which is why they can make excellent investments.   Where Did Private Number Plates Come From? As far back as the 17th century, the City of London needed a way to license all the carts that were available for hire throughout the city, and they created a scheme where each cart was given a unique identifying number it had to display on a brass plate. Early motor cars came onto the roads towards the end of the 19th century, but there were so few of them that it wasn't until the early 20th century, when their popularity and numbers had grown, that the authorities developed a way to register these vehicles. In 1903 the Motor Car Act introduced the first universal car number plates using letters and numbers.   Originally, cars were registered in a their particular county or with their local council, and these authorities were given specific letters to identify where a car was registered. The first registration from each authority, carrying their identifying letter and the number 1, was usually kept by the council or borough that had issued it due to it's perceived status, with A 1 used for London councillor Earl Russell's Napier car in 1903 - you could say that this was the very first private number plate in the country.   As the number of cars, motorcycles and other vehicles grew, different combinations of letters and numbers were used to ensure that each car registration was unique. The number of letters used increased to two, and then to three; and then the format was reversed so new registrations used numbers followed by letters. Finally, in the 60s when motoring really took off, the first system that used 'year letters' was introduced. This used the previous scheme of three letters and three numbers, but then added a letter at the end to denote the year the car was registered, with A being added for 1963. This format known as the suffix format ran for 21 years (due to the exclusion of the letters I, O, Q, U, and Z) and in 1983 it was reversed so that the year letter started the registration and was followed by three numbers and three letters, this became known as the prefix format. Due to the changes that led to cars receiving new registrations twice a year instead of just once, this format 'ran out' in 2001 and was replaced by the scheme we currently use.   From the start of the twentieth century until the present day, despite the fact that most schemes have excluded certain letters, it's still been possible for people to find registration numbers that are 'more unique' than others. Whether it's because of the status a number plate conveys, like Earl Napier's A 1 registration, or the fact that the right letter and number combination might display our initials or name, these registrations have a greater perceived value. This has created a huge market for these personalised or private number plates, and the sheer number of available registrations means that most people will be able to find one that appeals to them.   Private Number Plates Today Over the last couple of decades the way we look at registrations has definitely changed, and an increasing number of people are choosing number plates that do more than just identify their car - they give their car an identity. Companies use them on their vehicles to promote their business, their brand or their products, and some buyers even see them as a great way to make money, investing in number plates that are likely to go up in value over the coming years. Whatever your reason for buying them, if you want the biggest choice and the best deals on private number plates, BOSSREG are here to help.