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Car and number plate cloning is on the up
Make no mistake, this is no minor problem. And what's worse is that any of us could fall victim to this crime, without even knowing it.
The Telegraph claims up to 8% of cars have cloned number plates. I'd say that was a bit of an exaggeration to grab the reader's attention. Especially if you look at their definition of cloning, which I would argue is not actually correct. Nevertheless, it's still a very real problem, that can (at the very least) cause the rest of us a bit of a headache. At worst, we could end up considerably out of pocket or even with the police knocking at our door.
So what exactly is car cloning?
The phrase "car cloning" basically means passing off a car with the identity of another (using the car registration number). Usually, this is done using the same make / model / colour of the original vehicle. It's done by either having number plates made up or by stealing number plates from someone else's car.
Think it's a minor crime? Think again.
Who clones cars and number plates?
Cars are cloned by criminals to commit a variety of offences.
Crimes can include selling stolen cars by making them look like legitimate cars. If you're buying a vehicle privately, make sure you do some checking before parting with cash.
Fraudster James Fyfe jailed for selling number plates he did not own
James Fyfe led a lifestyle of luxury based on lies and false claims.
He duped unsuspecting buyers into parting with £1000's for prestige personalised number plates and supercars that he did not own. And he used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, renting supercars and wearing designer clothes.
He presented himself as a car salesman, and advertised Porsches and Ferraris under company name Prestige Lifestyle Supercars. How? Using social media channels and other websites. In reality, he didn't own these. But conned buyers into transferring deposits direct to his bank accounts. In total, he was found guilty for frauds adding up to £231,000.
It's taken a while... but worth the wait, we hope!
The Plate Market launched a sparkling new private number plates website today.
Finding your private number plate was never easier
The site is still packed with great value number plates that start from under £95. With over 45 million to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice.
To make it easier, we've added some helpful filters. Now you can limit your results based on price, to see what's available within
This week sees another DVLA Auction of personalised number plates. The DVLA auction again offers a number of highly sought after personalised number plates for sale directly to the public.
Amongst the prestigious registration numbers offered this month are 1 D, with a reserve of £20,000. Though it's likely to sell for much more than the reserve, considering registration number 1 O sold at the last auction for an eye-popping £210,000. Keeping it company in the DVLA auction catalogue is registration number 2 O (with a reserve of £8,000).
This week I came across a man who is still battling with the DVLA to get his personal number plate back.
Well this is the story, as I understand it.
His car was in an accident, and declared a write-off by the insurance company. And it was sporting a personal number plate, which he didn't want to lose.
He did everything according to the rules advised by the DVLA, including obtaining a letter from his insurance company which stated they had no interest in the private number plate. He then sent the paperwork to the DVLA.
Last night I popped across to Melton Mowbray for an informal gathering of cars and motorbikes. It was a stunning evening - so it had to be top down, shades on, loud music... as i whizzed along the country lanes down to Melton in my little MX-5. Fab :) I'm not really a petrol head, but I do love cars. I see cars as works of art - with lots of character and amazing shapes and lines. Being a girlie, what goes on under the bonnet doesn't really push any buttons (pardon the pun!) for me. As usual, there was a mix of classic and modern cars, as well as some bizarre and quirky vehicles.