Why do we buy personal number plates

Love them. Hate them. But personalised number plates are more popular than ever. It's no longer the preserve of the rich - though the most exclusive number plates do fetch 5-figure sums+.

With the release of previously unissued number plates into the market, the DVLA transformed the landscape. Making registration numbers affordable for everyone, from as little as £250.

But what's the appeal? After all, it's just a number plate on a car... isn't it?

Well, no.... to many of us, our car registration number is a lot more than a rectangular piece of plastic with letters and numbers on it. Not everyone chooses a personalised number plate for the same reasons though.... so why do we buy them? Here are 3 main reasons:

  1. Hide the age of a car
    Dateless registration numbers or Irish number plates are usually most popular if you're hiding the age of your vehicle. Though prefix number plates are now a
    good choice too.
     
  2. Expressing a personality
    Whether it's a job or a hobby, or just a bold statement. Words like sexy or hot are popular words for registration numbers.
     
  3. Just pure vanity!
    Let's face it... we're just simply vain. Hence the term vanity plates. And why not? What's wrong with a little vanity?

"For thousands of car drivers personalised number plates are a prize possession; a statement of individuality in a world of faceless conformity, and a neat investment. To others though they're an ostentatious waste of cash; a self-aggrandising statement of ego over commonsense" comments the BBC on personal number plates.

Whatever the reason for buying a personal number plate, there are plenty around.... whatever your budget.


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