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DVLA celebrates 25th anniversary by giving away free car

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have been selling private plates for 25 years now, and to celebrate the occasion they’re going to give away a free car. To qualify for the draw, individuals will have to register for the DVLA’s September or November auctions, with the winner being picked at random.

Many people follow the DVLA’s auctions extremely closely as the private plates they sell are often in strong demand. Since the late 80’s, the organisation has been selling these registrations as a way to make additional income, and they’ve certainly raised a lot of cash. For example, plates reading ‘650 S’ and ‘MCL 650S’ recently sold for £40,250 and £16,000 respectively. Both relate to the extremely popular McLaren 650S sports car, with the buyers able to adorn their vehicles with these special plates. Other registrations making a lot of money for the DVLA include ‘AL13 ERT’ which made £31,000, ’24 O’ which made £23,000 and ‘AV14 TOR’ which found a buyer at £20,500. Whilst seemingly expensive, these are, however, a pale comparison to the sum raised by notorious plates such as ‘1 D’, ’51 NGH’ and ‘1 RH’ which have made £352,000, £254,000 and £247,000 respectively.

As part of Britain’s registration format, there are currently three major components. The age tag changes every March and September. The March tags match the year, meaning that this year’s new registrations have ‘14’ in them. Meanwhile, September tags are the year plus 50. That means that new plates for this month will be ‘64’. Preceding the age tags are two letters that indicate where the vehicle has been registered. Finally, the last three letters are unique to the vehicle itself and appear after the regional and age tags.

Many drivers not content with the plate they’ve been given either attend DVLA auctions or go online and search the currently available registrations for sale. Regional variations don’t have to be matched for private plates, though owners have to have an eye on age because it’s illegal to make a car look newer; adding an ‘11’ tag to a 2008 model, for example.

At both the September and November auctions, those registering will be entered into the free draw to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Though no details are known of the car being given away, it’s likely to be a low emission model that’s manufactured in the UK and is fuel efficient. The DVLA has even hinted that it might be completely electric.

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