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Cherished Number Plates

There are many different types of number plate formats; those registered before 1963 or in Northern Ireland are the only ones which provide drivers with the option of not displaying indicators of their vehicle’s age. These dateless registrations have come to be known as cherished number plates.

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What are Cherished Number Plates?

Cherished plates are so called because, for them to remain in circulation until the present day, they had to be passed along from one owner to another. Thus, they were often passed down from generation to generation as a sort of family heirloom or remained on a classic vehicle as it saw one owner swapped for another again and again.

Cherished plates are cultural artefacts as well as objects of fascination for many. The plethora of collectors, scholars, clubs, societies, and just sheer information available concerning cherished numbers begs the question: how could something as prosaic as a car registration plate become the locus of such preoccupation? Put simply, cherished number plates are imbued with meaning; they are symbols which command respect, which inspire awe, or which, in onlookers, conjure up fewer noble emotions such as envy.

Changing Attitudes Towards Cherished Plates

Because of their ‘cherished’ status, these plates are often quite expensive; in fact, the most expensive cherished number plate ever sold was bought for £518,000 in 2014. The ’25 O’ registration was purchased by Ferrari dealer John Collins and now adorns the front and rear bumpers of a £10 million Ferrari 250SWB.

However, attitudes within the motor trade are changing. Those working in this field have come to realise that the term ‘cherished number plate’ should perhaps not apply strictly to dateless registrations. A number plate can be cherished by its owner and can hold a special place in their heart even if it’s not extremely expensive and registered before 1963.

Registration plates which are much less pricey than dateless ones can still be personalised in a way which pleases their owners and adds another layer of meaning to their beloved vehicle. In fact, dateless cherished number plates nowadays have less to do with personal meaning than they do with projecting a certain message to the outside world. Often these messages have to do with social status and with proving that one has worked hard and smart enough to afford such luxuries. This is not to say that there’s anything wrong with buying cherished plates if money is not an issue; they’re great ways of adding a chic personal touch to your vehicle.

How to sell a cherished number plate?

If you’re lucky enough to have had a cherished number plate passed down to you, and if you are thinking of selling it, the first step would be to get a free valuation. If you’re happy with the price, simply fill out the online form and we’ll have your cherished plate advertised both offline and online in order to ensure a quick sale for the best price possible.

How to transfer cherished number plates?

Cherished number plates can exist in either of two states:

• On a vehicle;

• On a certificate of entitlement which designates the legal owner.

A cherished number can be transferred from a certificate to a vehicle or vice-versa, depending on your needs. A transfer can be made either through the post or online. The only paperwork you will require is the V5C logbook of the vehicle in question. Furthermore, an £80 fee will be payable to the DVLA in order for the transfer to go through.

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Suffix Number Plates

Suffix DVLA registrations cover the date ranges of 1963-1983 and include three letters, one, two or three numbers followed by one letter. These private plates are best for customers with shorter names or older vehicles.

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Dateless Number Plates

Dateless registrations can be applied to any vehicle of any age and are often the most rare and sought after private number plates in the market, they often appeal to customers with shorter names/nicknames or initials.

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