Number plates as an investment

Personalised car registrations are more popular than ever and, as with most things, the best private registrations command the highest prices - which is why so many people now see them as an investment.

Some numbers (eg, number-ones, and good quality name plates) have built-in, persistent value, while others suddenly acquire desirability through twists of fashion and current affairs.

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne

23 D

I'd consider buying more, but the price would have to be right. I've made a bit of money on them. It's the easiest thing in the world to sell and buy a number plate through Regtransfers.

James Caan

James Caan

28 JC

If you look back over the last ten years, the value of number plates has gone up quite a lot. You know, there’s only one of each plate, and I also think that’s the fun thing about it.

John Collins

John Collins

25 0

It is the ultimate plate for the ultimate car. I could have bought a really good Ferrari for the money but I decided I really wanted the plate and I wasn't going to stop bidding on it.

The UK's Most Expensive Number Plate?

25 O, bought at auction in 2014 by Ferrari dealer John Collins for his Ferrari 250, holds the record as the most expensive number sold at a UK public auction. John has stated in interviews that he would have paid £1 million for 25 O if it had been necessary. The Ferrari itself is worth many times that.

Examples

Visitors to our website may have seen our video coverage of the auctions of 1 HRH and 1 O, which sold for £113,815 and £210,242 respectively. However, even those fine performers were upstaged by 1 RH, which hogged the limelight at £247,952. Here are a few more examples of people who have recognised the value of their personal plates.

3 S Sells for 94K

3 S sold for £94,000

While I have no immediate plans to sell it, I am confident 3 S will give me a healthy return on my investment.

1 HRH sold for 113K

1 HRH sold for £113,815

In my mind, there aren't many registrations that can better 1 HRH. While bought as an investment, it will be placed on one of my cars.

S 1 Sells for 404K

Better than money in the bank?

This historic registration was sold on 19th September 2008 at Bonhams in Chichester for an auction record price of £404,000.

Investing in Business Plates

Investing in number plates for business

We've been dealing with Registration Transfers now for nearly 25 years, they've supplied a hell of a lot of number plates for us, and you can see the amount of publicity that we get.”

Celebrity customers that use us, in the paper, everybody seems to mention the vans, everybody mentions the number plates.

Charlie Mullins OBE
1D Sells for 352K

1 D Sells for £352,000

With fees and taxes, 1 D's total cost will be £352,411, a sum that puts it at number 3 in the table of the UK's most expensive private number plates ever. More on that here.

S 5 Sells for £270,300

S 5 sold for £270,300

The registration S 5 was the fifth registration issued in Edinburgh and was sold on 20th March 2016 at the Goodwood Members Meeting in Chichester for an £270,300. That too is listed here.

Plates sold at new highs

Sales of registrations at auction have recently seen a new milestone with some plates reaching over £200,000. Registrations can be great investments as the demand for personalised number plates increases.

  • Great investment opportunity
  • Personal and flexible
  • Scarcity, exclusivity and quality
25 0 - The perfect compliment to the stunning Ferrari 250

Sold Nov 2014

Price: £518,480

250 L  - The perfect number plate for a model 250

Sold May 2015

Price: £233,360

Plates may also contain numbers and letters which are related to or even match the exact car make and model. For example the registration 250 L would be perfect for a lucky Ferrari enthusiast who owns a 250 GTO or even a Mercedes-Benz 250 owner. There are endless possibilities.

KR15 HNA - A Krishna number plate

Sold May 2015

Price: £233,360

KR15 HAN  - A Krishan number plate

Sold May 2015

Price: £98.576

Number plates which contain names, surnames or nicknames are valuable. They are unique and very personal which means they can fetch thousands of pounds depending upon the buyer. A recent plate which spelt the name Krishna (KRI5 HNA) sold for £233,360 in auction.

458 S - A cracking number plate for a Ferrari

Sold May 2015

Price: £90,800

KR15 HAN  - A Krishan number plate

Sold Feb 2015

Price: £45,440

Of course, no number plates company can predict or guarantee the future performance of a car registration's value, yet Regtransfers provides experience-based information that may help the buyer to make an informed decision. It can take a lot of time and study to get a good grasp of how number plates are valued. While some people enjoy the exercise, in the same way as some study the stock markets and others follow racing form, for most the guidance of a specialist, professional company is preferable.

Sit back and watch your plates soar in value.

As you may have read in our free magazine, the last few weeks and months have seen some very impressive number plate sales.

Visitors to our website may have seen our video coverage of the auctions of 1 HRH and 1 O, which sold for £113,815 and £210,242 respectively. However, even those fine performers were upstaged by 1 RH, which hogged the limelight at £247,952.

Business people and entrepreneurs have joined the celebrity ranks thanks to TV programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice, and it is striking how many of these successful and astute individuals are private plate owners.

Partly inspired by the growing number of spectacular prices that have hit the headlines in recent years, more and more purchasers seem to be selecting their car registration purchases with a speculative eye. For some buyers future profit is becoming as important, or more important, a consideration than immediate amusement or enjoyment.

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What dictates price?

The main factors affecting the price of cherished registration numbers are:

Popularity & demand

Let's use initials as our example. There is a larger potential market and more competition for registrations containing the initials JS than for those containing UY. There are many John and Jane Smiths competing for each JS number, but very few Ulysses Youngs looking for UY plates.

Exclusivity

The large sums paid for 'number 1' plates such as F 1, 1 RH, 1 HRH and 1 O reflect the relative scarcity of such registrations. Not only is the number of these plates limited, but owners are often reluctant to part with them.

Visual impact

The more closely a registration number resembles a name or word, the more desirable it is and,consequently, the more valuable. For many words and names there are several possible ways to represent them on a car registration. The best approximation will be the most valuable.

A classic jaguar with the registration CD 1

Plates such as the one pictured on the classic Jaguar above can fetch considerable amounts in auction. These plates are much sought after and can make an attractive portfolio for keen investors.

Return On Investments

Partly inspired by the growing number of spectacular prices that have hit the headlines in recent years, more and more purchasers seem to be selecting their car registration purchases with a speculative eye.

HED 6S fetched a spectacular value just a year later.

Bought Mar 2017

Price: £480

Sold May 2018

Price: £7,995

RoI
1565%

The registration VER 4A

Bought Sep 2017

Price: £1,836

Sold Mar 2018

Price: £11,246

RoI
512%

The registration K336 GAN

Bought Sep 2017

Price: £1,080

Sold Dec 2017

Price: £7,800

RoI
622%

The registration DGH 1V

Bought Oct 2017

Price: £896

Sold May 2018

Price: £5,596

RoI
524%

The registration AND 2W

Bought Jul 2017

Price: £1,512

Sold Oct 2017

Price: £8,900

RoI
489%

The registration 77 LEL

Bought Jul 2017

Price: £1,296

Sold May 2018

Price: £6,500

RoI
401%

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