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.

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.

Investing in Business Plates

Investing in Business Plates

“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.

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."

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:

Competition (popularity/demand)

Let's use initials as our example. There is a larger potential market, and thus more demand, 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.

Investing in Business Plates

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
  • Bought for £480.00 in March 2017
  • Sold for £7,995 in May 2018

ROI - 1565.63%

VER 4A
  • Bought for £1,836.00 in September 2017
  • Sold for £11,246 in Mar 2018

ROI - 512.53%

K336 GAN
  • Bought for £1,080.00 in September 2017
  • Sold for £7,800 in Dec 2017

ROI - 622.22%

DGH 1V
  • Bought for £896.40 in October 2017
  • Sold for £5,596 in May 2018

ROI - 524.27%

AND 2W
  • Bought for £1,512.00 in July 2017
  • Sold for £8,900 in Oct 2017

ROI - 488.62%

77 LEL
  • Bought for £1,296.00 in July 2017
  • Sold for £6,500 in May 2018

ROI - 401.54%

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If you would like to discuss investing in personal registrations, please, in the first instance, contact us at investments@regtransfers.co.uk.

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