Cherished number plates
Regtransfers is the UK’s largest supplier of cherished number plates. We offer a vast range of older and dateless plates for all vehicles.
Cherished number plates is a term that is often used to describe dateless registration marks. You may be more familiar with the terms private registrations, personalised car number plates or even just private plates. The truth is that the older number plates certainly look more distinctive but they always have higher prices to match their desirability!
What are cherished number plates?
The phrase "cherished number plates" is just one of many synonyms for private number plates. Although it has no official or rigid meaning, it is often used to describe older private plates - the number plate equivalent of antiques. It is also commonly used to refer to "dateless" plates that do not display a year code.
"Cherished number plates" is a popular term amongst owners of vintage or veteran cars. Many owners want to keep a period-correct number on those older vehicles. Owners of other rare or exclusive luxury cars may want the same thing. To these people, the registration number is a vital part of their car's character and identity, and it shares the love and pride that the lucky owner lavishes upon the car. That's why we call them "cherished".
How to transfer a cherished registration plate?
Once you have purchased your cherished number plate, you may have your registration number transferred directly to a vehicle or, if you prefer, retain it on a certificate ready to be assigned to a car at a later date. Our expert team will advise you and check all details to ensure your transfer goes smoothly. Please note that it is important that your vehicle tax and MOT status has been kept up to date without any disruptions.
A transfer application can be submitted online or by post but the V5C logbook is required for this to be possible.
For more information, please read our guide on how to transfer number plates.
How to sell your cherished number plate?
Cherished number plates are very desirable and it is likely that the right buyer would pay good money for yours. When you sell your number plate with Regtransfers we will endeavour to return you the best price possible for your registration. Our 40 years of experience within the market uniquely qualifies us to provide your free, no-obligation valuation. Our team will analyse all the relevant factors to come up with a realistic and achievable price estimate in line with the current market. Once you have received your valuation and decided to sell, you may choose to have us advertise your cherished plate for sale or, alternatively, you may opt to list your registration number in our auction where thousands of potential buyers can bid on your number plate.
What are the rules for purchasing cherished number plates?
A cherished plate may not be assigned to a vehicle with the intention to make the car appear newer than it actually is. Any registration that is transferred to a vehicle must either be a dateless format, with no year code, or must contain a date code for the year the car was first registered or an earlier year. There is no rule against making a vehicle look older than its true age.
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We are Regtransfers, the UK's largest independent private number plates specialist. The company was established in 1982 and our headquarters are in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. We are registered with the DVLA as a supplier of both personalised registrations and acrylic number plates. We buy and sell private registrations for our own stock and on behalf of clients throughout the UK.Read more about us
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Cherished number plate FAQs
‘25 O’ is the most expensive cherished number plate. It topped our list of the UK’s costliest number plates, selling for £518,000 at a DVLA auction in 2014.
It’s very easy to buy a cherished number plate with Regtransfers. All you have to do is simply type your name, initials or words, numbers into our search box. You will be presented with private number plates that best match your search. Once you have found the ideal private plate, you can choose from our range of acrylic number plate options. We can help complete the process of assign your registration number to your chosen vehicle with our fully managed transfer service.
It is simple and convenient to sell your cherished number plate with Regtransfers. All you need to do is fill out a form with a few details. We will then provide you with a free, no obligation valuation of your cherished plate. You also have the option to list your cherished number plate in our online auction
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