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Tom Hartley the dealmaker

Tom Hartley

Readers of The World of Personal Number Plates will know of Regtransfers's longstanding association with legendary supercar dealer Tom Hartley. We have visited Tom and his family business team on a number of occasions and Tom's son and business partner, Carl, recently took us on a tour of the company's stunning Derbyshire showroom.

A visit to Hartley HQ is a real experience. We doubt there is anywhere better equipped to display supercars to their best advantage and a prospective purchaser is able to inspect the car of their dreams from just about every imaginable angle.

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Tom Hartley senior has been in the business for more than 45 years. It is hardly surprising, then, that he has a few stories to tell and we are delighted to say that he has decided to tell them. Tom's autobiography, Tom Hartley - The Dealmaker (written in collaboration with Ken Gibson, award winning Motoring Editor of The Sun) is published by Veloce Publishing. The book tells Tom's story from the beginning, in his own words and it is quite a story. When you consider that Tom Hartley had made his first million by the age of 17, it becomes clear that this isn't just a book, it is surely an inspirational resource for any aspiring business person.

'One in five cars sold in the UK now has a personalised plate'

We were flattered to see that Tom even managed to spare a few kind words for his friends here at Regtransfers.

"One in five cars sold in the UK now has a personalised plate. It's big business in the car world, the DVLA (Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency) has sold five million private plates since 1989 at a total value of £3 billion. Close to 50 per cent of our sales now include a cherished plate; it has become part of the service we offer. We have a great working relationship with Regtransfers, the biggest personalised plate firm in the UK; its founder, Tony Brown, is also a customer of ours. I have a lot of time and respect for the way he operates his business; he has similar values to me."

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The role of DVLA

Car registrations and number plates, including personalised number plates, in the UK are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle licensing Agency, usually known as the DVLA. It issues new registrations twice a year and also maintains the central database that records details of all vehicles licensed to drive on UK roads, along with their keeper and registration information.

Regtransfers works closely with DVLA to complete registration transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regtransfers is a DVLA registered supplier of personal car registrations and number plates and is listed on the DVLA Registrations website. All number plates supplied by Regtransfers comply with DVLA's prescribed standards and regulations.

DVLA administers all UK registration transfers and issues updated registration documents when the registration number of a car is changed, or when a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a retention document in accordance with the DVLA Retention Scheme.

DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Regtransfers is not affiliated to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Regtransfers is a recognised reseller of unissued Government stock.

Number plate regulations

When a car is on the road, it is an offence to display number plates bearing any number other than the vehicle's officially recorded registration number. If you purchase a private registration, you must complete the official transfer process before displaying the new number.

All registration number plates displayed on UK vehicles must comply with the official number plate regulations. DVLA oversees enforcement of number plates display regulations and maintains a register of approved manufacturers and retailers of vehicle number plates.

Regtransfers is not part of, and is not formally affiliated with DVLA.

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