Finding the perfect car registration can be as exciting and fun as finding the perfect car itself. However, there can be many pitfalls along the way which can dampen the entire experience. Many do not even attempt getting the perfect car registration due to a lack of knowledge around it. Today we will list a few simple steps that will demystify the entire process.
Step 1: Set a budget
This might seem archaic but it is always a very good idea to fix the maximum amount of money you want to spend on the registration beforehand. The reason is quite simple. If you jump in without a budget, you could end up spending way too much which might cause financial issues down the line as well as a sense of regret. Stick to this budget as really fancy registrations can cost as much or even more than a premium car
Step 2: Choose a theme
This is another avenue where a lot of people run into a lot of confusion. You could quite literally be spoilt for choice and end up either being too confused or end up buying something that you did not want in the first place. The best way to get around this conundrum is by choosing a theme. The most common is a registration that resembles a name. Others could be motoring related terms and then there are the power terms like ‘BOSS’ or ‘FAST’ and so on. Choosing a theme will allow you to narrow the choices down to a more manageable number
Step 3: Use a reputed service
There are plenty of online services that allow you to choose a wide variety of car registrations for a price. Choose a service that has a good reputation. You can deduce the same either by going through their reviews or asking people you know who have got special registration numbers. A good service will make the entire process quite hassle-free and even offer financing options that can put premium numbers well within the reach of most people
Step 4: Be aware of the laws
While getting fancy numbers is not illegal, it is against the law to rearrange the letters and numbers or displaying them in a manner that is not legible. You could incur a fine of up to £1000 and the car will fail its MOT. Whatever registration number you get, you have to ensure that it is displayed correctly.
Step 5: Understand your rights properly
Buying a fancy number plate is not like buying a car. The number does not become your legal property. Instead, you get the assignment rights for that number for a particular vehicle. It also means that if you sell the car off, you will also be transferring the rights of its registration to the buyer. You cannot simply swap the registration onto a new car. Also, any registration the car previously had would become void. It is always a good idea to get fancy numbers on cars that you are sure you will be owning for a reasonably long period of time.
For more information, check out the Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling DVLA Number Plates.