What are the cheapest personalised registration number plates? If you have a relatively small budget, what can you get for £100’s rather than £1,000’s? There are more choices than most of us may realise. You don’t have to spend a fortune to own a personalised registration plate.
There are thousands of us who would love a personalised registration number plate, but don’t quite have the budget for the one we’d really like. After all, some number plates can cost £10,000’s…way beyond the reach of the majority of pockets. So, with a more modest budget of a few hundred pounds, where do we start looking?
The cheapest personalised registration number plates are Irish, and can cost from as little as around £80. You should, of course, also allow for DVLA fees – these are usually £80 or £105, depending on whether the number plate is on a vehicle or on a Retention Document at the time of purchase. Depending on who is selling the number plate, there may also be some vat to pay.
The great thing about Irish number plates is that they are (usually) by far the cheapest personalised registration number plates around. And there’s lots of choice. Added to that, they are dateless…which means you can assign them to any vehicle, regardless of its age. And that includes vehicles in mainland UK. So they’re great for hiding the age of your vehicle – whether it’s just a year old, or an old banger. Although Irish plates are the cheapest registration plates some of them can still cost £1,000’s. For instance number plate BIG 1 was sold at auction for £80,000.
The cheapest registration number plates though, are those letters that have no real meaning – such as UBZ 3408 or XIW 7545. Those that can be used to represent a name (such as GAZ, TEZ, or LIL) or a word (like OIL or BIG) will cost a little more. There are plenty of Irish number plates available, both from dealers and privately if you hunt around. And if you buy one privately, there’s no vat to pay – so you’ll save even more. Though DVLA transfer fees will still apply of course – there’s no getting away from those.
So what other options are available? Some prefix plates can cost from as little as around £150. The cheapest of these registration plates are initials. The price depends on how popular the initials are. For instance, JMH is more common than JHM, so you may find yourself paying a little more if your initials are JMH.
If your budget stretches to nearer £1000, you may just be able to pick up some of the cheapest registration number plates with 3-letter shortened names like SUE, NAT, MEG or BEN. As always, the number of digits after the prefix can affect the price – the cheapest plates are usually those with 2 or 3 digits after the prefix letter.
The new (or current) style number plates also start around the same price – and they’re more readily available than prefix number plates And, of course, you must bear in mind that that you should take account of the age of the vehicle you are assigning a prefix or current style number plate to.
As well as number plate styles, the other big influencing factor is how you buy. The cheapest registration number plates are those offered by private sellers. When you buy a car from a dealer, you expect to pay a premium. And it’s similar with personalised plates Dealers add a commission fee to the price agreed with the seller, inflating the price you pay. So if you can buy direct from the owner, you can often get a very good deal.