There’s no denying that when it comes to adding custom style to your car, private number plates are by far the strongest investment for your any vehicle. They can a fantastic reflection of your personality, a beautiful tribute to the car itself, a friendly joke between friends or, well, just about anything you can imagine.

Thousands of private number plates are sold every day, but there are always some questions customers have both before and after they buy their plates. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the frequently asked questions that we hear so very often. Let’s get started, shall we?

Q: Are there any restrictions on the type of registration older vehicles can have?

A: Depending on the age of your car, there may be restrictions on what registrations will be suitable.

If your chosen personalised registration number has an age identifier prefix (like 62), you can only put that number onto a vehicle of an equal age or newer. This is to prevent people buying custom plates which deceive potential buyers about the age of a car. It’s a slight annoyance, but an acceptable one, given how frustrating it would be to be deceived by a custom plate.

Q: Are there any special requirements my car has to meet?

A: There are a handful of hoops your vehicle has to jump through. Your vehicle must be:

• An appropriate age to receive the personalised plate (see the above answer)
• Registered in the UK (or about to be) in your name or the name of the person you’re buying the plate for
• Taxed or SORN registered at the time of registration
• Complete with MoT or Goods Vehicle Test certificate

If your car meets all these requirements, you’ll be able to purchase a personalised number plate.

Q: Can I buy a private registration plate as a gift?

A: Yes! In fact, many customers buy number plates as gifts for friends and family and the process couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is provide your details as well as those of the person you’re buying the plate for, so that you can be recorded as the purchaser of the registration number.

If the vehicle you’re wanting to put the plates onto isn’t registered in your name, you simply just us their details as the name of the ‘nominee’ to your purchase. Just make sure that it matches the name of the registered keeper of the vehicle you’re wanting to put the number plate onto. Simple!

For many of us, our cars are our pride and joy. They’re an expression of our personality, chosen for a mixture of power, handling and design that signals who we are to the world around us as we move from home, to work and out to social engagements.

Almost everything about your car can be customised too, from your tyres up to your spoiler. Today, the car customisation scene is just about as big as it’s ever been. With a multitude of factory and aftermarket options available, it’s clear that, if you want it, you’ll never see another exact copy of your car on the road.

So, with an endless ocean of custom possibilities available, why let your number plate fade into the background?

Personalised number plates can be almost anything you want them to be, from versions of your name to references to your car, lifestyle or hobbies. A private number plate can transform your car and bring the fun back to driving, but what are the main reasons for buying one? Let’s take a look.

Reveal your Creativity and Set Yourself Apart from the Pack

Personalised registration plates are the perfect canvas on which you can reveal your creativity without turning your car into a sideshow.

We’ve all seen the impact that spectacular paint jobs and large, aftermarket body kits can have, but there is an easier way to set yourself apart from the pack – with a personalised number plate.

Whether you’re running a car commonly found on the road or want to celebrate the uniqueness of your motor, personalised registration plates make for a terrific option. Even better? Because you can create any word or abbreviation you like, your car can say anything it likes.

Let Passers by Focus on the Car, Not the Age

Cars get old, that’s just a fact. However, not all cars age equally. Design classics might see the years tick by like every other car, but their statement lines and outright quality shines through the ages.

With a traditional number plate, all passers by will see is when your car came out. With a personalised number plate? They’ll see your car for what it truly is – a thing of beauty.

Make a Smart Investment

Number plates might not seem like a good investment on the face of it, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Because each plate is totally unique, the value of your plate will remain a constant – just as long as somebody wants it from you.

Cars with custom license plates specific to the model often fetch more at auction, so don’t view a personal number plate as an expense; view it as an investment.