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The Private Plate Company

How Did it all Start ?

I had always had a fascination with old number plates wondering why some registrations were nicer looking than others, but never thought that one day I would be running one of the leading personalised number plate companies in the UK.

It all started in 1993 when I eventually decided to buy a private plate of my own. Back in those days, there were two popular publications where registration plates were advertised. They were the Autotrader and Exchange and Mart. I scoured through the number plate sections week after week yet found it almost impossible to find my initials, MJD. Then early one Thursday morning, I spotted MJD 611 advertised with Registration Transfers in the Exchange and Mart for £2600. It was more than I could afford but I decided to make some enquiries and make an offer. It was some time before I had a reply and in the meantime I found the same registration plate advertised elsewhere for £2200. That £400 difference made me realise that there may be an opportunity to start my own number plate business.

I therefore decided to buy a cheap number plate that I could afford and then attempt to sell it. I did eventually sell it to a local solicitor and made such a small profit after all the advertising that it hardly seemed worth it, but I persevered and as my stock list grew, so did the enquiries. We have now sold close on 100,000 personalised car registrations since that time establishing ourselves as one of the market leaders-and we managed to buy 1 MJD along the way.

Why choose The Private Plate Company ?

Our Number Plate Philosophy

Our philosophy is quite simple. "Do it once-Do it right". Unlike some companies, we would never sell a registration number before making absolutely sure of its availability. All too often we are contacted by customers who have paid for a new registration number with another company only to be told weeks later that it is unavailable. Its no secret that some of the registration plates we have for sale are also available through other companies yet our database is constantly updated and prices are refreshed daily to ensure you will get the very best possible price from us along with a service thats second to none.

We are very well respected as professionals by the DVLA and as we are local to their offices in Swansea we have a much quicker transfer turnaround for transfers than most other companies. As a rule, we can arrange most registration transfers within 10 days from the receipt of documents and cleared funds.

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Buy Reg Plates at DVLA Auction from £250

Buy Reg Plates at DVLA Auction from £250

The next DVLA auction will be held on 22nd, 23rd and 24th February 2017. Buy from just £250. Grab yourself a bargain by placing an early bid.

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