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    Private plates for an 8P

    Thinking about getting a private reg for my car to hide the fact that it's older than every other 8P on the streets!
    Also, I'm half way to a facelift conversion too so I don't want my original reg contradicting it.

    So just wanted to get an idea of....

    1) how much others paid for theirs
    2) where you got it from
    3) what you lot think of irish plates (as these seem to be the cheapest). Is the general feeling that they are cheesy/chavy/etc. I can't make up my mind.

    (and so this thread can stay in the 8P forum and not get moved to the AS.net desert forum, which is the General Automotive section).....

    4) Any suggestions of reg's, or have you come across any reg's which would be fitting for an A3 Sport??

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    Just get one that means something to you, your name or something?

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    And.. i paid 280 for L80EWY that included the transfer fee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewy_h View Post
    And.. i paid 280 for L80EWY that included the transfer fee
    Where did you buy from?

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    Buy it from the DVLA and then the transfer costs will be included.
    I paid 250 for my plate, which included the 80 admin fee, so in real terms the actual plate only stands me 170.
    Bargain.

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    Bought my plate for 390 from DVLA including transfer fee. Think DVLA would be the best place as other places don't usually include the transfer fee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    Thinking about getting a private reg for my car to hide the fact that it's older than every other 8P on the streets!
    Also, I'm half way to a facelift conversion too so I don't want my original reg contradicting it.
    Totally lost for words !! and you dont want a" chav" plate..........You chav

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    dvla all the way - paid 250 for each of these:

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    B457ARD - this was taken off me about 6 years ago due to what it says!
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    bought mine for 250, and i went with pressed plates, was gonna get pressed old style black and white but it would really just cost too much with the coppers

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    Seems like dvla is the one then. And 250 is the figure.
    Cheers guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivet58 View Post
    B457ARD - this was taken off me about 6 years ago due to what it says!
    Fibs! you couldnt buy a 2007 reg in 2004! Also the DVLA have all these type of plates banned much earlier than you can ever buy them!
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    as said get a plate that means something to you and dvla is the best place to look,

    lee-R that plate isnt a 2007 plate as it is b457 ard which makes it a b reg

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    I would get a plate that you could carry to any other car in the furture.

    As Chirs1988 says, it should mean something to you. Doesn't have to make sense to others IMHO. Luckily for me I picked up an ideal plate for myself and it won't mean anything to anyone else. Had standard plates made as I didn't want the hassle of being pulled by the police for any reason whatsoever.

    I think 250 is the cheapest price you will pay but DVLA have prices up to 750 (or so). It really is up to if you because if you think the plate is worth the price then you can justify the cost. I know that if there is a plate I REALLY want for a 750 and that i absolutelty must have that then I would do it. I'll be cursing but I would do it!


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    I paid 700 for mine from DVLA and says J80NOO ( JONO ) SO was happy to pay it but there are a lot out there they are more expensive the more they resemble a word and less numbers you have I fancyed JAY 1 not long ago but was 85K lol
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    I'm lucky because I'm just paying the transfer fee of 80quid and dad is letting me have his number which hes had for well over 20 years as hes getting a 10reg car and wants that reg. Its nice and non car specific - 249 WYD, so I can take it to every car I have now

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    I agree with what's been said. Get sometuhing that means something to or about you and not your car. It is a 'personal' plate after all. My wife and I have a matched pair of plates with our initials H5 DJR and H5 JHR and both came direct from the DVLA for 230 including the initial transfer fee. Mine has so far been on 9 different cars and my wife's on 4.
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    I paid 399 for Y444GAR and my brother got Y444MAT at the same time for 499. Both plates were from DVLA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    Totally lost for words !! and you dont want a" chav" plate..........You chav
    DVLA have `M153RAB1E` available, for only 50 groats.

    Put a bid in Paddy, after all the plate should mean something to the individual.......ahem (lol smiley here)
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    Sorry Paul but buying a plate to hide the age of your car !! why ?? who is he trying to kid ? himself ?
    I just think that you either have to seriously rich with money to waste...or, having made a list of all the things you want in life, put that list in order of need and you must have reached the stage where you have everything else.
    I loathe paying tax ! I pay a small fortune every month. The idea of paying Gorden Brown and the DVLC for a bloody numberplate just grates with me....LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    Sorry Paul but buying a plate to hide the age of your car !! why ?? who is he trying to kid ? himself ?
    I just think that you either have to seriously rich with money to waste...or, having made a list of all the things you want in life, put that list in order of need and you must have reached the stage where you have everything else.
    I loathe paying tax ! I pay a small fortune every month. The idea of paying Gorden Brown and the DVLC for a bloody numberplate just grates with me....LOL
    Its a vanity thing mate, some people like the `look` of a PP on their car.
    Vain people.
    Like me.

    On the flip side though, I bet there are a few derv drivers with PP`s that think running a V6 (or S3 for that matter) is frivolous and unecessary.
    And think that the annual savings on fuel are better spent on something that never really devalues AND gives them some pleasure.
    Like a private plate.

    Instead of all that extra money going to Mr Brown from all that extra fuel we
    put in our 20mpg cars.

    Lets not forget that a PP is the only thing you can do to cosmetically personalise your car, that is transferable between car to car, doesnt affect resale or Insurance, and is still worth what you paid for it years later after removal.
    Try sating that about a fluffy dice or a Halfords spoiler.
    And in many cases can become a family heirloom, appreciating in value in the long term
    So there.

    What about S3 PAD for your next car?.......(whistle smiley)....where the fcuk are my smileys anyway!!)) Come to the dark side......resistance is futile

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    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
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    Yea....I can only add smiles with the edit post button...

    Take you point mate...Family heirloom eh ...buggered if i am leaving anything to my family, except H4UNT YOU maybe..
    If i really dont like them i might even leave them the V6
    what about 911PAD or 335 PAD :-)

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    Just had a look at DVLC...
    They have PAT 3S for 15k....Ooooh shall I ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    Just had a look at DVLC...
    They have PAT 3S for 15k....Ooooh shall I ??
    Fill yer boots man, stick it on a specced up S3.
    50K well spent I reckon.

    There`s no pockets in a shroud mate.

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    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    Totally lost for words !! and you dont want a" chav" plate..........You chav
    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    Sorry Paul but buying a plate to hide the age of your car !! why ?? who is he trying to kid ? himself ?
    Oh shut up paddy. Always banging on about something.

    And just for the record guys, number 4 of my questions was only so this thread could stay in this forum (see my OP).

    Anyway, I've found a plate very close to my surname, for 250 from DVLA.
    So thanks guys (minus one person!!) you helped a lot.

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    nice one mate, i'll go with that!
    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Its a vanity thing mate, some people like the `look` of a PP on their car.
    Vain people.
    Like me.

    On the flip side though, I bet there are a few derv drivers with PP`s that think running a V6 (or S3 for that matter) is frivolous and unecessary.
    And think that the annual savings on fuel are better spent on something that never really devalues AND gives them some pleasure.
    Like a private plate.

    Instead of all that extra money going to Mr Brown from all that extra fuel we
    put in our 20mpg cars.

    Lets not forget that a PP is the only thing you can do to cosmetically personalise your car, that is transferable between car to car, doesnt affect resale or Insurance, and is still worth what you paid for it years later after removal.
    Try sating that about a fluffy dice or a Halfords spoiler.
    And in many cases can become a family heirloom, appreciating in value in the long term
    So there.

    What about S3 PAD for your next car?.......(whistle smiley)....where the fcuk are my smileys anyway!!)) Come to the dark side......resistance is futile

    cheers
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    Reg transfers wanted 595 for G7 HOU, which i very nearly bought,then i was told that all numbers go through dvla. I bought G7 HOU from dvla for 390 inclusive, sorted. The likes of reg tranfers are just agents.

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    It's all down to individual taste. I've had various plates on previous cars, and have gone for car plates rather than initials.

    I find initials on your reg a bit vulgar, but that's just me - but understand if somebody else likes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    Just had a look at DVLC...
    They have PAT 3S for 15k....Ooooh shall I ??
    Stick an 'R' between the 'P' and the 'A' and you'll have your perfect plate

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    a bit harsh!
    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    Stick an 'R' between the 'P' and the 'A' and you'll have your perfect plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghouseman View Post
    a bit harsh!


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    Thats 1985 ish plate B reg !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_R View Post
    Fibs! you couldnt buy a 2007 reg in 2004! Also the DVLA have all these type of plates banned much earlier than you can ever buy them!
    Thats 1985 ish plate B reg !

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    I've been lucky twice on ebay.

    Bought wifes X28ETH for 112 on retention And J111MDL for me for about the same. Beth and James in case you wondered!

    I had a saved search that emailed me when similar popped up.

    Mrs number was on regtransfers at the time for 2.5K & Vat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    Stick an 'R' between the 'P' and the 'A' and you'll have your perfect plate
    Oooh get you !
    Last edited by paddy; 4th February 2010 at 07:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r10jdl View Post
    I've been lucky twice on ebay.

    Bought wifes X28ETH for 112 on retention And J111MDL for me for about the same. Beth and James in case you wondered!

    I had a saved search that emailed me when similar popped up.

    Mrs number was on regtransfers at the time for 2.5K & Vat!
    The Beth plate works ok, particularly if BMW bring out an even smaller 4x4. J111MDL I struggle with though, that looks about as much like James as KR04DTV looks like Pete.
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    I got M40RKD (mark D) off DVLA for 250
    and J60 NAL Free on my car

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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    The Beth plate works ok, particularly if BMW bring out an even smaller 4x4. J111MDL I struggle with though, that looks about as much like James as KR04DTV looks like Pete.

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    whats the general cheapest personal plates you can buy? I don't need mine to be personal to me or make sense!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PregnantNproud View Post
    whats the general cheapest personal plates you can buy? I don't need mine to be personal to me or make sense!
    I think you can still get those real cheap Irish plates with 3 letters then 4 numbers for about 80-100. Plus the 80 retention I guess. But they're not much less money that the cheapest plates that spell out words etc.

    BTW I got my S3 related PP coz the car was cloned whilst for sale on the Trader before I bought it. Was sick of being pulled over by every Police force region I went in & being (very politely) accused of being a violent robber! Lasted for quite a while until I had had enough. Could have got a free plate transfer from DVLA as a victim of cloning but chose a PP at 250 all in.

 

 
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