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    Private Plate Questions

    I am considering a private numberplate, if I buy a plate and transfer it to my car, what happens to the original plate? My limited knowledge shows that I can retain the old plate for Ł105? Seems a bit excessive.

    Anyone got any advice regarding this?
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    As far as I know Chris, the car is fixed to the original plate it's registered with, and a private plate goes over it on the DVLA database, so when you come back to taking the private plate off, you still retain the original plate the car was registered with. Of course if retain the orginal plate, then DVLA would have to issue you a random plate to replace it with.
    The Ł105 to retain the plate is Ł80 transfer fee, and Ł25 for retention which needs to be paid annually, or you lose the plate!

    When you buy a new car(or used) car for instance, it will only cost you Ł80 to transfer your reg accross to the new car if you have both logbooks.



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    So if I pay Ł500 for a plate, I then have an ongoing cost of Ł25pa?
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    So if I pay Ł500 for a plate, I then have an ongoing cost of Ł25pa?
    You only need to pay the Ł25 pa retention fee if you want to retain your private plate whilst it's not attached to a car.

    I have a private plate and it costs me Ł105 to transfer it to another vehicle and that's it. Ł25 to place the plate 'on retention' because it's much easier for the dealer to register the new car with a 'retained' private plate plus the Ł80 transfer fee. If for some reason I wanted to 'retain' the number but not put it on a car at the moment that's where the annual fee of Ł25 comes in until it is put on a another car.
    Because my plate goes on to a brand new car that has never been register with any number other than my private plate, when I come to sell it and place the private plate 'on retention' the DVLA issued a new number to my existing car based on it's original registration date. If the same is done with a car that has been registered with a normal number prior to having a private plate then they tend to reuse it's original number rather than issue a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post

    I have a private plate and it costs me Ł105 to transfer it to another vehicle and that's it. Ł25 to place the plate 'on retention' because it's much easier for the dealer to register the new car with a 'retained' private plate plus the Ł80 transfer fee. If for some reason I wanted to 'retain' the number but not put it on a car at the moment that's where the annual fee of Ł25 comes in until it is put on a another car.
    Dave, I'm sure your dealer can make the plate transfer instantly with a Ł80 fee on the day you pick your car up, as they deal with the DVLA direct when registering your brand new car. therefore, your plate is not retained, and transferred directly to your next car, so saving you the Ł25. But you need to hand over your V5C logbook to the dealership for them to do it.



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    There's no guarantee that the original plate will be reassigned to the car when you transfer the new plate off. It usually is, but not every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Dave, I'm sure your dealer can make the plate transfer instantly with a Ł80 fee on the day you pick your car up, as they deal with the DVLA direct when registering your brand new car. therefore, your plate is not retained, and transferred directly to your next car, so saving you the Ł25. But you need to hand over your V5C logbook to the dealership for them to do it.
    I'm sure you're right Joe but the one advantage of putting the number 'on retention' is that it can be done much earlier. This means that if the DVLA do ask to inspect the donor vehicle, which I must say has only happened to me once, it gives more time for this to be arranged and therefore does not delay the transfer process. I understand the DVLA ask to inspect one in every so many applications for transfer.
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