List of registration plates to choose for a new car from a dealer

Snook

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Due to pickup my new A3 at some point this month and have got a list of registrations from the dealer.

On my last car the dealer gave me pages to choose from and there was a fairly good selection. This time they have given me about 20 registrations to choose from?

I have asked if there are any more but he said DVLA won't issue more until these are all gone, is this right?

Was hoping to get a few different options. :(

What experiences have you guys had?
 

snakehips

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I got a list of 33. Not huge but certainly more than 20. It was enough for me.
 

oufc1976

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If there is something specific you're after there is always the PP option?
 

oufc1976

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Wife bought a new Vauxhall last week and had no choice whatsoever
 

PembsA3

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I had to choose from 5...
 

martyboy

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I want even offered a choice!
 

audiruss

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I had a choice of about 20, some people said they didn't have the option at all. Pretty boring plates but nice to be able to choose
 

MA3RC

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I've bought 4 brand new cars and had a choice with all of them but Audi. It's not their "policy" I was told. Pfft..
 

Soulboy

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I didn't get a choice - but I wouldn't have been bothered anyway. I would have just took the first one, unless it was something like TlT.
 

h5djr

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I've bought 4 brand new cars and had a choice with all of them but Audi. It's not their "policy" I was told. Pfft..

That would mean that particular company or group's policy. Some dealers offer a choice and some don't as they are all independent companies and Audi 'dealers' rather than owned by Audi. I think Audi AG prefer Personal Plates. Look at any of their pictures of their cars in brochures or on videos. IN for Ingolstadt and the S3xx on an S3, A3xx on an A3, R8xx on an R8 etc.

All registration plates in Germany are in fact personal. The number is issued to the person rather than the car. When the car is sold the owner removes 'their' number and uses it on the new car. The number also relates to where you live. B for Berlin, M for Munich, IN for Ingolstadt, COC for Cochem etc. If you move to another area you have to get a new number issued by the local registration authority.
 

PilotAudi

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If you have time to wait it may be worth it but I would reserve the best from the original selection. I love having a choice of a niceish number but avoid the PP brigade like the plague.. Not a narcissist or suffering from memory loss (yet!)

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Sorry Dave you beat me to it!!
 

Redgrouse

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Hmmm. I've been told there will be no choice for me as the DVLA send it out with the tax disc. My car isn't due until July/August. Looks like the salesman hasn't got that right.
 

PilotAudi

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No they haven't Redgrouse... Stick with it and you should get a choice in the UK
 

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h5djr

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Hmmm. I've been told there will be no choice for me as the DVLA send it out with the tax disc. My car isn't due until July/August. Looks like the salesman hasn't got that right.

The DVLA will not issue a tax disk or V5C until the full details of the car are known including it's VIN number which will not have been allocated yet. The only thing the DVLA do is to issue a set of 'ordinary' registration numbers to each car dealer which the dealer then allocates to a new car when they register the details over a computer link with the DVLA.
 

Redgrouse

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The DVLA will not issue a tax disk or V5C until the full details of the car are known including it's VIN number which will not have been allocated yet. The only thing the DVLA do is to issue a set of 'ordinary' registration numbers to each car dealer which the dealer then allocates to a new car when they register the details over a computer link with the DVLA.

Thanks. I've always had a choice on my previous Audis. I'll contact the dealer and ask for an explanation.
 

Audimad

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I had a choice on my last two Audis but not on my S3, if i did i wouldn't have picked DruG USE. My TT roadster had the plate DG11 OVU which when you spaced it out read DG I LOV U although i didn't do that.
 

jongeddes

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I asked if I could have the choice but when it was deliver I was told what the reg was guess I put it down to an early March reg and they would have been rushed off their feet.
 

h5djr

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I asked if I could have the choice but when it was deliver I was told what the reg was guess I put it down to an early March reg and they would have been rushed off their feet.

That could well have been the case with so many cars being delivered it would have probably been difficult to offer everyone a choice so they decided to offer no-one the choice.

One of the disadvantages of a March or September registration. I'm pretty certain I would be offered a choice when mine is registered in the next week or so but as I already have a PP the problem does not arrise. With the last new Audi I had before I had my PP I was offered a choice and choose E565MCE which shows how long ago it was (January 1988).
 

warren_S5

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but avoid the PP brigade like the plague.. Not a narcissist or suffering from memory loss (yet!)

Because everyone with a PP is obviously subversive, a menace to society, mentally challenged, not worth knowing.....

My missus just bought me one for the S5 as she said she didn't want a 7 character DVLA 'unsaleable' ****fest of letters so please add me to the list of public enemy no.1.

Nothing like a bit of broad brush generalisation eh?!
 

PilotAudi

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Because everyone with a PP is obviously subversive, a menace to society, mentally challenged, not worth knowing.....

My missus just bought me one for the S5 as she said she didn't want a 7 character DVLA 'unsaleable' ****fest of letters so please add me to the list of public enemy eh?!

Not all but I reckon 8 out of 10 cats...
 

Pushed

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My A3 due at the dealers next week (this forum is the only thing making the wait bearable) and he sent me a list of 15 to choose from.... Had the same at Mercedes when bought my current car.
 

arad85

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Had a March 1st delivery and choice of number plate. It's only a very small thing, but satisfying nonetheless to choose the number plate.

I'm too stingy to join PA's public enemy list :)
 

Snook

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Ahh, this all makes me feel happy with what they have offered now!

I guess I had a lucky experience the first time round, thanks all for your valued advise. :)
 

veeeight

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I was offered a choice from around 10, but mainly because I had asked for it when ordering the car.

Apparently the system has changed in recent years, it is all done "live" online now as they register the car through the portal, so if they have to wait for a choice to come back, it holds up the process somewhat, which is why some dealers don't like doing it, if they have 200 cars to register in 2 days, it all gets rather messy.
 

warren_S5

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Every time up until the last time we've ordered we'd been given a list to select our preference from what is available (usually a list of 50 or so pretty nasty options). Now the Govt are closing all the local DVLA offices and getting rid of tax discs I would imagine the new process will be so mechanical that a computer will issue a number and that will be the end of it.

For a start I don't particularly like the fact the first two letters provide a clue of where the car is from as whilst you can buy a car from anywhere and take it home, in some cases it can all go to help thieves identify where your car may be from (hence why I remove the dealer logos and stamps as our local dealers name is a dead giveaway with a place name in its title).

Secondly it seems the DVLA now seems to give away the ugliest most unsaleable plates that couldn't even garner £250 on their sites. All the ones going round our way seem to have particularly unflattering letter combos that are about as memorable as a scrabble tile rack. As the DVLA have become a very commercially minded entity they seem to keep all the reasonable stuff to sell off, so if you fancy something a bit shorter, snappier or slightly relevant to your persons you've got to put your hand in your pocket.
 

PilotAudi

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Well Mr Mad , I think it is great that the Government are making huge amounts of money on the sale of PPs.
My dealer usually lets us choose from a list of 20 or 30.
 

Audimad

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Well Mr Mad , I think it is great that the Government are making huge amounts of money on the sale of PPs.
My dealer usually lets us choose from a list of 20 or 30.

So really you don't mind PP's then or else why would you pick one from a list of about 20 or 30, just let the dealer assign you any number plate, that is what mine did.
 

PilotAudi

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I do not see the point paying for a random letter, followed by my initials seems very narcissistic. When I ran company lease scheme PPs were allowed and avoided by Audi/Vw drivers. One guy chose J10*** on his Escort rather than an ABS option.. Why ?

If I had a free choice of BS 14 ZYP or ABC I would choose the later. Not a pp but a 'nicer reg' IMHO
 

Audimad

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I do not see the point paying for a random letter, followed by my initials seems very narcissistic. When I ran company lease scheme PPs were allowed and avoided by Audi/Vw drivers. One guy chose J10*** on his Escort rather than an ABS option.. Why ?

If I had a free choice of BS 14 ZYP or ABC I would choose the later. Not a pp but a 'nicer reg' IMHO

If you pick a reg of ABC then in a way you are getting a PP so make your mind up, do you like them or not?
 
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PilotAudi

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Nah . Stop winding me up Mr Mad!
 

Audimad

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Nah . Stop winding me up Mr Mad!

Not winding you up at all, it's just that one minute you hate PP's and the people who buy them and the next you say you would pick one that has ABC on it. I'm just a little confused that's all. :confused:
 

h5djr

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Not winding you up at all, it's just that one minute you hate PP's and the people who buy them and the next you say you would pick one that has ABC on it. I'm just a little confused that's all. :confused:

He obviously does not want to pay anything for a registration number. Happy to spend £30k plus on a new S3 but does not want to 'personalise' it but spending a further £250 on a number. It's up to him - each to his own, but he takes his dislike of PPs to extremes.
 
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PilotAudi

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My life has involved contact with many people of all types and without doubt most of the a**eh***s love sticking their initials on their number plate. Not all but most in my experience . The most expensive car we have owned to date was £60k+ and worth every penny. Money is not the issue at all. Similar thoughts to tattoos as with PPs . But it's a free world and as long as folks bang on about how great they are I will give a bold counter view .

I do like some amusing ones like FU 2 or TO 55 ERS and even picking a free nice one from a list but in my mind initials and the like is overly narcissistic. I certainly wouldn't pay anything!! Sorry Dave!
 
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h5djr

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My life has involved contact with many people of all types and without doubt most of the a**eh***s love sticking their initials on their number plate.

Are members of this forum included in your "most of the a**eh***s" statement?
 

PilotAudi

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Possibly possibly not, I've not met them! Hence my intense dislike of the subject matter is based on those I have. Our MP for example has I believe .. L14M FX ..... I love cars not self gratifying pieces of plastic but as I have consistently and honestly posted each to their own, just don't ram your habits down our throat or wind me and others up as a suspect the majority don't give a stuff!
 
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