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Michael Rolls

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Personalised number plates
« on: Apr 07, 2019, 06:31:10 PM »
Popped into the little Co-op in the next village. 12 cars in the car park and 4 of them had personalised plates, which set me wondering. Why? What on earth does your car's registration matter? Provided, of course, you can remember it if it gets pinched. As it happens, I can remember the numbers of my first three cars - Anglia FPO233C, Wolseley 6/110 EMF505B, and Mk II Cortina TGX939F, and my current Focus ST18AEE, but the dozen or so in between? - not a clue.
I always read the motoring column in the Telegraph on a Saturday and a week or two back someone was asking hoe he could protect his personalised number should his car be written off in an accident as the number was worth, he reckoned, between 20,000 and 30,000 (I had to read it a couple of times to make sure I wasn't mis-reading!) What on earth makes a plate worth that sort of money other than to somebody with a lot more money than sense?


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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #1 on: Apr 07, 2019, 06:40:54 PM »
The answer, unsatisfactory though it may be, is that anything that can be bought and sold is worth whatever somebody is willing to pay for it. For me, a number plate is an encumberance but I have to have one. Well the car does.
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #2 on: Apr 07, 2019, 07:06:27 PM »
Personal choice and taste.  I seem to remember a comedian had COM1C, rather apt.
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #3 on: Apr 07, 2019, 07:37:23 PM »
I love my personal plate. It was first registered in York, 1945.... DVY ###.
  Reminds me of my early, freedom of the Yorkshire roads.
And, what Scottish workmates called me.
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #4 on: Apr 07, 2019, 07:43:08 PM »
It's true that there are licence plates which cost many thousands of pounds and more. The plate F1 is for sale for 10 Million. Even just the right initials is worth thousands to somebody.
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Michael Rolls

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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #5 on: Apr 07, 2019, 07:47:05 PM »
Crazy - more money than sense
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #6 on: Apr 07, 2019, 08:04:31 PM »
So what.. if people want to spend money on a number plate that means something to them, well let them.   I saw my initials + '1' for sale at 3500.  That was rather more than the car was worth!

Locally there is a driving instructor whose car has the number PAN11C .
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #7 on: Apr 07, 2019, 08:19:28 PM »
Crazy - more money than sense
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The plate was purchased, using some of my industrial hearing damage, compensation.
 It has tripled in value, over the 15 years I have owned it.....
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Michael Rolls

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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #8 on: Apr 07, 2019, 08:26:48 PM »
Only of you want to sell and somebody wants to buy. Until/unless that happens, it's just a bit of metal on the front and back of your car.
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #9 on: Apr 07, 2019, 08:35:54 PM »
COMIC was Jimmy Tarbuck....
i remember driving down the road one day and was overtaken by a bentley with the reg. SINGA so thinking it might be Tom Jones or Engelbert so i drove a little faster and was amazed to see an old man wearing a turban driving.... ;D
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #10 on: Apr 07, 2019, 08:38:41 PM »
S1NGH is one of the super-expensive ones..
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #11 on: Apr 07, 2019, 08:58:22 PM »
Only of you want to sell and somebody wants to buy. Until/unless that happens, it's just a bit of metal on the front and back of your car.
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Two bits of metal, which I enjoy owning.  ;)
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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #12 on: Apr 07, 2019, 09:06:01 PM »
COMIC was Jimmy Tarbuck....
i remember driving down the road one day and was overtaken by a bentley with the reg. SINGA so thinking it might be Tom Jones or Engelbert so i drove a little faster and was amazed to see an old man wearing a turban driving.... ;D

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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #13 on: Apr 08, 2019, 03:06:27 AM »
I am not fussed about my number plates but have seen several cars over the years with a ROX or ROXY in their number. I would be quite chuffed if one came my way on a car I was buying.  ;D

Michael Rolls

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Re: Personalised number plates
« Reply #14 on: Apr 08, 2019, 06:25:24 AM »
That I can understand. What I can't understand is people paying big money for a number - but then, to be fair I can't understand folk paying thousands for a wristwatch nor millions for a painting.
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