When it comes to investing your cash wisely, you could do far worse than putting your money where your personalised number plate is.
Driving to work this dazzling summer morning, Eric had a sighting from yore in the form of a number plate – a dateless registration (meaning it can be affixed to any vehicle regardless of age) with the suffix DD, on a King’s coach (King’s are a coach travel firm here in Middlesbrough).
Amazingly, this DD plate, and thousands of others just like it, were all available for the paltry figure of around lb100 each 20 years ago – a quick DD number plate search on the Nationla Numbers web site proves just how excellent an investment number plates can be – now these plates command a price far more bountiful; around lb2500.
As I mentioned, Eric bought the plates for about lb100 apiece, specifically for the King’s coach company. The chairman of Nationla Numbers enlisted the services of a gentleman in Gloucester, who took a whole two years to fulfil the tailor-made order, scouring the county for the seven plates; most of which were found on Morris Minor cars. Finding the host cars for specific reg and canvassing the owners had to be done back in the day, as it just wasn’t possible to call a number plate dealer, or use a web site to buy reg – and there was no such thing as a retention certificate! *
Selling the plates on to King’s for lb300 each delivered a tidy return for Eric, back in eighties. And it’s so nice to see the DD plates still in use on the coaches in Middlesbrough. The members of staff that have been with us for the 25 years since we founded are always looking out for the infamous Double D number plates that have proved such a delightfully delicious investment for our coach firm customer.
Even our customers agree. Our customer testimonials include accounts from folks whose plates have, at worst, retained the value; and at best, made them money, since they first purchased them.
Where to start? Try our plate search to find your own great investment, or browse through our DD number plates for ideas.
Or, if you’re interested to read more about investing in private number plates, our article Number Plates For Investment contains everything you need to know and also makes an interesting read!
* Retention certificates allow owners to remove registrations from their vehicle and “retain” them through a Certificate of Entitlement; they can then easily transfer UK registered plates between vehicles at their convenience.