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based on 13,000+ reviews
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How Do I Sell My Private Number Plate For Free?

With us its completely Free and Easy to advertise and sell your personal registration mark. The buyer pays our costs and our specialist negotiators work to get you the best possible price.

Let us do everything for you and protect you from time-wasters and fraud. We will advertise your plate, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until it’s sold! We work harder….. and For Less than other agents, meaning You Get More ….and your buyer gets Great Value for Money! With the Best Reviews in our industry and a Professional Reputation built over 20+ years, let our experts realise the true value of your private plate and transfer it safely to its next owner.

Why choose us to Sell My Private Number Plate?

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Can I Sell My Private Number Plate?

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In most cases you can usually sell your private number plate to someone else. If you currently have a private number plate (on a vehicle or retention certificate), you will probably be eligible to sell or transfer your registration under the government ‘Cherished Registration Mark Transfer Scheme’. You may not have purchased it as a private plate, but it may still have a value to a buyer.

Certain criteria and Government regulations must be met in order to participate in the scheme.

My registration is on my vehicle:

Check that your Vehicle Registration Document (V5) does not say 'Non-transferable registration mark'. If it does, then unfortunately it cannot be sold or transferred.

All vehicles involved must have road tax or be tax-exempt, have a valid MOT (if old enough) and be easily identifiable from their chassis numbers. You must be the Keeper of the vehicle or be acting with the complete consent of the Keeper.

My vehicle registration is held on a Government certificate:

If you intend on selling a private number plate that is on retention, your V750 ‘Certificate of Entitlement’ or V778 ‘Retention Document’ must be within its expiry date and you must be recorded as the Grantee, the Purchaser or be acting with the complete consent of the Grantee or Purchaser.

Please note:
If you are listing the registration on behalf of the legal owner (ie the Keeper of the vehicle, or the Grantee/Purchaser listed on the certificate) we will be required to speak to them to confirm that they are happy to sell the registration in the event of a sale.

Our Promises and What To Expect

Our promises to you are that:

  • Your number plate will be advertised for free until it's sold, provided you keep reviewing your advert (you are requested to do so every 3 months, or else it will expire)
  • You will pay no sales commission to us
  • Your registration mark will receive national exposure 24/7.
  • We will use our very best endeavours to secure a sale as soon as possible
  • We will contact you as soon as any reasonable offer or enquiry is made
  • We will conduct the entire transfer negotiations for you, when your buyer is found
  • You will receive your funds as soon as the transfer is complete
  • Your personal details will be kept secure at all times and not shared

What we expect from you:

  • We hope you will instruct us to act in the sale, only if you have full authority to do so
  • We need you to tell us immediately, if you wish to take your registration number off sale or change your mind, for any reason
  • We will expect you to stay closely in touch with us once your sale is agreed, sending us the correctly signed documents, quickly and securely, to enable us to complete your sale and transfer your proceeds.

FAQ - More Questions?
Here's what you need to know...

How much is my private plate worth?

Pricing your number plate is a very personal matter as ultimately the price you set is the price that you are happy to receive. If you are unsure of a value for your registration, you could search for similar registrations on our website and see how much they are going for.

  • We will never sell your registration number for less that it’s really worth and we will warn you if we think your price is too low
  • We will also let you know if we feel your selling price is too high and unlikely to achieve a sale from our experience

When looking at similar registrations, you may wish to price yours slightly less than similar registrations to help give you the edge to sell your registration quicker. Alternatively, if you are not in a hurry, you may wish to price yours higher and reduce the price over time, to generate more interest. It is also worth noting that buyers often wish to make offers on private plates, so you may like to leave room for negotiations in your pricing.

Can you sell a car with a private number plate?

Yes, you can sell your vehicle with your private number plate still assigned to it, but you will lose all future rights to the registration mark.

There are no additional paperwork exercises to complete if you wish to do this and it is a particularly good idea if the plate is vehicle related and and it helps you to get a sale.

If you wish to keep the rights to the registration mark, then you must remove it from the vehicle and get a new V5 before transferring the vehicle ownership to the buyer. You can do this by retaining or transferring the registration mark with DVLA.

Can I Sell My Number Plate Back To The DVLA?

No, unfortunately you cannot sell your private number plate back to the DVLA. The DVLA will only sell new number plates and cherished registrations that have never been issued to a vehicle.

How long will my personalised number plate take to sell?

Some private plates can sell quicker than others. The two most important factors in selling any personal plates within a reasonable time are its price and its desirability. Choose a realistic price, do not over-value it, and assess the changing conditions in the registration marketplace (and the wider UK economy) and respond accordingly. Your number plate will be constantly advertised and marketed by us for free until it is sold... we will contact you as soon as any reasonable offer is made.

Can I sell my number plate privately?

Yes, you can also choose to list your number plate privately and then ask us to get involved once you have found a buyer. This gives you the confidence of having a professional team of experts working for you at the crucial time in the sales process. We will agree a fee for our sales administration service from your sales proceeds with you.

How can I be sure my information is kept safely and securely?

For Data Protection purposes we are registered with and regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO no. Z9704649) and authorised by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority FRN : 734204) to offer consumer finance. We are also DVLA registered number plate suppliers (supplier no: 3166).

How much will you add on to my asking price?

Unlike many other firms, we will not charge you (the seller) to list and sell your registration mark through us, provided you act in an honest and timely manner throughout the sales process. We believe it is important to both buyers and sellers that the prices advertised on our website offer good value for money. We do have to apply a service fee, which will be paid by the buyer, to cover our administrative work and our sales negotiation expertise. Our fee is amongst the lowest in our industry.

Service Fee - this provides the assurance of a secure sale, a successful and speedy transfer of the registration mark, completion of all paperwork, and secure handling of all monies involved, by experienced personnel at our offices here in Swansea, to give you and the buyer, absolute peace of mind.

Department for Transport (DFT) transfer fee - This is the DVLA charge for changing the details of the vehicle(s) involved in the transfer and updating their documents. It is presently £80. If your registration mark is on a certificate in your name and the buyer wishes to keep it on a new certificate, in their own name, then they will need to pay two DFT fees and we will shield your details from the buyer during the changeover.

We will advertise and sell your private plate for free on our website by displaying the following price structure and price breakdown to prospective buyers:

Base price - The Base Price is made up of your selling price (the amount you require upon sale of your registration) and our sales administration service charge.

Advertised price - When the buyer clicks to view your registration mark, they will be presented with a price breakdown, including the Department for Transport transfer fee and any VAT.

We are the only registration agent who allows clients to preview their advertisement (and therefore asking price) prior to publication. This means that you can fine tune your asking price to ensure that it is competitive.

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