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Cheap Private Number Plates Under £200
A personalised or private number plate is a fantastic way to add a touch of your personality to your car, as well as providing an outlet to show your pride and appreciation for your vehicle. Typically those with private number plates are identifying themselves as ‘petrol heads’ and usually drive an envy-provoking car, but personalised licence plates are accessible to all.
Private number plates have been growing in popularity as birthday, Christmas and graduation gifts as more people are realising that you needn’t pay a fortune for a personalised plate - you can get private number plates under £200. In some cases you can obtain private number plates under £100, which make a fantastic congratulation gift to a newly passed driver.
Can I get anything on my personalised licence plate?
Yes, you can get anything on a personal licence plate, as long as the text and spacing follows the DVLA guidelines, however if you’re looking to buy cheap personalised number plates, you may have to reign in your enthusiasm slightly. If you want to secure a personalised licence plate for less, you would be better suited to sticking to the typical style of number plate and being creative within the number and letter limits to get your message across.
Where can I find a private number plate for under £200?
If you’re looking to get your hands on cheap private number plates under £200, the current or new style of licence plates is your best bet. These were issued after September 2001 and follow the structure of 2 letters that indicate the vehicle’s initial registration location, 2 numbers that indicate the date of the vehicle and then a random sequence of 3 letters. The structure of newer licence plates can be a little constrictive but with some ingenious creative thinking you can entwine the numbers into a word that will still express your identity without having to break the bank. If you get lucky, you may even find some cheap number plates under £50!
Example of current style number plates
What other options are there for private number plates?
If you have your heart set on cheap personalised licence plates but can’t fit your chosen word into the new style of licence plate, you may have to stretch your budget a little further. More expensive styles of number plates you can look into include prefix, suffix and dateless number plates.
Prefix number plates are an older style of licence plate that are no longer in production. They were issued on vehicles manufactured between 1983 and 2001. These plates are made up of a single letter that indicates the year of manufacturer followed by up to 3 numbers and then 3 letters. The main difference between new style and prefix style licence plates is that you can have a shorter sequence - ideal if your name or chosen word is less than 7 characters. Bear in mind that these are now in limited supply so can be more in demand by like-minded people on the hunt for cheap personalised licence plates. If you’re using a common phrase or name, you may struggle to find what you’re looking for at a reasonable price in the prefix style.
Example of prefix style number plates
Suffix style plates were issued between 1963 and 1983. Their layout is the reverse of the prefix style plates - 3 letters, up to 3 numbers and a letter at the end. Suffix style plates would be a good option for those who can swap out letters for numbers in the end of their word as opposed to the beginning. Less suffix style plates were released than prefix plates so you may struggle to find private number plates under £200 in this style.
Example of suffix style number plates
Dateless number plates
Dateless number plates have a varied price range, meaning you can find some that are under £200 and some that can be very expensive. Dateless licence plates were issued between 1903 and 1963 and are quite rare - meaning they will be quite expensive - but you can find some dateless plates that are cheaper such as VIG 2945, which is under £200.
As the name suggests, these number plates don’t have an indicator of the car’s year of manufacture so have fewer numbers in the sequence. Furthermore, because there were less cars on the road during their production, the sequence didn’t need to be so complex to provide unique number plates. These plates can be very simple, great for those of you with short names or chosen phrases. Usually shorter phrases can be in higher demand, so testing different variations of your personalised reg could save you money!
Example of suffix style number plates
Where to buy cheap personalised number plates?
If you’re looking to find a personalised licence plate for less than £200, SwiftReg can help. We have a database of over 50 million licence plates so no matter what you’re searching for, we can help you find the best option in your budget.