Retention Certifcate V778’s and Certificate of Entitlement V750’s Important News

IMPORTANT NEWS – IMPORTANT NEWS – IMPORTANT NEWS

As from 18th December 2019 you will no longer be able to renew out of date retention certificate V778’s or Certificate of Entitlement V750’s. The DVLA Swansea are implementing these changes and the cut off date for renewing any out of date certificates ends on 18th December 2019. YOU MUST RENEW any that you have out of date as there will be no leniency regarding this new ruling.

Example of V778 Retention Document and example of V750 Certificate of Entitlement

Millions of motorists have personalised or cherished number plates on their vehicles but many others hold the rights to use them without actually having them on a vehicle, known as keeping them on retention. Some owners view them as an investment rather than something to adorn a vehicle but DVLA Swansea changes could see motorists lose the right to these investments.

You need to act NOW before it is too late.

For some people this is not common knowledge and therefore we as number plates dealers are making sure that you are aware.

If these changes are going to affect you and your retention documents are out of date, you need to make sure you act now and before the cut off date of 18th December 2019. Currently, if a certificate is out of date you can buy back the right to use it from the DVLA Swansea as long as you obtained the relevant V750 or V778 certificate before March 9th, 2015 and it expired on or after 1st May 2011. You can renew the certificate by paying £25 for every year to get it up to date but this will no longer be the case from 18th December 2019. So if your plate ran out 13 months ago you would pay £50 ( 2 years ) So, if you have an out of date retention document or certificate of entitlement, it is very important to act now or you risk losing your rights to your cherished number plates entirely.

You will need to fill out the form on your documentation and send it to the DVLA Swansea along with the fee owed. If you don’t have your documentation, you need to write to the DVLA Swansea giving a reason for not having the original V778 / V750 document, along with the appropriate fee, details of your cherished number plate and proof of your name and address for example your driving licence.

Failure to comply with these new regulations could have serious consequences as you are basically giving up your rights to your cherished number plates.

Please check any V778 /V750 certificates that you have and act NOW.

Number Plates – Age Identifiers from DVLA Swansea

We get asked quite frequently what identifies the age of a cherished registration number or a DVLA car number plate so I have done a table below to show the relevant age identifiers for number plates.

SUFFIX REGISTRATION NUMBER PLATES

SUFFIX LETTERSTARTEND
A18 February 196331 December 1963
B1 January 196431 December 1964
C1 January 196531 December 1965
D1 January 196631 December 1966
E1 January 196731 July 1967
F1 August 196731 July 1968
G1 August 196831 July 1969
H1 August 196931 July 1970
J1 August 197031 July 1971
K1 August 197131 July 1972
L1 August 197231 July 1973
M1 August 197331 July 1974
N1 August 197431 July 1975
P1 August 197531 July 1976
R1 August 197631 July 1977
S1 August 197731 July 1978
T1 August 197831 July 1979
V1 August 197931 July 1980
W1 August 198031 July 1981
X1 August 198131 July 1982
Y1 August 198231 July 1983

PREFIX LETTER NUMBER PLATES

PREFIX LETTERSTARTEND
A1 August 198331 July 1984
B1 August 198431 July 1985
C1 August 198531 July 1986
D1 August 198631 July 1987
E1 August 198731 July 1988
F1 August 198831 July 1989
G1 August 198931 July 1990
H1 August 199031 July 1991
J1 August 199131 July 1992
K1 August 199231 July 1993
L1 August 199331 July 1994
M1 August 199431 July 1995
N1 August 199531 July 1996
P1 August 199631 July 1997
R1 August 199731 July 1998
S1 August 199828 February 1999
T1 March 199931 August 1999
V1 September 199929 February 2000
W1 March 200031 August 2000
X1 September 200028 February 2001
Y1 March 200131 August 2001

CURRENT STYLE REGISTRATION NUMBER PLATES

CURRENT STYLE NUMBERSTARTEND
511 September 200128 February 2002
021 March 200231 August 2002
521 September 200228 February 2003
031 March 200331 August 2003
531 September 200329 February 2004
041 March 200431 August 2004
541 September 200428 February 2005
051 March 200531 August 2005
551 September 200528 February 2006
061 March 200631 August 2006
561 September 200628 February 2007
071 March 200731 August 2007
571 September 200729 February 2008
081 March 200831 August 2008
581 September 200828 February 2009
091 March 200931 August 2009
591 September 200928 February 2010
101 March 201031 August 2010
601 September 201028 February 2011
111 March 201131 August 2011
611 September 201129 February 2012
121 March 201231 August 2012
621 September 201228 February 2013
131 March 201331 August 2013
631 September 201328 February 2014
141 March 201431 August 2014
641 September 201428 February 2015
151 March 201531 August 2015
651 September 201528 February 2016
161 March 201631 August 2016
661 September 201629 February 2017
171 March 201731 August 2017
671 September 201728 February 2018
181 March 201831 August 2018
681 September 201828 February 2019
191 March 201931 August 2019
691 September 201928 February 2020

Obviously prior to the suffix registration numbers that came out in 1963 the number plates were dateless and therefore did not have an age identifier as such as they were not with any prefix, suffix or current style marker.

If you would like any further information you can always contact our sales staff on 0116 235 0116 who will be happy to help with any queries you may have.

If you would like to purchase a cherished number plate please browse through our huge database where we have cheap number plates, bargain number plates, DVLA number plates, personalised number plates, name number plates, football number plates, cover number plates, Irish number plates, you name it we have it.

If you cannot see anything or would like help in finding your perfect cherished number plate then please contact us on 0116 235 0116 where we will be happy to help.

Hope you find the above interesting information…..

Number Plates Halloween

Happy Halloween

Halloween also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve is a celebration in several countries on 31st October every year on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows Day. It is the start of a 3 day observance of Allhallowtide remembering the dead including saints (hallows) martyrs and the faithfully departed.It is widely believed that Halloween traditions originated from the Celtic Harvest Festivals. Most people celebrate with Halloween Parties involving trick or treating, apple bobbing dressing up in costumes such as witches, ghosts, clowns, spooks and the like, and we carve pumpkins into jack ‘o’ lanterns, watching horror movies and playing pranks as well.

We have compiled a small selection of cherished car number plates that we think are suitable for Halloween. They are all genuine issued DVLA number plates and most are all ready for immediate transfer. All prices are shown on our huge database and will show vat and transfer fee.

If you cannot see anything you fancy then please browse through our huge database of personalised number plates we have various ranging from the cheap bargain number plates £116 all inc to ££££.

Have a Happy Halloween from all of us at Motor Marks

Apples cherished number plate APP 13S
APPLES
Beat cherished number plate BEA 1T
BEAT
Bolt cherished number plate BOL 7T
BOLT
Carves cherished number plate CA12 VES
CARVES
Clowns cherished number plate CL10 WNS
CLOWNS
Dress cherished number plate DRE 5S
FANCY DRESS
Eve cherished number plate EVE 393
HALLOWS EVE
Ghost cherished number plate GHO57W
GHOST
Ghost cherished number plate GHO 57Y
GHOSTY
Gobble goblin cherished number plate GOB 81L
GOBBLE / GOBLIN
Mummy cherished number plate MU17 MMY
MUMMY
Rags / bandages cherished number plate RAG 55S
RAGS / BANDAGE RAGS
Web cherished number plate W38 BBB
WEB
Savage cherished number plate SAV 49E
SAVAGE
Who soul cherished number plate WH05 OUL
WHO SOUL / SOUL
Trick cherished number plate TR10 CKK
TRICK
Treat cherished number plate TR11 EAT
TREAT
Yell / scream chersihed number plate YEL 754
YELL / SCREAM

Number Plates – Top 12

Whether or not you are a fan of Cherished Number Plates there is no getting away from the fact some people will pay top price for their ultimate number plate.

We have been trading for over 30 years now and have seen numbers fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds. We have compiled the list of the Top 12 selling number plates that have been achieved at Auctions over the years. The prices are the what they fetched on the hammer so do not include all the extras.

We have millions of cherished number plates to view on our online database and as well as having many top price number plates we also have cheap bargain number plates that are from £116.00 all inclusive.

If you would like us to search for your desired cherished number plate or would like to ask a question please do not hesitate to contact us on 0116 235 0116

£400,000 NOVEMBER 2014
£285,000 MARCH 2009
£222,000 JULY 2019
£201,000 APRIL 2006
£196,000 NOVEMBER 2008
£185,000 DECEMBER 1993
£180,000 MAY 2015
£170,000 JANUARY 2009
£160,000 DECEMBER 1989
£156,000 APRIL 2006
£115,000 MARCH 2009
£101,700 SEPTEMBER 2008

Cherished Number Plates

Cherished Number Plates – What are they?

Typically cherished number plates are usually dateless registration numbers that are dated pre 1963 and were usually found on vintage and classic vehicles. Nowadays a cherished number plate can be anything! You have the names, the dateless, the prefix and suffix registration numbers and now the newstyle number plates, not forgetting the Northern Ireland registration numbers it can mean absolutely nothing to you but to someone else everything. You can even get your full name.. example NGO 1D if you are called Nigel Gold. Cherished Number Plates are an investment!!

Years ago Cherished Number Plates as they were coined could cost tens of thousands of pounds and many still do just take a look at some of the recent sales in the auctions some numbers fetching over half a million pounds…. but you can get a Cherished Number Plate for you for as little as £116 all in see our cheap page

The ‘Term’ Cherished /Personalised number plate was coined because for these registration numbers to remain in circulation for such a long time ie their ownership had to be passed along, sometimes the registration number remaining in a particular family for generations.

The best example of one such Cherished Number Plate was the renowned A 1 number plate which was one of the first registration numbers given out by London County Council. The number plate was secured by Earl Russell who queued outside their offices in 1903 to acquire the registration number for his Napier and he had it until 1907 when he sold his Napier car with the A 1 number plate on to a gentleman called George Pettyt who was the chairman of the London County Council. He kept the number is his possession and had it transferred onto various vehicles. When Mr Pettyt died in 1950 the number plate was on a Sunbeam Talbot and was left in his will to a Mr Laker who in turn kept the registration number (this was stipulated in the will of Mr Pettyt that he had to retain the number plate until his death) until his death in 1970 .

After Mr Lakers death, Dunlop purchased the number plate for a staggering £2500 which on today’s market would probably be a million pounds plus’ and the money was donated to the Guide Dogs for the Blind as Mr Laker had stated it was his wish for a dogs charity to receive the money from the sale of the registration number A 1.

In the early 2000’s the registration A 1 was sold again and Prince Bolkiah a member of the Brunei Royal Family became the new owner and it was paired with 1 A to be displayed on matching white Bentley Azures. Quite a history !!!

How do I assign a Cherished Number Plate ?

If buying from a number plate dealer, this is usually done for you by them. If the number you are buying is on a retention certificate then the documents required are the current V5C for the receiving vehicle which has to be currently taxed and MOT’d. Most of these transfers can now be done instantly using the online facility via the DVLA website upon cleared funds, however if the application cannot be processed online then it will have to be posted to DVLA Swansea cherished number plate section and the transfer can take up to 10 days.

If the number you are buying is already on a vehicle then this will have to be posted and on most occasions is all processed within 14 days, however this can take longer if the donor vehicle needs to have a DVLA inspection (most pre-1963 vehicles need to be inspected by DVLA and the odd newer vehicle, however we cannot determine which ones).
The DVLA usually send an appointed inspector to come and check the vehicle and its identity. The cost incurred in transferring a cherished number plate is £80.00 which is made payable to DVLA Swansea.

How do I retain a Cherished Number Plate ?

The cost to Retain a cherished number plate is £80.00 which is made payable to DVLA Swansea. When you retain a number plate the certificate will show that the assignment fee has already been paid so you would not pay any further fees when you come to transfer the cherished number plate off the retention certificate at a later date.
A retention certificate is also now valid for 10 years from the date that the number plate is retained by DVLA Swansea.

How do I sell my number plate ?

If you have a cherished number plate that you want to sell, if this is on a retention certificate then all we require is the valid V750 or V778 document which can usually be transferred online using the DVLA website facility. If the number is on an existing vehicle then the rules require that the donor vehicle must have been taxed by yourselves when it had a current MOT and then you have 5 years to sell the number. If it goes over the 5 years then in order to sell the number plate you would have to get the vehicle re-taxed and MOT’d. All MOT’d exempt vehicles however do require a voluntary MOT to take part in the cherished number plate’s transfer rules set out by DVLA.

So a little bit of history for you and some common questions answered.

If you would like any information on a number plate you wish to sell or would like us to find a number plate to suit you then give our Sales Team a call we are always happy to help 0116 235 0116

Alternatively why not browse our huge database of cherished number plates.

BOSS Number Plates

What type of BOSS are you? A few of our BOSS cherished number plates below, all are genuine issued registration numbers and all available for immediate transfer.

POLICE
TAXI CAB BOSS / HIRE CAR COMPANY
VETERINARY
WASTE DISPOSAL / TOILET HIRE
FAB BOSS
FOOTBALL CLUB MANAGER
WASTE DISPOSAL / TOILET HIRE
BOSS

Not a BOSS but would still like a cherished number plate then why not browse our huge database of personalised number plates, we also have the cheap and cheerful range see our bargain plates

Want to speak to someone then give us a call on 0116 235 0116

Always Happy to help

ENGLAND Number Plate

Well tonight sees the semi -final of the Fifa Women’s World Cup and it see’s England play the USA. We are wishing our girls the Lionesses’ all the best and hope they can carry on their latest winning streak.

We have the ultimate number plate for the Squad ENG 147D obviously spelling ENGLAND.

This is a genuine issued cherished number plate and is stock and for sale and ready for immediate transfer.

Not a fan of the Lionesses’, then if you are a fan of the USA we also have some great USA cherished number plates.

If you would like to speak to one of our sales staff regarding any cherished number plates or for any general enquiries then call now 0116 235 0116.

C’mon England !!!

Royal Ascot – Number Plates

 

This week sees Royal Ascot. Ascot Racecourse is a British Racecourse located in Ascot, Berkshire which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. The course enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family and is approximately 6 miles from Windsor Castle. The Royal Meeting is held in June and its highlight is The Gold Cup.

Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. The first race ‘Her Majesty’s Plate’ with a purse of 100 guineas was held on 11 August 1711. Seven horses competed, each carrying a weight of 12 stones. This first race comprised three separate four mile heats.

In 1813 Parliament passed an Act to ensure that the grounds would remain a public racecourse. A new grandstand was opened in 1839. A further Act of Parliament of 1913 (Ascot Authority Act 1913 c.lxxxiv) establishing the Ascot Authority which entity manages the racecourse to this day.

From its creation until 1945 the only racing that took place at Ascot was the Royal Meeting, a four day event. Since that date, more fixtures have been introduced to the grounds, notably steeplechase and hurdles in 1965.

Every year Royal Ascot is attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen’s Royal Standard. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and the press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds the actual racing. There are three enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week

Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making this Europe’s best attended race meeting. The Gold Cup is on Ladies day on the Thursday.

We at Motor Marks have compiled a short list of personalised and cherished number plates that we think are suitable for Royal Ascot and have listed them below.

 

 

Don’t forget if you would like your own cherished or private number plate please contact one of our experienced sales staff on 0116 235 0116 and they will be happy to help.
Alternatively go to our home page on the website where you can search through millions of personalised number plates online.

Liverpool European Champions – FAB 805S perfect Number Plate

Well what a weekend that was we just had. Liverpool Football Club are the European Champions of 2019. What a win!

We have the perfect number plate for the Liverpool Football Club Manager Jurgen Klopp, FAB 805S which of course reads FAB BOSS and no doubt I am sure all the Liverpool players would agree.

This cherished number plate is a genuine issued registration number and is owned by us.

We have millions of cherished number plates so if you would like to view the database then go to the homepage where you view all our cherihsed number plates along with their prices.

If you would like to talk to someone then please call our sales staff on 0116 235 0116 where we will be happy to help.

 

Congratulations Liverpool !

 

A MUST READ – Vehicle Crime

Vehicle crime is on the increase and we are seeing various methods used by criminals in the press relating to keyless car theft. Obviously if you have a cherished number plate on your car and it is stolen you can apply to keep the personalised registration number straight away to safe guard it. You will not be able to assign it to another vehicle and no retention certificate will be issued until 6 months from the date of the theft has lapsed or the vehicle has been recovered. It is also the owner’s responsibility to contact DVLA Swansea for the certificate to be issued after this time.

How the keyless car theft works is that one criminal will hold a device close to the car that boosts the signal meant for the key, while the  other thief will stand close to the house with another device that relays that signal to the key, fooling the system.

Here is some information on how it is done and how you can prevent it from happening:

Six types of keyless car theft

Signal relaying – Keyless systems use a simple process. Fobs emit a short range”friendly” radio signal that carries only a few yards. When the associated vehicle is close by (usually within a few metres), the car  recognises the signal and unlocks its doors. The same process is used for the ignition on cars with start buttons; the fob signal usually needs to be inside the car itself. Relay thieves use wireless transmitters held up to the front door or window of a house (or the handbag/pocket of a car owner), to capture the signal from a fob and relay it to a target vehicle. An accomplice standing close to the vehicle captures the signal, fooling the car into unlocking. Once the accomplice is inside the car, the process can be repeated to start the engine.

Signal jamming – A device transmitting on the same radio frequency as remote key fobs is used to jam the signal that locks the car. The gadget might be in the pocket of a crook in a car park, or left in shrubbery near a driveway being targeted. When the owners press the lock button on their key fob, the command is prevented from reaching their vehicle and it remains unlocked. Thieves are left with an open door.

Key programming – Whether thieves break a window or use the jamming technique above, once they’re inside the car, those vehicles with a start button rather than an ignition key can be simple to steal.
Every car sold for more than a decade has been required to have a standard diagnostic port fitted. This is typically located in the front footwell. Computer hackers have developed devices that plug into the port, boot up a vehicle’s software and then program a blank key fob.
In keyless cars this can be used to start the engine as well as unlock the doors. The time needed for the programming process is as short as 14 seconds. The cost of programming gadgets on foreign websites is as low as £10.

Close range testing – Some keyless fobs may still be in range of the car when if left inside the house near enough to the vehicle. Thieves can discreetly check by trying the door handles, which may unlock the doors, but are unlikely to be able to drive off in the car if they do get inside; keyless systems require a fob to be inside the car before the engine will start.
Even if the owners do not fall victim to thieves, they may end up with a flat battery because the proximity of the key keeps electronic systems on standby.

Code grabbing – Thieves armed with advanced gadgets are thought to lie in wait for desirable cars. When the owner locks the doors, the signal is captured by the device,which then calculates the unlock code.Though there is little evidence this method is currently being used, some experts are convinced it is a looming threat. Others say it is impossible.

App hacking – This method is rarely used but could become popular as car makers attempt to connect their vehicles with owners’ smartphones. Apps that allow drivers to unlock their car let thieves do the same thing on their own phone if the can log in to the app as the vehicle’s owner. All they need is the password, which they may steal or guess.

How to avoid keyless car theft

Look for the flash – Whenever you lock your car,whether by touching the door handle or clicking the button on a remote, make sure the indicators flash and mirrors fold (if you have that functionality), and listen for the clunk of locks.

Block the signal – To prevent relay theft at home, find a safe place for your keys, out of sight and out of range of the car. You may want to store them in an aluminium tin or signal blocking box. Some believe storing the fob in a microwave oven works, but we’d be wary of that. Whatever, don’t just assume your signal blocking solution works; be sure to test its efficacy. While out and about, carry your key fob in a shielded wallet or aluminium tin. Though some people believe low-tech solutions such as wrapping the fob in tin foil can work, we’re more inclined to recommend you consider a good Faraday pouch, which blocks the signal thanks to the metal-lined material it’s made from. Be sure to protect the house, too; if thieves can’t relay a signal from your fob then they may try to gain access to your house. Make sure that’s not an easy job by ensuring doors and windows are closed and locked securely.

Fit old-fashioned locks – Buy a steering wheel lock, which makes driving away almost impossible and would significantly delay the theft of your car, meaning thieves will be deterred for fear of being caught in the act. You may also be able to fit a lock to your diagnostic port, preventing wired computer hacking.

Fit a tracker – If you have a valuable car,tracker devices are essential, we’d say. It means that unusual activity is monitored and you’re sent an an alert if it looks like the car isn’t where it should be, and cars can be followed via GPS if stolen.

Switch off at night – Some key fobs can be switched off. Find out if yours can, and do so at night.

Consider CCTV – Like trackers, CCTV cameras aren’t guaranteed to prevent your car being stolen. However, they can be a handy deterrent to put potential robbers off from stealing your car and, if they do decide to nick your set of wheels, the footage can make it easier for police to find your missing motor and the people who stole it.

Software updates – With cars becoming more and more connected, it’s more crucial than ever to keep car thieves at bay having the latest software installed on your vehicle. Some manufacturers let you download updates from their website and transfer them to your car with a USB storage device, and Tesla vehicles can be updated over-the-air when they’re connected to the internet through a WiFi router. Speak to your dealer to find out about vehicle software updates, and whether your car-maker is bringing in new keyless fobs with added security.

Neighbourhood watch – Be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood to the police.

Out of sight, out of thieves’ minds – Keeping a car stored away from prying eyes in a locked garage is an obvious way to make sure your car isn’t spotted by opportunistic thieves prowling the local area.

We hope that this information has been of some knowledge to you.

 


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