When Christmas or some other occasion is on the near horizon there’s a good chance that at some point, you’ll start to think about what presents to buy those important people in your life. If you want to buy something truly unique, memorable and interesting for someone really special to you, have you ever thought about buying them a personalised number plate?
The eternal gift-buying struggle
There’s a lot to like about giving and receiving gifts, whether it’s for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, or anything else. However, as well as providing a lot of joy, this whole gift thing can get difficult, awkward and sometimes painfully time-consuming. How many times do you find yourself buying something for someone that you know is completely predictable and uninspired? And how many times have you cringed inside as you watch them open the gift you bought them knowing that they’re going to be totally unimpressed and they then have to fake some sort of surprise or faux delight to avoid putting a downer on the whole proceedings?
Especially when it comes to Christmas, there are plenty of cliched stalwart presents we all laugh and joke about receiving but still end up giving when we really can’t think of anything else. You know what I’m talking about here; socks, hat and scarf sets, perfume, aftershave, booze and chocolates?
Is buying a personal plate as a gift difficult?
There are several reasons why buying a personalised registration number or personal plate for someone is a great idea, but one of the very best things about it is just how easy it is. The only thing that is even remotely difficult is choosing which number to buy. Even this can be made quick and simple using online plate-finder tools where you can put in a word, number or some initials and get an instant result showing what’s available that resembles what you put in.
You even get presented with various options from different numbering systems that can cost vastly varying amounts of money, from less than a couple of hundred pounds to enough to buy a very nice house.
Once you’ve chosen the number all you have to do is put it into your shopping cart and pay for it. Once you’ve paid, you’ll then be sent a confirmatory email and the number is then yours to allocate to a vehicle or to name the recipient as the grantee so they can allocate it to their vehicle when they want to.
At the same time, you could even have a set of physical plates made up and give them along with the certificate as the gift to make an even bigger impression. And if the person you’re buying for already has a private registration number on their car, you could just buy them a pair of flashy number plates such as 3D gel or 4D plates to make their number literally stand out even more than it does already.
A dream for last-minute shoppers
If you’re one of those people – and you know who you are gentlemen – who leave shopping for presents until the very last minute, a personalised registration number could be your ultimate “get out of jail free” card.
Even in the very worst-case scenario, where you wake up on Christmas morning or the morning of the birthday or anniversary of that someone special to you and you’ve forgotten to get them a present, a personalised registration plate can still save you.
As I just mentioned, it only takes a few clicks and a minute or two to buy a number online, and as it’s an entirely online process you can complete a transaction at any time of the day or night and on any day of the year.
How much will it cost?
I will admit that a personalised registration plate isn’t something you’re going to be buying for everyone. For a start, not everyone will want one and some people you need to buy presents for might not have a vehicle or even be able to drive. Then again, some people set up bank accounts with money in for newborn babies and they’re not even going to know what a bank account or even money is for many years to come.
Of course, unless you are very, very wealthy you’re not going to be buying personal plates for everyone you know because they do cost more than the presents we tend to buy for most of our friends and family. If you look around some online dealers you will find bargain numbers from as little as £25, but it’s unlikely you’re going to find a number at that kind of price that will be particularly desirable.
I recently bought a DVLA private registration number that had never been allocated to a vehicle before and it cost £170 including VAT, but there was also a further £80 assignment fee that covers the cost of allocating the number to a vehicle when you’re ready. You can buy a number without paying the £80 assignment fee upfront, but I think it would be a bit tight to buy a present for someone where they have to pay more to be able to use it.
A timeless gift (sort of)
Another benefit of buying a private registration number is you can do it at the very last minute, but you can also do it massively in advance of when you want to give it to someone. If you happen to come across a number you like that might have some significance to someone you might want to give it to, you can buy it right away and the certificate will remain valid for up to 10 years. This means you could buy a number for someone at a bargain price today that could be worth considerably more in a few years, and then you end up giving something much more valuable than the price you actually paid for it. Of course, that’s if you don’t sell it again in the meantime and just buy them something cheaper from the profits. Or is that just me?