Eight Step Plate Valuation Plan

The Eight Step Valuation Plan

Use the following eight steps to properly value your plate. For example purposes I am using the two plates ABC 123 (because it's an obvious and valuable plate) and C17 MAA (my partner's initials but with no immediately obvious intrinsic cleverness).

Step 1. Check the historical auctions

The DVLA has a searchable database of most of the numbers that they have sold previously.

http://dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk/search/previous-auction-plates.html

Screenshot of DVLA Auction Search – make sure you use the right box!
Above: Screenshot of DVLA Auction Search – make sure you use the right box!

Enter your registration into the box and the website will show you registration numbers it considers similar to yours. Find registrations that differ by one or two numbers or characters to give you an idea of a similar value. It is best practice to try changing the numbers first and then the letters, as it is the letters which more often give the number plate its meaning and character.

Tip: Similarity is key when checking your number plate. You should try the following.

Shifting ABC123 > ABC234, ABC789
Reversal ABC123 > 123ABC, ABC321, CBA123, CBA321
Letters to numbers P3TER > PET3R
Addition PET3R > P37ERS
Subtraction MAR7Y > MAR7

Tip: if your plate is ABC123, try typing in just part of the mark to get an idea e.g. type ABC (which gives results) and 123 (which doesn't).

Screenshot of DVLA Auction website results for ABC 123
Above: Screenshot of DVLA Auction website results for ABC 123

Although we have some ABC style results, unfortunately there aren't any results in a similar format (dateless style) from the auctions, so we can move on to Step 2 for ABC 123.

Screenshot of DVLA Auction website results for MAA
Above: Screenshot of DVLA Auction website results for MAA

Although nothing similar is available, we can see that three name derivatives sold for quite high prices. Jaima, Saimaa (Saima?) and Salma are all popular Asian/Finnish names so they'll command a premium.

Please note: At the end of 2013 all 39 local DVLA offices closed and the DVLA transferred all dealings to its national centre at Swansea. If your vehicle was registered before the end of 2013 then the street view map shown on the car registration page will point to the original office despite the fact that the office has closed.