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.
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|
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).
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.
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.