Search Dealer Registration Plate Websites

Step 2. Search dealer websites

Most of the mainstream and established dealers (a list of which can be found at the end of this guide) have searchable databases for their registration numbers. To find a current dealer, try Googling private number plate, cherished plates or similar.

Enter a search term on any of the websites and you'll be given a list of plates and prices. Try different variations of your plate (eg try ABC, ABC1, ABC12, BC123 etc) to get more of a feel what prices they are commanding. RegTransfers have a useful search engine:

Screenshot of RegTransfers website results for ABC 123
Above: Screenshot of RegTransfers website results for ABC 123

Using other dealer's websites, we see a number of interesting plates for ABC 123:

* Some prices may include transfer fees, acrylic plates and VAT. Always check if the price includes these fees when valuing your plate. Use the above table for guidance only.
Dealer Plate Price £*
RegTransfers 123 ABC 25,495
RegTransfers ABC 4 30,000
RegTransfers ABC 61 5,595
National Numbers 123 ABC 20,565
National Numbers ABC 61 5,480
National Numbers ABC 100 5,600
Plate Hunter 123 ABC 29,657
Plate Hunter ABC 61 6,569
Plate Hunter 60 ABC 7025

You'll make a judgement call here. I'd consider 123 ABC to be of similar value to our ABC 123. Even though ABC 4, ABC 61 and ABC 100 are more similar in form, 123 ABC is a spun reversal of ABC 123. If a prospective customer is looking for just ABC then they might well be tempted by any of the others but if the "123" part is of equal importance then this will command the extra premium. The average price between the three dealers selling this plate is £25,239. A dealer may be able to sell your plate for this figure, but allow for the fact that they'll probably be negotiated down.

The second example using C17 MAA shows some differences over ABC 123:

Screenshot of National Numbers website results for C17 MAA
Above: Screenshot of National Numbers website results for C17 MAA
Dealer Plate Price £*
RegTransfers F17 MAA 764.10
RegTransfers C16 MAA 519.30
RegTransfers C18 MAA1 519.30
National Numbers C16 MAA 462.80
National Numbers C18 MAA0 462.80
Plate Hunter C16 MAA 436.50
Plate Hunter C18 MAA 436.50

Despite some minor variations, our plate C17 MAA sits directly between two plates that are available – C16 MAA and C18 MAA. There might be a possible name association, but Cilma(a) doesn't seem that popular a name. So it's fair to assume that with a dealer C17 MAA is worth somewhere between £436 and £519.

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.