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#16 poohbear

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 08:38 AM

I have a personalised reg on my car which I have put on this week (had it on my old fiesta too!) it's E10 FTS. My name is Emily hence the "E" and Lofts is my second name. Mine wasn't cheap - 700. My Mum went absolutely mental when my Dad turned up from work one day having spent that amount of money without telling her. I think they are lovely but very expensive.
I like it, and it's very unique to me (or my mum - Erika!)

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#17 KeithC

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 09:56 AM

It will take me a while to save up so i will have plenty of time to think about it!

I think i like P2 RRX as it looks more like PARR (sorry keith if it doesn't!)

I think they finish off any car, now all i need is some money :)


Again, if I was driving behind you, I wouldn't think oh, that must driver must be Parr in front, can't mistake a plate like that and that is the whole point of personalised reg plates.

You do realise it would actually be cheaper to change your name by deed poll to R544 YPU. How much better does it get than that and it would be perfect. Go on, do it, let's see how much you want a personal plate. :lol:

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:42 AM

I got K8 VNL kevin L 250.People dont know how old your car is when you hae one.Mine is 06 fiesta ghia

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:58 AM

My names Fraser Bottomley, I bought 'F 8OTT' last year, yet to put it on anything yet though

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 11:16 AM

the problem with p plates is that since nov 1st you can not get them made up with any extra spaceing or different font to make them read anything.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 12:24 PM

Is a personalised number plate worth it?

Well in my opinion its a cose of more money than sence, especially as average price for "Vanity Plates" seems to be around a grand. Looking back at some posts...

"M99 KEP and with my name being Michael Parr, it looks a bit like Mike P"
No it doesn't

"Does anyone else think it looks like MIKE P ? just a little, ikkle bit ?!"
Whats the point of spending a grand for something that only looks an "ikkle bit" right?

"P2 RRX or P7 RRX or something that vaguely looks like PARR"
Neither of those look vaguely like parr, again, whats the point on getting a "vague" vanity plate

"MAX 265X"
Now thats the right way of doing it, notice how it actually reads something :)

"I have Y100 JAR and I get a lot of stares and compliments"
Although this is clearly a vanity plate, nobody is ever going to have a clue what it means, so whats the point? Why do you want to get lots of stares and compliments? Attention seeking? Self obsessed? No offence intended, but why do you want people staring at you???

"I got K8 VNL kevin L 250"
Well the price seems ok, but to me that looks like Kate (K8) not Kevin, so that does not even work!!

Just thought that this thread could do with some rational balance.

"AA51 KEV" Is available for less than a grand


For instance, If I wanted to glue a grand to either side of my car I could get "KE09 JON" for less than a grand. The only other brand new vehicle I have bought was a motorbike that was KE04 KDU back in 2004, so thats the KE. 09 Would obviously preserve the year, instead of the some vanity plates that hide it because the owner thinks he is being clever making his car look newer than it is, when its obviously ancient. And then JON, which actually does read "JON" as my first name is Jonathan

I wouldn't mind forking out for the above plate, but to be honest, every time I looked at it I would think "what a knob" and I know that other people would be thinking exactly the same! And the last thing i want to do is draw attention to my car, more likely to get it vandalised!

For the OP

MIKPU and MIKPV or even better MICPY are all available for sub-500 quid

Anyway thats my humble and honest opinion on the matter, slate it if you must....

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 01:16 PM

You missed mine out! Do you get the point of mine?! Pretty self explanatory I think!

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 01:20 PM

A personalised plate can definately improve the look of the car, I'm planning to get one later. Good ones do pop up sometimes!

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 02:02 PM

A personalised plate can definately improve the look of the car, I'm planning to get one later. Good ones do pop up sometimes!


Says who?

It's a rectangular plate with numbers and letters. No plate makes a car look better. In fact, I pity all car designers who have to design cars with these monstrosities in mind. As Jonny said, it's a vanity thing and I'm slightly worried as we've agreed on something. :ph34r:

To answer the original question, total waste of money in my opinion.

Let's be honest, if you want your name on your car (again, I don't know why anyone would), do what they did in the 80's and get a green screen sunvisor and print your name on it, then everyone will know whos car it is.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 02:04 PM

I got K8 VNL kevin L 250.People dont know how old your car is when you hae one.Mine is 06 fiesta ghia


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Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:03 PM

Mine is KM02 FOX. My name being Karen Margaret Fox, most folks don't realise it's a cherished plate but it's special to me, and was a present from my mum!

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:16 PM

Not too bad, although the Parr one wouldn't stand out to me as being PARR. But it's your choice, sometimes you just need to improvise because of the limited money and letters there are. For example:
I'm thinking of getting a personal registration for my Focus in the next few months. I wanted something to match my name (Luke), ideally, I'd like something like L22 UKE (22 being my birthday), but all the L### UKEs are gone. So I've decided on L22 VKE. It's not as good but I think it stills stands out as being LUKE. And it only costs 245. :D

Anyway, good luck on buying the new plate. Just think it through because this will end up going on some of your future cars as well.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:36 PM

Mine is KM02 FOX. My name being Karen Margaret Fox, most folks don't realise it's a cherished plate but it's special to me, and was a present from my mum!


Thats a good one :)

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 04:32 PM

Thats a good one :)


Thanks poohbear :) Hope you got all your reports done!

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 04:38 PM

Well I can't make up my mind either.

My initials PGO and my Partners are SFO so I could get PG04 SFO which would be good for us and only 245 but for that I could get better alloys or the illuminated interior pack . . . and would anyone else realise that it was a Personal Plate?

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