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Don’t Forget These Essentials When You Are Selling Your Car…

Are you considering selling your car? Then make sure you don’t forget to do these essential things that will ensure you a quick and profitable sale. Read on to find out what they are.


First things first, no matter how many miles your motor has on the clock, if it stinks and is full of old McDonald’s wrappers no one is going to buy the thing! Put yourself in their position. If the car is a mess inside then, it’s likely that it hasn’t been well looked after or carefully driven. So it has the potential to have a lot of things wrong with it. That is why a clean, tidy and pleasant smelling interior is essential to a quick and profitable sale!


Give the car a rinse…

Clear out any and all rubbish. Yes, everything! Then pull out the mats and shake them off. Use a pressure washer on them, if they are filthy.

Then check over the upholstery for marks or tears. Pay particular attention to holds in the ceiling of the vehicle. Lastly, spray with a freshening product like Febreze to make sure that it smells as good as it looks. Or you could even get some of that new car smell spray!

Body Work

Of course, the potential buyer isn’t going to look inside the car straight away. They will want to take a peek at the outside first. That means that the body work needs to be in the best condition possible.

Get any dents beaten out before the viewing. Treat small scratches with kits like this one you can purchase on the internet. Clean the car yourself or take it to a hand carwash and have it professionally cleaned and waxed. Remember first impressions count for so much when selling your vehicle!

Number Plate

Also, when you are cleaning the outside of the car. Don’t forget to check that the license plate is clean and in good condition. If you are selling with a personalized plate, then you can find out how much your number plate is worth online. This just adds another selling point for you to mention to your potential buyer. Remember to emphasize that even if they don’t keep the plate, they could sell it on for profit that would help to go towards paying for the car.



Of course, cars with recent full MOTs are likely to sell much better. If you car didn’t pass the MOT or it was a long time ago, it puts the buyer in a much stronger position to be able to negotiate you down on the price. You will have to decide whether it’s a better deal to get the MOT done and passed or take a hit on the original asking price of the car.

In addition, you need to be careful with the asking price. It’s essential that you pick the right price point to advertise your car at. Too high and it won’t bring in viewers. Too low and you will have no room to negotiate and still make a good profit for yourself.

One careful owner, short MOT…



How do I tell how old my car is?

The UK has used a numbering system to record and identify vehicles since 1904. Those 6 or 7 letters at the front and back of your car can tell you more about the vehicle than you may realise.

What year was my car first registered?

It’s easy to find out how old your car is. From 1963 until 2001, the age of a vehicle could be determined by the first letter of the number plate. Traditionally, numberplates were issued on March 1st, but to combat the sales patterns and encourage more people to buy cars later in the year, in 2001 the system changed giving two registration issues per year. These are launched in March and September.

The first issue of the year is the number of the year, i.e. numberplates issued in March 2016 will be XX16XXX. The following issue, in September, will carry on from the previous years September issue number, which started in September 2001 with 51.

Numberplates issued in September 2016 will feature number 66.

From 2001 onwards, you can find the age of the vehicle from the middle two numbers.


So now you can telll that ‘JPC629C’ would be 1965, and ‘VK51UAC’ would be 2001.

What if my car is on a Q plate?

Q registration plate cars are vehicles where the original age is undetermined. Typically, these apply to kit cars (which can be built from scratch or built from a number of different vehicles). The Q stands for ‘Query’ or ‘Questionable’. There are other vehicles that may be designated the Q registration… More on that soon.

UK Number Plate Registration Vehicle Age Chart:

Suffix System – ABC 123 A:

Letter Year Release Month
A 1963 February
B 1964 January
C 1965 January
D 1966 January
E 1967 January
F 1967 January
G 1968 August
H 1969 August
J 1970 August
K 1971 August
L 1972 August
M 1973 August
N 1974 August
P 1975 August
R 1976 August
S 1977 August
T 1978 August
V 1979 August
W 1980 August
X 1981 August
Y 1982 August
Prefix System – A 123 ABC:
A 1983 August
B 1984 August
C 1985 August
D 1986 August
E 1987 August
F 1988 August
G 1989 August
H 1990 August
J 1991 August
K 1992 August
L 1993 August
M 1994 August
N 1995 August
P 1996 August
R 1997 August
S 1998 August
T 1999 March
V 1999 August
W 2000 March
X 2000 August
Y 2001 March
Current System – AB123ABC:
51 2001 September
02 2002 March
52 2002 September
03 2003 March
53 2003 September
04 2004 March
54 2004 September
05 2005 March
55 2005 September
06 2006 March
56 2006 September
07 2007 March
57 2007 September
08 2008 March
58 2008 September
09 2009 March
59 2009 September
10 2010 March
60 2010 September
11 2011 March
61 2011 September
12 2012 March
62 2012 September
13 2013 March
63 2013 September
14 2014 March
64 2014 September
15 2015 March
65 2015 September
16 2016 March
66 2016 September
17 2017 March
67 2017 September
18 2018 March
68 2018 September
19 2019 March
69 2019 September
20 2020 March
70 2020 September

Private Numberplates – What’s the fuss?

Here’s a post we created for client SpeedyReg.co.uk, aiming at demonstrating just how easy it is to add a personalised numberplate to a vehicle:


Or you can read the post here…


Private Number plates: What’s the fuss?

A private number plate adds individuality and creativity to a part of the car that is compulsory by law.

Why personalise a number plate?

There are many reasons why an enthusiast would want to personalise a number plate. After working on a car for many years, an owner may want to add that finishing touch – after all, if it’s a vehicle that’s going to be kept for some time, it makes sense.

Other buyers see number plates as an investment, whilst others simply want to associate their number plate with their car, such as having MG or BMW somewhere in the digits.

One of the marques most well known for featuring private number plates is Morgan. You can almost guarantee that when a Morgan cruises past you, it’ll be wearing a MOG plate!

Businesses often purchase private number plates to give their fleet consecutive numbers, or as another branding expertise as part of their marketing.

A large proportion of classic car (or nearly classic car) owners will personalise their number plates to hide a cars age. “It’s a 15 year old car” said Graham about his Mazda MX5 “But with my dateless plate no one knows. It’s always polished and looks brand new, so why should the plate give the game away?”

This anti-aging process can also be applied the other way around, as it has for Colin:
“I love the older cars but my Mini is a 1993 model, it has a few subtle touches to make it look older, including an older number plate. I’d never try to sell it as an old car, but to the casual onlooker it appears to be a vintage classic…. But I know the secret!”

How do I apply a private number plate to my vehicle?

There are many online retailers of private number plates. The process is very simple, once you’ve chosen your perfect plate simply follow the procedures on the website.

With a good number plate retailer such as SpeedyReg.co.uk, the process will be handled and you’ll be kept informed every step of the way. Once your certificate has arrived, you’ll need to return your V5C and tax disc to SpeedyReg, who will then handle the rest of the process for you.
When you purchase the number plate, you’ll be asked whether you want to have the actual plates provided, or you can choose to go and purchase them elsewhere.

How much do private number plates cost?

As much as you want to spend! Dateless plates can be bought as low as £50. Some of the most expensive private number plates have sold for upwards of £250,000!

Is there a transfer fee for the service?

Yes, the DVLA charge a standard transfer fee of £80 for the process.

What happens to my old number plate?

Unless you choose to keep the plate on retention (£105), the DVLA will simply reclaim it back.

How long does it take?

With a good provider, the whole service should take around 10 working days.

What are the age restrictions for dated number plates?

DVLA registrations are dated registrations and therefore can only be transferred onto an age related vehicle. You can make your vehicle look older but you cannot make it appear younger:
Eg DO57 COW would not be able to be transferred onto a 1997 vehicle.

However if your vehicle was first registered in April 2008, then there would be no problem in transferring J17 XNE onto your vehicle, as it will make your vehicle look older – which is allowed.