HomePersonalised Number Plates3 top tips for personalised number plates Jayne Henry September 8, 2012 Personalised Number Plates 3 top tips when choosing a personalised number plate seller online If you put the following words ‘personalised number plate seller’ into Google, you’re likely to get more than 27.8 million results. If you put the UK after it so it reads ‘personalised number plate seller UK’, you’ll get 15.7 million results. Not all of these are applicable as Google can display many sites with the individual words ‘personalised’, ‘number’ and ‘plates’. While this article isn’t about making better use of the Internet, it does show that there are a lot of sellers out there that sell personalised number plates. The buyer of a personalised plate will buy for a personal reason – a birthday, an anniversary, a treat for themselves or a reward. There are lots of reasons but the main reason is personal. With that in mind, it’s important that the buyer uses a reputable seller. As it exists offline as online, there are always people out there looking for a quick buck at someone else’s expense. This article gives three top tips of what to look out for choosing a personalised number plate supplier. 1. Accreditation Legitimate plate sellers have accreditation to a number of industry bodies. Check that your supplier are members of the following: MIRAD – Member Of The Institute Of Registration Agents & Dealers. The C.N.D.A – Cherished Number Dealers Association. R.M.I.F – Retail Motor Industry Federation The R.N.C – The Registration numbers Club 2. Trading History It’s always difficult for a new company to prove how trustworthy it is. But it is more likely that a reputable company selling on the Internet has been trading for a number of years. The chances are that they have both an offline and an online presence and have more ways of contacting them than just an email or phone number. Trading history or the longevity of a company will show a good track record and it’s a great way of underlining their credentials. 3. Transparency with paperwork A genuine or reputable personalised number plate seller will be transparent in the process that they use. As a buyer, you must ensure that the plate certification is genuine before parting with cash. A plate certificate has a watermark on it and reputable sellers will be prepared to scan a copy of the certificate for you for checks to take place prior to purchase. Some sellers still use a fax machine and can fax a copy if you too have a fax machine. The important thing to note is that they will be prepared to give you a prior check before you part with your hard earned cash. In summary, don’t settle for the first company that you see on the listing of 15.7 million results. Do your research on each company. It will benefit you in the end.