Cheap Number Plates

We all know (or think) that number plates are very expensive, however it’s still possible to personalise your vehicle without the hefty price tag. Go straight to our Bargain Basement section. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Call us on 0121 353 33 33 and speak to our team of experts.

Top Tip: The rule is you can make your vehicle look older, but not one day newer with your choice of private plate.

There are a number of ways to secure a low cost personalised registration number:

Northern Irish Plates
Prefix Plates
Dateless Plates

Where to get cheap personal number plates for cars

The most efficient way to bag a cheap private plate is to buy one securely online from British Car Registrations. There’s a huge range of registrations, with prices starting from as little as £59. View our full list of our cheap private plates.

Northern Irish Plates

Some of the cheapest number plates available are those which come from Northern Ireland. They bear no age identifier and you can buy them, easily, online directly from British Car Registrations.

Cheap Northern Ireland number plates start from £59. The format consists of 3 letters, plus 1,2,3 or 4 numbers. The letter combination always includes an I or a Z (thus distinguishing this type of registration from UK mainland dateless marks).

Northern Ireland number plates are principally used to disguise any indication of a vehicle’s age (unless, of course, you are lucky enough to have initials that contain an I or a Z!).

The inclusion of an I or Z in the letter combination may suit those whose names have those letters – GAZ, BIL, LIL, GIB etc or who drive a Mercedes Benz where MBZ is often selected. Alternately, the numbers could represent a significant day such as a birthday – for example, 2487  could represent 2nd of April 1987.

The price difference between a cheap Northern Ireland registration and a dateless UK mainland plate can be striking, with the latter being much more expensive.

Top Tip: If you have a fleet of cars, it may be possible to get a consecutive run of numbers such as OIG 5637, OIG 5638, OIG 5639 etc; allowing you to customise them all.

Prefix Plates – Make Your Own Plate

Prefix private registrations start at £250 (and less if purchased online) which enables you to choose a prefix year letter plus 1,2 or 3 numbers followed by 3 letters (not including I, Q or Z). This is a great way to personalise your vehicle to match your initials without breaking the bank.  They also make fantastic, thoughtful gifts.

Top Tip: Parents, if your child has three names, this is a perfect way of securing their future car registration purchase at today’s prices!

Prefix private plates are subject to availability and bear an age-related letter which limits the age of the vehicle to which they can be assigned.

Dateless Plates

The last type of cheaper style plates are the dateless ones with less popular letters. For example, 306 FXM, 426 CLV, etc.  They may relate to someone’s initials but, because some letters (X for example) are rarely used in someone’s name they are less popular and, hence, can be cheaper.

Top Tip: The more uncommon the letter combination, the cheaper the plate! Try a search and see what appears. Search our Bargain Basement to find the perfect gem!  If you can’t find your perfect private plate, call us on 0121 353 33 33 and speak to our team of experts.

British Car Registrations is proud to have been trading for more than 30 years. Our team of experts will provide you with the same service whatever you’re spending. We pride ourselves on quality, customer service and value.


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