Cheap Number Plates

We all know or think 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 number plates:

Northern Irish Plates
Prefix Plates
Dateless Plates

Where to get cheap 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 £39. 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. Closely resembling cherished plates as they hold no age identifier, you can buy them online directly online from British Car Registrations.

Cheap Northern Ireland number plates start from £39. The format consists of 3 letter, plus 1,2,3 or 4 numbers. The letter combination always includes an I or a Z. This is the distinguishing feature from cherished registration plates.

Northern Ireland number plates are exactly the same as dateless plates. Which are assigned to give no indication of vehicle age.

The inclusion of an I or Z in the letter combination may suit those whose names have those letters – GAZ, BAL, LOL and so on. Alternaiteyly, the numbers could represent a significant day such as a birthday for example, 2487  could represent 2nd of April 1987.

The price different between a cheap Irish reg and a dateless personalised plate can be stricking, with a cherished plate 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 BCR 1987, BCR 1988, BCR 1989, allowing you to customise them all.

Prefix Plates – Make Your Own Plate

Prefix private regs are usually under £300 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 top personalise your vehicle to match your initials.

Top Tip: Parents, if your child has three names, this is a perfect way of securing their future car reg purchase!

Prefix private plates are subject to availability and hold an age restriction to the age of the vehicle – unlike cheap Irish plates.

Dateless Plates

The last type of cheap plates are the dateless plate ones. For example, 306 FXM, 319 DCG, 426 CLV, the number/ letter format can also be switched around the other way too. However, due to the format, there is a high chance they match someone’s initial and special numbers.

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 are proud to have been trading for 30 years. Our team of experts will provide you with the same service whatever your spending. We pride ourselves on quality, customer service and value.


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