Advice on replacement number plates 2018

NEW DVLA 2018 number plates came into circulation this March but here is a big reason you may want to avoid them.

This is because you might be able to get discounts on ’17’ and ’67’ plate cars. Car showrooms and dealers will want to get rid of old stock over the next few weeks to make way for the latest plated cars. If you aren’t too fussed about having the latest car and are in the market for a new car then you may want to consider purchasing one of these cars.

Back in August 2017 car manufacturers and dealers slashed significant amounts off their 17 plated cars to make way for 67 plate models. Drivers could buy a new Nissan Qashqai with a 17 plate for £5,000 off the list price, as part of the deals. It is likely that deals for these cars will begin to crop up just before and after Mach 1st plates come in. Pre-registered cars with next to no miles on the clock are typically offered at a slashed price ahead of new number plate registration introductions. Pre-registered cars are one of the cheapest ways to own a brand-new car because you’ll be classed as the first owner despite the car only covering a handful of miles.

You will have less control over the colour, specs and tech on-board but could make a substantial saving. The new 2018 ’18’ plates that arrive on March 1st will run until the end August 2018, before the ’68’ plates are introduced on September 1st. Here’s a simple guide to what the numbers and characters on number plates refer to. The first two letters on the number plate are the ‘DVLA memory tag.’ These letters represents the region the vehicle was introduced – the first letter refers to the region while the second the local DVLA offices.

For example the L at the start of a number plate stands for London. However, where it gets confusing is that multiple letter can signify the same DVLA office. It is not uncommon, however, for cars with similar letter sequences to be from the same manufacturer. After these letters there are two numbers on the first half of the plate are the age identifier. The current number plate system was introduced in 2001 with the labelling of new cars starting at ’01’ in 2001 followed by ’52’ in the following September.

After 2010, however, the half year mark number was changed from five to six – for example November 2009 got 59 and November 2011 got 61. Before this point licence plates used a single letter that represented the year it was registered in. This system began in 1983 with the letter A and ended in August 2001 with ‘Y’. After the number identifier is three random letters. 

If you are looking for replacement number plates, check out One Stop Number Plates for cheap, DVLA approved plates.


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