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Does a cherished numberplate add extra value to a classic car?

I have a 1932 Morris Cowley, two seater tourer with dickey seat, which has an agreed value of £12,000. Its registration is two letters and a repetitive number pair (eg XX3535). When sold off separately, such numbers appear to have quite a significant value. Can such an 'added' value ever be realised on sale and how does one go about it?

Asked on 15 June 2018 by Patrick

Answered by Keith Moody
Separating the car from the numberplate will devalue your vehicle - so you need to be sure that the plate is worth enough for you to come out ahead. There are plenty of online numberplate sellers who will give you a valuation, but it's worth taking with a pinch of salt. You also need to remember that it can take a very, very long time to sell a numberplate. If you're convinced it's the right way to go, contact the DVLA and put your existing numberplate on retention, your Cowley will then be given an age-related numberplate. For what it's worth, I always think it's a shame to separate a car from its numberplate - in this case, it's worn it for 86 years.
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