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Breaking the Myth that Buying Personalized Number Plate is Tough

Most car enthusiast even before buying their car thinks about buying a personalized number plate for it. There is a misunderstanding that getting a personal number plate is a tough nut to crack. Buying personalized number plates doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive and doesn’t have to be that complicated either.

Step By Step to get your desired number plates

Now let’s go through the steps (relatively easy) that are needed to get you that personalized number plate which you have always dreamt.

  • First, go to any browser and search for DVLA Personalized Plates.
  • You will find loads of private number plates company who charge way higher than what you will have to pay on the DVLA website. A private number plate will be cheaper on the official government DVLA website, the GOV.UK site is what you will need to search.
  • On the home page of the website, you need type in the word that you are interested in or have planning to get all along on the search section. You will immediately see a list of the available and LEGAL number plates from which you can select the one you desire.
  • This website has a feature where you can see the chosen personalized plates and check how it will show on the type of car you have, which is cool.
  • Once you have made your mind up, go ahead and book the plate and pay online.

What after you Book them online

Within a couple of weeks, you will receive an official DVLA receipt called the Certificate of Entitlement to a Vehicle Registration mark commonly known as the V750. On it, you will find the code that you need to get your so anticipated number plate made up.

Congratulations! You Received your Plates. Now What?

You need to contact an authorized number plate maker or dealers such as which promises you permitted fonts and design. We at Autoworld online have:

  • Wide range of 3D and 4D Font types those are legal
  • A wide selection of badges and borders
  • Footer text
  • Quality fitting selections

Expect to get your new registration plates delivered within a couple of days.

Fitting the New Plates

Once you have received your number plates, you can put them on yourself. But it is better to have a professional take care of it so that you do not damage your car or your new plates.


Steps Taken to Reduce Emission

Air Quality in cities has been a major problem for decades where cars happen to be a major culprit. So starting in the year 1992 the European Union imposed emission regulations starting with Euro 1 which made the fittings of catalytic convertors statutory. The rules have gotten tougher and tougher since then. Euro 6 is the highest and current standard. For the layman, a catalytic converter is an emission control device which reduces toxic gases and pollutants of vehicles.

Drastic Times call for Drastic Measures

Another major decision by TFL (Transport for London) was implementing the Ultra Low Emission Zone in Central London. A large majority of anything with wheels and a combustion engine will have to pay a congestion charge. Talking about Car, diesel cars below Euro 6 ratings and petrol cars below Euro 4 rating will be penalised anything between 6 to 12.5 quid per day.

Drive Green, Drive Electric Vehicles

Now, why is the Government so desperate on getting things cleaned up? Well, the answer would be the target of net zero-emission by the year 2050. This target was set by the Climate Change Act 2008, can see a chance of achievement if initiatives taken to reduce tailpipe emissions. This will be impossible if our dependence is on diesel and petrol vehicles even with the improved Euro 6 ratings. We have to look towards something with a zero-emission solution. What better than electric vehicles?

Sales of Electric Vehicles Are Low

One very intriguing question! Why would someone give up his or her regular petrol and diesel vehicles for an electric one? There are a few disadvantages of an electric vehicle which puts the consumers off.

  • Firstly they are expensive.
  • Secondly, long runs are not possible with the current battery.
  • Third, with more charging points this could change but it’s an issue even there.

Subsidy and Incentives can Help Boost Sales

Subsidy on buying new electric vehicles was experimented and showed encouraging results. Thus giving clear indications that better formulation and implementations of subsidy can revolutionise the electric vehicle market. The Government is planning on incentives such as:

  • Free Parking
  • Access to Bus Lanes Easier

They are even formulating a plan to give Green Number Plates which would help in easy differentiating and public awareness. But will this attract customers? Well, experts suggest that the government help manufacturers with research for cheaper and better batteries capable of a long run and help them bring the price down of electric vehicles. A little more on the incentives might also help.

Long Way to Go and Lot more to be done

Although there has been an increase in sales of electric vehicles, it still needs a lot of catching up to do to match its petrol and diesel rivals.

There is a Change Coming and we Need to Ride Along for the Better Good of Earth

If you do happen to think of our sweet earth and leave a better future we at Autoworld request all to give a thought of an electric vehicle in future. Let us pledge that our next vehicle is an electric one.

Are Your Number Plates Legal?

A recent survey conducted on more than 2,000 people stated that there is a lack of certainty amongst UK drivers when considering the legality of car number plates.

The survey that was conducted by Halfords further revealed that young drivers are six times more likely to buy illegal number plates than those over 45. Also, 1 in 20 motorists even admitted to previously buying illegal number plates from any unregistered supplier.

If you get caught with an illegal number plate, you could be fined up to £1,000 and can fail the MOT.

But that did not stop two in five drivers to admit they would drive a car with any cracked number plate.

To see if the lack of knowledge has an effect on the number of illegal number plate penalties throughout the UK, Halfords received data from 49 UK police constabularies.

The FOI results revealed that illegal number plate crime rose to an average of 18% across the UK in just 1 year (2016 to 2017). The UK police forces identified 7,876 illegal plates in 2016, which increased to 9,031 in 2017.

The top offenders were Warwickshire, Dorset, Gwent and Northumbria with a drastic increase of 179%, 161%, 96%, and 94% respectively.

How Do You Know If The Number Plate Is Legal?

Whether buying a second- hand car, caravan or motorbike, all number plates need to follow these:

  • You can opt to go to without the flag or any of the approved options. These include the Cross of St George, the Union Jack, the Cross of St Andrew, the Red Dragon of Wales, or the flag of Europe
  • Must be made from a reflective material and feature just black letters and numbers with the mandatory DVLA font
  • Needs to be formatted over one or two lines
  • Use plain background without patterns (white background for your front number plate and yellow for the back number plate)
  • Maintain the DVLA’s required sizing of individual characters and lettering.
  • You must feature the British Standard number, the name/trademark of the manufacturer or supplier. Also the name and postcode of the supplier.
  • Don’t engage in misrepresentation (for example, attempting to rearrange or misrepresent the numbers or letters, including using large bolts to secure the plate to the car, yet making the lettering difficult to read – turning a six into an eight, for instance).
  • Ensure that the number plate is free from anything that may hamper the lettering’s visibility, including mud covering up a character fading or cracks. The latter would amount to the misrepresentation mentioned previously, which the DVLA considers a criminal offence

Overall, it’s clear that there’s quite a lot that UK drivers must know about the number plate law. Many drivers may unknowingly break the law by purchasing from illegal suppliers or driving with a muddy or cracked number plate. But they still need to be careful and only buy from registered and legal suppliers.

How To Remove Old And Fit New Car Number Plates?

To ensure that you keep your car in good condition, there are some tips you can try using when removing old number plates and fitting them with new ones.  

Even though the registration plates can add a finishing touch to your pride and joy, these must be manufactured and delivered properly and fit your car securely. But what are the right ways for ensuring you don’t need to replace the number plates again in the future?

Removing Number Plates

Your current number plate is most likely to fit on your vehicle in one of the two ways. You can either stick it using adhesive pads or screw it to the plate holder. Now, once you have figured out which of these two methods works best for you, you can start with the removal of your old number plates.

If the plates are screwed on, the removal becomes self- explanatory. With the help of a screwdriver that fits the head of the screw, you can unscrew with one hand while holding the plate with the other to ensure it doesn’t move. Also, be careful it doesn’t damage the car’s paintwork. Next, repeat this process for the remaining screw(s).

Coming to number plate adhesive pads, or sticky pads, these are a bit harder to remove without leaving lasting marks on your car. Due to its strength, you need to use ways that won’t damage your car’s paintwork. You must test the strength by pulling gently on all corners of your plate and judge whether it would be a good idea to pull the number plates off by hand.

If not, you can use a thin wire to wrap around the plate and carefully hold both ends tightly. Next, pull the wire through the edge of your number plate, thereby cutting through the adhesive pads. This will allow you to remove the number plate easily with less hassle.

Fitting Your Registration Plate With Screws

When you are using screws for fitting replacement number plates then you need to know about drilling number plates.

Drilling number plates isn’t a difficult thing and is very simple. However, some people make one minor error that can ruin it.

Experts recommend using a 5mm drill, and you must ensure that you drill the number plates from the rear and not the front. This would make sure that the film on which your registration is printed is not tampered with.

So, you need to be gentle while you are doing it and not be in any kind of hurry.

Fitting The Number Plate With Adhesive Pads

You can find adhesive pads in strips. For the best protection on your daily commute, experts feel it is best to buy two packs and use all six-packs on each plate.

Now, for the acrylic’s strength, the number plate is made from, it won’t flex a lot. For this, you must remove the protective layer from the pads and at the same time, properly press the plates to its place.

DVLA Number Plate Auctions- How Does This Work?

Anyone searching for a customized number plate will need to go through the DVLA number plate auctions taking place several times in a year.

With around 1,500 plates available in every auction, it is truly an amazing day out for car and number plate aficionados.

If you are among them, all you need to do is download the upcoming auction catalogue. Next, check out if any plates would be a nice fit for your car.

For those who have never purchased any personalised plate from a DVLA auction, this guide will surely tell you what you can expect.

 How Does The DVLA Number Plate Auction Work?

 If you want to buy a DVLA number plate, you can check out with the DVLA online private plate auction. To do it, you need to register.

Simply browse the auction catalogue and fill out the Bidder Registration Forms with all required information. You need to send these back; either electronically or by post.

If you don’t want to submit the registration online, make sure to complete the forms correctly and legibly.  Check thoroughly and rectify mistakes, if any.

 After registering, ensure you read all the terms and conditions properly. You would receive your bidder’s card in advance. This means there is no paperwork for you to fill out on that day.

You should reach the venue 1 hour in advance before your Lot comes up (time for each Lot would be supplied in the catalogue).

Tip: Make yourself a maximum budget and stick to it- also bear in mind for the additional fees that are chargeable.

Once your Lot comes up, the DVLA recommends that you start bidding early by using the bidder’s card (hold it high for the auctioneer to see it clearly).

If you are successful in the bidding, the auction house would take a 10% deposit for the plate on that day.

However, you have 5 working days to make the full promised payment. It includes the fee on top of the plate price, including VAT and an assignment fee.

How To Bid At The Auction?

You must note that the process explained above is only applicable for in-person bidding. However, there are other ways you can bid at a DVLA plate auction.

You can bid in person – which is a nice way to build up the atmosphere and make the auction interesting!

Alternatively, if you are unable to make it to the auction dates, you can bid over the phone, online, through absentee bid and more.

Keep in mind that in-person bid is always prioritised over remote bids. You would also require registering your bids before the deadline of that particular auction.

Who Are The Worst Drivers In The UK?

When you are talking about drivers, whether they are old or young, there are many stereotypes. But who do we consider as the worst drivers?

The news would also look at a decrease in young drivers and what seems here is a topic of debate for years to come.

Now, everyone believes they are the best when it comes to driving and quick to point out the mistakes of other drivers. But who are the worst drivers in the UK?

Worst Drivers On UK Roads

We may have our personal views about who the worst drivers in the UK are, but do your opinions correlate with other drivers? That was the main aim of the new survey by a popular motor group.

Now, when it comes to associating car brands with their driver’s driving ability, some drivers came out to lead the charts, with more than a fifth of the participants believing they are themselves the worst.

Top five brands linked with worst driving include Renault, Audi, Volkswagen and Peugeot.

Even BMW drivers fared badly when the respondents were asked about the characteristics they associated with car manufacturers.

Even though Mercedes drivers are the most overcautious, BMW drivers found to be very aggressive.

Reduction In The Number Of Young People Learning How To Drive

As per the new study suggests, nowadays there are very few teenagers who drive than ever before. As part of the Transport Department’s National Travel Survey, about 16000 people participated.

The survey stated a significant fall in men driving between the age group of 17 to 20. When compared to the no. of men in this age group passing the test in their teen years in the mid-1990s, there was an astonishing fall of 51% which further decreased to one third.

While there has also been a decrease in the number of young women drivers, however, the fall was unannounced.

Well, most believe that cost concerns were the biggest factor in stopping young people from learning how to drive, with half of the people citing cost concern as a reason.

 The survey also stated that in comparison, there are more drivers above the 70 years age mark on the road at any time.

With this survey revealing the number of men aged over 70 still driving has grown from 32% to 81%, while women drivers above the 70 year age mark rose from 4% to 50%. Alarming isn’t it?

The DVLA has released data on the UK drivers by highlighting which are the worst areas for vehicle- related offences as a result of driver’s error. Even though the crime details weren’t shared, the data speaks for itself.

Now, there are numerous cases of driver-related accidents in the UK and one can assume from the study that they truly have the worst drivers.

Will Car Prices Drop After Lockdown?

Car sales have been plunging in recent weeks due to the lockdown – but will it affect prices? If yes! Then how much and on which brand? Reports suggest the sales in the UK have been showing a downward trend and are at their lowest level on record.

How Is The Industry Affected?

The Automobile market claimed just 4321 new cars were sold in April 2020, a 97.3% drop from the same month in 2019. That’s not all, projected sales for the rest of the year are also expected to go down.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have predicted just 1.68million new cars would be sold in 2020, the lowest figure in 28 years.

With showrooms in the UK remaining closed for the entire April, the market performed the worst in our living memory. Not surprising, at all.

These figures, undoubtedly still make for grim readings, not at least for the thousands of people whose livelihood depends on this sector.

Will Car Prices Go Down After Lockdown?

Multiple reports suggest that car prices are likely to increase after the lockdown period is over.

With fewer people buying cars right now, the sales staffs are keen to do a deal.

But the clear expectation is, as the demand outdoes the supply, they would try to reduce incentives and discounts and focus more on profit.

Of course, there will be variables within this. Some manufacturers will surely sacrifice profit for market share, but the likelihood is that most buyers will face the double disappointment of discounts getting narrowed and the waiting lists getting extended.

With some opting for an optimistic approach and hoping that prices will drop and slowly return to values similar to that before COVID-19. While others expect dealers to offer deals and incentives in the very short term, but when demand grows, so will price.

This means if you are looking to buy, you need to buy sooner rather than later. Dealers and manufacturers may well look to recuperate the loss for this quarter by increasing the prices of vehicles post lockdown.

Now, the window of low priced vehicles could be quite small, too. eBay Motors Group’s survey showed that 76%of those who are searching for a car now, intend to purchase within 3 months of the lockdown being lifted. Also, 17% of the participants said once lockdown is over, they will purchase a vehicle immediately.

We suggest that if you seriously need to buy a car, you may better off wait until the market gets steady once again and normalcy gets resumed in the car dealership market across the UK.

What Does COVID-19 Mean To Car Buyers?

In March, the UK government introduced some strict measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. On May 26th, Boris Johnson announced relaxing on some restrictions from 1st June onwards.

One of the changes includes permission for car dealerships to reopen from 1st June provided they follow all social distancing norms and regulations. It is part of the government’s plan to reopen businesses gradually that was forced to close down when the lockdown started.

Buying a car online

If you don’t wish to visit a car showroom, you can still buy online.  With so many online retailers and dealerships now offering ‘contactless’ home delivery or collection from a showroom, buying a new car is easier.

The government has confirmed that only those dealerships, complying with the COVID-19 safety norms, including the strict rules on social distancing, would be allowed to reopen.

Alongside, several manufacturers have also reopened their factories already. But due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the production restart would be done gradually. This would ensure all social distancing and hygiene guidelines are adhered to.

However, it could be a couple of months before production gets fully resumed. So keep this in mind when you are ordering a new car or waiting for one you’ve already bought.

MoT tests and servicing

From 30th March onwards, all cars with a valid MoT has been granted an automatic six-month extension. This means you can drive your car even if the MoT expires. Furthermore, you will be able to check if your car’s MoT got extended via the government’s MoT history website. This would show the new extended date around a week before the original expiry date.

Irrespective of the automatic MoT extension, the government has also confirmed that you need to maintain your car so it remains road legal. Also, heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles have been granted an automatic three-month MoT extension. Currently, repair garages remain open so you can get your car fixed as and when needed

Impact on car finance and leasing

There’s no specific advice for the impact of coronavirus on car finance and leasing payments till now.  But you must connect with your lender right away, if you experience financial difficulty, as assistance or payment holidays may be available.

Some Custom Number Plates Ideas For Your Car

A custom plate is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your vehicle.

It can bring to life your registration, making your car stand out from the crowd.

Here we present to you some of the best and most innovative ideas to do exactly that:

3D domed gel plates

3D Domed Gel Plates are the perfect way to create a fresh and modern look for your car.

At Autoworld we have a range of styles to choose from, including:

  • Dark Carbon
  • Euro Style
  • Galaxy Black Gloss
  • Light Carbon
  • Starlight
  • Neon Blue Black Gel

Each one is handcrafted using the finest materials by covering a legal font cut out with the chosen gel resin to create a domed, 3D style. All materials used are of the highest quality to ensure the best finish on every plate. If you are looking for an upgrade to your vehicle that you can completely customise down to the last detail, 3D gel plates are the perfect solution.

4D Acrylic plates

4D Acrylic Plates are one of the latest and most sought-after additions to custom registration designs. They use acrylic that is customisable to any design to create a bespoke, high-end appearance. Each 4D Acrylic piece is cut with precision by a laser on a 3mm sheet to provide a perfect, high-gloss finish every time. It is then possible to add colour underneath to create the ultimate 4D appearance. Our 4D Acrylic plates can be made in a range of colours, including ‘clear’ which provides your plate with a crystallised finish.

Are 3D/4D Number Plates legal?

Both 3D and 4D number plates are road legal, as stated by the DVLA, and are made to British Standards (BS AU 145d).

We ensure all materials used are in accordance with the same standards and guarantee each design is perfectly cut to match the standard Charles Wright licence plate font.

If you are looking for a unique and modern way of customising your number plate and think 3D or 4D plates are a perfect fit, then get in touch today.

We are the UK’s most popular and trusted number plate maker and offer a wide array of 3D and 4D plates using premium quality materials.

If you have any questions about the plates we offer or any of our services, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01204 534333.

How Much Does An Alloy Wheel Refurb Cost?

An alloy wheel refurbishment will keep your car’s wheels looking and performing at their best.

If your alloy wheels are starting to look scratched or showing signs of damage or corrosion, it may be time to have them refurbished or replaced.

Here’s everything you need to know about repairing your vehicle’s alloy wheels and how much it costs to do an alloy wheel refurbishment in Greater Manchester.

Why choose alloy wheels?

Swapping steel wheels for tougher, slicker alloy wheels can improve your car’s appearance. But other than cosmetics, what are the other benefits of alloy wheels?

  • Better heat conduction – which can improve the performance of the brakes.
  • Reduces unsprung weight – which provides better grip and suspension for smoother handling.
  • Alloy is lighter than steel – which can slightly improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
  • Better protection against rust – to help your vehicle’s wheels last longer.

How long do alloy wheels last?

Your car’s wheels are subjected to constant scratches, scrapes and bumps. From potholes and kerbs, to loose stones and chippings, your car’s wheels have a rough ride.

Even wheels made from the toughest alloy will begin to show wear after 3-5 years and will require maintenance and refurbishment to keep them in top condition.

What is an alloy wheel refurbishment?

Alloy wheel refurbishment restores your car’s wheels to their former glory. Depending on how damaged your alloys are, refurbishment could involve any of the following services:

  • Removal of scratches and scuffs.
  • Removal of corrosion.
  • Lacquering and repainting.
  • Colour change.
  • Welding of bent or cracked wheels.
  • Repairing dents.
  • Powder coating.
  • Refitting of tyres.
  • Calliper painting, centre caps and chrome valves.

How much does alloy wheel refurbishment cost?

The price of alloy wheel refurbishment can vary greatly, so it’s a good idea to shop around to make sure that you’re getting a good deal on the job. Before approaching a garage make sure you know what service you require and how much you’re budgeting for the work.

The price will depend on several factors including:

  • The company you use to carry out the refurbishment.
  • The type of alloy wheels you have.
  • The extent of the damage.
  • The colour, coating and finish you choose.
  • Any additional alterations you’d like made to the wheels.
  • How quickly you require the work to be done.

Here at Autoworld, our affordable alloy wheel refurbishment services start at £49 per wheel for standard alloy wheels and £85 per wheel for diamond cut alloy wheels.

Why choose Autoworld for Alloy Wheel Refurbishment?

With over 10 years’ experience in the industry, Autoworld provides a complete alloy wheel refurbishment service complete with warranty.

Our experienced technicians will restore your alloy wheels to like-new condition and can even provide a same day repair service if required.

To find out more about our service, or to receive a free no-obligation quote, give us a call on 01204 53 43 33.