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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.


Alloy Wheel Refurbishment: The Ideal Makeover Option for Your Car

Alloy wheels are a great investment for your car, in terms of looks and durability. They offer a level of customisability that other non-alloy wheels just can’t compete with, and they look flashier and much more aesthetic than regular wheels.

Importantly though, alloy wheels are much stronger than more traditional steel wheels. And, although it costs more in the first instance, alloy lasts much, much longer.

But it’s only worth the investment if you’re going to keep those shiny new alloy wheels in good shape, and that means you’re going to want an alloy wheel refurbishment ( when they start to get scratched or dented. Rather than replacing the entire alloy wheel, refurbishment is a great way to save money and to give your car the ideal makeover it deserves.

Give Your Wheels a New Look

There’s nothing better than the sight of new wheels spinning around on your prized vehicle. If you’ve already invested in alloy wheels, then you clearly care about the appearance of your car because, let’s face it, no other wheels match alloy for design and look.

While giving your entire car a makeover can be costly, you can spruce it up quickly and cheaply by giving your wheels a new look. Alloy wheels are perfect for adding colour and personality to your car, and there are endless opportunities to customise them to your own tastes and designs.

Get Rid of Dents and Scratches

Not only can you give your alloy wheels a completely new look, but you can also use a refurbishment as an opportunity to get rid of any annoying scratches and dents.

While alloy wheels are much stronger than other types of wheel, they can still pick scratches and dents when you are driving around. You might brush the curb or hit a pothole too fast, and be left with a few un-aesthetic dents on your rims. Rather than replacing the whole thing though, it’s simple enough to get those annoying dents fixed.

Increase Your Car’s Value

Alloy wheels are a great investment, and not just because they look good –they also add to the value of your car. Refurbishing your wheels, giving them a new look or getting rid of the wear and tear, not only gives your car a makeover, but it can give it a higher resell price.

Of course, the refurbishment part is important, because if you let your wheels become knackered and worn, you aren’t adding any value at all to your car.

Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheel

You can give your car the ultimate makeover by adding the ultimate alloy wheels to your vehicle. Diamond-cut alloy wheels are the most sought-after wheels on the market, and they offer an incredible level of durability.

Diamond-cut alloy wheels can be refurbished and redesigned too, adding a new level of personality to your car and increasing its value too.

If your alloy wheels are dented, battered or worn, or if you just want to give them a new look, contact Autoworld on 01204 53 43 33 or email us at for a quick, hassle-free, no-obligation quote!

Fun Facts About Car Number Plates

For most people, a number plate is one of the less noticeable features of a car with the only real acknowledgement being when you notice a comical or rude plate. However, a number plate can tell you a lot about the history of a car and in fact, have a rather fascinating history. Here we’ll be discussing some of the lesser-known, interesting and fun facts about number plates!

Eight Amazing Facts About Number Plates

  1. Famous singer Robbie Williams is a big fan of custom number plates which is why he owns ‘S8RRY’ as a way of apology to his fans for spending so much money on his Ferrari!
  2. The most expensive number plate ever sold by the DVLA is ‘25 O’ which was bought by Ferrari dealer John Collins in 2014. Since that time the plate has been displayed on a Ferrari once owned by Eric Clapton that is estimated to be worth over £10 million!
  3. The ’25 O’ plate was sold for a whopping ‘£518,000’!
  4. As expected, the number ‘1’ plate is the most sought after and most expensive number plate in every country.
  5. The first number plate issued in the UK was in 1903 and ‘A1’ was the first registered number plate from London County Council to Earl Russell for his Napier car.
  6. Currently, there are over 45 million private number plates in the UK!
  7. Due to a loophole in California law, Steve Jobs never had a number plate on his car! If you purchase a brand-new car, you have six month to fix a number plate to your vehicle and so every six months Jobs would trade his car for an identical model.
  8. Comedian Harry Tate was the first celebrity to purchase a personalised number plate of ‘T 8’. It is now owned by one of the owners of the Tate and Lyle Sugar Company.


How to Choose the Right Window Tint for Your Car


There are several things you need to consider when selecting a window tint for your car. Tinting your car can reduce your exposure to harmful rays and help you keep cool, make your car more secure and give you extra privacy. If you are thinking about making an investment, you do need to ensure your tinting is road legal.

How much light can get in?

The tinting must allow 75% light through the front windscreen and 70% through the front side windows. There are no restrictions on the passenger windows in the rear. You should take the time to explore the many options available to you before you make a purchase.

This will help you make the right decision for your needs and budget. It’s also best to leave things to the pros rather than try to apply the tinting yourself as they have the experience and skill needed to give your vehicle the ‘wow’ factor.

Other things to consider before applying window tints

The level of tint that you opt for will depend on a wide range of factors. These include how much privacy you want to gain, the colour scheme of your car, how much heat and glare you want to reduce and your budget.

Window tinting not only protects you and your car windows from the damaging impacts of the sun and keep you cool, it will also stop the interiors of your car from fading and block harmful life-threatening UV rays.

Many car owners cite feeling less fatigued during long drives after investing in tinting. The tinting can also make the contents of your car invisible to would-be thieves, with the film holding together the glass even if there is an accident. At Autoworld, we are waiting to hear from you right now if you are interested in adding tinting to your vehicle. To reach us today, call 01204 53 43 33.

How to Get Car Windows Blacked Out And How Much It Costs

Window tinting undeniably enhances the look of any vehicle, but it is much more than an aesthetic choice. Car window tints help to keep your car cool throughout the year whilst effectively protecting your interior from fading and becoming cracked from sun exposure.

But more worryingly, spending time in a vehicle that hasn’t had window tinting leaves you exposed to skin damage from Ultraviolet and Infrared radiation. Whilst the front windscreen is generally pre-treated with UV protection, the side and rear windows are not. Tinting is a quick, efficient and affordable solution to each of these problems.

The tinting process begins by carefully removing the interior of the car door to ensure it is not damaged by the application process. The window is then cleaned and sprayed with soapy water before the lightweight tinted screen is gently pressed onto the glass.

Any bubbles that appear underneath the film are lightly pressed out using straight-edged tools. A heat gun is then applied to the film to allow it to shrink and stick to the glass. To finish, the edges of the overlapping tinted film are shaved away to leave a smooth and professional finish.

Autoworld provides customers with a professional window tinting service at competitive prices starting from just £98. With over 10 years’ experience, their industry specialists can ensure your windows are tinted to the highest standard.

The quality of work should be almost indistinguishable from factory privacy glass, as premium quality tinting film is used on every vehicle to guarantee it bonds to your windows. All work is provided with a lifetime guarantee and is thoroughly checked during and post-installation as well as directly before being handed back to you. Autoworld is trusted by vehicle owners such as Lexus, BMW, Audi, Honda and others as the preferred automobile window tinting installer in the North West of England. 

Restore Your Alloy Wheels to their Former Glory

At Autoworld, we can come to your assistance if you need repair services for your alloy wheels. Our alloy wheel repair services are designed to restore your wheels back to their former glory and get your vehicle looking great again.

Our premium alloy wheel refurbishment and refinishing services allow you to avoid future damage, with our pioneering equipment allowing us to restore any kind of alloy wheels. These wheels are purchased for a range of reasons and offer obvious aesthetic improvements whilst improving the way your car handles.

The latest techniques

We can even help you if your wheels have been met with heavy corrosion or have special finishes. We use the very latest techniques and methods to deliver the best outcome possible, making the most of innovative powder coating technology.


Our alloy wheel refurbishment specialists can work on your rims and wheel whilst your tyres are retreaded in the background. Alloy wheels can be susceptible to various types of damage, but smart repairs can help you overcome things like kerbing, chipping and cracking. Paint can be removed and refinished by trusted professionals after damage occurs.

Restoring the look of your wheels

We lead the way when it comes to refinishing and refurbishing imperfections with your wheels. Our services can add value to your car and make it a better vehicle to drive, with same-day services being available.

Whether you need split rim repairs, colour-coding services or anything else, we can boost the appearance of your wheels and return them to factory standards.

You can contact us at any point if you do have any queries about our alloy wheel refurbishment services, so why not get in touch today? You can reach us on 01204 53 43 33 or by sending a message to or Alternatively, use the contact form on our site.




Winter Essentials for Vehicles in the UK

Today’s cars consist of ever-more complex electrical parts. Yet according to the AA, a flat or faulty battery is the number one cause of breakdowns. Snow and temperatures of -15C during the winter of 2017-18 are still fresh in the mind. 

Nobody wants to become a statistic, stranded on the hard shoulder. Thankfully with our collection of winter essentials for cars at Autoworld, staying safe and roadworthy during winter has never been easier.

Checks Before You Travel

Worn or defective tyres contribute to a third of accidents in the UK. A tread below the legal limit of 1.6mm could result in a £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points. For added safety, experts recommended changing your tyres at 3mm tread depth.

Apart from your battery’s health, other car essentials for winter include:

  • Inspecting your engine’s oil level to ensure general working order
  • Fully working bulbs are vital for the long winter nights
  • Checking anti-freeze prevents your radiator from freezing and overheating
  • Topping up windscreen wash to avoid your washer jets freezing
  • Replacing rubber wiper blades every 6 to 12 months for better visibility
  • Having the correct tyre pressure for optimum traction

Simple Precautions Go a Long Way

Getting the basics right, with regular maintenance, will give you the confidence to face the harsher weather. A common mistake is when drivers use wipers or car windows directly after entering. If the vehicle is not sufficiently warmed, this can damage the mechanical parts.

For peace of mind, some drivers keep a set of booster cables in their boot. With a flat battery, you can quickly jump-start your engine out of trouble.

Carrying out these hassle-free safeguards is the key to carefree winter driving.

Winter Essentials at Autoworld

To book a free winter car check or stock up on winter essentials to ensure your vehicle is safe and able to tackle the elements this winter, contact Autoworld today or call into our Bolton Car Audio and Accessories Centre.

Various Benefits of Alloy Wheel Refurbishment


There are many great reasons to have your alloy wheels refurbished rather than replacing them. All sorts of refurbishment services are available for your alloy wheels, including dents, kerb scratches, scuffs, discolouration and major scratches, and by opting for alloy refurbishment service instead of replacements, you can save a substantial sum of cash.

How are alloy wheels made?

Alloy wheels were originally added to racing cars, yet they have become an increasingly common sight on common roads. Alloy wheels are normally manufactured from aluminium, magnesium or a composite of both. You will normally find that aluminium wheels are lighter though more expensive. You may notice differences in the way your car drives initially after changing to aluminium, but should quickly become used to the change. Magnesium wheels are also noted for their lightness, though they aren’t as pliable as aluminium wheels. Alloy wheels give you the chance to add value to your car whilst enhancing its look as well as the driving experience.  One of the reasons the driving experience is improved after you’ve invested in alloy wheels is that your car becomes easier to both handle and drive.

How we can help

At Autoworld, we offer everything from quick and simple light touch-ups to full refurbishments, enabling you to save potentially hundreds of pounds. We offer some of the most cost-effective alloy wheel refurbishment services on the market without ever compromising on quality. We can refit tyres, refurbish the front and back of wheels, remove small scuffs and scratches, reverse discolouration, repaint, lacquer and colour match your wheels and much more. We offer a wide range of colour options, such as black, gunmetal, white, anthracite and more and can also come to your assistance if you require wheel straightening and welding.

All imperfections removed

We have the experience, expertise and resources to deliver the outstanding alloy wheel refurbishment services that you require, offering services like bead blasting, chemical stripping, powder-colour-coating, 200 degrees cunning and more. We are passionate about meeting and even surpassing your needs whilst removing all imperfections to make your wheels appear as good as new.

Getting in touch with Autoworld 

Autoworld is also an excellent source for all sorts of car accessories and parts for all kinds of motors. We have been in the business since way back in 2006 and are open 7 days a week. The company can be found on various social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, and you can reach us today by calling 01204 53 43 33. Alternatively, send an e-mail to There is also a contact form on our site that you can use if you have any queries about our alloy wheel refurbishments or other services.

How To Fit The Most Common Car Parts


Learn how to perform simple car maintenance tasks like changing the windscreen wipers to start saving yourself time and money.

These three common car parts are simple to fit once you know how.


How to tell when it needs replacing:

  • Car doesn’t start or struggles to start.
  • Car struggles to work lights, indicators, radio, or air-con when the engine is off.
  • Battery warning light is lit up on the dashboard.

How to fit a new car battery:

  1. Park your car on a flat surface and make sure the handbrake is on securely.
  2. Put on protective gloves and eyewear as battery acid is highly corrosive.
  3. Locate your car battery (your car’s user manual will help you do this) and identify the positive and negative connections. Negative is usually coloured black, whilst positive is red.
  4. Next, remove the battery’s negative terminal. The negative terminal should always be removed first as removing the positive one first can damage the car’s electrics.
  5. Now remove the positive terminal and any screws or parts that are securing the battery in place.
  6. Remove the old battery, remembering to keep it in an upright position to avoid spilling acid.
  7. Now insert the new battery, taking care to put it in the right way around and connect the positive terminal first.
  8. Finally, connect the negative terminal and tighten any screws or nuts to secure your new battery in place.


How to tell when they need replacing:

  • Light stops working.

How to fit new bulbs:

  1. Read your car’s user manual before beginning.
  2. Locate your bulb holder and remove the power connector. The connector may be a plastic catch, a metal clip or a screw cap.
  3. Now pull the bulb out by its metal base (it might need a slight wiggle to get it loose).
  4. Compare your old and new bulbs and make sure they’re the same.
  5. Insert the new bulb, being careful not to get car oil from your hands on the bulb.
  6. Pop the power connector back on and test your lights to make sure the bulb is working.

Windscreen wipers

How to tell when they need replacing:

  • Windows still look smeary after use.
  • Rubber is starting to come away.

How to fit new wipers:

  1. Activate wipers and then turn off the engine when they are in an upright position.
  2. Pull wiper arms so that they are standing up in the air.
  3. Unclip the wipers by twisting them away from the windscreen.
  4. Clip your new windscreen wipers in place and lay them flat.

Browse our range of affordable car parts and accessories online. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any further help or advice finding the right parts or fitting them.