Sell your number plate privately & save money!

Deal directly with buyers, no middlemen, no commission, more money in your pocket!

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Save £££'s

Dealers & auction sites take between 10% and 30% commission. With us you keep 100% of your selling price.

Huge exposure

Your number plate will be seen by thousands who visit us every week, and promoted to over 60,000 fans on social media.

Deal Directly With Buyers

Your ad will allow buyers to get in touch with you directly & arrange the sale privately.

How it works

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Create An Advert

Create An Advert

Your ad will feature a contact form allowing potential buyers to message you directly.

Receive Enquiries

Receive Enquiries

Unlike with number plate dealers, receive offers with all your potential buyer's contact details.

Arrange Your Sale Privately

Arrange Your Sale Privately

Keep 100% of your number plates selling price. No middlemen = no commission.

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“Very impressed with Plate Trader, they've helped me sell two reg plates now and were very efficient and professional on both occasions. I would definitely recommend them. For an easy, quick sale these are the guys to use. Thank you very much.”

Duncan Bannatyne OBE D.Sc. DBA
Chairman - The Bannatyne Group

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Wish I had found this site before wasting my time with others

Sold my plate in a week! Excellent transparent cost effective way to advertise and sell private plates..... refreshing change. Pity there aren't more sites like this around

Diane Shenton

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I sold my plate within an hour

I sold my plate within an hour of advertising. Price had to be attractive but money was in my account within a day so buyer knew what he was doing as well. Excellent result for all.

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A1 Service

Took advantage of free trial which included a valuation. Sold plate within 48 hours, so no fees paid! Being able to negotiate & deal direct with a buyer is a winning formula.

John Davies

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Excellent selling platform

No issues with large fees or commissions. Easy to facilitate a sale within a week, couldn’t ask for anything more.

Simon H.

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Excellent experience

My plate sold within 2 days of placing the advert on Plate Trader. I was very happy with the service and the platform. I would highly recommend them.

Hamish Deans

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Fantastic site

Put my plate on and within 5 days I had sold it. Absolutely delighted. Painless and no unwanted hassle from Plate Trader 👍

Lisa Garrioch

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Great experience with Plate-Trader

I sold my number plate within 2 weeks and kept 100% of the selling price. Couldn’t recommend them enough :)

Ashley Gilbert

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An excellent, easy experience!

Plate sold within a week and the process was so simple! Would definitely use again and recommend to everyone 👍

Jemma Pomeroy

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Very impressed

No greedy sales guys at the bigger firms trying to get as much commission as they possibly can out of you. Sold within a few weeks. Would definitely recommend.

Karen Boswell

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Sold S555 MAT within 14 days of advertising

Very simple process, easier than I had anticipated. Received very informative information to assist with the selling process.

Paul Fuller

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Highly recommended

Very easy to sign up and quick to get a valuation. Sold two plates within a month for the price I wanted. Clearly website attracts quality buyers.

Vanessa

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First class experience again!

Sold my £10k plate in two weeks. An excellent way to buy or sell a plate (I’ve done both) and certainly very cost effective. Good website and easy to use!

Bernie Hoggarth

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I found the whole process really easy

The “how to” guides are easy to follow. Any queries I emailed through were answered quickly, even at the weekend. I sold my plate within 2 weeks!

Carole

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Bought and sold. Truly excellent.

I found Plate Trader when trying to buy a specific number plate. That transaction was quick & easy so I decided to sell my old number through it. Amazingly it took literally a couple of days between advertising, getting an offer & selling the plate!

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Sold to the first enquiry

I had my plate for sale with one of most well known sellers for over a year, and didn't get a single response. After only a few weeks with Plate Trader, I had 2 offers!

Mr. Nigel Street

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Had great difficulty selling on Reg Transfers and eBay.

I was told about this site by a friend. It's easy to use, has loads of advice on how to safely transfer and get paid. I sold my plate in 24 hours from listing it to getting the cash in the bank! I couldn't believe it.

Tom Frost

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Very simple

Sold plate within 10 days, offered good advice along the way. Highly recommended.

Robert Stott

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Sold within two months

I sold my number plate within two months of listing. Quick and easy to list, and a no commission to pay! I would recommend Plate Trader to anyone.

Steve M.

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Very good website

Lots of helpful information. Easy to follow. Successful sale of a quite valuable registration in around 3 months from first ad. I'll certainly use Plate-Trader.com again.

Jerry N.

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Our plate sold very quickly and easily

We got exactly what we wanted for it as well. A great service. Very easy to use.

Mr Brian Watkins

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Very satisfied with the service

Far better to have control of the selling process than dealing through a trader.

Martin

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Very easy process

Very easy process, didn't take long to sell (under 6 months) and got my full asking price.

Steven Hall

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A great way of selling a number plate

Plate-Trader have a very straightforward system. No sale commission, just a very low cost monthly charge. Well thought out, with lots of on line advice. I would without hesitation use again.

D. Collins

Our Pricing Plans

Free 7 day risk-free trial!

Pricing is per plate. Have multiple plates to sell?
View our dealer advertising plans

Standard Monthly

£4.95 per month

Flexible monthly plan, cancel any time

  • Huge exposure
  • Deal directly with buyers
  • No commission taken
  • Unlimited advert updates
  • Keyword search technology
  • Cancel at anytime
  • Displayed on homepage
  • Displayed first in searches
  • Free valuation (worth £9.99)
  • Shared on social media
  • Free car window sticker
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Premium Monthly

£9.95 per month

Flexible monthly plan, cancel any time

  • Huge exposure
  • Deal directly with buyers
  • No commission taken
  • Unlimited advert updates
  • Keyword search technology
  • Cancel at anytime
  • Displayed on homepage
  • Displayed first in searches
  • Free valuation (worth £9.99)
  • Shared on social media
  • Free car window sticker

Standard Annual

£29.95 per year

Save paying annually, Cancel any time

  • Huge exposure
  • Deal directly with buyers
  • No commission taken
  • Unlimited advert updates
  • Keyword search technology
  • Cancel at anytime
  • Displayed on homepage
  • Displayed first in searches
  • Free valuation (worth £9.99)
  • Shared on social media
  • Free car window sticker
Most Popular

Premium Annual

£59.95 per year

Save paying annually, Cancel any time

  • Huge exposure
  • Deal directly with buyers
  • No commission taken
  • Unlimited advert updates
  • Keyword search technology
  • Cancel at anytime
  • Displayed on homepage
  • Displayed first in searches
  • Free valuation (worth £9.99)
  • Shared on social media
  • Free car window sticker

Helpful guides on buying, selling & valuing number plates with Plate Trader

Frequently Asked Questions

Most commonly asked questions

Can you help me to sell my number plate?

Yes, we'd love to help you sell your number plate. 

We're a classifieds site/marketplace, allowing buyers and sellers to contact each other directly with no middleman and no commission. This means you get to keep 100% of your plates selling price, rather than a percentage being taken as commission as it would be with a traditional number plate dealer.

When you advertise your plate with us, buyers will be able to complete the enquiry form on your advert, and these enquiries will be delivered to you directly. You'll receive an SMS and an email alert to inform you, and will have the option to respond and manage your enquiries within the Message Centre in your account.

When it comes to completing the sale, we are pleased to offer an escrow service, which, for a small fee, provides peace of mind and protection to both parties. The buyer makes their payment into a secure account, the seller is then notified that the payment has been made and can transfer the registration, the buyer then confirms receipt and funds are released. In the unlikely event of any problems, our disputes team will protect you.

If this sounds good to you, take a look at our selling page to see the benefits of advertising with us :) 

Will you buy my number plate? Do you buy number plates into stock?

No, we don't buy plates for stock. We're a classifieds site/marketplace, not a number plate dealer. Our focus is on creating the best experience for both our buyers and sellers, and changing the face of the number plate market. We feel that holding stock and selling our own plates would distract us from this goal. 

Why is there a monthly/annual fee to advertise and sell with you?

There is a small monthly/annual fee for all of our adverts because we believe that this is the fairest way to charge for our service.

Every single month we invest literally thousands of pounds into paid advertising across social networks and search engines, as well as on search engine optimisation (SEO). Chances are you've probably seen one of our ads somewhere, or perhaps you even found us through an ad. 

By advertising your plate with us and paying a small monthly/annual fee, you are effectively 'bulk-buying' into this promotion for your number plate on a pay-as-you-go basis at a fraction of what it would cost you to do it yourself.

The other benefit of this type of pricing is that it keeps our site up to date. When we initially created our website, we started by offering advertisements for a one-time fee, however, what we found was that many advertisers forgot to let us know when their plate was sold and as a result we ended up with a site advertising a lot of plates that were no longer available. Pay-as-you-go pricing allows us to ensure we are only advertising registration plates that are actually available. 

You are always in full control of your advertisement and the costs. As soon as your plate sells, simply let us know and the advertising fees stop immediately. If for any reason you're not happy with our service and want to cancel or remove your advert, again, just let us know and the fees stop immediately.

Do you offer a free trial on adverts?

Yes, most of our adverts come with a free trial allowing you to create an advert and see how our site works for a limited time without paying anything. It is possible to receive enquiries and even sell your plate whilst within your trial period, and we've had numerous sellers who have done just this. 

The only time we do not offer a trial is if your account or registration plate has already had a free trial before. In this case, any mentions of a trial will be removed and your subscription will begin as soon as you create an advert. This process is in place to prevent a small number of people from abusing our system by advertising a plate with us, removing the advert before the trial ends, then advertising again with another trial, removing it again, advertising again and so on.

How do I know what price to put on my advert if it don't know what my number plate is worth?

If you're not sure what price to enter when listing your plate you can tick the box that says 'Accept Offers'.

This will allow you to proceed with advertising without needing to add a price today, and will instead display a price of 'Make An Offer'. 

We send a free valuation within 48 hours with all Premium Adverts, and you can edit your advert at any time, so once you have received your valuation you can then amend the price.  

Alternatively, if you'd prefer to receive a valuation before advertising, you can purchase one of our standalone Number Plate Valuations for just £9.99 (per plate) and our team with over a decade of experience in the number plate market, will provide a completely unbiased and impartial valuation within 48 hours.

If you have purchased a valuation from us, this will entitle you to a free 30 day trial on any of our adverts.

Can I space my registration plate however I want on my advert?

Unfortunately not. We display all registration plates with their correct and legal spacing on our site as we comply with DVLA guidelines and do not wish to mislead potential buyers looking for a plate. Any adverts placed with incorrect or illegal spacing will be amended by our team.

If you feel that your plate really should be spaced differently, then please feel free to upload an image along with your advert showing this, however, please do be aware that this is not road legal and you should make sure that buyers are aware of this before they purchase your plate.

What are search keywords and how do they work?

We allow our sellers to add keywords to their adverts. These are just the keywords that you want your plate to appear in searches for. For example, if you're selling the plate J4 MES, you'll want it to show up when someone searches for James. Similarly, if you're selling P3 TER, you'll want people looking for a Peter number plate to find it.

Generally speaking, the more keywords sellers include, the better. For example, if you were selling the plate M666 UTD, then we'd suggest setting keywords such as BMW M6, Manchester United, MUFC, Devil, Satan etc., however, it's important not to enter general terms like name, cool, best, private plate etc. as these won't help adverts be found by people looking for them.

How many plates can I list in each plan & do you offer discounts for advertising multiple plates?

Each plan covers the cost of advertising one number plate, however, if you have multiple plates (3 or more) to sell then it may be worth taking a look at our dealer plans, which allow multiple adverts within one plan at a discounted rate. You don't need to be a large dealer to benefit from these, in fact we have numerous number plate collectors, traders and smaller dealers who advertise their plates via these plans.

How do I edit/change the price of my advert?

You can edit anything about your advert, at any time, by simply logging in to your account scrolling to 'My Adverts' and clicking the pencil icon next to your registration. The only thing you will be unable to edit, is the registration itself. If you have made an error with the registration, please contact us and we can amend this for you.

How do I cancel/remove my advert?

You can cancel your advert at any time by simply logging in to your account, scrolling to 'My Adverts' and clicking the cross icon next to your registration. 

A buyer has contacted me and we have agreed a price, how do I complete the sale?

Payment

The first step is to arrange payment for the registration. We are pleased to offer an escrow service, which, for a small fee, provides peace of mind and protection to both parties. Your buyer makes their payment into a secure account, you are then notified that the payment has been made and can transfer the registration to them, they then confirm receipt and the funds are released to you. In the unlikely event of any problems, our disputes team will protect you.

We highly recommend using this service to protect yourself from scams, however, this is not mandatory when buying or selling with us, and you can proceed without the protection of escrow.

If you wish to proceed without using escrow, then the next best thing would be to complete the sale in person. If this isn’t an option either, then for your buyers peace of mind, we recommend providing them with some proof of ownership before asking them to exchange any monies. You may want to provide them with a copy of the logbook (V5C), Retention Document (V750) or Certificate of Entitlement (V778) to prove that the you own the rights to the registration (be sure to conceal the certificate number/reference number as it's possible for someone to instantly transfer your private reg to their car using these numbers), along with photo identification, before they send you any funds. 

In terms of them making the actual payment, if proceeding without using our escrow service then we would suggest using another secure service such as Paypal which provides some protection to both parties. If using PayPal, the buyer should send the payment under the category of 'Goods and Services' to ensure both parties are protected. Also, be sure to wait until you have received cleared funds before proceeding any further.

Transferring ownership of the registration

With payment completed, you now need to transfer the registration. If it's currently on a vehicle then you should take it off and put it onto a retention certificate. You can do this using the DVLA's online 'retain a number plate' service or if you prefer the old fashioned route, you can complete a V317 application form. It costs £80 to do but this includes the Assignment Fee, meaning that the buyer doesn't have to pay any more fees to put the plate onto their vehicle.

Once the number plate is off the vehicle and 'on retention' you can transfer it to your buyer. The easiest way to do this is to give your buyer the Certificate Number, and direct them to the DVLA's online 'assign a number plate' service. This will allow them to assign the registration to their vehicle instantly online and in doing so, will transfer rights/ownership of the registration to them.

Alternatively, if they'd prefer the postal method, then you just need to sign & date in Sections 1 & 6 or your Retention Document and post it to the buyer using a trackable postal service. This also allows them to assign the registration to their vehicle and transfers rights/ownership of the registration to them.

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