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Understanding Registration Plates

I've had quite a few questions recently about what will happen to UK car registrations in the new decade.

'09' registrations gave way to '59' registrations in September's last plate change, but what happens for 2010?


WHAT STAYS THE SAME

Well, the basic format stays the same:

UK Car Registrations

Also, the bi-annual 'new reg' changes on 1 March and 1 September will still take place in the same way as they have for the last 10 years.


THE AREA CODE

The first two letters of a registration will tell you where the car was originally registered.

Of course, you cannot assume that the owner is from the same part of the world, as some smart people (I certainly include myself in this definition) will order a car from a dealer at the other end of the country because it is cheaper. However, in London you will certainly find a lot of 'LC' registered cars, for example.

Interestingly, in certain parts of the country the locals all like to show that their cars are from their own area. A 'WK' or 'WL' registered car in Cornwall is a must so that you are not mistaken for an 'out-of-towner' and even makes the car worth more money second hand!

Click here for a full list of area codes.


THE AGE INDENTIFIER

This is what most people have been questioning.

Well, I can un-exclusively reveal that come 1 March 2010 (drum roll, please!)... cars will be '10' registered, eg "AB 10 CDE"! And then on 1 September 2010 they will have a '60' age identifier, and then it will be '11', and then... well, have a look at this table:

   Year      1 Mar - 31 Aug     1 Sep - 28 Feb  
2010/11 10 60
2011/12 11 61
2012/13 12 62
2013/14 13 63
2014/15 14 64
2015/16 15 65
2016/17 16 66
2017/18 17 67
2018/19 18 68
2019/20 19 69
2020/21 20 70
2021/22 21 71
2022/23 22 72
2023/24 23 73
2024/25 24 74
2025/26 25 75
2026/27 26 76
2027/28 27 77
2028/29 28 78
2029/30 29 79
2030/31 30 80
2031/32 31 81
2032/33 32 82
2033/34 33 83
2034/35 34 84
2035/36 35 85
2036/37 36 86
2037/38 37 87
2038/39 38 88
2039/40 39 89
2040/41 40 90
2041/42 41 91
2042/43 42 92
2043/44 43 93
2044/45 44 94
2045/46 45 95
2046/47 46 96
2047/48 47 97
2048/49 48 98
2049/50 49 99
2050/51 50 00


After 2049, who knows what the change will be? However, I wonder whether they will have addressed a new problem by then - how to clearly spot the difficult-to-see number plates on flying cars...

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Kind reg-ards!

ASHLEY

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

PALMDALE'S BARGAIN
OF THE WEEK

Honda Jazz
Honda Jazz

The brief:
"My wonderful car has been written off and I want exactly the same car, same colour, same everything!"

How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = 7,475

We bought it for = 6,250!

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WHY I LOVE THE...

1959 1960 Corvette
1959-60 Corvette

I'm sorry, but no other year Corvette will do. The '58 had some nasty chrome strips on the boot (yuk!) and then the '61 had a... well, less cute behind! With a 283ci engine (that's 4.6 litres to us Brits) and a 4-speed manual gearbox, it was great fun to drive. And I have to admit that as much as I love my Mustang, I would swap it for a '59-'60 Vette in a heartbeat!

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