Personalised number plates

(239 Posts)
PrincessWellington Mon 30-Sep-13 08:51:27

Why would someone pay money to have a misspelt version of their name on their car? Or words?

E.g. M41HEW, A11CET, OF55IDE T

I get the initials ones, not that i would want one, don't get this.

I have a theory though!

PrincessWellington Mon 30-Sep-13 08:52:37

IABU not to get the point?

landrover Mon 30-Sep-13 08:53:09

I have MUM, I love it xxxxxxx

PrincessWellington Mon 30-Sep-13 08:55:12

That is spelt correctly tho. That's ok

quoteunquote Mon 30-Sep-13 08:55:23

I always think it a sign of lack of imagination, if buying a number plate is really the best thing that you can think of to spend money on, other than warning others to your state of mind it is entirely pointless.

PrincessWellington Mon 30-Sep-13 08:56:44

:-) quoteunquote! Brilliant

PrincessWellington Mon 30-Sep-13 08:58:23

I think the majority are bought by parents of children who have got to 17/18/21 and they can't think what to buy them.
I'd have been mortified if my parents did this!

flowery Mon 30-Sep-13 08:59:08

Loads of things are pointless though, in terms of not actually being necessary or useful.

ceramicunicorn Mon 30-Sep-13 09:00:09

Quoteunquote those are my thoughts exactly.

nancy75 Mon 30-Sep-13 09:00:52

They were a good investment, my dad has one that he bought for £50 when I was small, he was recently offered £25k for it.

Lazyjaney Mon 30-Sep-13 09:01:04

It's the entry fee to platinum plonkerhood

PrincessWellington Mon 30-Sep-13 09:02:25

Nancy - An investment you say? Does he display them on a car tho?

SkinnybitchWannabe Mon 30-Sep-13 09:02:28

My bil has one thats suppose to look like Kenny, but it looks more like Kidney grin
He once told me I was jealous because I didnt have one..I replied Ive better things to spend my wages on like my mortgage and bills (he hasnt worked in years and fritters all his cash on crap)

Teeb Mon 30-Sep-13 09:12:40

I always thought they were bought partly to disguise the age of the car. The new style mini has looked the same for the best part of ten years, and I see a lot of personal plates on them so it's hard to know if it's a 10 year old car or nearly brand new.

TheVermiciousKnid Mon 30-Sep-13 09:16:05

Wouldn't it be cheaper to change your name by deed poll to match your numberplate?

freddiefrog Mon 30-Sep-13 09:16:16

My Dad has one, which we clubbed together to buy for his 50th 15 years ago as we had absolutely no idea what to buy him.

It is clearly his name, and what cost £250 back then, add a couple of noughts to now

TotemPole Mon 30-Sep-13 09:16:30

If I had a car I'd get L4RD 4RS

JumpingJackSprat Mon 30-Sep-13 09:16:31

i think theyre totally pointless. especially ones that are initials. they only mean something if you know the initials of the driver.

Trills Mon 30-Sep-13 09:17:37

I cannot ever imagine a time where I have some money and think I cannot think of anything I would rather do with this money than buy a personalised number plate.

Trills Mon 30-Sep-13 09:17:54

I think that means I agree with quoteunquote smile

PrincessKitKat Mon 30-Sep-13 09:19:53

I had a 'MR5* *'plate as a surprise from my DH the night before our wedding.

It sits on my car not hurting anyone, not costing anyone anything (except my DH).
I was really happy that he was proud for me to be his misspelt wife, and when I see it it makes me smile as its a reminder of my wedding.

I don't understand why the pattern of letters on my numberplate would be worth even a second thought to strangers, let alone why it warrants judgements on whether I'm a platinum plonker or my state of mind.

AKAK81 Mon 30-Sep-13 09:20:12

Nothing wrong with decent plates but nothing more tasteless than misspelt/incorrectly spaced ones.

cozietoesie Mon 30-Sep-13 09:20:59

I once saw an extremely classy (and fast) car being driven through our city centre with '29 MPH' plates on it. I would have loved those plates - although I would imagine that the owner had to put up with being stopped every 10 minutes by the police - on general principle. Would have been worth it for a few days though.

Anything else beats me. Usually, if I see ads for 'cherished plates', I completely fail to work out what they're supposed to represent. Lack of imagination I guess.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 30-Sep-13 09:22:23

I think if anyone has the excess money to waste on a personalised number plate,that money should go to charity.
For something that is actually needed.

It makes me angry

VerySmallSqueak Mon 30-Sep-13 09:25:00

Oh and op YANBU to not get the point.
Misspelt or otherwise.

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