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Acrylic number plates are the standard material used for number plate creation. But with the variety of number plating options available, is there a standardised price for an acrylic number plate? Or is it all subject to the provider?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘How much are acrylic number plates?’

Bespoke Plates is a renowned and legally certified registration platemaker and installer, with options of 3D Plates, 4D Plates, Show Plates, regular / Electric Vehicle Plates and more. We are the one-stop shop for all things registration plates!

Whether it’s a Private Plate, Gel Plate, Standard Registration Plate or plating accessories, we have you covered.

As a certified and experienced team of plate fitters and makers, our plates are installed to the specification of UK law, provided alongside the appropriate paperwork you require. (The only exception to this is show plates.)

Are acrylic number plates the best plate material?

Are acrylic number plates the best plate material?

Acrylic number plates are the best plate material available considering the needs that a number plate must fulfill in present times. That being said, there is every chance the standard number plate material may change under new technology, though this isn’t on the horizon any time soon.

Regarding acrylic plates, they benefit from the following strengths…

  • They are moderately flexible. This means they aren’t so rigid that any pressure will break them, but it is flexible enough to allow for a certain amount of movement before it break.
  • Acrylic plates are durable, barring any high-velocity impacts, fire, or purposeful vandalism, acrylic plates are extremely resilient. This makes them ideal for road use, especially on motorways.
  • They have a high level of reflectivity. This is especially true with the white/yellow background and black writing options that are currently used. Whether it is in the day or night, they can be seen with enough light, this also makes them ideal for ANPR systems to identify.
  • Acrylic plates are lightweight. This means no excessive weight will be on the bumpers that can disrupt the balance of the vehicle.
  • Acrylic plates are simple and cost-effective to produce.
  • Acrylic plates can be attached to a vehicle bumper easily and require little work.
  • They are extremely easy to clean.

How much are acrylic number plates?

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The standard acrylic number plates provided by Bespoke Plates are £30. Depending on the platemaker you visit, this price may change. Aside from standard number plates, we also provide legal customisations such as 3D/4D Gel Plates, Hex Plates, and more.

Although acrylic is a relatively cheap material to use, the reason that not all number plates reflect this is purely due to the labour required. This is the case if you opt for a bespoke plating option such as Gel Plates or a Hex Plate, the latter of which requires manual re-shaping of the plate.

That being said if you’re on the spectrum of being a car enthusiast, you will likely have noticed articles talking about number plates that have been sold for thousands of pounds, if not more. Are they made from a unique material? Why are they so expensive?

Why are private plates expensive?

Private plates are legally certified number plates whose character arrangement may vary from the conventional set-up. Even though these plates are made from acrylic like any other number plate, the value comes from the word, phrase, or number that the plate spells.

Number plates like ‘X1’, ‘G1’, and ‘25 0’ have all sold for just over half a million pounds each! This staggering price puts into context the market for private number plates. The reason why someone would spend thousands of pounds, never mind hundreds of thousands of pounds is worth a whole blog itself.

Suffice it to say, that people may find personal value in the number plate or may have the intention to make a profit from it, amongst other reasons. 

Do certain characters make a number plate cheaper?

In the context of private plates, yes, but in terms of regular number plates, no. Regular number plates follow a specific pattern when it comes to the number plate…

  • The first two letters of a number plate tell the reader where the vehicle was first registered. In the UK, one region can have many regional identifiers. For example, a vehicle registered in London can have the following regional identifiers ‘LU, LV, LW, LX, LY.
  • The following two numbers identify the year in which the vehicle was assigned its plate. For example, a car that has a plate assigned from London in 2020, could have the following first four characters ‘LW20’.
  • The final three letters of a UK number plate are picked completely at random. This saves cars that are registered in the same place, and get their plate in the same year, from being completely the same.

There is no process of creating the number plate’s characters that would allow it to be cheaper. Defective number plates are not used on vehicles.

Why do normal number plates get stolen if they have no value?

Number plate theft is a problem that affects you and possibly hundreds of different road users and other victims. Although your regular assigned number plate isn’t of monetary value, it serves a different purpose for thieves.

Stolen number plates are used by criminals on their vehicles to commit crimes. The logic behind it is that any camera or system that identifies the vehicle will recognise it as another vehicle rather than the actual driver.

As a result, the wrong person can receive fines and even be visited by the police for criminal acts committed on the road that they were never a part of.

If you are a victim of number plate theft, attempted or otherwise, contact the police straight away. If your number plate has been taken, letting your insurer and other relevant parties know is the best way to keep yourself protected whilst investigations take place.

Where to get standard and customised acrylic plates

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Getting your own bespoke custom number plate is relatively simple. In most cases, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! If you opt to use Bespoke Plates, you can order a custom number plate directly from our website.

Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.
  7. Confirm your order!

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Find your custom number plate today

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options and the information you need to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have confidently displayed everything you need to know regarding the question ‘How much are acrylic plates?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

To get in touch and discuss the full fitting service we offer with our plates, you can talk to one of the members of our team by:

Email info@bespoke-plates.co.uk

Phone 0333 006 7878

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