How to Dispose of Old Number Plates

One of the most exciting things in the car industry i buying a brand new private number plate and placing it on your vehicle. It’s a pretty simple process nowadays and you can purchase either from the DVLA or online. So you know you can sell an old car easily, however, the question is, what do you do with your old number plate?

There are a variety of things you can do with an old private plate, whether you want to pass it onto someone else by selling it, giving it away, or keeping it for yourself and recycling it into another object. There is a wealth of things you can do with an old private number plate.

Sell the number plate 

If you want a way to make money from this endeavour then the best thing to do is sell it. There are several websites that are dedicated to buying and selling used private vehicle plates, therefore the plate will be targeted at a specific audience rather than a normal buy and sell website. Plus, if you want to get an idea of how much you can sell your plate for, you can usually get a quote beforehand.

The other option is to sell your plate privately through websites such as eBay and Gumtree, or adverts in local magazines and newspapers.

Recycle the number plate  

A quicker way to get rid of your registration plate would be to recycle it. However, ensure that you check your item isn’t worth something first, otherwise you could be missing out on some profit.

Once you’ve checked the value of your registration plate and decided that it’s not worth selling you can take it to your local recycling centre to be disposed of safely. If you want to dispose of it in another way then you will need to ensure that the plate is damaged enough that no one can use it and get hold of your identity.

You can take your number plate back

How to destroy a number plate 

If the plate isn’t going to an authorised recycling facility then you need to destroy your license plate safely and responsibly. There are a number of ways in which you can do this:

Change the shape 

Most license plates these days are made from aluminium which is a lightweight material, therefore they can be easily moulded and bent to a different shape. This means that you can bend the metal plate so that it can’t be used again and possibly cut the plate up using tin snips so it is not identifiable.

Destroy the stickers 

The stickers on the number plate are very hard to peel off, therefore you will need to scratch them off with a screwdriver or knife. By doing so it will avoid scammers stealing vital information.

Number plate art

Create number plate art

If you’ve got a more creative side then you could make a piece of artwork with your number plate instead of scrapping or selling it. One idea is to use the old plate to make it into a piece of wall art. If the number plate holds a certain sentimental value then placing it on your wall could be a more unique way of still being able to use the number plate.

Likewise, another possibility is to turn the number plate into a household object. Because the material of a number plate is so malleable you can bend it into almost anything, this includes bowls, plates and bowls. This would take a little more time and possibly require more tools to create it, however the outcome will be original.

Taking Care of Your Old Plates!

Finding new uses for your old number plates can be fun, creative, and simple with this helpful guide! Whether you're creating an art piece or an art wall, or recycling your license plate, there are certainly a lot of ways to make new things out of an out of use plate! 

Not only can you recycle or reuse your old plate, but you can also choose to destroy it! If you choose to destroy the old number plate, it does take a little bit of effort! However, it can help you to take out some stress. You can also use it for making a few dollars from selling the plate to someone else. 

There are lots of ways to take care of your old number plate. Find what works best for you, and you'll be able to use your new plate in no time! 

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