How do you know that it has 'always had that plate'?Hi
I have recently purchased an SLK 350 with the number plate S122 SLK. Any idea why it was registered with that number plate. Looking at the V5C it looks as though it has always had that number plate since it was first registered in 2005.
Not entirely true - the car could have been first registered with S122 SLK and never had an 05/55 plate - as long as the original first owner had S122 SLK on retention the car can be first registered with that number.Your car, when new, would have been first registered as an 05 or a 55 plate. That's official. THEN, after that initial registration, any registration number can be supplanted in it's place, as long as it comes from a source that is older that a 2005 Yr registration. That's what's happened with your car. Your current registration number dates from between 1st of August 1998 and the 28th of February 1999. The fee for the DVLA to transfer a registration number is only £80. I would say that your registration number is worth £800 - £1000, because it has 7 characters, but that is just my opinion. You can search on the Internet to see what other "SLK" plates are valued at.
Again not entirely true - when you buy a new car you can put whatever plate you have the retention for on it and it will then never have a 05/55 plate on it as said above.If you take the SLK number plate off of the car it will receive an '05' registration. Think that even when you buy a new car and give the dealer a personal plate it first receives an age correct plate that is then replaced with the personal plate. When taking off the personal plate it reverts to the original plate. Causes a little confusion to MB for a while when a personal plate is put on.