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1. Hi people, I wanted to know how the registration of cars works in uk, because I saw some car ad's and there is x reg, 51 plate, I don't know what this means and why some are cheaper than other, could somebody explain it please?
2. Under the new system, there'll be two letters, showing the area from where the car was made, two numbers telling you when the car was made (in this case in the middle of 2001) and three random letters to make the numberplate. Hope this clears it up
3. In the old style, where it is one letter then 3 numbers, the lower down in the alphabet denotes an older car.

In the new style. 2 letters for registration area, then 2 numbers. If the number starts in a 0, this indicates what year it was registered in. And the bigger the number starting with 5, the newer it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle...ar_identifiers
4. Basically cars with a single letter then numbers in the first half of number plate (e.g. X617 ***) are older (2000 and before IIRC) and cars with two letters and then two numbers (e.g. NG51) are newer...the last two numbers in these number plates refer to the year in which the car was made.

So the cars with a single letter at the beginning will be cheaper as they are older.
5. Hmm, nice but for example why a ''w'' reg plate than a ''n'' one?
Hmm, nice but for example why a ''w'' reg plate than a ''n'' one?
An N reg is older than a W one. A car with an N reg was registered in 1995 or the first half of 1996, whereas a W reg car was registered in 2000.
7. (Original post by C274)
An N reg is older than a W one. A car with an N reg was registered in 1995 or the first half of 1996, whereas a W reg car was registered in 2000.
A old car can has a newer reg? Or it must be the letter of the car year?
A old car can has a newer reg? Or it must be the letter of the car year?
You can make a car look older than it is (with the reg) but not newer.

So a C reg on a W reg age car would be fine, but a W reg on a C reg age car wouldn't go.

It gets even more confusing if you start looking at older cars, cos mine is a C reg from the first time round. So it is 1965, instead of 1986.

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