Custom Number Plates
Are you tired of blending in with the crowd? Looking for a way to make your vehicle stand out from the rest? Look no further than custom number plates.
Custom number plates are the ultimate expression of your style and identity on the road. With a wide range of options available, you can create a personalised and unique plate that reflects your personality and sets you apart from other drivers. Whether you want to showcase your hobbies, support your favorite sports team, or simply add a touch of luxury to your car, custom number plates offer endless possibilities.
From combining letters and numbers to incorporating special characters and symbols, you have the creative freedom to design a plate that is truly one of a kind. Not only do custom number plates allow you to make a statement, but they also offer practical benefits. If you’re a business owner, personalised plates can serve as a form of advertisement, turning your vehicle into a mobile billboard.
Additionally, these plates can make it easier for others to recognise and remember your car in crowded parking lots. Don’t settle for a generic number plate – let your personality shine with a custom plate that reflects who you are. Embrace your individuality on the road and leave a lasting impression wherever you go.
They look good and they make a statement. Here are our top tips on choosing and fitting custom 4D plates.
What are 4D Number Plates?
You can think of 4D number plates as the next generation of plates, taking the concept of 3D plates further.
3D plates are made up of raised gel numbers, but 4D plates are manufactured from acrylic. 4D characters are more raised and more angular in shape.
Each character is laser-cut and hand-placed on the number plate, bringing design values and craftsmanship to your number plate.
If you want your vehicle to stand out and look truly personalised, then 4D number plates are a great way of achieving this.
How to Create Custom Plates
This is when things start to get interesting. 4D plates come in a variety of styles for both cars and motorcycles.
While the numerals and characters must always be black, the raised backdrop can be customised with various effects and hues.
Blue, carbon, green, orange, pink, and red are among the colours. For your numerals, you can choose between bright neon-raised backgrounds and clear crystal.
The numbers can be given a glossy surface by applying a gel coating, and the plate backgrounds can be customised with mirror finishes and borders.
It’s a matter of contrast. Consider the plate’s design and how it will complement the colours and style of your vehicle.
Bolder designs would go better with more dynamically styled cars, but even the plainest-looking automobile can use a little glitz on its licence plate.
It’s the same as pairing your dress with a dazzling pair of heels and a handbag that match, or wearing a set of fashionable, high-end cufflinks with a business suit.
4D Personalised Number Plates
Personalised number plates are the perfect match for distinctive 4d plate designs.
There are different types of personalised number plates. All of them are on the DVLA database.
There are four different personalised plate formats:
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Current number plates date from 2001 onwards and are the plates you’re probably most familiar with. They consist of two location code letters, the numbers showing the year of manufacture and a random set of digits.
Dateless number plates are the oldest type, from before 1963. They have one or more numbers followed by letters.
Suffix plates date from between 1963 and 1983 and comprise a group of letters followed by a sequence of numbers.
Prefix plates, dating from 1983 to 2001 have a prefix letter followed by numbers and letters.
The more individual and distinctive your number plate is, the more likely it will be an older and pricier plate.
Basically, you can’t simply put together your own sequence of letters and numbers, but you can shop around for an existing pattern of characters that suits your tastes and means something to you.
Fitting Custom Plates to your vehicle
There are several different options for fitting custom plates to your vehicle or bike.
The best option will depend on the type of plate you choose and your confidence in fitting it.
The most straightforward way of fitting a personalised 4D number plate is the self-adhesive option.
Here, you carefully apply double-sided sticky pads to the back of your new number plate and then use these to fix the plate to the body of your vehicle.
You need to ensure you get an even contact for all the sticky pads, to ensure the plate sticks firmly to the vehicle.
Clean the surface thoroughly before applying the plate, as any dirt, grime or grease will affect the adhesive properties of the sticky pads. You certainly don’t want your new 4D plates falling off your car or bike when you’re on the road.
A second option is to screw the new plate onto your car. This will ensure you fix the plate firmly, but it does require accuracy and care.
You mustn’t drill through the plate characters as this can damage them and affect how well they’re bonded to the plate background.
A third but less common option is to fix a number plate holder to your vehicle. These provide a background and surrounding frame into which you slot the number plate.
Character Spacing on Number Plates
Whichever type of personalised plate you choose, including its style and layout, you need to make sure that you space the characters on it according to the law.
- The Department of Transport (DoT) has regulations for number plates. You must follow these to be sure your custom 4D plates are legal.
There must be 11mm between each of the characters and 33mm between the main blocks of characters. This applies to all number plates registered after 1 September 2001 or before January 1973.
- If your plates were registered before 1 September 2001 but after January 1973, the spacing rule is 13mm between characters and a 38mm gap between blocks of numbers and letters.
Your customised 4D plate provider will be able to advise you.
Custom Plates Made Easy
Buying your own designer number plate has never been easier with our online system. You simply choose your 4D plate design, enter your registration and plate size and we can supply you with a brand-new number plate.
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