I Want My Private Number Plate Back!

Love is a wonderful thing…that is how the song goes anyway. So what happens when it all goes wrong?

Imagine if your relationship with your loved one turned sour and subsequently passed the point of no return. What would be top of your list when it came to dividing the assets? Would your private number plate be up there?

For the purpose of this true story the names have been changed to protect the husband and wife whose relationship is sadly no more. We will refer to them as Cheryl and Ashley.

broken heartWe received a call at Simply Registrations from Cheryl. She wanted to sell her personalised registration quickly and was asking for a sensible price. We are talking several thousand pounds just to give you an idea of the sum of money involved.

An agreement was reached and a member of our team drove to the leafy suburbs in a very nice part of Essex. The deal was done, Cheryl received her payment in cash as requested and we collected the DVLA document for the number plate.

Approximately three weeks later Cheryl telephoned our office again. The call went something like this:

“Hi it’s Cheryl. You bought a number plate from me a few weeks ago. It actually belonged to my soon to be ex-husband Ashley and he wants it back. I’ve given him your number but be warned, he is very angry”.

Later that day a man with a very serious sounding voice rang and informed us we had something that belonged to him and he wanted it back. It was Ashley. After some serious huffing and puffing, Ashley realised that we were not part of the plot to deprive him of his treasured personalised registration. In fact we would only be too delighted to reunite him with his prized possession; there was just the small matter of payment to be discussed.

Ashley wanted his registration plates back on his Porsche. He decided to buy back his registration and left other matters to be handled by the courts. We have left out the words he used to describe his soon to be ex-wife, but as you may imagine, they were not very complimentary. Thankfully Ashley was very grateful to Simply Registrations; he was reunited with the part of him he felt was missing and another happy client drove off into the sunset.

So what is the moral of this story? It is to remind owners of personalised registrations to keep their documents safe and to check the listings of number plates available on a regular basis. You never know, there could be one particular registration listed for sale at simplyregistrations.co.uk that you think belongs to you!