When buying a personalised number plate you want to make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer. A good starting point is to determine whether the dealer you are potentially going to be doing business with is a member of a trade organisation. There are currently three such groups in the UK:
CNDA – The Cherished Numbers Dealers Association has been in existence since 1971, and it represents responsible personalised number plate dealers while protecting the interests of their customers. The CNDA is affiliated with the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).
CNG – The Cherished Numbers Guild was established to provide customer confidence when purchasing a cherished number, and to maintain its members interests and standards within the cherished numbers industry.
MIRAD – Members of the Institute of Registration Agents & Dealers is an association of traders in personalised number plates who are subject to regular supervision by the group to ensure that their practices adhere to the MIRAD code.
You may feel more assured if the company you choose to deal with is a member of at least one of the above organisations. This should ensure their trustworthiness as well as your protection. You can visit the websites of any of these trade groups and search their members list to see if your chosen supplier is included.
Hopefully any contact you have with a number plate dealer will leave you feeling relaxed and confident that everything is being handled in a professional manner. It is nice to know that if for any reason you are not completely satisfied, you can contact an independent association who will thoroughly investigate your complaint.
For the consumer, number plate dealer associations are a bit like insurance companies; you hope that you never have reason to contact one, but it is reassuring to know that they are there.