Bahrain to introduce number plate auction
Bahrain will soon introduce special new private vehicle number plates thorough the auction of registration plates.
The auction of the number plates will be administered by a new government company, in which the revenues will be referred to the Ministry of Finance, said Shaikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, the Ministry of Interior Under Secretary.
He said the step, announced as part of the directives of Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, is in line with the kingdom’s commitment to the principles of competitiveness, fairness and sustainability.
Following the sale of vehicle numbers at the auction, the General Directorate of Traffic will issue a certificate of ownership to the buyer.
He clarified that the private vehicle number plates already in circulation will remain the property of their current owners, as all the numbers that will be auctioned are new.
How much similar registration plates have sold for recently and in the past: it is always worth looking at what has been going on in the private registration plate market recently to add extra weight to the valuation of your own number plate. It is a market that is not immune from trends, so keep a close eye on what has been selling well and see if your plate has any similar features
The age of the plate: older plates tend to attract higher prices and dateless number plates (the first ones ever issued) normally call for the highest prices on the market
The plate’s rarity: if a lot of similar registration plates were issued, your plate may be less valuable. So, the relative rarity of older, dateless number plates makes them more valuable, as a whole, than newer, dated plates. Similarly, having a private plate with a word or name spelled out on it gives it a degree of rarity that would raise its value.
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