Bidding Starts 1 April For Special RIMAU 1 To 9999 Number Plates
No, its not an April's Fool joke. Malaysians looking for unique plates will be able to bid for RIMAU 1 to RIMAU 9999 starting tomorrow, 1 April.
In conjunction with Malaysia hosting the 2017 SEA Games for the ASEAN region this year, these SEA Games commemorative number plates are being released by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) via the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
According to the “RIMAU PLAT” Facebook page set up earlier last month to promote the special plate series, RIMAU which is a short form of the games’ Malayan Tiger mascot stands for Respect, Integrity, Move, Attitude and Unity.
Yesterday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin launched the number plate bidding which he announced that the revenue will go towards the cost of hosting the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games which would take place in August and September respectively.
"All bids will take place through the online bidding e-bid system with the proceeds going towards the cost of hosting KL2017.
"We hope to get as much as possible from the bidding process because not only the number plates are a memento to the people but also the proceeds can be used for financing the organising cost," he told reporters at the launch, Bernama reports.
How close a series of letters or numbers are to a real name of word: if the match quality is high (and the numbers and letters are very convincing in making a popular word), the value of the registration plate will be higher. This means that a match like 5IMON, for the name Simon, will be worth a lot more than a more obscure set of letters and numbers that are not as convincing a match, such as S17 MMM for the name Sam.
The style of the plate: this means establishing if it is a new-style plate, an older-style format or if it is dateless or Irish, for instance. Other options are that it is a prefix-style plate or a suffix-style plate. New-style number plates, which have been produced since 2001, tend to be the least valuable because they are a bit less appealing to some collectors, plus the rule about not having plates that are newer than your car can also come into play, putting people off from buying a newer-style plate for their older car. Prefix-style number plates, which were in production between 1983 and 2001 can be more popular as more vehicles are entitled to have those licence numbers, and they may have fewer characters in total. Suffix-style plates, issued from 1963 to 1983 are relatively rare, which means they can attract higher prices than prefix-style plates and newer designs. Dateless number plates, also known as cherished number plates, were produced between 1903 and 1963 and are nearly always the most valuable number plate configurations; they have fewer digits and their dateless nature means that people can hide the age of their car. Irish number plates are similar to dateless number plates, especially because they don’t have a year identifier. They also tend to be cheaper than other types of vehicle registration plates.
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