Dubai Reg Plates Auction Selling Prices
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has raised Dhs27.75m by selling 80 car number plates at an auction on Saturday.
The RTA’s 95th licencing open plates auction saw four licence plates receiving the highest bid amounts, Dubai Media Office said in a statement.
Number plate R13 fetched the highest bid of Dhs2.92m, while number plate H33 was sold for Dhs2.82m. The third highest bid was received for licence number O69 at Dhs1.68m, while S66666 was sold for Dhs680,000.
The auction saw “fierce competition between bidders hailing from the all community segments”, a statement said.
Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency, said: “The Dhs27.751m revenue raised from the 95th Open Auction reflects the remarkable popularity of such commercial activity organised by RTA.
“The number auctions organised by the RTA are characterised by transparency and enthusiasm. They measure up to the aspirations of customers who seek exclusivity in this regard. Such auctions suffice the needs and aspirations of number plate enthusiasts,” he added.
The auction of exclusive number plates garners strong interest in the UAE.
In October last year, a Dubai-based Indian businessman bought the D5 number plate for Dhs33m in what was described as the biggest auction in the Roads and Transport Authority’s history.
Balwinder Sahani, owner of property management firm RSG International, beat competition from other VIPs to secure the plate after paying Dhs25m for the number O9 last year.
However, in November, an Emirati businessman who bought the car plate Number 1 for Dhs31m at an auction in Abu Dhabi was charged with fraud after his cheque bounced.
The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution charged the man with fraud and sentenced him to seven days in custody.
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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