M155 FOX Number Plate For Sale For Leicester Fans
A woman selling her "Miss Fox" personalised number plate for £16,000 hopes female Leicester City fans might be interested.
Karen Wray, who lives in Durham, placed an advert in Monday's Mercury for her personalised number plate M155 FOX.
"I've been known as Fox since my husband chose it as a nickname for me about 30 years ago," she said.
"He came up with it and it just stuck.
About 10 years ago a friend of his saw the number plate advertised - my husband's reaction was 'how much?' but it was a must-have.
"He gave it to me for my birthday present.
"But now I'm buying a new car so I thought I would sell it and I hoped a Leicester City fan might be interested in it.
"I don't know how much my husband spent on it but I thought £16,000 was a good price to start at, based on conversations with people - and I'm happy to haggle."
Karen said she had been impressed with Leicester City's performance over the past couple of years and had high hopes the team would continue to recover from its rocky start to 2017
In the Premier League, which Leicester City won last season, the Foxes have struggled. Between New Year and February 12 they had one draw and five losses, putting them in the relegation zone.
But they have managed to win their last two matches, which were against Hull and Liverpool.
Karen said: "I'm heavily into football and I thought Leicester were absolutely amazing last season and it was great to see them doing so well.
"They're having a tough time this year but I'm a Chelsea fan so my team have been through a bad patch recently but managed to rebound again.
"I'm sure Leicester are going to do the same."
Last year Northern Irish builder David McMurray bought the number plate VAR 9Y hoping to sell it to the striker himself or else a devoted fan.
He bought it for £4,000 but the highest bid he got on eBay was for £870.
Rajesh Solanki, who lives in Leicester, tried to sell a similar plate - V9 RDY - to the striker.
But he was declined in a Twitter conversation with the Foxes striker's wife.
So how do you ensure you get one that rises in value rather than one that remains static? The trick is to buy something that other people are likely to want. Number plates that show a person’s name or initials are a good example, providing they are not unusual names or initials. Having something that is unusual will not prevent the number plate from rising in value, but it may be more difficult as it will be harder to find a buyer whom the number plate is relevant to and who wants to pay for it.
Next, have a look at what is currently for sale that matches that name or initials. If there are not many or if the one you have is considerably better, you will have a greater chance of the investment rising in value. If, on the other hand, there are lots of other options for people with that name or initials, you may find it harder to sell the one you own.
Other things that can prevent you from getting a high price for a number plate include:
- Number plates that are hard to understand – If people can’t tell what the number plate means after a few seconds of looking at it, you might struggle to get a high price for it.
- Humorous number plates – These types of plates are very niche, so the market for them is smaller than for standard phrases.
- Made up or unique words – There may not be anyone else who wants a number plate with a very unusual word.
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