Sports Related Personalised Reg Plates
The 56-year-old semi-retired business owner loves her sport so much that she decided to make sure everyone would knows when she's coming and going from the golf course by putting it on her car's number plates.
Denise is one of 1072 Gladstone region residents who, in the past year, have personalised their vehicle with unique number plates.
They cost from $165 to $3300 and the region is home to a wide array of unique registrations including these beauties: MY66VW, THUMPY, MOANA and ROK177.
Denise said she decided to buy the plates when she turned 50 during what she described as a "bit of mid-life crisis".
"So I took up golf," Denise said.
"I really love it and I go as much as I can and now I'm getting a little bit better."
The grandmother said her husband Brad inspired the plates' actual words.
"People would say to him where's Denise and he would respond 'at golf'," she said with a laugh.
"He kept saying 'She's at golf, at golf, at golf' so I thought that would be a really cool number plate."
Personalised Plates Queensland managing director Jemma Elder said more than 750,000 personalised plates had been issued.
Ms Elder said vehicle owners were happy to spend big on them because they were a "fun and creative way" to express themselves.
"A lot of people are very proud of their vehicles and it's a way for them to express themselves and their passion for their cars and to complement the look of their car."
While most people opt for letter and number combinations that will not offend, there are some motorists who like to push the envelope and choose plates that are not appropriate for our roads.
"We work very closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads who provide very strict guidelines to adhere to," Ms Elder said.
"We run every plate against the very strict assessment criteria to ensure they are clean and that they are appropriate for display."
While PPQ sells the unique regos on more than 250 types of plates and designs, it's the DTMR that produces the finished plate.
A Devon businessman is hoping Royal wedding fever can help the homeless in Torbay.
Mark Hoyle, who lives in Torquay, is auctioning off a personalised number plate he hopes will attract the attention of fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
He plans to make a donation from the money raised to one of the charities helping the homeless in Torbay, Humanity Torbay.
Mark explained he had bought and sold personalised number plates before charity.
They can raise good sums as the recent DVLA auction proved which raised millions for the Exchequer.
He has secured ME64 HRH which he says will read MEG 4 HRH for most people and is currently being auctioned to the highest bidder.
Currently 4 HRH is listed on the site at £26,9995 - which seems like a lot of money for a number plate.
Mark says a donation to the homeless charity Humanity Torbay of £500 will be made for each registration number if sold this week.
Mark explained why he settled on the idea: “I visited Humanity Torbay’s offices a few weeks ago and in the space of just a few hours nearly 100 homeless individuals signed in at reception to receive clothing, advice and even just a hot cup of tea or coffee.
“Last night, a walk around the harbourside in Torquay really showed the extent of the homeless crisis here with just about every shop doorway occupied by individuals in sleeping bags.
He added: “Torquay is probably no different to many other seaside towns in the UK but the level of support here from voluntary groups is absolutely fantastic. A group of voluntees for Humanity Torbay is hoping to provide hot meals for the homeless for four days over the Xmas break.
“I promised the founder of Humanity Torbay, Ellie Waugh, to help with fundraising if I could. I am not much good at coffee mornings or bric-a-brac sales, but have previously raised funds for the local cancer day care unit at Torbay hospital by selling one of my registration numbers - GU11 SEA which was bought by a Brighton football fan.”
He also has GB 11 USA which might appeal to American fans.
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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