Finding the right parts for your car has always a bit of a headache, let’s face it, who has the time to go to Halfords or search endless websites online for replacement car parts and spares? Not us that’s for sure …
Well, we have some absolutely amazing news, we here at Ultimate Styling have just added a new feature to our website that will save you time and make sure you find the correct parts for your car.
Simply visit www.ultimatestyling.co.uk and enter your car reg into the search function and our website will display all of the parts that are available for your car, from wing mirrors to brake pads, oils sumps to performance / custom headlights, we’ve got the right parts for your car!
Once you’ve selected the part you need, add it to your basket and we will deliver it right to your door the next day (for orders before 4pm).
So, who do we have to thank for car registrations? Well the first series of what we now call vehicle registrations were first issued in 1903. These consisted of a one- or two-letter code followed by a sequence number from 1 to 9999.The code indicated the local authority in whose area the vehicle was registered. When a licensing authority reached 9999, it was allocated another two-letter code, but there was no pattern to these subsequent allocations as they were allocated on a first come first served basis.
By 1932, the available codes were running out, and a new extended scheme was introduced. This scheme placed a serial letter before the code, and the sequence number ran only to 999 restricting the number of characters in a registration to six. The first area to issue such marks was Staffordshire in July 1932.
Some three-letter combinations were not authorised for licensing use as they were deemed offensive. These included ARS, BUM, GOD, SEX, and SOD. The first registrations which we now call “cherished plates” started to appear at the same time. RAD10 was used by the BBC and IND1A was registered by the Indian Embassy. Popularity for cherished number plates has continued to grow, with many seeing them as an investment. The DVLA is reported to have grossed over £2 Billion from sales between 1989 and 2016.
In 2008 Abu Dhabi businessman Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri paid £7.25 Million for the registration “1” in Abu Dhabi. This is believed to be the highest price paid for a plate anywhere in the world. In 2014, the registration 25 O broke a new record when it was purchased for £518,000 by Ferrari dealer John Collins; the plate now sits on a Ferrari 250 SWB once owned by rock star Eric Clapton.
Registration F1 and RAC3R have been considered as the most desirable plates amongst supercar and Formula One fans. The registration RAC3R is a suffix style plate that was issued in 1976, the same year British racing driver James Hunt won the Formula One World Championship. The plate covers all the different forms of racing, making it extremely desirable.