Are you one of the 28% of drivers who name their cars?

Research by DVLA shows that over a quarter of UK motorists have named their car, with 28% of those surveyed saying that they had given their car a name.

‘Doris’, ‘Dave’, ‘Henry’, ‘Betsy’ and ‘Bumble’ were popular choices, with the largest proportion of those who said they named their car coming from the East Midlands (28%). The smallest proportion came from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (1%, 3% and 6% respectively).

Women were almost twice as likely to give their car a name as men (65% and 35% respectively), with the majority of people who said they name their cars aged between 55 and 64 (41% within this age group said they gave their car a name).

The make, model, colour and ‘general look’ of the car were the common reasons given for the choice of name, with Fords, Vauxhalls, Toyotas, BMWs and Hyundais being the makes of vehicle most frequently given a name.

With 87% saying they had bought a personalised registration to match the name they give to their car, this could explain some of the obscure personalised registrations seen on cars.

DVLA Personalised Registrations sales manager Jody Davies said:

We sold DOR 1S, DAV 3S, HEN 2Y and HER 81E in the past, as well as personalised registrations where the meaning and significance seems much less obvious. It’s no surprise to find that people want to say something about their car in this way – whether the name is something personal to them or a bit of fun that they want to share with others.

Personalised registrations can be sold at auction for varying – and sometimes very large – amounts of money, but online they start from £250 so getting the ideal plate for your car could be less expensive than you may have thought.

In the last financial year 2017 to 2018, the sale of personalised registrations by DVLA raised over £160 million for HM Treasury. With around 50 million personalised registrations for sale on DVLA’s website, motorists can find out if their car’s name is available with just a few clicks.

Notes to editors

The personalised registrations referred to in the text were sold by DVLA at auction as follows:

  • DOR 1S – £6,800 September 1990
  • DAV 3S – £9,100 September 1999
  • HER 81E – £7,000 January 2003
  • HEN 2Y – £6,300 June 2005

The prices quoted above do not include VAT on the ‘hammer price’ listed; the buyer’s premium (+VAT) and DVLA assignment fees.

For the financial year 2017 to 2018, the sale of personalised registrations by DVLA generated £161,902,560 revenue for HM Treasury, including VAT and assignment fees.

Names that appeared more than once were:

  • The Beast
  • Betsy
  • Bertie
  • Bumble
  • Dave
  • Doris
  • Henry
  • Herb / Herbie
  • Landy
  • Sparky

Click here to access DVLA Press release


SPM-UK @ Automechanika 2018, NEC

SPM-UK Ltd @ Automechanika NEC UK
Automechanika NEC UK

Automechanika is the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector, and this year’s 2018 event was another big success, as well as a record year.

After a successful and enjoyable three days at the show, we are now busy following up all the leads and interest we received from visitors.

We would like to thank customers old and new who visited our stand. Don’t worry if you missed us, you can always catch us at Automechanika Frankfurt in September. Please click below for their weblink



In 2016 S-P-M Ltd achieved its own British Standard Certification, which was independently tested by AWL a certified QKAS accredited laboratory. S-P-M Plates not only meet the current BSAU145d but also passed the standard for the proposed BSAU145e Draft. We will update customers if and when the new legislation is passed by law.



Large fines for online number plate supplier

Staff at internet based business number1showplates has been prosecuted for making and supplying illegal number plates. They have been ordered to pay Milton Keynes Council £200,000 in prosecution costs, received suspended prison sentances and made to carry out 240 hours unpaid work as punishment.

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Will cars need new number plates?

“probably not” says BBC Europe correspondent Chris Morris, because there’s no EU-wide law on vehicle registration on car number plates, and the EU flag symbol is a voluntary identifier and not compulsory.

The DVLA says there has been no discussion about what would happen to plates with the flag if the UK voted to leave.


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