Collectors of three-digit Canberra number plates are in luck, with recent auctions fetching up to $20,000 per plate.
No longer available from the Road Transport Authority (RTA), one to three digit plates have become incredibly sought after. According to Access Canberra’s “Check Registration” portal, every conceivable variation of single, double and triple digit Canberra number plates do exist, and are privately owned.
The ACT registered plate for a single “1” is currently owned by a private vehicle, and was reportedly purchased many years ago for over $65,000.
Four digit plates, while still available for purchase from the RTA for just over $1,880, are also in demand – especially in patterns with one or two numbers (i.e.: 0000, 2244, 7777, etc).
Allbids, who currently have a number of three and four digit plates for auction, have seen an increase in buyers and sellers for unique plates over the last few months.
“The lower the numerical number of the plate, the older in circulation it is, and the more valuable it is,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids. “People are not really sure what their number plates are worth, so instead of guessing a price and selling it through Allclassifieds, they’re opting to sell via auction on Allbids.
“The number plates that we have now are from a number of collectors and a deceased estate. Some have been on cars, others in storage. We’re giving bidders plenty of time (two weeks) to determine the best price, and every one of them is attracting significant interest.”
Rob says that once the plate is sold, the buyer pays a small transfer fee to put it in their name, and then can keep the plate forever either as a collector’s item or as the official registration plate for their car.
“We have a real community of car lovers here in Canberra, and extraordinary cars demand extra-ordinary number plates.
“We’ve been contacted about selling many more number plates, which will go up in the coming weeks. Even quirky name plates and original-numbered raider plates can fetch a good price.”
To check out the 3-digit and 4-digit number plates for auction on Allbids, visit Allbids.com.au.
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