Keeping Your Number Plates Safe

With car crime in the rise year on year, it is of the utmost importance that you take some extra precautions when purchasing, selling and displaying number plates. Vehicle cloning is a crime where criminals purchase registration plates that do not belong to them, and placing them on their cars to commit crimes while posing as you. There has been a 17% increase in crimes like this from 2017 to 2018.

To counter this, replacement number plates suppliers have to ask for certain documentation when you are purchasing your number plates, this is to ensure you are the legal owner of the registration that you are trying to purchase. The documents that they will ask for are:

IDENTITY DOCUMENTs

You can use the following to confirm your name and address:

  • driving license
  • utility, Council Tax or rates bill from the last 6 months
  • bank or building society statement from the last 6 months
  • national identity card

The following will confirm your name only:

  • passport – does not have to be issued in the UK
  • bank or building society debit or credit card
  • police warrant card
  • armed forces identity card

PROVING YOU CAN USE THE REGISTRATION NUMBER

You must have one of the following to show you’re allowed to display the registration number:

  • vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI)
  • new keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI)
  • certificate of entitlement (V750 or V750NI) to the number
  • retention document (V778)
  • a renewal reminder for vehicle tax or SORN (V11 or V11NI)
  • temporary registration certificate (V379 or V379NI)
  • a number plate authorisation certificate (V948) with an official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
  • an electronic number plate authorisation certificate (eV948 or eV948/2)
  • a letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) quoting the document reference number from the registration certificate
  • if your fleet is in the new V5C on demand scheme (also called ‘V5C suppression’), a PDF of the vehicle’s details from the view vehicle record service
  • UK trailer registration certificate (VTRC)

Once your number plates have been received, we recommend that you fit your number plates with anti theft screws. Criminals will stop at nothing to be able to get your number plates in their cars or motorcycles. They will try to rip the number plates off of your car, and if they are not fit properly then they will be successful. This type of screw is extremely hard to pull out, and requires a special key to unscrew in the conventional manner. … Read More..

Why It’s Important to Act Fast with a Damaged Windscreen

When it comes to damaged windscreens, certain people may be in a better position than others to remedy the problem. Some may be short on cash, while others may struggle with finding the time to visit a windscreen repairs specialist. But if there’s an obstruction in your line of vision, such a crack or a chip in the glass, it’s important to get your windscreen repaired or replaced as soon as you can.

Windscreen damage can occur as a result of temperature changes, pressure, debris and other factors. However, no matter what the reason, any damage to a windscreen should be fixed promptly. Here are four reasons why you need to act fast when your windscreen becomes damaged.

 

 

Prevent Bigger Problems

A damaged windscreen can cause bigger problems if it isn’t repaired or replaced promptly. For instance, a small crack in the corner can expand across the entire windscreen while you’re driving, reducing the safety of your vehicle and increasing the chances of an accident occurring.  

Until you can get to a windscreen repairs specialist, you can take steps to prevent further damage by closing doors slowly with limited force, parking your car in the shade, and delaying any automatic car washes you have planned. Once your windscreen is fixed, you can resume your usual activities.

 

Safety

On most modern cars, windscreens make up 48 per cent of the structural strength. Windscreens are therefore vital for keeping drivers and passengers safe in the event of an accident or collision. When a damaged windscreen isn’t fixed, the structural support it provides can be drastically reduced. A damaged windscreen can also obstruct a driver’s visibility, causing blurriness and distraction.

 

Save Money

If a chip is left unfixed, a bigger issue can arise – the chip can turn into a crack that necessitates complete windscreen replacement rather than repair. If you find a chip and the damage is smaller than a 5 cent coin, it will likely be able to be repaired. But if a chip spreads into a crack, repair is no longer feasible. Replacing a windscreen can be quite expensive, so fixing a chip as soon as possible is a good way to save money.

If you have car insurance, the cost may be covered by your insurance provider. Some windscreen repair specialists even take care of the process for you by billing your insurance company directly.

 

Save Time

Fixing a damaged windscreen will save you time in the long run, as repairing a minor chip will take much less time than replacing a whole windscreen. Windscreen repairs take around 30 minutes compared to a few hours for replacement. Keep in mind that the time required will depend on the condition of your vehicle, the technician’s assessment, and how long it takes for a specialist to prepare your car. If you’re too busy to take your car to a windscreen specialty, many windscreen repair companies offer the convenience of onsite response services that operate 24 hours, 7 days a Read More..