The Advantages Of Personalised Reg Plates

Not so long ago few individuals were able to have private reg plates on their cars – most people simply used the plates the car was issued with to begin with. These days however, things have changed quite a bit. As private reg plates became more popular among the rich and famous, they’ve since caught on elsewhere and these days all sorts of people decide to buy personalised number plates for their vehicles.

But why should you bother getting your own plates if you already get regular plates whenever you purchase a car? You’ll discover a number of reasons why you might decide to give some thought to this, and listed below are three of the best.

Personalise Your Car

Among the most common reasons for getting personalised reg plates for your car is to personalise it. Cars can be very important to their owners and they increasingly play a significant role in our day-to-day lives as we drive greater distances and become ever more mobile. This has led to many people wishing to put their own personal touch on their vehicles, either to display their personality or to demonstrate that their car is an integral part of their life.

Along with loads of other personalisation options, from changing the colour of the car to tinted windows, alloy wheels and also other modifications, private registration plates have emerged as a great way for men and women to add a personal touch to their vehicle.

Promote Your Business

You may also decide to spend money on some personalised number plates for reasons of promotion. For instance, if you happen to own a business that you’d like to promote and that needs you to do a considerable amount of travel in your car, personalised reg plates could be a quirky, unique method of advertising and marketing your company to the individuals you pass whilst you’re out driving.

Even if you aren’t driving, whenever your car is parked up people will still drive or walk past and notice it, and their attention is more likely to be caught if you’ve got unforgettable plates. You never know, it could encourage them to find out more about your company and become an effective addition to all of the other marketing activities you undertake.


Yet another fantastic reason to think about getting your car some private registration plates is that it could be a really great investment. If you are able to get plates that are highly sought after and likely to be desired by plenty of people, you could find the value of your plates goes up quite considerably over the years. Now and again, this means that personalised reg plates that you acquire for two or three hundred pounds now might end up being worth thousands of pounds in a few years time.

Needless to say, not all registration plates work out to be as good an investment as others, but when you do the research and pick your number plates wisely, there’s a really good chance that their value will increase as time passes.

Generally, private reg plates are usually a terrific addition to your car, and you will find plenty of good reasons why you ought to give some thought to buying them.

History of the Nissan 240SX

Nissan rolled the first 240SX off its assembly line in 1989, and ended production of this magnificent machine on July 23, 1998. During that time frame, Nissan produced over two million 240s for the American market. In classic Nissan fashion, there are two separate generations for the 240, thus creating many names that car enthusiasts choose to use for this particular vehicle.

The 240SX has been called the S13, S14, Silvia (the Japanese market name), S, 180SX (Japanese market) and the 200SX (the European and Australian markets), but the American 240SX is not quite the same as the other S Platforms. Although it is related, there were differences in important areas, such as engines and front body design. With the similarities, American 240 owners are a distinct and individual group that idolizes their cars for the things that they can do.

First Generation 240SX

Nissan produced the first generation 240SX (aka S13) from 1989 to 1994. The S13 showed us three separate models, the coupe, the fastback (truly a hatchback) and the convertible. The middle period of the first generation, also known as the Chuki, saw a few minor body changes to the SX. For example, Nissan gave it a newer, more modern-looking front bumper. However, enthusiasts were more excited about the 15 hp boost that came with the new DOHC engine upgrade. Even with the engine upgrade in the middle period, critics said that the 240SX was under-powered for its size, forcing many tuners and drifters to special order the Japanese model engines.

In 1992, Nissan produced its “American Only Market” convertible, but took it completely out of the market after 1994. Only 8,320 convertibles were produced by Nissan for the SX. In fact, in 1994, the only 240SX available in the United States was the Convertible Special Edition.

Second Generation 240SX

The second generation 240SX (aka S14) was created from 1995 to 1998, with most of the contrast to the S13 coming in the form of body differences. Nissan replaced the fastback and convertible, with SE and LE versions of the coupe. The major differences from the first generation were predominately in the body design making it look more like its Japanese market counterpart. However, Nissan did give the newer 240 a two inch wider wheel base and a stiffer suspension.

Creating a New History for the 240SX

Nissan owners are true automotive enthusiasts, and they are absolutely loyal to the Nissan market. These same enthusiasts have their own groups…some are tuners, some are ricers and others are drifters. The modifications these enthusiasts do to the 240 often times depend on what group they are in. Specifically, tuners are more into a “show car” look, therefore their modifications will be along the lines of vertical doors, dash trim kits, neon and carbon fiber parts.

On the other hand, drifters are in a different world from tuners. While they love and respect their 240SX just a much as a tuner, they demand a lot more from the SX than their tuner counterparts. Their modifications often entail engine and performance upgrades that are done in an effort to make drifting easier. Other customizations, such as installing a limited slip differential or coilovers for the suspension, are also utilized by drifters to get a more exhilarating drift experience out of their 240SX. In the unfortunate event of damage to the 240 during drifting, replacing body kits and intercoolers may be necessary. While some modifications are a result of damage, others are directly related to the sport of drifting causing certain stress to be placed on the 240. SX owners often find themselves replacing clutches and tires. Serious drifters will tell you; however, they do not mind doing these modifications. The thrill of the sport, the recognition from their peers and the prizes involved make these customizations a “necessary evil”.

Regardless of what group an enthusiasts fits into, they both have to find a place that they trust to buy aftermarket parts and accessories for their “baby”. While there are huge companies out there that have some custom parts and accessories for the 240, most of them are not solely dedicated to the SX, nor do they carry everything a tuner or drifter could dream of. But there is a little piece of paradise, just over the horizon.

The New ABT Volkswagen Tiguan With Concave Truck Wheels and Engine Tuning

One of the most popular segments in the automotive marketplace is the CUV or Compact Utility Vehicle. Just like the SUV, the CUV offers greater amounts of luggage space and capabilities but with better fuel economy and a more car-like ride quality. These characteristics have made them quite popular in the automotive marketplace, leading many companies to invest in CUV models. Volkswagen was one company that has attempted to take advantage of the CUV marketplace with their new Tiguan. Based on the Golf chassis, the Tiguan offers an SUV-like capability with a sportier feel. But there are still those that crave even more sport which is why the team at ABT Sportsline created a new upgrade program for the Volkswagen Tiguan that gives it even better performance and style. The program includes new engine tuning software, chassis modifications, concave truck wheels, and new exterior styling upgrades.

The first aspect of the Volkswagen Tiguan model range that the team at ABT Sportsline focused on was the diesel and gasoline engines. Three 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline four engines are available in the Volkswagen Tiguan with outputs of 110-, 140-, and 170 horsepower in stock form. With the ABT Power package that includes a variety of modifications including a software tune, the engines end up producing a total of 140-, 170,- and 195 horsepower total for better acceleration and top speed performance. Next up was the line of gasoline engines, three of which displace 1.4-liter and the top-of-the-line displacing 2.0 liters and utilizing a turbocharger. The 1.4-liter engines that produce a stock 122-, 150, and 160- horsepower generate a total of 160-, 180-, and 210 horsepower outputs after the ABT Power upgrade package with software tunes. The final 2.0 TFSI turbocharged engine with a 180 horsepower stock output sends a total of 230 horsepower to all four of the concave truck wheels after the ABT Power upgrade.

The next step was to upgrade the exterior design of the Volkswagen Tiguan. Here, ABT Sportsline engineers and designers teamed up to create a stylish and sporty appearance using new body work. The front fascia wears a new grille and a spoiler lip to create downforce while each side of the CUV features new door inserts, vents, and side skirts that sit between the new concave truck wheels. The rear of the Tiguan is finished off with a new bumper insert and roof spoiler.

The final upgrade package was for the Tiguan’s chassis. ABT Sportsline installed a set of new sport lowering springs to reduce the overall center of gravity for better handling dynamics and a new set of wheel spacers at the front and rear axles. They then fitted a set of concave truck wheels that give the Tiguan a more muscular stance and then fitted them with new performance tires for better grip.