personally I’ve always given the reg out in the pictures. Not sure if its a good idea, however I know when I buy a vehicle I like to run an mot history check before viewing so I know what I’m looking at. Could put off potential buyers. Need to weigh up pros and cons I guess.
If someone can give a valid reason for it then yep. I had a case where I needed to find out status for ULEZ as it was a bike that was 2007 but the model was produced before the intro of EURO 3 for bikes. The seller was fine with that as it was a decent reason. I’d do the same if selling (but I’ve actually never sold a vehicle, all been scrapped as EOL).
Never really given it much thought from a selling side of things. Points made on not giving it out seem fair and valid
However, I’ve never bought a vehicle where I couldn’t see the reg in the pictures. Having had things nicked, I’m always dubious that it could be stolen if I can’t see the reg straight away. Of course I could do a pre purchase check but there’s always so many bikes/cars for sale it’s a quick way of filtering them down at an early stage.
I’ve always blanked out the reg, simply because it is very easy for some with a stolen vehicle to look through eBay or Autotrader for a matching bike (make, model, age, colour) to then clone the number plate.
I’ve had a vehicle before cloned, so I prefer to err of the side of caution.
Some scumbag learning your address and coming around nicking to order.
Cloning, as Kevsta suggests. Probably a less likely scenario if someone claiming to be an interested potential buyer contacts you. But then you have to think: if you were trying to find a clone identity for a bike, where would you start? By searching the classifieds.