Front number plate deleters - are you one?

Front number plate deleters - are you one?

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Wills2

15,972 posts

120 months

Saturday 7th September
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WarnieV6GT said:
1st thing the average chav does when he buys a car. I think it's great as it's perfect for spotting the tts and giving them a wide birth.
Yes it's helpful as pointer like the furry toys hanging off the back of the rear bumper, it's the reverse of cool, imagine having to explain it. What's your number plate doing on top of the dashboard? Cuz it looks well cool init...No.



Jaguar steve

5,650 posts

155 months

Saturday 7th September
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It's compulsory for every mouth breather in the Essex Badlands to have a front plate that's just fallen off Officer strategically wedged behind the nearside wiper blade in the precise position where it's impossible to read it.

Complete mystery to me how every singe one of these plates that have just fallen off Officer gets retrieved in one piece and aren't instead smashed to a zillion shards in the gutter. In many cases you can still see the neatly drilled holes where the self tapping stainless steel screws underneath tight fitting caps that were of course only just holding it on were.

Chav is as Chav does.


DuraAce

3,240 posts

105 months

Saturday 7th September
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My current hire car (Canada) doesn't have one as its not required.

I do think the car looks better without it but I'd never remove it if it was a legal requirement - that just makes you a bit "special".

Mark83

438 posts

146 months

Saturday 7th September
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This seems to have surpassed the last trend of driving around at night with sidelights and spotlights on in that it was easy to stereotype the type of owner/driver.

Pothole

27,366 posts

227 months

Saturday 7th September
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JulianHJ said:
With some notable exceptions, the type of person that thinks they're special enough not to require a front number plate tends to fit a certain stereotype in my experience.
They use "feds" with no irony?

Pica-Pica

5,732 posts

29 months

Saturday 7th September
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Initforthemoney said:
I think I travel a fair amount of miles during the weeks and I must admit I have never seen one.

I suppose it could be area dependant.
Never seen a missing front plate either.
My bugbear is cycle carriers, trailers etc, where the rear number plate is; obscured, missing, does not match car, or unlit. Usually touring holiday makers, rarely locals.

Olas

9 posts

2 months

Saturday 7th September
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I took the front plate off an H reg Mk2 Golf GTI as a 19 year old, before it became common to do so. As a youngster with his first 'fast' car I thought I looked cool. Since then I haven't done it again because of the constant attention I used to get from the BIB

Funkstar De Luxe

402 posts

128 months

Saturday 7th September
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All the VAG boys do it in the Midlands. Looks so stupid. All placed on the dash for escape purposes. Absolute wkS

sparks_190e

10,693 posts

158 months

Saturday 7th September
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DuraAce said:
My current hire car (Canada) doesn't have one as its not required.

I do think the car looks better without it but I'd never remove it if it was a legal requirement - that just makes you a bit "special".
Not required on the back either in Vegas, or so I assume given the amount of cars I see without them when I'm there. I only recall seeing a few vehicles with front and rear plates in Nevada, and bizarrely one of them was a RHD E46 330ci on UK "52" plates!

smartypants

41,156 posts

114 months

Saturday 7th September
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Morons.

DaveH23

2,494 posts

115 months

Saturday 7th September
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sparks_190e said:
No I'm not. Although I wish front plates weren't necessary, as cars do for the most part look better without them.
Can't say I've seen a car yet that looks better without a plate.

They are designed to have a space for a plate so when you take it away it looks fking stupid.

JeffreyB

82 posts

100 months

Saturday 7th September
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Some cars certainly look better without a front number plate (ETypes spring to mind). As a biker I’ve always wondered why motorcycles don’t need a front number plate. I’m old enough to remember when it was compulsory for motorbikes to display a front number plate (though as they were aligned on the longitude of the front mudguard I’m not sure how useful they were).

Edited by JeffreyB on Saturday 7th September 16:40

JeffreyB

82 posts

100 months

Saturday 7th September
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Some cars certainly look better without a front number plate (E-Types spring to mind). As a biker I’ve always wondered why motorcycles don’t need a front number plate. I’m old enough to remember when it was compulsory for motorbikes to display a front number plate (though as they were aligned on the longitude of the front mudguard I’m not sure how useful they were).

Edited by JeffreyB on Saturday 7th September 16:42

DoubleD

8,935 posts

53 months

Saturday 7th September
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"Deleting" a number plate is an odd way to say remove.

InitialDave

5,429 posts

64 months

Saturday 7th September
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Never done it on purpose.

Had a couple where the adhesive tape failed in summer heat, or I smashed off off-road though.

iphonedyou

7,552 posts

102 months

Saturday 7th September
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ToothbrushMan said:
Seems to be largely Audi drivers of S-line S and RS flavours (and the debadged diesels that are just sporty lookalikes) and I dont quite follow their thinking - it is because they think they own some kind of show car and they have to have the front of the car looking cleaner than the rest of us? Sometimes you might see the front plate inside resting on the top of the dashboard. I dare say it stays there until the feds pull them up and they say "sorry officer it fell off earlier and I will stick it back on".
It's because they prefer the look of the front of the car without it.

Of course you follow the thinking; you're being obtuse. Which is fine, but be proudly obtuse.

DuraAce

3,240 posts

105 months

Saturday 7th September
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DaveH23 said:
Can't say I've seen a car yet that looks better without a plate.

They are designed to have a space for a plate so when you take it away it looks fking stupid.
For the UK, then yes.

For overseas markets where front plates are not required then the number plate mounting plinth/bumper cut outs are often fitted with smooth bumpers by the manufacturer.

Roo

11,252 posts

152 months

Saturday 7th September
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sparks_190e said:
Not required on the back either in Vegas, or so I assume given the amount of cars I see without them when I'm there. I only recall seeing a few vehicles with front and rear plates in Nevada, and bizarrely one of them was a RHD E46 330ci on UK "52" plates!
When you buy a car in the US it can take a few days for the plates (tags) to be made.

You're supposed to use a dealer plate in the interim but most people don't bother and just drive without any.

WhiskyDisco

239 posts

19 months

Saturday 7th September
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DaveH23 said:
Can't say I've seen a car yet that looks better without a plate.

They are designed to have a space for a plate so when you take it away it looks fking stupid.
I'm not a fan of the trend, but this...

InitialDave

5,429 posts

64 months

Saturday 7th September
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Steve Jobs used to run around in a car (big Mercedes?) with no plates. Someone dug into how he was able to do that, and it turned out to be quite simple - there was a grace period for newly registered cars in which you could drive without a plate fitted.

He just got a new car every couple of months.