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Front plate mount all new deliveries?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by mmalia, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. mmalia

    mmalia Member

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    Are they installing the front plate on all new deliveries now? From pics I have seen it appears so. If so, anyone know if they are screwed on or taped?
     
  2. mmalia

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    Should say So Cal
     
  3. ngogas

    ngogas Active Member

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    Tell you delivery specialist to not install them. Some places installs them at the pickup locations prior to you coming.
     
  4. RayK

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    To answer your questions...

    Automatic installation of front plate mount probably depends upon the delivery center and/or the tech handling your car. As was mentioned upthread, it doesn't hurt to call the delivery center and request that they not install it. As CA is a required front plate state, you might be told that they have to install it.

    If they do, it's mounted with double-sided tape so after you drive it off the lot, get some dental floss (and optionally, a heat gun / hair dryer) and go at it.

    Before picking up my car last year I asked the agent (in Las Vegas) to relay my request to the Fremont, CA center to not install the mount. She told me that they have to according to CA DMV laws. When I got to the delivery center, none of the cars in the lot had them on. So YMMV.
     
  5. Stomsf

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    I picked up my car a week ago (9/14) and they did not mount the front plate frame -- for which I am glad as hours later I dropped it off for PPF. Pickup was in Fremont, CA, so for SoCal YMMV.
     
  6. Ronmoll

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    I picked up mine on 9/14 also. I asked ahead of time to not install the plate mount and they did not. :)
     
  7. Cree

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    I took delivery on 9/2 and delivery rep said I did not install your front plate and let it up to me
     
  8. XLR82XS

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    I'm glad there is no front plate law here - I HATE front plates.
     
  9. woodisgood

    woodisgood It's walnut, beech

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    Wouldn't be surprised if they will start to do it in CA as there might be some pressure from authorities. Literally 3/4 of the Model 3s around here and about a similar proportion of S and X don't have front plates, and police truly have better things to do than pull people over for not having front plates (for a different reason than law enforcement usually cares about).

    It starts to look like Tesla owners think they're above the law for their own aesthetic whims. I say this as someone who far prefers not having a front plate, but begrudgingly does so.
     
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  10. crackers8199

    crackers8199 Active Member

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    i don't understand why people are so against putting a damn front plate on.
     
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  11. RubberToe

    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

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    Aerodynamic drag...
     
  12. crackers8199

    crackers8199 Active Member

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    that costs you what...0.000000000000001 miles on every full battery?
     
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  13. RubberToe

    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

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    Waste not, want not... :p
     
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    The front plate being mounted actually improves aerodynamic efficiency, since it keeps cop cars from drafting you.
     
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  16. derekmw

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    #16 derekmw, Sep 25, 2019
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    Why don't I put a plate on?

    Some things just don't look good when put on...(disclaimer: this is only my opinion)
    [​IMG]
     
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  17. XLR82XS

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    Ruins design aesthetics and doesn't really serve a purpose to have 2 plates. Another way to get tax dollars from the tax payer.
     
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  18. SG25

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    picked my car yesterday in Chicago. thankfully it did not have the front plate installed.
     
  19. TrooperCA

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    Costa Mesa Delivery Center installed the plate. My request was denied. Also noticed that all the cars leaving that center had front plates.....
     
  20. TrooperCA

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    Can anyone confirm if the front plates are drilled in or double sided tape?

    I saw the delivery specialist all walking with a power drill to put 2 screws in for the paper temp plate.
     

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