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Who's putting front license plates on their M3?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by scottman71, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. scottman71

    scottman71 Member

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    I've noticed most S and X owners do not put the front plates on (at least in California). Curious how many Californians will not be putting plates on the front -- and what, if any, ramifications are there for not doing so?
     
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    In Oregon, on my current S, and soon arriving P3D, I have a suction cup license plate holder that I only put on when I park at a downtown parking meter. In Oregon, the meter readers will write you a ticket for no front plate while parked, even if you have paid for parking! Otherwise, I never have it on and have never had an issue. Was even stopped for speeding once (got off with a warning) and the officer didn't even say anything or notice and he clocked me from the front. It's just too ugly to have it on such beautiful cars all the time!
     
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    By law, I have no choice but to put a license plate on the front of my vehicle. I will not be using the mount that Tesla provides though, I bought the BozzMount from Slybrackets. Now I just need an M3 to put it on...
     
  6. scottman71

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    Fantastic. Thanks!
     
  7. ftlum

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    You’re supposed to have front plates in California. You can get a fix it ticket and police have a reason to pull you over without one. That being said, I never had problems on my old car.

    I’m debating about my future Model 3. Aesthetically, it might almost look better to have something break up the plain/ no-grill look.

    I’ve seen motorized plate holders that pull the plate below the front of the car which look great but get poor reviews for reliability. I might try that if I can find a good one.
     
  8. mmccking

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    In the past 2 years, all 3 of my cars have been ticketed while in SF for no front plate, while parked. The SJ officer who signed off on them said that SF had been cracking down, just her station alone gets nearly 100 fix-its a month from SF.

    Now, unfortunately, my wife will not drive into the City without a front plate, and since she goes 4 times a week, "her" Mod 3 has to wear a front plate :(
     
  9. gregincal

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    I put a front plate on my Model 3. But then I again I put one on my Model S as well. -shrug- I guess I'm just not that thingy about my cars.
     
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    here in europe front plates are mandatory everywhere you go.....

    actually makes sense with all the radar traps.
     
  11. RayK

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    I'm thinking that I'll probably keep front plates off the 3 as long as I can.

    My 2000 BMW 323, on the other hand, has had a front plate for as long as I've owned it:

    3MMQXX3

    Embedded within is the year of the car (MM=2000) and model (3XX3=323) but has a second message for the car in front of me.
     
  12. chronopc

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    This is a great idea. Does the suction hold the license plate pretty well? I plan to only put it on when I park in SF, but if I forget to take it off, will the suction be strong enough to hold the license plate on?
     
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    Why aren't you using the Tesla one?
     
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    Here in Australia too, I think the RHD models will have to have some sort of plate holder from factory.

    Thats not a bad solution, until some bump parking twat backs into it.
     
  16. artsci

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    I've never had a front license plate, and I've had many cars and lived in NY, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Over a 30 year period I've received only one warning for a front plate violation. Frankly, the gendarmes have more important things to do.

    So my 3 will not have a front plate or a front plate holder.
     
  17. MRinPDX

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    Thank you! Great suggestion. I was wondering about things in OR as well. I don't see any S or X with plates and was wondering if they don't pull us over for missing plates.
     

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