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Do You Leave the Dealership License Plate Frame On or Off?

Alexander Lau

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Feb 11, 2015
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I’m the type of person that once I buy a new/used car, the first thing I do when I get home is remove the dealer plate frame. I can’t stand the thought of advertising for them for free. Yet, when driving around town, I always notice people drive around with license plate frames or decals of car dealerships stuck to their cars. These aren’t new cars that just came off a lot, but these decals are baked onto the car’s paint, most likely leaving a silhouette if they were to remove it. Why would people leave it on? Are people just that plain lazy or do they feel some form of a connection to the dealer helping them advertise for free?
 
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Joe Friedrichsen

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Jun 19, 2019
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This is actually a great question @Alexander Lau.

Before you brought this up, I never really thought about it. But to answer your question, I personally take mine off and replace the frame with a custom one. I just don't like the look of the dealership frame. That's really the main reason. I think state license plates look best naked or with a custom frame that I get to choose.

Right now I have a Minnesota Twins license plate frame.
 
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ChrisR

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Oct 12, 2015
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I generally take them off, as well - stickers, if they are die cut, multi piece, usually at each gas fill up, I'll peel a little more off, until it's completely gone.

This is actually a great question @Alexander Lau.

Before you brought this up, I never really thought about it. But to answer your question, I personally take mine off and replace the frame with a custom one. I just don't like the look of the dealership frame. That's really the main reason. I think state license plates look best naked or with a custom frame that I get to choose.

Right now I have a Minnesota Twins license plate frame.
You sure the Twins is a better option than a dealership plate? At least it isn't an Astricks frame, I guess. :poke:
 
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Joe Friedrichsen

Full Sticker
Jun 19, 2019
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I generally take them off, as well - stickers, if they are die cut, multi piece, usually at each gas fill up, I'll peel a little more off, until it's completely gone.



You sure the Twins is a better option than a dealership plate? At least it isn't an Astricks frame, I guess. :poke:
Haha. For sure it's a better option. And exactly, at least it isn't an asterisks frame.
 

ryan.leslie

One of the good guys
Apr 20, 2009
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As a vendor that used to travel from store to store, I learned this one the hard way. ALWAYS take the branding off! NEVER show up at a lot to take a manager to lunch with his competition's bracket on your car unless you want to spend your lunch explaining why you bought from somebody else.
 
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jscole86

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Mar 2, 2011
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I’m the type of person that once I buy a new/used car, the first thing I do when I get home is remove the dealer plate frame. I can’t stand the thought of advertising for them for free. Yet, when driving around town, I always notice people drive around with license plate frames or decals of car dealerships stuck to their cars. These aren’t new cars that just came off a lot, but these decals are baked onto the car’s paint, most likely leaving a silhouette if they were to remove it. Why would people leave it on? Are people just that plain lazy or do they feel some form of a connection to the dealer helping them advertise for free?
Hopefully you take all the vehicle logos and decals off too. Don't forget about that free advertising you are participating in..

I do understand from a vendor point of view.
 
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Alex Snyder

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May 1, 2006
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Some dealers go a bit too far with it. There is one in Vermont who used to put 2 license plate frames, mud flaps, a sticker on the trunk, and then a giant vinyl on the top of the rear window all advertising the dealer’s name... which wasn’t a fun name to begin with. It looked like every car was a service loaner. Fortunately they have toned it down since.
 
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Feb 24, 2020
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Personally, I leave it on because I work for the dealership I got the car, so I am ok with the advertising. We have license plates on the front and frames on the back and we have cutout decals of our web address on the back window. I see many of our cars out and about in the world so my guess is just laziness or people forget it is there. I know when I have gotten a vehicle and disliked the dealership after, I took the frames and such off. I wasn't helping them out.
 
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Zhendrix

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Apr 22, 2009
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One of the first things I do when I get a new car is take every badge, sticker, or obnoxious emblem off it. My boomer parents had no idea that you could even remove the dealer logo plates.