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BayAreaBimmer
01-28-2011, 06:47 PM
So i was cleaning out my car today in auto shop, and i found a euro license plate with the red thing on the right instead of a blue thing on the left. I heard these are the military ones? Some kid wanted to buy it but i wanted to see how much these go for? Are they rare at all? Thanks in advance! :thumbup:

mawana
01-28-2011, 06:50 PM
This thread could use some pics...

BayAreaBimmer
01-28-2011, 06:52 PM
This thread could use some pics...

:mad: My car is up at the school's auto shop because the clutch got fvcked up. I'll post pictures on monday or i'll try to swing by there tomorrow :thumbup:

cwsqbm
01-28-2011, 08:26 PM
So i was cleaning out my car today in auto shop, and i found a euro license plate with the red thing on the right instead of a blue thing on the left. I heard these are the military ones? Some kid wanted to buy it but i wanted to see how much these go for? Are they rare at all? Thanks in advance! :thumbup:

Odds are higher that its a European Delivery plate. Here's a picture of mine, in Munich right after I picked it up. Anybody that has picked up their car in Germany generally has one, so not super rare. Still, if it came with the car, I'd keep it. It would have a date in the red, which is when the registration expired, which IIRC is generally a month after it was first delivered.

BayAreaBimmer
01-28-2011, 08:39 PM
Odds are higher that its a European Delivery plate. Here's a picture of mine, in Munich right after I picked it up. Anybody that has picked up their car in Germany generally has one, so not super rare. Still, if it came with the car, I'd keep it. It would have a date in the red, which is when the registration expired, which IIRC is generally a month after it was first delivered.

Ahhh I see. I think it looks like that. What would it look like if its a military one?

beewang
01-28-2011, 10:56 PM
The US military personnel are issued "NATO" Plates. The plates look the same as regular EU pleates, except for the first 2 letters of the plates of either AD, AF or HK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_the_United_States_A rmy_in_Germany

Note that normal German Plates, the first 1 ~3 letters signifies the city or township that issued the plates, i.e. DGF for Dingolfing ,
HH for Hamburg
M for Munich
F for Frankfurt am Main
B for Berlin

(note the larger the city or municipality, the lesser the letter, thus large metropolitans , M, F, B all have 1 alphabet)

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_car_number_plates

hope this helps,

Cheers,

beewang:bigpimp:

BayAreaBimmer
01-28-2011, 11:01 PM
The US military personnel are issued "NATO" Plates. The plates look the same as regular EU pleates, except for the first 2 letters of the plates of either AD, AF or HK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_the_United_States_A rmy_in_Germany

Note that normal German Plates, the first 1 ~3 letters signifies the city or township that issued the plates, i.e. DGF for Dingolfing ,
HH for Hamburg
M for Munich
F for Frankfurt am Main
B for Berlin

(note the larger the city or municipality, the lesser the letter, thus large metropolitans , M, F, B all have 1 alphabet)

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_car_number_plates

hope this helps,

Cheers,

beewang:bigpimp:

Ooo I see :( thanks for the info!

Holliday
01-28-2011, 11:30 PM
Don't forget about KL ;)

The plates we get now are the same as the locals. It is a force protection measure. They used to have the AD plates that said USA and a sticker in the windshield, so it was basically a moving target! HAHA! It helps a little, but if you see a Chevy truck/SUV rolling around, it aint a German driving it!

Plus, with our cars, the euro spec does not have the reflector on the front bumper so it is a dead give away to those aware of this.

BayAreaBimmer
01-29-2011, 12:05 AM
Don't forget about KL ;)

The plates we get now are the same as the locals. It is a force protection measure. They used to have the AD plates that said USA and a sticker in the windshield, so it was basically a moving target! HAHA! It helps a little, but if you see a Chevy truck/SUV rolling around, it aint a German driving it!

Plus, with our cars, the euro spec does not have the reflector on the front bumper so it is a dead give away to those aware of this.

:rofl: I see

BayAreaBimmer
01-29-2011, 01:52 AM
How much should I charge for it? It's illegal to not have a front license plate where I live so I have no use for the plate.

GiaGiaJa
01-29-2011, 01:54 AM
How much should I charge for it? It's illegal to not have a front license plate where I live so I have no use for the plate.

You should just send that plate to me... It will match my red lip :)

BayAreaBimmer
01-29-2011, 01:57 AM
You should just send that plate to me... It will match my red lip :)

Haha okay, only if you send me some money :D

Jever
01-29-2011, 03:10 AM
how long have you owned your car?

Andrew*Debbie
01-29-2011, 06:44 AM
How much should I charge for it? It's illegal to not have a front license plate where I live so I have no use for the plate.

It is worth whatever you can get for it on eBay. Temporary tourist plates are essentially throwaways. We gave our rear plate to Adrian and kept the front on the car.

Anyone want a UK plate? If there is enough interest I'll look into costs.

cwsqbm
01-29-2011, 06:47 AM
The plates we get now are the same as the locals. It is a force protection measure. They used to have the AD plates that said USA and a sticker in the windshield, so it was basically a moving target! HAHA! It helps a little, but if you see a Chevy truck/SUV rolling around, it ain't a German driving it!

A friend, working for an embassy in a EU country (not Germany), had a rock thrown at the windshield of his Suburban. You don't want to know how much a windshield costs over there - it would have been cheaper to ship one from the US, but there'd have been no guarantee it would make the trip.

Andrew*Debbie
01-29-2011, 07:45 AM
Does your car still have the first aid kit and warning triangle?

The first aid kits are not available in the US. The first aid kit is worth more than the plate.

I wish I'd kept warning triangle from the X3. It think it fits in the slot in the MINI. Person who ended up with the car probably doesn't even know they are there.

The red export plates are Ausfuhrkennzeichen. The date is when your insurance expires. European ddmmyy format. Wikipedia has decent entry for German plates http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_Germany

Here is the first aid kit,warning triangle and Ausfurkennzeichen from our 2007 X3.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=264318&stc=1&d=1296311753

LMC
01-29-2011, 10:31 AM
Whoa! A*D, is that the uber-rare BMW manual "How to Play Piano" on the right?

Andrew*Debbie
01-29-2011, 12:24 PM
Whoa! A*D, is that the uber-rare BMW manual "How to Play Piano" on the right?

Yup. That is the PAM manual. I should have put that on eBay.

Our X3 had the rare europe-only PN0 and PAM option packs. Took some serious arm twisting to get BMW NA approval. For those that have never seen the option pack, PN0 includes the HarmonKardon audio, heated steering wheel, NAV and a Synclavier PSMT.

PAM is a software upgrade for the NAV system that glues the whole thing together.

I kinda regret the package. It worked and the sound was decent. But the PSMT took up a good chunk of space and PAM was more annoying than MINI Mission Control. And honestly a piano in a manual transmission car? What was I thinking!


PAM screen shot:


http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=264351&stc=1&d=1296329011

BayAreaBimmer
01-29-2011, 12:37 PM
Does your car still have the first aid kit and warning triangle?

The first aid kits are not available in the US. The first aid kit is worth more than the plate.

I wish I'd kept warning triangle from the X3. It think it fits in the slot in the MINI. Person who ended up with the car probably doesn't even know they are there.

The red export plates are Ausfuhrkennzeichen. The date is when your insurance expires. European ddmmyy format. Wikipedia has decent entry for German plates http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_Germany

Here is the first aid kit,warning triangle and Ausfurkennzeichen from our 2007 X3.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=264318&stc=1&d=1296311753

I still have the first aid kit :thumbup:

BayAreaBimmer
01-29-2011, 12:37 PM
It is worth whatever you can get for it on eBay. Temporary tourist plates are essentially throwaways. We gave our rear plate to Adrian and kept the front on the car.

Anyone want a UK plate? If there is enough interest I'll look into costs.

I see, thanks :thumbup:

BayAreaBimmer
01-29-2011, 12:37 PM
how long have you owned your car?

About a month

oh that guy
02-01-2011, 09:15 PM
It is worth whatever you can get for it on eBay. Temporary tourist plates are essentially throwaways. We gave our rear plate to Adrian and kept the front on the car.

Anyone want a UK plate? If there is enough interest I'll look into costs.

I'd be interested in a UK plate for my Rover.

Andrew*Debbie
02-02-2011, 10:38 AM
I'd be interested in a UK plate for my Rover.

I started looking around and found a on-line vendor that will post to the US.


http://www.ShowNumberPlates.org.uk/platebuilder.htm

I have no idea how reliable they are though.

BayAreaBimmer
02-02-2011, 02:10 PM
I'd be interested in a UK plate for my Rover.

Buy my plate :D Pm me if you actually want to.

BayAreaBimmer
02-02-2011, 02:10 PM
I started looking around and found a on-line vendor that will post to the US.


http://www.ShowNumberPlates.org.uk/platebuilder.htm

I have no idea how reliable they are though.

That's awesome :thumbup: Are they just custom uk plates?