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Old 05-10-2013, 02:20 PM
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Euro plate under a US plate - WHY?!

Something I've always wondered about and see a lot of here in the Bay Area - guys driving BMWs / Audis with European plates on them and then a California plate affixed right on top of it. Do people in other states do this, and is there a practical reason for it? I ask because I'm usually quick to consider the person a tool, showing off that their car was Euro Delivery, but maybe it's permanently installed or something...

Anyway, always been wondering it, and life on this forum has been slow of late... If it were me and I was fortunate enough to do ED (one day, I'm sure), I would pull the Euro plate off and mount it on my garage wall.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:24 PM
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...I'm usually quick to consider the person a tool, showing off that their car was Euro Delivery..
That would be my conclusion as well. I guess they were too poor to afford the true luxury of local delivery.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:58 PM
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Something I've always wondered about and see a lot of here in the Bay Area - guys driving BMWs / Audis with European plates on them and then a California plate affixed right on top of it. Do people in other states do this, and is there a practical reason for it? I ask because I'm usually quick to consider the person a tool, showing off that their car was Euro Delivery, but maybe it's permanently installed or something...

Anyway, always been wondering it, and life on this forum has been slow of late... If it were me and I was fortunate enough to do ED (one day, I'm sure), I would pull the Euro plate off and mount it on my garage wall.
There's zero practical reason for doing it other than showing off.
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To quote Michael Scott from The Office, they're not the sharpest tools in the shed, but they are tools.
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I was going to start a thread but this seems like a good place to put it.

Driving home tonight, 208 South in NJ, I come up behind an E46 M3, black, convertible, really nice car. Between the four tailpipes I see something flapping in the breeze, can't quite make it out. I get a bit closer. It's a piece of cardboard taped between the pipes, says something on it. I get a bit closer, catch a lucky burst of wind, it reads:

I SU_K CO_K

Sort of like an automotive 'kick-me' sign.

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Something I've always wondered about and see a lot of here in the Bay Area - guys driving BMWs / Audis with European plates on them and then a California plate affixed right on top of it. Do people in other states do this, and is there a practical reason for it? I ask because I'm usually quick to consider the person a tool, showing off that their car was Euro Delivery, but maybe it's permanently installed or something...

Anyway, always been wondering it, and life on this forum has been slow of late... If it were me and I was fortunate enough to do ED (one day, I'm sure), I would pull the Euro plate off and mount it on my garage wall.

Well, who'd see it then?

You'd be yet another plebeian muckin' along in traffic, instead of a traveled, debonaire man or taste, obviously of recent European locale!

Dude, if you're married, maybe. But single? You gotta strut yer stuff!
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Euro plate under a US plate - WHY?!

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Something I've always wondered about and see a lot of here in the Bay Area - guys driving BMWs / Audis with European plates on them and then a California plate affixed right on top of it. Do people in other states do this, and is there a practical reason for it? I ask because I'm usually quick to consider the person a tool, showing off that their car was Euro Delivery, but maybe it's permanently installed or something...

Anyway, always been wondering it, and life on this forum has been slow of late... If it were me and I was fortunate enough to do ED (one day, I'm sure), I would pull the Euro plate off and mount it on my garage wall.
Kept the euro fronts so I'm one of the tools. Don't worry, the rear plates are on the garage wall too.


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I don't understand the double rear plate thing. It strikes me as trying way too hard (i.e. the previously expressed "Tool" theory). I think it looks stupid and desperate and I would never ever do it.

Having said that, I live in a state without front plates so I keep the original Zoll plate from ED on the front. 1) I think it looks cool and as the universe intended it (it came on the car, and every single mile driven on the car has been with it firmly attached). I've never seen the car without it and until the day we part, never will. 2) it's a nod to those in the know and a conversation piece for those who aren't. I've had dozens of great interactions about my car due to it.

On a funny note on a cross-country trip I was filling up in Amarillo Texas when the local Yokel filling up next to me asked if I was German and had I really driven the car all the way to Texas from Germany. I told him yes and that I took the new trans-atlantic toll tunnel that opened between New York and Lisbon.
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That would be my conclusion as well. I guess they were too poor to afford the true luxury of local delivery.
Too poor to risk a ticket, but too proud not to show off, in the process butchers the very essence of the euro plates.

Just leave the euro plates on, and pay the fine. Nothing is free.
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