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  1. Northern Lights
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    by littlelysser » Jul 3, 2008
    Elegant - I''m all for the license plates that are special. In our state, we have WWF plates and I think those are great.

    I am just not a fan of the personalized ones.

    Of course, it appears that I am in the minority with my deep deep hatred of vanity plates...
     
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    by Beacon » Jul 3, 2008
    I am too cheap to buy them! Also I don''t like that they make your car identifiable.

    One treatment, which my grandparents had, was quite elegant. Their state had a default plate that was two letters followed by four numbers. They had custom plates that were their initials, followed by their four digit house number. You couldn''t tell they were vanity plates, unless you knew my grandparents quite well.

    I have considered doing the same thing with my plates - I live in CA and know just what I would use, and most people would not know it unless they knew me well. However, I am still just too cheap for it. Sad!
     
    


    


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    that was easy [​IMG] now,if only i can guess the lottery #''s . [​IMG]
     
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    by Elegant » Jul 3, 2008
    I''m starting to order my new plates and I see this guideline:

    # The number ''69'' is reserved for 1969 year model vehicles. I thought that was kind of funny...[​IMG]

    littlelysser - Thanks for expressing your true hatred! I can totally appreciate your honesty, and I''ll try not to make it too lame/corny!

    Thanks Northern Lights for elaborating!

    Anyways, thanks to all of you who joined in and gave your opinions. I am getting the Yosemite plate with personalization. [​IMG]
     
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    by Miranda » Jul 3, 2008
    haha! This thread is a crack up. There is one man that owns a corvette near me. It''s black. His plates read "SKIDMRK". Skidmark? Ok, maybe I''m twisted, but, I NEVER think of tire marks when I see it. LOL[​IMG] Yuck! If you don''t get this one DF...I''m not explaining it!!!
     
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    Uh, yeah... [​IMG] I never think of tire marks when I see or hear the word skid mark either! [​IMG]
     
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    by mimzy » Jul 3, 2008
    haha you aren''t alone. 99% of the ones i''ve seen are either super cheesy or super lame. but i''m all for the different types of state plates. i have the nature presevation one for MI. my dad got it for me as a surprise when i got my first car because it has ducks (well, loons) on it and they were always my favorite animal[​IMG]

    i think if you fear not liking the letter/number combination and it''s important to you, you could always get an anniversary like someone else suggested ( i like that idea!)
     
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    by Miranda » Jul 3, 2008
    Heehee! I''m glad I''m not the only sicko![​IMG]
     
    


    


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    by diamondfan » Jul 3, 2008
    My sister has them in England, not sure if money goes to charity.

    Some of them can be cute or funny, but I often think they are a bit silly. No matter, not my car, but I sometimes want to see who is behind the wheel.

    I have seen OCD MOM, MY3BOYZ, BUZZD (bee keepr maybe?!), and a lot of my friends have their initials and hubbys like KRP MLP. That I do not mind too much. I must say my father in law and a couple of ex''s had them. I like them in that the money goes somewhere worthwhile (hopefully) AND it is easy to know the car !!! I hate my plate now, I cannot recall it for the life of me.
     
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    by Dancing Fire » Jul 3, 2008
    nope,i don''t get this one either [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    by VRBeauty » Jul 3, 2008
    When I ordered my new car I was so excited about it -- and so totally smitten with the car I was about to get -- that I immediately went home and started exploring the personalized license plate options. In fact, the plates arrived before the car did! My plates reflect the make of the car so they aren''t particularly clever, but the car and plates both still bring a smile to my face when I see them. I had never really considered getting personalized plated before that.

    BTW in California the extra revenues from personalized "regular" license plates help fund air pollution research.
     
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    by Elegant » Jul 3, 2008
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    Just sayin'! [​IMG]
     
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    You know, I finally bought a car I absolutely LOVE and I too want to put the make of the car in the plate not making it lame or anything! I never considered vanity plates either until now!And thank you for the info about the air pollution research. I am happy I am doing a little something! [​IMG]
     
    


    


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    Neither do I...[​IMG]
     
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    by Dancing Fire » Jul 3, 2008
    must be a generation gap. i''m too old still couldn''t figure this one out. [​IMG]
     
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    by musey » Jul 3, 2008
    Ditto--I got them without thinking much... they are very "cute", a nickname of mine, but I really didn''t think about the fact that they were easily identifiable/memorizable. Whoops!
     
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    by princesss » Jul 4, 2008
    I''ve rarely seen plates I thought were worth the money. If you want one of the specialty plates, I think those are kind of cool, but the personalization kind of drives me nuts. There have been a few I''ve wondered how they got through the censors (RXSHUN) but there was one that I loved. It was on a red sportscar, and it was "RLADYED". It took me a little bit, but once I got it, I loved it!
     
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    by Ninama » Jul 4, 2008
    I''ve seen some pretty funny ones... too many to remember all of them. These are three that come to mind:

    "GREED" (on a mindinght blue vintage Bentley, in the early 70s)

    "DIKNOZ" (on a Mercedes 450 coupe in Beverly Hills, 1970s)

    "XS4EYES" (can''t remember when or where)

    "MEXIRCN" (yesterday, in the San fernando Valley)

    I wish I''d thought of this...

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    by sna77 » Jul 4, 2008
    In Mass we have all sorts of "special" plates...
    http://www.mass.gov/rmv/express/plates.htm

    A RedSox one, Whales, Fight Cancer, Save the doggies, yada yada yada... They cost more $$ and the extra $ goes to the charity associated with the plate... I have the right whale plate, so I guess I donate about $40 a year to whale research or something... You cannot personalize what they say AFAIK

    Actually, I just got the plate because I thought the blue plate looked good with my silver car. ;-)

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    by HollyS » Jul 4, 2008
    Did you know that there are actual studies (who pays people for these ridiculous barometers of human behavior????) that show that:

    1) People with vanity plates are more likely to speed, break the ''rules of the road'', have more road rage, cut people off, talk on their cell phones, eat while driving, etc.?

    2) Take parking spaces for handicapped, or park in no parking zones?

    3) Be more aggressive or overly confident in personal behavior outside the car as well?

    I''m not making this up; a morning radio show was discussing this on my drive in to work one day. As they talked, at least two vanity plates sped by me! (I generally run 5 miles over the limit myself.)[​IMG]


    Sounds like this study was ''done'' by someone who hated vanity plates to me! Anybody recognize themselves? [​IMG]
     
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    Unfortunately, your dad was right. I would prefer to go unnoticed myself. Of course, I drive around on a dealer plate in a demo, so I''m not exactly annonymous!
     
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    Me too!!!!! Anyone who''s ever lived with a man or little boy wouldn''t think ''tires''!!!!

    It''s especially funny that a guy would drive that thinking he was Mr. Cool!!!
     
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    That''s what cracks me up so much! You know he thinks he totally cool cruising in his muscle car! It is so unfitting...Unless he''s a proctologist! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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