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I am buying our Carnival in VA which has a front plate requirement, but we live in PA which does not. I am going to tell the dealer to not install the front plate holder but I don't trust that they will listen/remember. Has anyone had to remove the front plate holder before? Is it drilled into the body or just adhesive?
 

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I am buying our Carnival in VA which has a front plate requirement, but we live in PA which does not. I am going to tell the dealer to not install the front plate holder but I don't trust that they will listen/remember. Has anyone had to remove the front plate holder before? Is it drilled into the body or just adhesive?
Dealers typically drill directly into the body leaving 4-8 massive holes for you to enjoy. It sucks!
 

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You may have to call them several times to make sure they don’t drill into the bumper. The prep people don’t necessarily talk to the sales people. I picked up a car from NJ and it had an awful front license plate holder drilled into the bumper. No amount of Turtle Wax made that look right.
 

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You may have to call them several times to make sure they don’t drill into the bumper. The prep people don’t necessarily talk to the sales people. I picked up a car from NJ and it had an awful front license plate holder drilled into the bumper. No amount of Turtle Wax made that look right.
Yup, when a vehicle comes in, there's a team in the shop that is responsible for making it ready for sale. This includes following a 100 point checklist and they don't stop until all boxes are checked. If install front license plate holder is on that checklist, they will likely do it without even thinking - even if the sales guy goes the extra mile to talk to them.
 

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I am happy to report that I was able to make sure no front bumper was installed and they didn't put any dealer stickers/decals on the back! All I got was the license plate holder which I already bought a replacement for anyway.
 
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