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Can anyone recommend quality license plate covers?

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Can anyone recommend quality license plate covers?

I've had a few cheap ones and they all seem to crack very quickly.
I've browsed Amazon and many of the products, even the pricier ones, there are many complaints that they do not fit Ontario plates properly.
My Crappy Tire ones cracked in no time.

Can anyone recommend some quality plate covers for me?

Thanks in advance!
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Nope. Assuming Ontario, make sure they're trashed every 4.5 years and take them back for 5 year warranty.
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KevinM56081 wrote: Nope. Assuming Ontario, make sure they're trashed every 4.5 years and take them back for 5 year warranty.
How do you find out how old your license plates are? mine are starting to peel but they might be over five years... or right at the 5 year mark. I might try to blame CoVid for not taking them back sooner.
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kr0zet wrote: How do you find out how old your license plates are? mine are starting to peel but they might be over five years... or right at the 5 year mark. I might try to blame CoVid for not taking them back sooner.
Bought the car I drive in November 2016.... it came with plates.

Wifes car was purchased in May 2019.... with plates.
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KevinM56081 wrote: Bought the car I drive in November 2016.... it came with plates.

Wifes car was purchased in May 2019.... with plates.
SMH... You are a genius. Just thought about it and I bought in 2016 with plates. LOL
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playerunknown wrote: I've had a few cheap ones and they all seem to crack very quickly.
I've browsed Amazon and many of the products, even the pricier ones, there are many complaints that they do not fit Ontario plates properly.
My Crappy Tire ones cracked in no time.

Can anyone recommend some quality plate covers for me?

Thanks in advance!
They are illegal. You most likely won't get stopped for having them but they may issue a ticket if you get stopped for another reason like speeding.
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I would recommend against it if you're young, or a person of colour. Just an excuse for cops to pull you over and harass you. Happened to too many of my POC friends.
If you're middle aged white person, go for it. Never heard of any white friends being pulled for plate covers. Even my dad with his faded barely legible covers.

You can make your covers last longer if you coat them with a UV protectant, either a film or spray.
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Just buy the $15 ones on amazon and replace them every couple years. They're all made of crappy quality plastic.

If you get clear or a very light tint you won't probably get hassled. Police don't enforce the plate covers at all unless they've already pulled you over and are in a bad mood.
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Last time I was at the ServiceOntario the were selling license plate covers right beside the personalized plates.
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So plate covers are illegal?
But dealerships deliver their cars with plate covers?

I just don't want to advertise dealerships but my plates started flaking...
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KevinM56081 wrote: Nope. Assuming Ontario, make sure they're trashed every 4.5 years and take them back for 5 year warranty.
What's a good way to trash the plates?
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er34er34 wrote: What's a good way to trash the plates?
Free replacements for peeling plates as long as they are under warranty (5 year warranty) .
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er34er34 wrote: What's a good way to trash the plates?
In Ontario. Drive down the road with no covers. The front will self destruct itself!
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playerunknown wrote: So plate covers are illegal?
But dealerships deliver their cars with plate covers?
A full license plate cover can be illegal depending on the officer if they feel it's obscuring the plate. A dealer plate frame (which is maybe what you meant?) probably won't raise an eyebrow unless the frame is so thick that it covers the sticker (etc).

Best suggestion is to remove the dealer frame and go one with your day. Make sure the plate is clean and visible during bad weather.

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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/drive/mobility/article-why-was-i-ticketed-for-a-plastic-covering-over-a-licence-plate/
"The law is clear, sort of – licence plate covers aren’t illegal, but you could still get a ticket if you have one.

In Ontario, Section 13.2 of the Highway Traffic Act states, ”every number plate shall be kept free from dirt and obstruction and shall be affixed so that the entire number plate, including the numbers, is plainly visible at all times, and the view of the number plate shall not be obscured or obstructed by spare tires, bumper bars, any part of the vehicle, any attachments to the vehicle or the load carried.”

Who decides whether plates are visible?

“As with all laws, it is up to law enforcement officers to exercise their judgment and apply the HTA,” Courtney Anderson, Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.:
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MrDisco wrote: A full license plate cover can be illegal depending on the officer if they feel it's obscuring the plate. A dealer plate frame (which is maybe what you meant?) probably won't raise an eyebrow unless the frame is so thick that it covers the sticker (etc).

Best suggestion is to remove the dealer frame and go one with your day. Make sure the plate is clean and visible during bad weather.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/drive/m ... nce-plate/
Off topic... Every Globe & Mail article I click on is broken by the click.linksynergy garbage. Is there anyway around this??
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kr0zet wrote: Off topic... Every Globe & Mail article I click on is broken by the click.linksynergy garbage. Is there anyway around this??
I'll pass your message along.
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er34er34 wrote: What's a good way to trash the plates?
Bake them in the oven, hit them with a heat gun, etc.
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I bought the plate covers just over 3 years ago when I purchased a new car and got new plates. So far they have been holding up extremely well. Got them from Crappy Tire and made sure to get the clear ones and not the smoked cover.
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as much as I hate to say this... the ones that I got from DON VALLEY TOYOTA never seem to fade or crack... not sure what material they're made with.

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