tdeem1 wrote: ↑watch what the border dude does when you pull up to the booth. He looks at the screen, asks/ takes your ID, glances at it and asks you a couple of questions.
he doesn't input where you say you are going
he doesn't input any of your identification
he doesn't input how long you claim you are going to be staying
(you can fib about all those things)
always rehearse your answers to:
Where are you from?
Where are you going?
How long are you staying?
Are you coming for business or pleasure?
What are you bringing across?
so, to Op -- buy your dad some vanity plates for christmas ( not one like SMUGLER) and the car will be good to go.
and finally, on your return trip make sure you do not hesitate when they ask "How long have you been in the USA?" -- have the date, don't answer with "since last Tuesday"
That's great advice. I strongly recommend lying, especially when entering a foreign country where you have very limited rights and are being admitted as a privilege. It's best if you do this in a country that's maybe a bit paranoid and is known to tail people to verify if they're doing what they say, and conduct export checks to do the same.
PS: You're wrong about most of what you stated too.