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Re: Front License Plates

Subject: Re: Front License Plates
From: "W. R. Gibbons" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 1996 11:08:18 -0500 (EST)
On Mon, 8 Jan 1996, BOB NOGUEIRA wrote:

> Each of the 48 states issues its own plates and it  is up to the state
> if you have to have a front plate.  Texas issues you a front  plate but
> they really don't care if you put a front plate on the car.  I've
> driven my Morgan for 16 years without one.

VT has two plates.  The locals find them very useful; I have sold several 
cars privately, and the drill has always been the same.  Guy arrives with 
spouse, looks over car, agrees to buy it for your asking price.  Then he 
pulls out a wad of cash, and starts paying you.  As he counts the money 
into your hand, the counting rate slows as he approaches the asking 
price.  When he is down to the last few bills, he asks if you would take 
less.  The rationale appears to be that you will take less, rather than 
hand back the money that is now in your sweaty palm.

It always works with me, but then I am weak.  In fact, when one guy got
down to his loose change, I volunteered to take less.  Anyway, then the
guy pulls the front plate off his old car, puts it on the rear of the new
purchase, and he and his wife drive off (probably to chortle over how they
outsmarted the flatlander). 

Might be an interesting thread--used car transactions.

   Ray Gibbons  Dept. of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
                Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
        (802) 656-8910

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