Why do car owners give free advertizing to the car dealer?

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  1. howardbc

    howardbc Member

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    I often wonder why so many car owners (of all car makes and in all states) give free advertizing to the car dealer where they bought their car. Either it's a metal sign attached to their car's rear end, or it's a license plate frame bearing the name of the dealer. Chances are that same car dealer may have put that person through hell plus took them for everything they could. Okay, I know not all dealers are unethical, but it is common knowledge that many will take advantage of buyers, unfortunately. I have always asked the dealer to remove any attached signs, plus I usually bring my own license plate frame or replace the dealer's frame as soon as I can. Anybody have an answer as to why people don't mind promoting a car dealer? I could understand if it's a car driven by a sales person, but how many can that be? :confused:
     
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    I bought two new vehicles this year and I made sure they didn't put anything on the back of the vehicle. Both of them said "what about a license plate from", I was like "No, not a chance". I don't understand why people are OK with free advertising, hopefully someone here can tell us ;-)
     
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    Imagine the amazement of every salesman at every dealership I ever purchased a car from, when just before we signed the papers I would add an addendum specifically stating that absolutely NO dealer Logo's, Names, or Other adornments other than FACTORY applied would be acceptable and the sales contract would be null and void if the dealer add ons were installed. No holes to be drilled, no decals applied!

    To this day I have never had a dealer logo on my cars!!!

    Contracts are wonderful things!!

    73 de Pat KK6PD
     
  4. paprius4030

    paprius4030 My first Prius

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    :nerd:When we go on vacation i enjoy looking at the dealer stickers ect. to see where people are from. But that's just me i guess
     
  5. patsparks

    patsparks An Aussie perspective

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    It's worse than doing it for free, the sticker cost appears on the invoice if you ask them to break down the delivery cost. People pay to advertise their dealer.
    There is no dealer sticker on my Prius but I have the dealer sticker on my 1968 Toyota Crown, the dealer went long ago and it adds to the authenticity of the car as a classic car.
     
  6. sdtundra

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    My dealer threw in some lovely black plastic license plate frames, and those paper placeholders plastered with their name front and rear.

    As soon as they had washed it and gassed it up and parked it in the New Owners spot I took my screwdriver I had from when i transfered all the stuff from my truck and removed both and kindly gave them to the sales manager with a smile. He told me I would get a ticket for not having a "license plate place holder" :D Told him it was worth the risk unless they wanted to knock another $100 off.
     
  7. darelldd

    darelldd Prius is our Gas Guzzler

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    Which, I assume you know, is 100% pure bullshit.
     
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    darelldd Prius is our Gas Guzzler

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    Oh, and along the same lines, I don't know why people are willing to advertise the car manufacturer all over the car. I talk as much of that crap off as I can. Is it bragging rights to drive a Toyota?
     
  9. JimN

    JimN Let the games begin!

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    I don't mind the plate frame as I would have to go & buy a pair. I don't want extra stickers. Hasn't the industry moved past dealer badging that needs fasteners?
     
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    Obviously, thats what the little sticker on the windshield is for until my plates came in
     
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    Thats where my ASU Sundevils one goes:)
     
  12. h2photo

    h2photo Turning greener day byday

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    Dealer badging was the 1st thing to go on both the Prii. I told them not to put it on, but do they listen.. NO! I would have peeled it off in the parking lot, but it was too hot :)
     
  13. darelldd

    darelldd Prius is our Gas Guzzler

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    OK... just checking. Sometimes people actually believe what the dealer tells them.
     
  14. Brodie

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    Why do you need them at all? I didn't think they were necessary.

    FWIW, I still have the dealer plate frames on my car. No stickers. They were pretty darn nice to me for a car dealership and have an awesome service department. I even get free tokens for the bridge when I visit. I think about taking them off but just haven't done it. I suppose I will eventually. I have had a few people comment "oh, I bought my car from them too". I guess if I hated them then I would certainly have removed the frames.

    Personally I don't understand removing the manufacturer logos. You can pick out a Prius a mile away anyway. Boats have the same thing and I get annoyed when I see a boat and can't figure out what it is because the owner removed the labels. Same with cars, if I see an interesting car, I want to know what it is.
     
  15. Erin Rothchild-Realtor

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    Is the dealership decal able to be removed without removing/hurting the paint? Would someone please share how to do this if there are any precautions, or things that make removal easy? Thank You in Advance...Erin
     
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    I didn't realize there were so many of "us" that didn't want to advertise for the dealers. I used to be the one taking the sticker / license plate frame off the car, but for the last 20 years or so I've taken the same path as some others and told the dealer "no deal" if there are any dealer IDs on the vehicle.

    lol at the getting a ticket for no license plate holder -- good one!
     
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    Yes, you can generally get these things off without damaging the paint, of course with anything of this nature YMMV depending on what exactly you do. This also works better with “new” or freshly applied stuff, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t work for older stuff as well. In any event....

    The important thing to remember is that "decals" are really just stickers (a thin film with an adhesive backing) and the raised appliqués (lettering, loges, etc.) are held on with a double sided type like is used for the body molding strips sold in the shop. Given that you can't use solvent to loosen the adhesive on either type (doing that really would damage the paint), you need to use something else. The best thing I've read about and used is simple heat from an everyday hair drier.

    Just gently heat the thing and carefully pull the sticker or appliqué off the car. For stickers you want to do it like you're removing masking tape, i.e. pulling the sticker back over itself (pulling straight up may damage the paint just like with masking tape.) For appliqués you want to tease the thing off gently, remember you don't have to move it far to get it off the car.

    In either case don't worry too much about what happens to what you're removing; the important thing is the paint. Work carefully and take your time, you'll be fine. Oh, and no scrappers or other hard/sharp tools (except your fingernail), those are sure ways to damage the paint.

    I've done this on both stickers and appliqués and never had a problem.
     
  18. pdhenry

    pdhenry It's HEEERE!

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    My dealer gives free carwashes when you buy from them. They stipulate that you either have to keep the license frame and the dealer decal on the car as proof that the car is from them. You can still get the free car washes if you remove the stuff but you have to go in and get a card to give to the carwash guys.
    I'm a hand-wash fan but if I need a wash to get the salt off I'm likely to drive it over to the dealer.
     
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    Erin, mine just peeled off. If there is any glue left behind it will come off easily with a cotton ball and Avon Skin So Soft. (That is the best bug and tar remover too!)

    I've always gotten a kick out of the people driving around with Arizona license plates and dealer license plate frames from out of state dealers.

    First thing I do is get rid of the dealer decals/stickers and license plate frames. License plate frames are not needed or wanted in my case. We have been advertising free for over 25 years.
     
  20. darelldd

    darelldd Prius is our Gas Guzzler

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    I remove them because the car looks better without them. And I own the car. I'm not trying to hide what kind of car it is. I'm just trying to clean it up a bit. I don't need to advertise that I drive a Toyota. Or a Prius. Or something that incorporates the high-zoot HSD technology. Why would anybody want that crap on their car?

    And if it were my boat, I'd be happy to tell you. But I'm not gonna keep something on my vehicle that I don't want because somebody *else* might want it. :confused:
     
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