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October Photo Contest Results!

Lots of great entries for the photo contest but we went with these 3 winners!

Angela Roach sent this photo in from Georgia with her custom plate and curious passenger.

When we asked Angela about the meaning of the plate and why there was a stuffed Sloth poking out of her car she said;
“Carlisle is the name of my Mini. …I was looking for a manly name. Something w/ a little english/British background. It originates as a protected tower…….so hopefully on my journeys if I ever wreck him, he’ll protect me….lol.. 
The sloth is another story. My birthday was in June. My husband and I live in a tiny house. So, we don’t really buy presents. The north Georgia zoo in Cleveland GA has a sloth (always loved them). And they were looking for money to create a new habitat for the sloth. We donated to them for this. So, I got to meet the sloth and spend time with her. Her name is Jubilee. So, hubby got that sloth for me as a memory from that day. The stuffed sloth stays in my car and rides seat belted in the back seat every where I go. “
Love it! Thanks for the submission Angela and keep supporting the Sloth! 

Our next winner was a Instagram submission from @iamjwest08 

We just loved the color here and composition, yeah we are sort of photography dorks, as well as how the plate perfectly fits the car.

Now we do not suggest you power wash your custom plate but he did a good job avoiding spraying the plate directly. But he is rocking a 2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 with his “DÄS BENZ” plate that he designed online.

Our final winner from October comes from Kyle Hertzler, who got creative with his plate to and surprised is bride to be.

When Kyle ordered this plate a few months back we reached out to him and said PLEASE SEND US PHOTOS! The timing worked out and he send the photos in for the photo contest.

The surprised Fiancé is Larisa and they have been together for 2 years & 7 months!

When we asked what Larisa thought of the proposal he said, “She liked it, thought it was creative, and I got a ver quick YES!” 

The car is a 2003 (MK4) Jetta DI with the GLI skirting all around. We asked why he chose to propose this way and Kyle said, “I have one of your plates on my car all the time and on our first date she asked me what it was supposed to mean. I had 2 bins of rose petals attached to the garage door so 1 dumped when the door opened, the other dumped after I pulled the string.”

Thanks for sharing Kyle and good luck to you and Larisa! Let us know if you need some party favor plates for the wedding. 🙂

Thank you again for everyone who entered. Keep sending them in and checkout our customer gallery page to see if you made on our site.

 

October Photo Contest

What:

CustomEuropeanPlates.com’s, (CEP), October Photo Contest begins on the 1st of the October, and ends on the last day of the October 2017, at 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older.

Who may enter:

Anyone above 18 years of age.

What to enter:

Engaging photos with a European Plate in the photo, a car is not required. Original ideas, unique design, & a creative presentation are desirable.

How to enter:

Tweet or Instagram your photos to #CustomEuroplatesGallery. Or send your photos to support@customeuropeanplates.com

We do not accept photographs submitted through the US mail and do not accept more than one contestant per e-mail address. High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.

CEP may collect a photograph’s metadata upon entry.

You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant CEP a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the magazine and its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to CEP publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. CEP will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Entry deadline:

The contest begins on the 1st of the October. All entries must be received by 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on the last day of the month, 10/31/17

Judging:

Photo entries will be judged on creativity, quality, & originality. Photos with a European Plate in it are prefered but not required. Photos will be judged by the CEP team on the 1st of November month with the winner being announced by the end of the first week of the month.

CEP will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry or through their social media channel; CEP may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days.

Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.

Prizes: $50 credit to CustomEuropeanPlates.com

One prize per person; winners may receive additional noncash prizes. Winners will be responsible for paying any notary public fees or taxes they may owe on a prize.

Online Features:  CEP may select photos for highlight on its website or display in a publicly accessible contest archive; such selections will be made in the CEPs sole discretion.

Conditions of Entry

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to CEP upon request.

Similarly, entrants whose photos depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrightable works) may need to obtain a release from the rights holder and provide it to CEP upon request. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s creation.

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by CEP in its sole discretion, are ineligible for this contest.

All entrants hold the Sponsors and their respective regents, directors, officers, employees, emeriti, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize.  The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. CEP reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the CEP reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. The CEP reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of the CEP are final and binding.

New Product: The Mystery Plate Box

We are excited to announce the launch of our new product! The Mystery Plate Box!

For $35 you get 4 authentic German plates but what you get is the Mystery. We have a ton of plates around the shop and wanted to get them out in the street so we came up with the Mystery Box!

You’ll get 4 plates with one of the guaranteed to come from our Hall Of Fame! Check out this unboxing video from Youtuber SoNiicYT.

Get your Mystery Plate Box here!

Summer is Here! How to Protect your Car from the Summer Heat?

We all know that sun exposure can harm our skin, but did you know the sun’s rays can also damage your car? When you leave your car in the sun for extended periods of time, the temperature inside can reach as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit, while the surface of the car’s exterior can reach much higher – up to nearly 200 degrees Fahrenheit!

Your car is not immune to negative effects caused by such heat. Here are 10 simple ways to protect your vehicle from sun damage:

  1. Regularly check your fluid levels: When it’s hot outside, the fluids in your car can get used up more quickly than under normal circumstances. If you happen to be low on coolant, transmission fluid, or oil anyway, then that suboptimal condition coupled with high temperatures increases the chance of damage to your car.
  2. Have your battery tested once or twice each summer: When it’s hot outside, there is often a higher load placed on your car’s battery from running systems like the air conditioning. Periodic testing of your battery and charging system in general prevents you from unpleasant surprises (i.e. the car not starting) on hot days.
  3. Get the air filters checked: There is typically more dust and debris circulating in the air during the warmer months, particularly in arid climates, and this can clog the air filters in your car. If this happens, your gas mileage may suffer, and it could even damage your mass air flow sensor, which helps regulate the air and fuel levels in your engine.
  4. Use reflectorized sun panels on your front and rear dashes: While it may seem like a hassle to whip these fold-out panels out every time you go to the store, it pays off in the long run. These panels greatly reduce the overall temperature inside your car, which you’ll appreciate when you return, and need to use less air conditioning to cool the car. These panels also help to prevent the bleaching effect the sun has on your interior surfaces and upholstery, which can lower the value of your car should you wish to sell it.
  5. Perform tire pressure checks monthly: Extreme heat, trapped air, and rubber can be a volatile combination, and it’s one on which your entire vehicle rests in the summer months. Underinflated tires are more likely to blow out in high temperatures, so prevent accidents (and poor gas mileage) by checking your tire pressure at least once a month. Do this as early in the day as possible when the temperatures are coolest for the most accurate pressure readings.
  6. Park smart: If you have the choice between parking your car in the middle of a blazing parking lot or under a broad tree, opt for the shade. This doesn’t require any fancy props and will keep your car’s interior as cool as possible.
  7. Regularly clean your car’s interior: The pairing of dust and hot sun can wreak havoc on your interior, essentially caking grime onto your dash and other surfaces. With periodic cleaning, however, this becomes a non-issue; just be sure to use cleaners intended for automobile use to avoid stains and unnecessarily drying out materials at risk of cracking.
  8. Wash and hand-dry your car often: Just as dust and debris can cake onto your interior surfaces when exposed to high temperatures, your exterior paint can suffer in the summer sun. Frequently wash your vehicle to keep the surface clean, and dry it thoroughly by hand with a soft cloth, so bits of minerals and grime don’t stick to the residual moisture after a rinse.
  9. Use a protective wax: It’s not enough just to clean your car from time to time; you should wax it at least twice a year to lock in the natural oils in the exterior paint and provide a layer of protection not just from grimy bits that can scratch the surface, but also from the sun’s rays.
  10. Consider paint protection film: If you truly want to be vigilant against potential sun damage to your car, you may want to invest in a paint protection film kit. Some kits only cover the acrylic headlights, but some kits are available that cover your entire vehicle. If you adopt some or all of these simple tips to provide protection from the hot sun, your car will age more gracefully, much like your skin will with the regular application of sunscreen. They don’t take much effort to implement, and these small actions can save a lot of money down the road and help retain your car’s value over time.

BimmerFest 2017 is FAST Approaching!

We will be making plates ON SITE! Come out, say hi, and get a custom plate. Come early, as we will get VERY busy.

Date / Time: June 3rd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM AND June 4th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Entry Fee: Bimmerfest 2017 California is $30 per car for exhibition parking in the infield, $20 per car for general admission parking in the outer lots. All passengers are free so bring your family and friends. Check it out

With BimmerFest around the corner we thought we’d share one of our favorite articles from BMWBlog.com from a couple years ago. You can find the original post here.

Top 5 Fastest BMWs of All Time

While there is much talk about BMW becoming soft and not making the kind of performance car that its customers are used to, it’s fair to say that this talk is a bit ill-founded. Sure BMWs may not be the scalpel sharp tools they once were, but there’s no denying that current BMWs are the highest performing of all time. To prove that, we’ll look at the top five fastest BMWs of all time.

One thing you’ll notice about this list is that all of these BMWs are of the modern era. While this is obvious, as engines get more powerful and efficient every year, it’s safe to say that this metric alone proves that BMW still cares very much about performance. So let’s take a look.

5. X5 M/X6 M

These mammoth super SUVs both pack a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 under hood. Mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic and powering all four wheels, the X5 and X6 M are able to achieve 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. That’s an incredible feat of engineering, to get these two elephants to dance so well. Top speed is electronically limited to 155, but we suspect it would be a lot higher than that, without the limiter. Either way, these two SUVs are scary quick.

4. BMW i8

Who said hybrids have to be slow and boring. The BMW i8’s combination of a 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine paired to two electric motors, one in the rear aiding the engine drive the rear wheels and one in the front driving the front wheels, might not sound like much but it packs more than enough punch. The i8’s lightweight frame allows its hybrid setup to get from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. That’s Porsche 911 Carrera S fast and it also gets superb fuel economy. It’s top speed is also limited to 155, but I’m not sure how much faster it would go, given its small engine.

3. BMW M6 Gran Coupe Competition Package

The M6 Gran Coupe was already one of BMWs fastest cars. But BMW decided to give it a competition package which bumps power from 560 hp to 600. This power bump, along with a slight weight decrease and some suspension stiffening, allows the M6 Gran Coupe CP to nail 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s blistering for a massively luxurious four-seater. Though it has more power, BMW didn’t raise the electronic limiter of 155 mph. We suspect it can do much more, given the 600 hp and slippery aerodynamic design.

2. BMW M4

The M4 is one of BMW’s fastest cars. This is as it should be. The M3/M4 should always be BMW’s best performing cars. The M4’s 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged I6 engine produces 420 hp and, when mated to BMW’s DCT gearbox, can get from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, according to Car and Driver, and limited 155 mph top speed.. That’s mighty quick for a car starting at $64,200. The M4 is not only one of BMW’s fastest cars, it’s one of the fastest sports cars on the road.

1. BMW M5 30th Anniversary Edition

The 30th Anniversary Jahre Edition M5 is a special car. Packing 600 hp from its 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8, the BMW M5 Jahre can do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. Now, while this is the same as the lighter and smaller M4, the Jahre is still the fastest BMW ever made. And that has to do with top speed. The Jahre M5 has a “limited” top speed of 199 mph. While the M4 is limited to 155 mph and can probably far exceed that, it most likely can’t touch the Jahre’s 199 mph limit. Plus the Jahre would almost definitely break 200 mph if it was unrestricted. This makes the massively powerful 30th Anniversary Jahre Edition M5 the fastest BMW of all time.

Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame

Our premium Carbon Fiber License Plate Frame is made from real 3K Twill Carbon Fiber. Designed to fit a standard US license plate.

The high quality finish is what really catches your eye but the quality of construction makes the frame incredibly strong and flexible. Weather resistance and easy to install.

Includes retaining clips to hold your plate in place along with vibration damping foam to prevent vibration and noise.

Features of Our Carbon Fiber Frame:

  • Superior Quality: Real Carbon Fiber 3K Twill
  • Weather Resistant: Will not rust or corrode
  • Elegant Modern Design: Improves the look of your vehicle
  • Universal Fit: Fits All US Size License Plates
  • Plate Clips: Pre-installed metal clips to hold plate in place
  • Zero Vibration: Damping Foam insures a snug fit

Available in both matte and gloss finish

Clear Euro License Plate Cover/Shield

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Protect your custom European license plate from damage caused by bugs, rocks, and other road debris. Our license plate cover/shield is extremely durable and can easily be wiped clean. Inexpensive enough to replace on a regular basis to keep your plate looking like new.

Features & Benefits:

  • Made from optically clear, durable polycarbonate
  • Installs in 2 minutes into our European mounting frame – no tools required – no drilling
  • Protects against damage from bugs and road debris
  • Fits European license plate 20.5″ inches wide by 4.5″ inches tall (or 520mm x 114mm)
  • Glossy finish for a premium look
  • .5mm (.020in) thickness – thick enough to protect your Euro plate but thin enough to appear invisible
  • Scratch and crack resistant

You can find more information here -> Clear Euro License Plate Cover/Shield

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Premier Customer Program

CustomEuropeanPlates.com is excited to announce we’re now offering special rewards and discounts to our very best customers! Our new loyalty program will automatically take 25% off all future orders. Who wants just one custom plate? Get a few to swap out based on your mood. Or get some plates for your favorite holidays. They make a great gift for a friend or family member.

How To Qualify

  • Must have an account through CustomEuropeanPlates.com
  • Need to order at least 4 Plates throughout the year. Only valid on plates over $29.95 Not valid on Clearance Items

That’s it! Once you have ordered 4 plates within the calendar year the loyalty discount is automatically applied to your account and can be used on all future orders till the end of the year.

How It Works

  • Once logged in to your account, the 25% discount will automatically be applied to all items
  • The discount is only valid January 1st – December 31st of the current year
  • Every year the program will restart and you will need to requalify to continue receiving the discount
  • Don’t worry if you never created an account. Once an account is created our system will automatically calculate all previous orders placed throughout the year with the same email address. If you have ordered 4 plates, the discount will be applied to your account for all future orders.

Need An Account? SIGN UP NOW

Unique Ways To Use Your European Plate

Our custom plate builder and specialty characters have inspired our customers to come up with unique plate designs and mounting locations. We are constantly surprised by how creative and clever our customers can be. Our License Plates are not just used on vehicle bumpers, but many customers use them as street signs, wall banners, office desk decorations, warehouse forklift signs, nameplates, and even in wedding pictures. Our plates have become a trendy way to show off your creativity. European plates are very versatile, so get creative and find a new unconventional spot for them.

Here are some examples of customers that used their plate in uncommon ways.

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We love the ideas that people come up with and encourage everyone to take photos and send them to us. If you use a European License plate in an uncommon way, feel free to tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #customeuropeanplates or tag our account @customeuropeanplates

We feature individual’s plate ideas and locations on our Instagram page so if you tag us or email us a picture, you might be featured on our account.

Go get your plates, and get creative!