rawhog wrote:The rest of the plate is there, I just bent it back. I interpret the "alteration" as meaning for example to change a 3 into an 8. Some kind of alteration that would conceal the real identity of the vehicle. Since what you see matches,the rear plate, stickers and registration, I seriously doubt there will ever be an issue. Have been running PT Cruisers with NO front plate for ten years.
I have always folded the front plate to fit better. It started with an '85 Jaguar which had the thin space on the front bumper for a Euro plate.
One time a bored CHP officer in Sutter Creek wanted to give me a hard time, so he started in about "what did you do? Cut the plate? That's State property you know, you can't cut it."
I said "No, it's just bent. Do you give people tickets for bent plates?"
No ticket. But he didn't look too happy......
I like your location, but I don't want to block that much air, even with louvers.
I will probably fold my plate up to fit in the space just above the chrome strip.
I would use the plate if you come to San Francisco. The meter maids will give you a $100 ticket for no front plate on a parked car!