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    Question Dealer "free advertising" on your new CR-V?

    After reading the thread "Anybody Remove Front License," I was wondering about something else related to dealer hijinx: dealer "free advertising" on new cars and what is acceptable without prior approval of the buyer.

    I have seen everything from the simple license plate frames around both license plates (easy to remove) to a metallic-looking dealer decal on the rear bumper or trunk lid (not so easy to remove) to a painted dealer name and slogan on the back of the trunk lid (must repaint the trunk to remove).

    If I get to my dealer and find that my new CR-V Touring has a dealer-added advertising tag/frame/decal, what do I do? Void the whole deal? Accept it and drive away?

    What would YOU do?

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    The first thing I do when I take home a new vehicle is shed the tag frames and put on Auto-Zone powder coated aluminum ones. The very next thing is to get out the goo-gone and a fresh razor blade and get to work on removing the decal. If there was a PAINTED dealer logo on there, I would tell them to fix it or I'm not signing the papers. I've never run into that though.

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    I wouldn't accept delivery unless they remove it or get you one without. I think they all do the license plate thing and that doesn't bother me but a decal or similar is simply not acceptable.
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    The decal comes off with a hair dryer and finger nails. I know razor blade would work but finger nails seems less likely to scratch anything. Then immediate waxing of the area.

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    I feel the same way. Noticed that the dealership that I purchased my soon to be delivered Honda CRV, puts a decal on the back of their cars. I told them I did not want anything put onto my new car. They made a note of it on the paperwork.

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    I was lucky, mine hadn't gone through PDI when I test drove it. The dealership either forgot to put their sticker on or didn't have enough time to after PDI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGS878 View Post
    After reading the thread "Anybody Remove Front License," I was wondering about something else related to dealer hijinx: dealer "free advertising" on new cars and what is acceptable without prior approval of the buyer.

    I have seen everything from the simple license plate frames around both license plates (easy to remove) to a metallic-looking dealer decal on the rear bumper or trunk lid (not so easy to remove) to a painted dealer name and slogan on the back of the trunk lid (must repaint the trunk to remove).

    If I get to my dealer and find that my new CR-V Touring has a dealer-added advertising tag/frame/decal, what do I do? Void the whole deal? Accept it and drive away?

    What would YOU do?
    No, I have dealer remove all stickers/paint having to do with dealership advertising before driving off. I would keep the license plate frames until you want them replaced though.

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    Dealer nothing. It would be like buying Jordan's and having them say "Footlocker" on them. No one wants that

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    Same feeling here. I told my dlr not to waste time putting their decal on rear, so they didn't. Unless they are paying me to advertise I'm not gonna do it. If I have a good experience my word of mouth advertising and recommendation will be worth more than a stupid decal or license plate holder.

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    I always remind my self the dealership aint paying me to be a rolling billboard for them. Took front and rear licence plate along with the dumb sticker on the rear at day one

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