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- Q. Can I register your plates YOM in my state?
- A. Maybe. If you see a red sentence at the top of the page you're wanting to purchase plates from saying to check with your DMV first before purchasing, PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DMV FIRST BEFORE PURCHASING TO SEE IF THE NUMBER IS CLEAR FOR REGISTERING. It's not a bad idea to check with your DMV even if you don't see the red sentence asking you to double check for YOM. I've heard too many times........gee, Arizona, or California, or S. Carolina, or New York and the list goes on won't let me register these plates because I didn't check first. I have no control if states refuse to register plates YOM even though they could if they wanted to. I'm convinced some states' DMV's refuse registering plates just because they feel like it. Go to another DMV in your area and they just may register them. It all depends on the attitude of the DMV clerk that particular day at that particular moment. I can write a book on all the lame excuses I've heard over the years. The ONLY state that I guarantee you can register plates YOM is the state of Georgia. Some of the other states I can't speak for and personally think they enjoy giving you/us a hard time and love to say, oh, we're sorry, you can't register these plates. I've heard a variety of the many reasons for denial. And for the most part, they are just down right stupid. Lots of you guys out there that have experienced this know exactly what I'm talking about. It is no secret.
- Q. Are your plates authentic or reproductions?
All the plates for sale in my store are 100% authentic issued by the state. I will NEVER deal in reproductions. Some of the older plates may have had work done to them, but these are clearly indicated in the listing. Some will be listed as amateur repaint, repainted, very nice repaint, touched up, re-lettered, older restoration etc and these plates were in this condition as I found them. Plates indicated as Restored were personally done by myself under TagDr.com. Plates that don't have any of the above descriptions are 100% original. Abbreviations such as TU (touched up), XH (extra hole), NOS (new old stock), EX (excellent condition), Natural (meaning only one year sticker seen on a multi year tag) and YOM (year of manufacture) will also be in the description of some Georgia tags when you click on the plate to enlarge the photo.
Another nice feature you'll notice when you reach my site is the green lock in the URL bar. TagDr.com is one of very few sites that sells plates that have this secure lock. Also, after a plate is purchased, it remains marked as Sold for a couple days before it is automatically deleted from the site. The only exception are the Featured Plates. They are removed immediately but are still visible on the individual state page indicated as Sold.
- Q. Are all your plates for sale Expired?
- A. YES. You will NEVER find a plate on my site that still has "Time" left on it. I know eBay has a 3 year rule (what a joke.....dozens of sellers selling plates with hidden stickers expiring later this year and I've seen plenty that expire next year or even two years from now. I don't see a problem selling more recent EXPIRED tags on a private website. But anyone selling plates still valid is just plain stupid and ignorant besides being illegal in my opinion.
- Q. How up to date is the inventory in your store?
- A. About once a year I'll run into a situation where I just can't find a plate that still shows for sale in the store. But it is very rare. I do an inventory check every six months to make sure the plate(s) you select is/are here and ready to ship. Unlike many other sites that sell plates, you'll NEVER see a item with "Out of Stock" listed on it. The plates you purchase from me remain in the store for approximately one week with SOLD marked on them. Then the site automatically deletes them, keeping the inventory fresh. There's nothing more frustrating than looking for a certain tag, finding that tag, only to discover it's "Out of Stock". You won't experience that here.
- Q. How soon do you ship after purchase?
I ship six days a week personally at the local post office via priority mail. Plates purchased by 1 pm (M-F) and before 9 am (Sat) ship that day under most circumstances. If for some reason they can't be mailed that day they will definitely be at the post office the next day.
I email a thank you note soon after purchase, then another email supplying tracking number and scheduled delivery date once mailed. My goal is to offer you THE BEST customer service in the license plate sales business. All my plates have been rinsed off, front and back, and will arrive inside a 3 mil plate sleeve, then wrapped in newspaper. Cardboard is surrounding both ends of the plate and will arrive in a padded envelope which is taped up good. I take pride in packaging to assure you receive the contents the same way it left my hands.
- Q. Do you only take PayPal?
- A. I accept all major credit cards through PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account. My store checkout is secure and I never see your personal credit card information. And no, you can't give me your CC info over the phone or through email. You need to use the cart and secure store checkout. If you prefer to send a check, email me a list of the plates you're interested in and I'll mark them Sold from my end. Some checks may have a wait period to clear, so a money order or cashiers check will insure prompt shipping once received.
- Q. Do you charge a handling fee in your postage?
- A. Absolutely not. I do my best to charge shipping as close to actual cost as possible. I ship to the United States only, and sorry, NO International Shipping including Canada. And don't forget that shipping is free on orders over $75.
- Q. Ok, I received my plate but I'm not happy. Now what?
- A. I represent my plates in the photos/description as best I can. Do not hesitate to request additional pictures and/or information BEFORE your purchase. If you receive the plate and are not satisfied, return the plate within 3 days in the same condition you received it and I will issue a refund, less the shipping. Fortunately this rarely occurs. Note also that plates purchased with intentions of YOM that do not get accepted cannot be returned. I don't claim that they are eligible for YOM, so it's up to you to check BEFORE PURCHASE as stated all over my website. (Georgia is the only exception. I do guarantee the GA plates are good for YOM if so stated in the listing.)
- Q. Do you buy plates?
- A. Yes, I'm always on the lookout for inventory for the store, so should you have a few plates or lots of tags laying around, please shoot me pictures of what you have and I'll be glad to make an offer if they're something I can use. Keep in mind, you'd get more for them if you sold them separately on eBay or Craigslist. Be sure and check back often in the store, as plates are constantly being added. If you're trying to find a specific plate, let me know and I'll add it to my want list when I'm out looking.
- Q. Are you still restoring tags?
- A. I'm restoring a select few while I'm enjoying retirement. Note that I do take the summers off from restoration's from mid May through mid Sept. I'll continue to restore Georgia tags and '63 blackbase California, and occasionally do other states for previous clients. I'm only taking in plates that have good metal needing minimal repair work. See the Restoration Page for more details, and have a look at my Testimonial Page. There's also a nice selection of vehicles on my Classic Car Page that showcase plates I've restored on some really cool cars.
- Q. How did you get into license plates?
I got the license plate bug in the mid '50's. My dad would remove the plates from our car and I'd hang them up in the garage. Although dad wasn't a tag collector per se, we had a wall full of colorful Ohio plates that made a really nice display. I can remember going into the garage as a kid and just staring at those walls. The colors and numbers were a big fascination to me, and nothing has changed after all these years. Plates really became an obsession when I started driving and hanging on to the plates from my cars. (I crashed quite a few vehicles back then.) My buddies knew I had an interest in tags so they'd give me their plates, and my collection started to grow quite by accident. Later on in life I had approximately 600 plates hanging up in our rec room for many years, (not counting the ones in the garage) and folks used to smile and just shake their head when they'd come over. My reaction was, doesn't everyone have plates hanging up in their house?
Being somewhat of a late bloomer on the internet (late 2001) I immediately found out there were lots of folks really into plates. Prior to this, I honestly thought I was the only guy on earth into tags. Very soon after that, I discovered the license plate club, ALPCA, and joined the day I learned about it. It's opened all kinds of doors, and I highly recommend the club to anyone and everyone who shares an interest in license plates. License plate collecting IS the greatest hobby on the planet. www.alpca.org
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