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- Q. Are your plates authentic or reproductions?
All my plates are 100% authentic issued by the state. I 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 me 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), YOM (year of manufacture) will also be seen in the description of some 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, once a plate is purchased, it remains marked as Sold for approximately ten days before it is automatically deleted from the site.
- Q. How soon do you ship after purchase?
I ship six days a week at the local post office via priority box mail only. Delivery takes between 1-3 days depending on your location. Purchases made before 2pm EST Monday through Friday will be mailed that day, and if purchased before 10am on Saturdays. The only exception to Saturday mailings is if I'm at a tag meet or out digging up inventory for the store.
Also, 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, and will arrive inside a 3 mil plate sleeve, then wrapped in newspaper. I take pride in packaging to assure you receive the contents the same way it left my hands.
- Q. I see some plates are marked YOM. What exactly does that mean?
YOM stands for Year of Manufacture. Currently 47 states allow YOM registering of old plates to vintage vehicles. Let's say you have a 1940 Ford; you can register 1940 plate(s) to that vehicle. Each state has different fees, guidelines, requirements, rules and regulations. Some states are real easy to register YOM, and some states are like pulling teeth to get this process done. Why? I have no idea, as it's free additional income to the state. Why make a guy jump through hoops trying to register his classic car with a vintage era tag when he's trying to give money to the state? Bottom line, nothing looks better than a classic old car with the same year state issued plate.
On the Georgia and California plates marked YOM, I guarantee these plates to be eligible to register. I have numerous other plates for sale in the store that are eligible for YOM registering in other locales. I recommend you check with your DMV first before purchasing to make sure the number is clear and not in use. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me about YOM registering around the country.
- Q. Do you only take PayPal?
- A. I accept all major credit cards through PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account. If you prefer to send a check, email me a list of the plates you're interested in and I'll mark them sold. 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. No. I do my best to charge shipping as close to actual cost as I can. I ship to all 50 states only, No International Shipping. Don't forget that shipping is free on purchases over $99. Also, anytime you've paid more than $1 over the actual cost for shipping, it will be refunded back to your account.
- 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 you are not satisfied, return the plate in the same condition you received it and I will issue a refund. Fortunately this rarely occurs.
- 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 are looking for a specific plate, let me know, and I'll help you track it down.
- Q. Are you still restoring tags?
- A. I'm restoring a select few as I'm sliding into retirement. I'll continue to restore Georgia 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. Note that the restoration shop will close again this summer between May 25th through Labor Day. Should you need your restoration done before it reopens, contact me and I'll refer you to a restorer whom I recommend.
- Q. How did you get into license plates?
Back in the mid '50's I got the license plate bug. 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 that wall. 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 always 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 the planet into tags. 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.
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50+ year plate collector
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