I specifically asked my salesman making sure not to drill 2 holes at the front bumper to install the license plate when my special ordered 2016 CX-5 arrived the dealership. Don’t have the front plate on my 1998 Honda CR-V and previous VW Passat either. My 2000 BMW does have one that’s because BMW designed a built-in lbracket for front plate on the bumper, it’d be uglier without a license plate.
I did get pulled over once for no front license plate with my CR-V on a U-turn underpass in Houston where several police cars waiting to stop many cars where they could find anything to write a ticket. I had to spend time to talk to the judge presenting my front license plate. The judge waived the fine, but I‘d to pay $30 court fee.
When I ordered our CX I also specifically told the salesman NOT to mount the front license plate holder and NOT to drill any holes. I also told them NOT to apply any of their dealership's stickers on the car. Guess what I found when I arrived to pick up our new CX? A front plate holder and stickers.
As I was inspecting the car upon arrival, I walked to the front with the salesman besides me. I looked at the front plate holder and asked him WTF is that? He hemmed and hawed and then pointed to the note that he had placed on the dash of the car. The note said DO NOT INSTALL PLATE HOLDER.
Yeah, at least it wasn't the salesman's fault and he blamed someone else. There were stickers on the back hatch as well. The salesman asked me what I wanted to do. What was I to do? Refuse the car that I waited weeks and weeks for? He asked about the stickers, and do I want them removed? I told him no, that I would do it myself when I got home.
Once home I got the stickers off with no problem, but the plate mount was another story. Who ever mounted the plate was/is a complete moron. I removed the plate holder and found out that the idiot couldn't even get the freakin screws screwed into the divets in the bumper cover properly, the holes were next to the divets. WTF!!!!
I suppose I could have made a BIG stink about it and had the bumper cover replaced. I elected to put some small plastic plugs in the holes and call it good enough. I'm the only one who notices this but still....