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I live in a state where a front license plate isn't required. The front license plate bracket on my Regal is driving me crazy. I've thought about drilling out the rivets holding the bracket on, but the thought of making the holes in the bumper any bigger scares me..

Has anyone removed theirs or one from another car?
 

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I live in a state where a front license plate isn't required. The front license plate bracket on my Regal is driving me crazy. I've thought about drilling out the rivets holding the bracket on, but the thought of making the holes in the bumper any bigger scares me..

Has anyone removed theirs or one from another car?
kwatch,

Welcome to the forum.

In regards to removing the front license plate bracket, I would ask your selling dealer if they would be willing to remove the bracket... carefully, of course. I too would be afraid of damaging the front bumper. If they damage the bumper, they have to fix it! :D All kidding aside, their technicians or lot techs should be able to do this quite easily. In regards to the existing holes from that front license plate bracket, there are products out there designed specifically for covering/plugging the existing holes. They are usually black in color and are rubber. I have seen them on other cars but do not know the name of a company that sells this product. Again, check with your selling dealer or do a Google search. You're off to a good start with your post.

Like you, I do not like the front license plate bracket. I basically purchased my Regal over the telephone after finding the exact model I wanted. Aside from the 36 + pictures of my Regal at the selling dealer's web page and not seeing the front license plate bracket on my Regal of choice, I had the salesman verify the vehicle did not come with the front license plate bracket already installed and made certain that it was not installed! That would have been a deal breaker for me and I let the salesman know it. Yes, I'm that picky!

Good luck in your quest to have your front license plate bracket removed and let us know whether or not you're successful.
 

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You're on the right track with having the dealer remove the bracket. I'm pretty anal about removing all of the license plate frames and logos the dealer puts on my car, so the bracket being on the bumper drives me crazy. I wish I had noticed it before I drove it off the lot. I swear it was there when I made the test drive, etc.

I'm going to email my salesman and see if they will remove the bracket at no cost. I've seen these Bumper Plugs to fill the holes. A lot cheaper than having a body shop fill them in. BumperPlugs.com
 

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I am glad they didn't put one on my car it was sitting in a bag in the trunk! And I am in California where they are strict on front plates.
 

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Most likely the bracket is pop riveted on. The alternative is that they used some kind of screw. Regardless once removed they are going to leave some holes in the bumper. The bumperplugs product works well. Though they wont used an exact match paint. If you have any basic mechanical skills you can make your own set of plugs for less cash and have more exact match.
 

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I'm planning on making my own plugs from some plastic plugs available at Lowe's and some touch-up paint in my color. I'll post some before and after photos when I get the time for the project.

Most likely the bracket is pop riveted on. The alternative is that they used some kind of screw. Regardless once removed they are going to leave some holes in the bumper. The bumperplugs product works well. Though they wont used an exact match paint. If you have any basic mechanical skills you can make your own set of plugs for less cash and have more exact match.
 

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the "rivits" holding the bracket on are plastic and can be removed by pressing the center with a small torx driver. same as they used on vw's. unfortunately you will find 2 - 3/16" holes underneath the bracket in your bumper. looking for a fix myself. HATE the front bracket. even though Texas requires the front plate, ran for years in my Jetta without one....got 3 or 4 warnings....no biggie.
 
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