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    Thread: Oddball gray market/diplomat car sightings

    1. 05-21-2012 07:30 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid_Hatch View Post
      Last time i was in DC i spotted an Alfa Romeo GT with Diplomat plates:

      Looks like what the BMW 1xx should have been, minus the Kidney Grill.
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      05-21-2012 09:30 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by corrago View Post
      Looks like a Honda Pilot with an eating disorder..
      Well it is made at AM General, otherwise known as the purveyors of the H2- and -3 HUMMER

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      05-21-2012 09:49 PM #38
      I've seen a VW Lupo, a couple Polos, a few E36 wagons, an E36 323ti, lots of poverty-spec euro-spec VWs (black rub strips, 1.6 badges)... not too much non-German stuff. A couple SEATs, an Alfa 156. Oddly enough half the time they're on regular MD/VA plates. Usually when I see Diplomat or foreign plates they're on US cars. Someone in my old neighborhood drove a US-spec CR-V with UK plates. I've seen a bunch of NATO plates... euro fanboys would cream, they look like German plates but say USA in the blue bar on the left and have the NATO compass symbol.
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      05-21-2012 11:01 PM #40
      once i seen a mondeo on i-90 it had detroit plates


    6. 05-22-2012 12:06 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Anony00GT View Post
      Just looks like an Equinox with a different name on it to me...







    7. 05-22-2012 12:11 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by hardcore4life View Post
      once i seen a mondeo on i-90 it had detroit plates

      The City of Detroit issues plates?

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      05-22-2012 07:09 AM #43
      we have RCZ as well. in Brazil... BRL 139k.. ~ USD 70k

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      05-22-2012 08:33 AM #44
      dacia sandero spotted in NOVA last year... i still wonder how they got it here since its got VA tags on it and all


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      05-22-2012 08:43 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      I've seen a bunch of NATO plates... euro fanboys would cream, they look like German plates but say USA in the blue bar on the left and have the NATO compass symbol.
      Those are plates for US personnel stationed in Germany... They're actually no longer used.

      They can be driven on in the US upon moving back, before you've been inspected/registered/plated in your new state.

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      05-22-2012 08:45 AM #46
      I've seen a few Nissan XTrails in Miami before
      I also saw a pretty cool Smart car driving down the street one evening.


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      05-22-2012 09:08 AM #47
      In Ottawa, we do see lots of red (diplomatic) plates, but very few actually drive cars brought from oversea. What I do find interesting though are returning Canadian diplomats with genuine euro plates front and back. They usually keep them for a month or two before returning to regular Ontario/Quebec plates.

      When I was a kid, my neighbours went to the USSR and then Poland. Before going to Poland, they bought a brand spanking new Nissan Axxess and brought it over. When they returned 2 or 3 years after, the poor Nissan was so beat up, it looked like was 20 years old.

      Another friend of mine lived in the Netherlands for a few years. His parents returned with a Saab 900 and a B3 Passat and kept the Euro plates for a few months upon their return. These cars were bought in Europe, but were Canadian spec, hence they had the ''square'' Euro plates.

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      05-22-2012 09:16 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid_Hatch View Post
      Last time i was in DC i spotted an Alfa Romeo GT with Diplomat plates:

      definitely have seen one of these guys about 2 years ago in the area. never saw it again. it had a yellow ribbon decal on the back (for the troops) and had VA tags. if it's still around, how did they get around the 1 year rule for imported/diplomat cars? i'm assuming there's a loophole they've figured out
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      05-22-2012 09:20 AM #49
      Visiting diplomats or foreign military should be able to have the cars in the US as long as needed... They can't stay in the US once their tour is over unless they sell them to someone with the same status.

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      05-22-2012 10:01 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Those are plates for US personnel stationed in Germany... They're actually no longer used.

      They can be driven on in the US upon moving back, before you've been inspected/registered/plated in your new state.
      Yup, I know what they are. They're similar to the SOFA plates in Japan which look like a regular Japanese plate but have a roman letter like 'Y' instead of a Japanese kana. Though I've yet to see a legal set of those on a US car.
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      05-22-2012 10:30 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by AHFlynn View Post
      i dont remember seeing that many out of place diplomat cars when i lived in dc last summer. the ony one i remember now was...



      sans bitchez. i saw it all the time and liked it a lot.

      WPR... plates Warsaw Poland You will find most beautiful ladies there

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      05-22-2012 01:18 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Lucian1988 View Post
      dacia sandero spotted in NOVA last year... i still wonder how they got it here since its got VA tags on it and all
      You go to DMV with your title, you walk out with plates

      Diplomat plates are for diplomats only. If you are foreign national living or visiting in the US as a private person (e.g. not a diplomat), you get normal plates. You can keep the car in the US for 1 year, or as long as your visa is valid.

    18. 05-22-2012 02:13 PM #53
      I got to drive a Ford Mondeo ST220 at work a couple of times. It had Baja California plates, manual trans, and looked just like this.


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      05-22-2012 03:05 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      Diplomats usually have the State Department license plates around here





      And usually they are boring run-of-the-mill econoboxes, like the guy in my neighborhood who has a Seat Leon. Why bother importing basic transportation like a Seat?

      But then there is another guy in the neighborhood who has a MK1 Lotus Elise, but has regular Georgia plates though he may have had connections from when Lotus USA HQ was here in town.
      If you have these plates are you allowed to park wherever the **** you want?
      the Columbian Embassy is across the street from my work and they are ALWAYS parked in the fire lane EVERY DAY and they NEVER get towed or ticketed

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      05-22-2012 03:19 PM #55
      Pretty much... The diplomat plate is going to get you a lot further than the consul plate though.

      That stuff doesn't fly in othe countries though. If the US did these things that you see in other countries the State Department would be taken to task. Gotta love double standards.

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      05-22-2012 04:03 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by gti_matt View Post
      The City of Detroit issues plates?
      I ment Michigan lol i was going to say the car was from Detroit since it was a Ford manufacturer plate
      Last edited by hardcore4life; 05-22-2012 at 04:06 PM.

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      05-22-2012 04:07 PM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Pretty much... The diplomat plate is going to get you a lot further than the consul plate though.

      That stuff doesn't fly in othe countries though. If the US did these things that you see in other countries the State Department would be taken to task. Gotta love double standards.
      it's mostly CONSUL plates... and it drives me nuts.
      they're all piles of **** though. Mostly Mazda 6i and older Corollas

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      05-22-2012 05:23 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Pretty much... The diplomat plate is going to get you a lot further than the consul plate though.

      That stuff doesn't fly in othe countries though. If the US did these things that you see in other countries the State Department would be taken to task. Gotta love double standards.


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      05-22-2012 10:12 PM #59
      ...I have a set of US Consul plates for sale to the highest bidder

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      If anyone even gets it

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      05-23-2012 03:04 AM #61
      A German plated Jaguar owned by a fictional character in a mediocre Showtime series?

    27. 05-23-2012 07:29 AM #62
      "Oddball gray market/diplomat car sightings"

      ...also known as "welcome to DC".
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      You're a self-serving Japanese car-hating asshat.
      I drive two Japanese cars.

    28. 05-23-2012 07:30 AM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by wh1te09gti View Post
      WPR... plates Warsaw Poland You will find most beautiful ladies there
      Just not in that picture. Everything but the face.
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      05-23-2012 09:56 AM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by ttvick View Post

      If anyone even gets it
      Homeland?

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      05-27-2012 11:42 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by wh1te09gti View Post
      WPR... plates Warsaw Poland You will find most beautiful ladies there
      they should have put a few in that picture then
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      05-28-2012 12:48 AM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by lucian1988 View Post
      dacia sandero spotted in nova last year... I still wonder how they got it here since its got va tags on it and all


      great news!!

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