People are always attracted to license plates from other countries. Just like money, something so boring and everyday in your own country seems new and exciting in another. This past Saturday we were at a shop here in Frankfurt that was selling American license plates for 25 euros and above (that is about 33 US dollars). Although it seemed quite silly, we decided that people would be just as willing to pay a lot for German license plates in the US.
So what are the major differences between license plates in these two countries that make them so exciting?
|B for Berlin (circle missing on this plate) (germanplates.com)|
Sorry, but German plates are pretty boring. The left side has a small blue square with the stars for the EU and a D for Deutschland. The rest is plain. Between the numbers and letters is a small circle (very hard to see while driving if you do not know exactly what you are looking for). This circle represents the German state.
|Definitely a nuclear disaster (thedogperk.com)|
|M for Munich (München) (commons.wikimedia.org)|
Since she is not very good with her German counties she finds it very entertaining to constantly ask him what county each plate stands for during road trips. (Nooooo, not annoying at all :) )
A person in Germany can choose to get a personalized license plate for a small price, but what you can do with it is limited. You only have six spaces to play with meaning most personalized plates are initials and a birth year. There are no symbols or extra numbers/letters allowed.
There is a lot more flexibility about what you write on your customer license plate in the USA. Beyond just having more spaces (seven in states with lots of people). There are also special characters allowed such as &, dashes and spaces.
So that's the gist of the license plate thing. If you have extra plates laying around feel free to send them our way and we will be sure to find a buyer :)