The front of the New Beetle looks much better without an ugly plastic license mount.
Unfortunately, 31 states mandate a front plate and there is just no good place for it on the curvy bumper.
Most dealers affix a rectangular block to hold the plate by drilling into the plastic front bumper, thus ruining the finish.
If you acquire a New Beetle from the following states, there is a 99% change that it will have some kind of add-on block mount and a damaged front bumper with several unsightly holes in it.
States that require front plate
If you register the ute in the following states, removal of the block (if one was previously installed) and repair of the front bumper greatly enhances the esthetics of the Beetle’s iconic design.
States without front plate
There are several comparable products designed to patch and fill plastics used in automotive bumpers.
JB Weld’s PlasticWeld conveniently packages its two-part epoxy with a syringe that dispenses an exact 50/50 blend. The putty material is then worked by hand into the bumper’s small holes.
Leave a “holding blob” on the back surface and enough excess material on the front side so that it can be feathered into a chamfered edge around the hole (a slightly oversized drill bit turned by hand leaves a good even chamfer than should be roughed up with sandpaper).
After an hour, excess PlasticWeld is quickly sanded off for a smooth finish. Of course, the bumper then needs repainting.