Front license plate block mount

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

Alaska
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Iowa
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
New Mexico
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
West Virginia

Plastic repair

JB Weld PlasticWeld

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.