Originally Posted by The Z
I have a 'thing' about stuff on my car(s)... When I buy a car I even make the dealer take off any identifying dealer stickers/plaques/license plate frames etc that THEY put on there (unless they're willing to PAY me to drive around with their advertising on my car - - so far no takers on that one).
i do the same.
my wife, who particularly enjoys waiting 'till a good pms attack happens to go thru the agonizing details of car purchase negotiations, will rip a "manager" (if ya know the biz) to shreds if they don't reduce the net cost of the vehicle for advertisement. she's reduced the toughest salesmen to putty. i've always gotten free mats and cargo nets, upgraded tonneau covers or brush bars, free pinstriping; all that dealer crap.
it's an amazing thing to behold.
really, in some places, we've been loudly cursed at and insulted, right in front of other possible customers, for playing their game. now we're fair people, but the business is so sleazy, that it brings out the worst in people. show me the details on the car (invoice, lot insurance costs and time on site, dealer holdback, overpriced add-ons, etc.) and i'll be fair. i'll let you have a grand profit, but no more.
most people are suckers, and get eaten alive. (with apologies, not to offend but be realistic). how do you think they stay in bidness?
as far as things personally put on a car:
the only thing i might put on my car is a "guinea plate" as it's called here (again, not intending to offend my italian-ameracan pisani). those are small magnetic flags or stickers, in my neighborhood - predominantly an italian flag - hence "guinea plate", of the driver's nationality or descent.
the best part about italian flags is that after a while in the sun, the red fades and it becomes an irish flag...
also, i don't mind euros, aka those oval stickers of the abbreviation of a european country, same idea as the aforementioned magnets.