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Hi all, this might be just a general questions for most used cars, however, I realized that some used CT200h, be it premium or F sports version, some of the used ones don't have front license plate shown in their pictures. I then looked at their carfax and some says damage reported for one or 2 that discloses that information, that explains why front bumper was replaced because those are honest people. However, I still see a lot of the CT200h has no front plate, not even the bracket. In one dealership, 2016 ~35K miles 1 owner, F sports, but it's about $4000 cheaper than another F sports with about the same milage, both are L-certified. The cheaper one has no front plate bracket, front bumper looks really nice and clean(cuz it's new?!!). Why? could it be damaged and fixed? Would a "service record" disclose that? Is it difficult to ask for a service record that's not on carfax from the dealerships?

Question is, does that mean that most of these used cars that have no front plates, possibly has some kind of damages that are not reported and fixed by dealerships and sold "cheaper"? Anyone out there knows that the front plate bracket have some visible screw holes visible if removed? Or could it be that there is a hidden extended bracket that's removed and it doesn't messed up the front bumper with screw holes? I'm talking about California, so I think it is "required" by the state that the dealerships install the front brackets. I checked the carfax history, the car is always a California car.

I'm so confused as to why some same F sports models sold by Lexus dealerships are much more expensive to the ball park of $23000 for a 2016 model with about 25K - 53K miles.

anyways thanks in advance.
 

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Not all states require a front licence plate. I have a Chevy that I bought in AZ with no bracket. My CT200H doesn't have a front license plate because I replaced the grille. It was a base model but I swapped the f sport grille in. I'll keep it clean until the cops give me a fix it ticket because it looks way better that way. I also bought a Cadillac in CA with no front plate from a CarMax. They left a front bracket in the trunk because it's technically required to be on the car in CA but they knew it would look better without it.


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Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico. North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia don't require a front tag.
 

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I live in Nevada and we are required to have a front plate, if there is a place for it. There are a couple little divots where it could be placed, but I didn’t want to ruin the lines. I am the original owner of the 2012 Premium ct200h
 

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I've got a 2012 f sport and the front bracket was in the trunk compartment along with the med kit, and manual. Front bumper had divots that made it super easy to install the plate bracket myself when I moved to Ohio.
 
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