Red & Green, Package From Beijing

December 06, 2017  •  14 Comments

 

The body clips I ordered for Laurie's Mazdaspeed 3 from China, and the new "Chile Capital of the World" license plate I ordered for my Mazda RX-8 were delivered today. Laurie caught the rocker panel skirt on a parking bumper that was sticking out in the road and it broke most of the fastening clips that hold the skirt on. I tried to get clips in town, but parts stores don't carry most body parts for Mazda because Mazda is a low production car company compared to Toyota, Honda and American car producers. Mazda produces models in lots of tens of thousands a year as compared to the millions of models produced by most other car manufactures. I located the clips from Mazda and one or two specialty parts companies on-line, but they wanted $4 to $8 per clip, so a dozen clips would have cost me $48 to $96. I found a bag of 50 clips from a seller in China for a grand total of $1.86 with shipping. I ordered the clips on November 11th, so it took twenty six days by China Post to get to me. It's not Amazon Prime, but it was very reasonable. I have bought several items from China and Japan on eBay, and the quality, service and shipping have always been reasonable.

I got on-line last week to renew the registration on my Mazda RX-8, and the MVD website suggested I upgrade to a "Chile Capital of the World" license plate for only $6.50. The MVD must be taking lessons from Amazon. I love the red and green chile license plate design, so of course I had to go for it. By changing license plates, I get a month registration for the $6.50 and then I will renew for two years at the end of the month. Excellent deal.



Comments

Julie(non-registered)
Love the license plate Tim ..well done with the international shopping!
David(non-registered)
Very cool the Chile plates aren't specialty. Colorado also has a "Denim" plate, "Colorful Colorado" plate, and a "county" plate. The county one is simply the regular Colorado green and white but with your county name stamped on the bottom of the plate. The denim plate is a washed denim blue like well washed jeans. The Colorful Colorado plate is a brightly colored, green plate. Though these plates are non-specialty, they are fairly expensive - add $50 for the county, $65 for denim, $75 for Colorful.
Off Center & Not Even @ T & L Photos
Hi David. The Chile plates are not specialty plates, so they are inexpensive. I think New Mexico specialty and collectors plates are similarly priced. New Mexico does have rules about how much a vehicle with a collector's plate can be driven. I don't know if we have a "Pioneer" plate. It would probably be considered politically incorrect, but NM could have a Spanish Heritage plate. There are lots of people who can trace their families back 300 to 400 years when the Spanish made their way into New Mexico.
David(non-registered)
Nice looking plate. In Colorado, if you switch to a specialty plate, you need to pay a one-time, set-up fee of $50. The collector plate on my 1974 Ford Pinto is a 5-yr renewal cycle. The state legislature tried to limit how often one could drive with a collector plate, but the bill went nowhere fast. For the "Pioneer", they did scrap the requirement to furnish proof of having a family history of 100 years of living in the state. Anybody can get a Pioneer plate if you pay the $50 et-up fee.
Off Center & Not Even @ T & L Photos
Thanks, Teagan!
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