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post #1 of 16 Old 12-12-2015, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Can I remove front license plate holder?

Hello! I just received my new (new for me but it's a CPO) Audi Q3 2015 from Michigan where apparently the front license plate is needed. In Florida, we don't need it. I don't want to replace the whole grill because it costs a lot. I was looking at it and noticed 2 screws right in the middle of the the plate holder. Just wandering if that portion that holds the license plate only can be removed. Thank you.
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What your car has is the ”Front License Plate Frame (6W3)”. What you want it to have is the “Front Grille Panel (6W9)”. As you said these were options installed based on the appropriate state laws. I don’t think you can just remove the center license plate section, but I may be wrong. I’m sure there is an actual Audi part number. In the meantime just decorate it for Christmas until you get the part.
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You CAN replace that part (P/N: 8U0 807 287 A T94, the A is for without a front plate or "front plate delete" as the Germans say, and the T94 is for Gloss Black), it's just bolted and double side taped on - but beware - it is not cheap at $240 for what you prolly will think should be about $20 when you hold one in your hands. My guess is this is an equitable insurance part, that is a part often purchased by insurance through which the cost is 'equitably' priced (i.e. much higher than it deserves to be based on its actual manufacturing) in order to distribute costs across all other parts not so lucky to be reimbursed by insurances - sort of a socialized auto parts pricing practice...


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I was sure Roger would know the actual part number of option 6W9. What I was trying to say is that I doubt you can replace only the small section that is the shape of a state license plate.
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Did you purchase it from an Audi dealership? If so just ask your salesman to hook you up, that's what I did with mine, remember it never hurts to ask.
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For my A3, I was actually living in Maryland with PA plates when I ordered and received it at a dealer in Delaware. Since both Delaware and PA don't have front plates and I wasn't sure if I'd bother getting Maryland plates, the dealer gave me a second grille insert, just in case I wanted to swap later. Definitely doesn't hurt to ask...

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Thank you for your reply and your time. I was afraid that might be the answer as I searched the web and youtube and could not ding more information about it. Anyways, as some of our friends were saying, it doesn't hurt to ask the dealership if they could help me. I will try that.

Great to have people like yourselves sharing your knowledge in forums such as this one. It's so helpful. Hopefully I will be of help soon.

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Hello! I just received my new (new for me but it's a CPO) Audi Q3 2015 from Michigan where apparently the front license plate is needed. In Florida, we don't need it. I don't want to replace the whole grill because it costs a lot. I was looking at it and noticed 2 screws right in the middle of the the plate holder. Just wandering if that portion that holds the license plate only can be removed. Thank you.
My dilemma was the opposite of your: bought car in a no-front plate state & bringing it to a yes-front plate state.

While I don't doubt any one of us could have switched the panel out - with directions - in lieu of that I just had my local dealer do that & billed back the original selling dealer the cost of their time.

But you can see what it looks like & how much it costs for me here:

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btw - MOST dealers will NOT pay for a front plate delete in a state that doesn't require a plate - that is; Audi will NOT reimburse a dealer to put a blank (plate delete) on a car that originated in a state that required a plate when it is moved to a state that doesn't. They USUALLY will pay (always for new cars) for the other way round though as they are required by the state (requiring the plate) to have a vehicle suitable for a front plate, when it enters. This can and often does confuse folks even dealers...
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I have a 2016 Q3 Prestige and also thought about removing the front license plate holder. When I ordered the car, the dealer mentioned "license plate delete," but I didn't think about it at the time since my state required front plate. At the time, I didn't know about the tow hook license plate mount, otherwise I would have opted for the plate delete.


Anyone know where is the cheapest place to get the plate delete? I assume its just the trim cluster, and not the entire grill, correct? Is it hard to replace? If I'm not mistaken, I think there are parking sensors near the plate mount.


Most sites I went to didn't have tow hook plate mount for the Q3. Does the one for other Audi models work? Since there are parking sensors by the tow hook mount area, would it obstruct the sensors if the plate is sitting in front of them?
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