Out of interest, is it not law that you must have a licence plate at the front too? Just I've seen several shots of US cars that don't seem to have a front plate.
Cars look much better without them IMO, especially without our huge goofy british plates
Most states require you have a front plate, there are a few that don't. I think one or more state (probably California) even stipulates how high off the ground the plate has to be, which is probably why Ford put the plate in such an ugly manner on the Fiesta. Usually car makers build it to California specs, because if it's within specs in Cali, it's within specs for all other states. They use to do models for just California and then another for all other states, but now it's all built to California regs, which pisses everyone else off because it really limits the car. Think it's the main reason why we don't have small diesel cars in the US....nearly all of them do not pass California emissions standards.
I think you are required to have front plates here because of traffic cameras and radar guns for measuring speed. For the radar gun, the cops aim at the plate because it is a flat area and gives the best return. For the camera, if you cross on a red, cameras usually have a better chance of catching you off the front plates or just doubles the chance. Can't really think of any other reasons why you must have a front plate.
I don't have a front plate on my bimmer. Haven't for over a year now and never gotten pulled over. Also have illegal tint. Mostly, if you're an adult and look like a fine upstanding citizen and you didn't go too crazy or are too obvious, the cops don't nitpick you. If you are some kid or you're thuggish looking, that might be a different story. It's like going 5MPH over the speed limit. No cop will actually pull you over for that, unless he wants to pull you over to investigate other things and is using that as an excuse or he is bored out of his mind and is in a bad mood.
I tinted mine 40% ceramic on all windows except the windshield. This is what that looks like from different angles and lighting.
I will do 50% or 70% on the windshield. 50% is barely noticeable and many people will have to look hard and be thinking about it to realize it is tinted. 70% looks straight up clear and no one will think it is tinted. The reasons to do it is for UV protection and actual heat reduction, but if you're not using ceramic or metallic tints, then it's a moot point to do 70%. Not sure the cheap dyed tints even do 70% because it'd be kinda pointless considering all those tints are good for is appearance.
Not a Fiesta, but my bimmer with 30% ceramic on all windows. Windshield has 50% ceramic. I feel it looks too dark for me. At some angles it looks like it is light, but in person it just looks too dark most of the time. I like my choice for % on the Fiesta much better. Also......I have slammed the hell out of the bimmer since these pics, looks so much better now that it is lowered.