I realised that the High Security Number Plates (HSRP) are riveted to the body of the car and are installed after drilling holes into the car body. To remove the rivets one has to drill again.
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I just got the delivery of my Alcazar Petrol AT Signature 6 seater from Arsh Hyundai Sion. The sales experience was very smooth as well as the delivery process.
However, when I reached home and was clicking pictures, I realised that the number plate at the back looked crooked. Upon closer inspection I realised that the High Security Number Plates (HSRP) are riveted to the body of the car and are installed after drilling holes into the car body. To remove the rivets one has to drill again.
I was surprised that Arsh Hyundai even thought it is ok to give me the car like this. The Signature top end variant is only available in ‘Signature’ Hyundai dealerships.
The bottomline is that the top end has everything and the only thing that the dealer had to do was to install the number plate and they messed it up!
I immediately posted the pics on the Whatsapp group that was created as a part of the sales process with Arsh Hyundai employees. They are offering to replace the number plate and use a plastic frame. The difference is of almost an inch in the height level. I am not even sure if the frame will help. The other option would be to drill holes in the new number plate at different levels to ensure that no new holes are drilled in the boot door.
Here’s what BHPian IamNikhil had to say on the matter:
Arsh is a notorious dealership anyway.
You should have caught this though when you were at the dealership itself. If they have offered to issue a new number plate and encase it with a frame, that would be a proper solution. Get them to issue frames for both front and back plates. Tell them to send someone from their staff to your place to get this sorted, it’s a 10 minute job.
Here’s what BHPian Gannu_1 had to say on the matter:
Man, that looks really lousy and hurried. To top it, the dealership’s name and number on the windshield is an eyesore like a big ad!
Please take this up with the dealership and let them drill out the left rivet alone, align the plate properly and secure it back. Use a drill bit large enough to remove the rivet.
Here’s what BHPian Rehaan had to say on the matter:
Replacing the whole hatch door just sounds like a more painful solution to me. Paint-matching, alignment, all the electrical routing, etc etc.
I’d consider drilling out the existing rivets. I think you can get by with a same-sized drill bit rather than an oversized one.
Then create a new hole for either the left or right rivet (depending on what height level of plate you prefer).
Then close up the old hole with another rivet (which goes behind the plate, not through it). It will be a very good and long-lasting seal / protection against water etc.
And drill a new hole for the new rivet (which attaches the plate on that side).
Only concern here is whether the new whole will overlap the old hole — which would be an issue for this process.
Pop-rivets aren’t a big deal, and you’ll see how using an extra one of these will also plug the old hole pretty well.
This is what a new rivet looks like:
Here’s what BHPian akshay1234 had to say on the matter:
May be a stupid suggestion, but how about just ordering a new number plate. Make sure the number plate is straight and re use the same rivet holes even though they may be at different levels. At least the number plate will be straight, and the rivets are different levels will be less noticeable. No need to drill more holes, block holes, change the boot, etc.
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