SnapPlate (Model 3)

4.96 out of 5
(24 customer reviews)

$119.00$139.00

This SnapPlate fits all years of Model 3.

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Description

Our SnapPlate removable front license plate mount for the Tesla Model 3 installs and completely removes in seconds. The clean, minimal design blends perfectly with the Tesla front end when it’s installed and it leaves no unsightly hardware behind when it’s removed.

The idea for SnapPlate was born when I got a ticket for not having a front license plate the same weekend I bought a new 3D printer. As a self-proclaimed front-license-plate hater, I wanted something that was easy to install when traveling to areas that enforce front license plate use and easy to remove the rest of the time. None of the options available had every feature I wanted, so I made one…and then all my Tesla friends wanted one too.

SnapPlate attaches and removes in seconds and is:

  • Paint-safe
  • Grille-safe
  • Radiator-safe
  • Autopilot-safe

Hanging a license plate off the front of the plastic grille is actually pretty dangerous for the grille and grille replacements are expensive. To make SnapPlate grille-safe, we designed it to break away if it is stressed by car washes, fender benders, vandals, etc. We know things happen, so we sell replacement parts for less than it costs us to make and ship them.

Each SnapPlate comes with:

  • One fully-assembled front license plate mount, ready for your license plate
  • Four black and four silver torx security screws for the plate
  • One black torx security screw to optionally secure it to the car
  • One torx security screwdriver to keep in the car
  • One zippered case to keep all the accessories tidy in your car

SnapPlate is perfect to:

  • Remove your plate for car shows
  • Install to avoid tickets while parked at a meter
  • Remove to clean your car at home or at a car wash
  • Install for toll-by-plate roads and bridges
  • Deter theft with torx security screws on the plate and mount
  • Install a temporary plate to support your favorite team on game day

Easy Installation and Removal in Seconds:

To install SnapPlate:

  1. Push the left side of the front to rotate the latches open
  2. Line it up with the center of the grille
  3. Plug it in
  4. Push the bottom of front to rotate the latches closed (internal magnets keep it closed)
  5. Done
  6. Optionally, if you want additional security, use the included screwdriver to install the black security screw into the hole on the right side

To remove SnapPlate:

  1. Loosen the security screw, if you’re using it
  2. Push the left side of the front to open the latches
  3. Unplug
  4. Nothing left behind

 

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Features

Paint-Safe*:

Once installed, SnapPlate sits away from the paint and is strong enough to resist wind and weather without touching the bumper. Take care during installation to not touch the painted parts of the car.

Grille-Safe*:

SnapPlate has four latches that fit perfectly through and behind the grille openings to install, but then rotate to hold. They hold it firmly in place without stressing the plastic grille. It’s also flexible enough to not break the grille if it is accidentally pushed into the bumper.

Radiator-Safe*:

At less than three inches wide, it barely blocks the grille opening and the area behind it isn’t even open to the radiator so there’s no loss of airflow.

Autopilot-Safe:

Autopilot uses a radar behind the front bumper that you don’t want to block, so SnapPlate holds the plate in nearly the same position as the factory plate mount.

*SnapPlate won’t damage paint, block airflow to the radiator, or damage the grille when installed correctly and used under normal circumstances. In the event of an accident this product is not intended to provide protection to prevent vehicle damage and we are not liable for any damages to any vehicles, people, or any objects caused as a result of the use of this product.

Unapologetically Printed

3D printing enables us to create a very strong product with an internal structure that is 90% air. That makes it strong while using less plastic than other processes.

Injection molding is great for making millions of simple things, but it’s very expensive for small quantities of complicated things like this. If not for 3D printing, SnapPlate probably wouldn’t exist or it would cost much more.

One consideration of 3D printing is that the surface finish is different from injection molded parts. Since it makes the parts one layer at a time, it has some distinct features. Here some examples:

Layers – parts are printed one layer at a time

Steps – the layers are visible as steps on slanted surfaces

Strings – fine, easily-removable strings are sometimes left behind

Small Holes – where the printer changes layers

FAQ

Q: What is your return policy?

A: If you’re not satisfied, you have 30 days to return SnapPlate for a full refund. See our returns and refunds policy for details.

 

Q: What is the warranty?

A: We’ll give you 180 days to make sure it can hold up to your local weather. See our returns and refunds policy for details.

 

Q: Can I use a license plate holder or frame with SnapPlate?

A: If the frame is 1/4″ (6mm) or less then the included 10mm screws will work fine. If you need longer, this pack of multiple length screws should give you plenty of options.

 

Q: Can I get SnapPlate in a color other than black?

A: Maybe. Email us at contact@livingtesla.com.

 

Q: Can I get a custom logo?

A: Maybe. Email us at contact@livingtesla.com.

 

Q: If SnapPlate is so easy to remove, won’t it be easy to steal?

A: If someone knows enough to steal it, they should know that they’ll be staring at the front Sentry camera while they’re doing it, but if theft is a concern for you, just screw the included security screw into the hole in the side of SnapPlate to make it much harder to remove.

 

Q: Can I get the files to print my own parts?

A: Not at this time, but we plan to open source it in the future when making them ourselves is no longer fun.

 

Q: What is SnapPlate made of?

A: PETG plastic (the same stuff as water bottles) and stainless steel fasteners.

 

Q: Can I take SnapPlate through an automated car wash?

A: Some touchless washes may be fine, but brushes or really strong touchless water sprays will likely push it into the bumper which could scratch the paint. Most car washes also have strong blowers to dry the car which can break the plate mount off. To protect against damage to the bumper or plastic grille where it attaches, we designed the plate mount to break away. SnapPlate is fast and easy to remove for situations exactly like this and we strongly recommend you remove it.

 

Q: Is SnapPlate weather-proof?

A: It is made of plastic with stainless stainless steel fasteners so there’s no concern of rust and the body has integrated drain paths for any water that might enter.

 

Q: Will SnapPlate fade in the sun?

A: PETG plastic is UV stable, but when it is mounted on the car, there is very little direct sun on it anyway.

 

Q: Will wind push the plate against the bumper? What about speed bumps?

A: We tested SnapPlate at over 80 mph and over sharp speed bumps at 20 mph with no issues. Check out our deflection testing video:

24 reviews for SnapPlate (Model 3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric Beck (verified owner)

    I’ve had my Snap Plate on my Tesla Model 3 for a couple months now. It was working great until another car hit my front plate, and then it broke. At first I was upset, but then I realized it saved my front bumper, which would have been an expensive fix.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve (verified owner)

    I’ve had my SnapPlate for about a month now, and its working great! At first I installed the security screw, because I was taking a long road trip, and worried it wouldn’t stay in place. I’m happy to say that several road trips later without the security screw, its rock solid. Odds of someone else knowing how to remove this, or even wanting to, are low enough that I don’t worry too much. It is super simple to remove when washing my car and reinstall too. Just a few seconds and done. It looks great and adds a ton of convenience. Zero regrets!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Private Person Who is Not Into Social Media

    This is a superb product. Securely mounts, but removes without tools! It is just what you need if you want to take good care of the paint on your bumper, or if you ever plan to get a vinyl wrap on your car like me. I am a genuine SnapPlate customer but this review is anonymous because I don’t use social media. I’m writing this because the people at Living Tesla seem like good people and this is a great product.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Weiss (verified owner)

    I looked at several other designs, and decided this was the best of the bunch. Accommodates license plate frames, frequent on/off cycles, or permanent mounting if desired. A bit of dry lube around the periphery of the mounting knob made it even smoother. The security screw is simple and out of sight. The plastic material initially looks a bit flimsy, but is solid with the plate attached. I suspect the SnapPlate will sacrifice itself on hard impact, saving the bumper and grill vanes…

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucas (verified owner)

    It works well and is easy to use. I put it on when parking on the street. Highly recommend

  6. 5 out of 5

    Derek (verified owner)

    Bought this to avoid tickets parking on the street. It is built solid and I have had zero issues with it. It holds the plate well and the security screw is a nice addition. I don’t feel like it’s going to break the grill like other plate holders I found online. Definitely recommend this one over all other plate holders.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darby (verified owner)

    I was looking for a solution after I got a warning (in a very small town) for not having a front plate. SnapPlate fit the bill. It works great and was easy to install. I can’t seem to engage the security screw, but that is a minor issue. Initially I thought the price was high, but in actuality, it’s not. A lot of thought went into the design and production and to have a way of mounting the front plate that is pretty much invisible and doesn’t damage the car is well worth the price. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a solution especially if you are in a state that require a front license plate.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Louis Cassaro (verified owner)

    My SNAPPLATE works just like you said it would and I love that! Nice design and easy to take on and off.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ROLAND ASCARRUNZ (verified owner)

    This is a very well thought out and well engineered piece of magic.
    I hate front license plates, they make the beautiful front facials of Teslas look awful. Especially the Model 3.
    Unfortunately I live on Los Angeles where a front plate is required.
    Most of the time I don’t install it, and take a risk of getting a citation, but I keep the SnapPlate in the trunk in case I’m pulled over and then I make up some story as to why I forgot to reinstall it. It is so easy to put it on that a child with a blindfold could do it in seconds. Truly a wonderful invention.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Edward Milstein

    I have owned my model 3 for over a year and waited until this product was released to finally purchase a front license plate holder. This device is exactly what I wanted – easy to put on and take off – doesn’t touch the car’s paint – reasonably priced and finally, a high quality build.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scott M

    After looking at many of the available brackets I’m very glad I chose this one. Very creative design, super simple to install and remove. Thank you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Edgar (verified owner)

    Great product. Easy to snap on and remove. I looked at several options, but this was the best.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ascanio

    Just received it. I love it! It’s fabulously well designed. Attaches/detaches easily. Looks fabulous, especially with a silicon plate frame.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matt M (verified owner)

    Took less than five minutes to install. High quality item that looks like it will last for a long time, even in our harsh winters. Super easy to remove when washing the car, although it’s secure enough and tough enough that I’ve ended up leaving it on the car 99% of the time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    XL (verified owner)

    I just received it and 5 star for the incredibly fast processing. They clearly worked over the WE. Also I like the lock magnet system. Very clever. The slim look is way nicer than the bulky OEM. And no damage to my clear bra.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joan M

    I did not receive a screwdriver in my package and the screws are so unusual that no one I knew had any easy way to screw the screws and ended up turning the screws with some kind of plyers! My neighbor has ordered some from Amazon so that he will be prepared next time. Meanwhile, my screws are on, but not on tightly, and I’m certainly not going to ask someone to try to screw the one that goes on the side… The apparatus went on to the car very easily, though and it seems sturdy enough, though it will slide a little if one pushes on it (so I just won’t push on it).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chrgngo (verified owner)

    I’m definitely loving the SnapPlate for my Model 3! I take a lot of photos of my Model 3 and the photos turn out a lot better without the front plate on. The best part, the SnapPlate only takes a couple seconds to take off and put back on. Also it’s holding up great during the winter months with all the snow and ice. I’d highly recommend!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Derrick (verified owner)

    I went through a couple of attempts at getting my SnapPlate installed on my Model 3. In the first attempt, I didn’t receive the security screws, but once I notified that guys here, they immediately apologized and sent a new shipment. Unfortunately, that new shipment was inexplicably lost by the Post Office (through no fault of the folks at LivingTesla), but once I notified them that the shipment was never delivered, they immediately sent a third package. I received it a few days later, and in a matter of minutes I had the SnapPlate installed. It looks great. I was initially worried about it not withstanding high speeds as I didn’t want to keep taking it on and off, but so far it’s held up well at speeds up to 90-95 mph.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lelah Larry (verified owner)

    In addition to having a fantastic product that works exactly as advertised, the customer service is awesome. I had made some inquires and they got back to me quickly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Guy (verified owner)

    Awesome product. Cleans up the beautiful front end. Great fast shipping. Great work guys!

  21. 5 out of 5

    KB (verified owner)

    My item was damaged in transit and customer support quickly responded. That very same day they sent me a new one. The snap plate was very easy to install and looks great.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    The mount is very well designed and very simply to attach and detach. I am extremely pleased with it and will be recommending it to family and friends who also have Teslas.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark (verified owner)

    Extremely happy with the purchase. It is so quick to take off and put on that the detailer who cleaned my car was amazed and wished it was that easy to get around other cars plate mounts. No issues, and really great to see the spare parts just in case you do have an accident since its cheaper to replace the snapplate than the parts in the bumper.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian Clayton

    Received the Snapplate today. Very happy with the quality of the product and the versatility it will offer! Highly recommend!

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