The Merrickville Cruise and Shop car show keeps getting bigger and better! It’s now billed as the largest non-judging car show in Canada, and it seems to attract more people, vendors, and cars than ever!
Ontplates was there, as usual, vending along Main Street across from the Highway 43 Car Club, grooving to the hits of yesteryear as the procession of incoming cars started before 8 am. It was a beautiful day (at least to start) and there was lots to see and do– Monster trucks, drag cars, “Name That Part” Contest, mobile horsepower testing by the Dynacologist team from Brantford, blindfolded “backseat driver” course, modded lawn tractor races, and of course, over a thousand classic autos, as far as the eye can see.
Merrickville itself is a pretty town, and the show is a boon to the many merchants, eateries and galleries that support the car show in many ways. And of course, we’re there too, schooling folks on the rules of the YOM program, and selling some guaranteed plates as well.
We love seeing the growing contingent of YOM-plated cars at the show. Each year, we’re able to see more of our street-legal handiwork.
The weather forecast called for clouds in the afternoon, with few-if-any scattered showers. However, the skies opened up at around one o’clock. The rain was off-and-on, and the crowds did what they could with it, but eventually, we had to pack our ’71 Super Beetle, Greta, up early and head home. When the water on the street rushes over top of your shoes… it’s time to take the hint!
We had a great time, rain notwithstanding, and Ontplates will continue to support this excellent show!
Our paint shop is finally out of winter mode, which means full steam ahead! It wasn’t a terribly cold winter, but it stayed cold enough — for long enough – that we couldn’t open the shop up as early as last year. But the shop is no longer cold enough to keep the beer, so that’s our cue to start using the fridge and open the shop up for business!
We’ve accumulated some excellent restorable stock over the winter, so stay tuned to us on Twitter or Facebook to learn about our new arrivals as they happen.
As always, we’ll be at the annual licence plate collectors’ swap meet in Acton, Ontario, which falls on Sunday April 30 this year (runs from 8-12, come early, not late). We’ll bring a healthy selection of our YOM stock. There will be many thousands of plates available for collecting as well, from many different vendors across Ontario. You’ll many plates from Ontario, across Canada and the US, and around the world!
Here’s to 2017 and another great summer of cruising in classic autos!
Effective January 1, 2017, the transfer fee for terminated plates rises to $32 from the previous value of $20. About 5% of our plates in stock have the “terminated” designation.
You can read all about the meaning of “terminated” in our FAQ section on terminated plates. We make it clear as to which sets of plates are terminated in our product descriptions. The $32 transfer fee is disclosed plainly. We also feed you the FAQ for terminated plates in the product descriptions, where applicable.
Nobody likes a price increase, especially when the government does it. But we at Ontplates strive to keep you well-informed.
For your information, the transfer fee was $14 in 2015, which increased to $20 in 2016; this was an increase of 30%. The new $32 transfer fee for 2017 represents a 60% increase from the previous $20 value set for 2016.
If you have a comment or question for the Ontario Minister of Transportation, you may contact the Minister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (type or paste this address into a new message). For more information about the MTO, you may also visit its website at this address: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/
Well, winter is basically here. This weekend, Ontario has been pelted with the first big snowstorm of the year. Antique and classic vehicles are asleep by now, and Ontplates has switched to winter mode.
Our summer output—April through October— was around 120 pairs of plates, either original, touched up, refinished, or full-on restorations. Just for fun, pictures below are some of our favourites from 2016. But we’ve also been keeping busy doing something we just can’t do much of during the winter: Priming and top-coating plates. This involves spraying, which just doesn’t work in cold weather. So on top of our regular output, we also have dozens of pairs that are now ready for detailing through the winter months. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to see our newly-completed items as they’re done!
We’re always looking to buy restorable plates, no matter the season. If you have some, contact us. We’ll shoot straight with you, pay promptly, and gladly pay to cover your shipping costs. All we ask is for a picture of the plates beforehand—or at least a detailed list of year, number and condition.
YOM license plates make a great Christmas gift—as long as the recipient knows the tasks and costs involved to have them registered to be street-legal in Ontario. We will never sell plates to a client without first clearly stating those costs. We don’t want our customers to be blindsided, so we will always take the time to inform you first, and make a sale second. Above all else, we want you to be glad that you chose Ontplates.com, even if you decide that YOM license plates maybe aren’t what you’re looking for. If you would like to know more about any aspect of the YOM program, please contact us! We ship via Expresspost, which will get your plates to you, tracked, in two business days. Plenty of time to wrap them and put them under the tree! And if you’re looking for a unique gift idea– Our YOMtabs make a great stocking stuffer!
You can find pretty much any answer in our comprehensive FAQ section. Here are a couple of common ones that we hear during the lead-up to Christmas:
Once I buy plates from you, what comes next?
Ontplates.com sends this info to you in writing with each pair of plates you buy, so you’re not left scratching your head. The MTO describes the procedure at this link in full on their site. Succinctly: You send the plates and original vehicle ownership to the MTO Head Office in Kingston, plus a cheque to cover the $251.65 fee for registration– which presently costs less than to order personalized plates. You can also read about my own experience in plating my car with YOMs, including all the purchase and safety steps taken.
Can I buy YOM plates for someone as a gift?
Sure can! But there are some tasks to do and costs involved for the recipient of your gift. In a nutshell, the following must be done by the person who receives your gift of plates:
- Send the plates + ownership to an office tower in Kingston for approval
- Pay $251.65 for registration of the plate number to the recipient’s name
- Go to your local ServiceOntario outlet to have the plates stickered (full annual sticker price)
Discuss it with your loved one first. It breaks the surprise, but if they’re not keen on the steps above, perhaps YOM isn’t your best choice for now.
I’m just looking for a license plate as a collectible only. Can you help?
The stock posted on Ontplates.com is intended for street-legal registration to classic car owners. We go to a lot of trouble and cost to ensure that we only offer plates with numbers that will be allowable to the MTO (most plates have numbers that are “taken” in the system). Thus, we can’t come down on our prices just because a person wants a collectible. If you want a collectible plate, they can be often be found quite cheaply on eBay, and we generally send people there when they ask. If you have your heart set on an item from our stock, we will sell to you after we have informed you that there are cheaper options.
This Saturday, October 29 marks the 14th annual Tinchasers license plate collectors’ swap meet, held in Grimsby, Ontario. Collectors from all over Ontario make the trek to Grimsby to buy, sell, trade, and chat about plates. Membership in a club is not required, so all are welcome to attend for a modest $5 entrance fee, which simply covers the rental of the venue. Curious newcomers are welcome, even if they have no plates to bring. Kids and spouses enter for free!
Sales tables are available to use for an additional $5, for any person who is bringing plates to trade or sell. Also, display boards are always welcome for those who enjoy the show-and-tell aspect of the plate hobby (no cost for displays– just find yourself some wall space). If you’re looking for old or unusual plates for your collection, Grimsby is your best bet!
The motoring season is winding down by late October, but Ontplates.com will be there with a selection of YOM pairs from our most-requested years. If you see something you like from our stock, ask us to bring it. You’ll have the opportunity to buy them in person at the Grimsby meet!
We’ve been hard at work in the paint shop priming, sanding and spraying plates to have them ready for detailing through the fall and winter. We’re always interested in acquiring old pairs for restoration, so whether you make the trip to Grimsby, or just want to contact us with what you have, we’re eager to say hello!
Where: St. Andrew’s Church, 7 St. Andrews Avenue, Grimsby, ON
When: 8 am to 1 pm, Saturday October 29. (Come early… could be unofficially open as early as 7:30)
Parking: Free, right beside the entrance to the rear hall
Map: Here you go. Closest QEW access is Exit 71, Christie Street. Easiest vehicle entry is right around the corner, On Main West (regional road 81).
Questions: Contact Jon Upton using the Ontplates.com contact form, or Don Goodfellow at 905-562-6840
Well, our biggest event of the year, the Merrickville Car Show Cruise & Shop, has come and gone. The weather on Sunday, July 10 was pretty drizzly for the morning, but things dried out reasonably well by the afternoon. According to the organizers, there were about 450 cars in attendance (down from the 1500 or so last year when the weather was hot & sunny).
We look at it from this point of view—We spent eight hours surrounded by old cars, relaxing comfortably, and chatting about plates with the many people who stopped by. Purchasing YOM licence plates is not an impulsive activity—our prospective customers need to be told about the costs involved, and we go to Merrickville with the expectation that we’ll pass out cards and educate folks who will reconnect with us in the days and week after the show. If we make a sale on-site – which we did – it’s a bonus that just makes a great day even better. Now that we can accept credit cards, it saves our clients from having to hunt for a bank ATM to withdraw cash.
Examples of our plates were spaced around the various show lots. A recent Ontplates sale from a few weeks ago bore some fruit in Merrickville, in the form of a striking rat-style 1925 Dodge tow truck. Another set of our plates was spotted on a shiny ’72 Chevy pickup. It’s always nice to see examples of our own work on the road and at shows.
We’ll be present at other shows in the Ottawa area on a casual basis over the summer. The best way to see our stock is to simply browse online. If it’s ready and for sale, then it’s posted on Ontplates.com.
Enjoy the summer safely!
Ontplates.com is well into its high season. Tops on the to-do list is the restoration of old plates in our stock. The paint shop is busy, whether we’re stripping, sanding, priming or detailing the plates that end up in our extensive online stock. If you don’t see it in our stock now, it’s on its way. As of now, we have plenty of popular years, including 1957, 1964 and 1969 upcoming. The best way to get your hands on one of those is to be placed on our waiting list for those years, since supply is often outstripped by demand.
We are subscribers to and advertising partners with Old Autos newspaper out of Bothwell, Ontario. From time to time, we see some of our clients proudly showing off their vehicles. Last month, a stunning Ford Model A was featured in full colour on the front page with a fully restored pair of 1931 plates from our workbench. We’re pleased to contribute a part to your vehicles, however small it may be.
Of course, we can’t offer restored pairs unless we have stock to restore. Ontplates is always on the lookout to buy more restorable pairs, especially between 1950 and 1970. We offer a fair price in buying pairs that require work, which we consider to be raw materials. If we’re interested in your plates, we’ll pay you an amount that makes it worthwhile to us, and our price will very likely be higher than if you were to simply sell them to a picker. Contact us if you have plates to sell. Even if we don’t take them, we’ll give you a fair estimate of value as a “thank-you” for your time.
Grassroots advertising is our method to “spread the word” about the YOM program in Ontario; The Ministry of Transportation has never actually advertised the program. We attend various car shows and cruise nights in the Ottawa area on an informal basis—Monkey Joe’s, the Rideau Lakes ACCCC show in Lombardy and Hot Rod Rally among them. We’re thrilled to see any YOM-plated classics on display, whether the plates came from us, or elsewhere. If you drive a pre-’73 vehicle and have no special plate for it, we may drop a business card onto your driver’s seat. If you’re visiting our site because of our cards, than thanks for visiting! Feel free to pass the card along if you like. Ontplates is a small business that works hard to reach out to people like you.
Enjoy the summer of 2016 safely. Please don’t drink and drive.
The Halton Tag Club held its annual license plate swap meet at the town arena in Acton, Ontario. Ontplates was there, with YOM-ready stock to purchase. Acton is a spring swap show that draws classic car owners and collectors from all over the province.
The show officially started at 8 am, but as always, the doors were open by 7:30 for move-in, or for earlybirds who already had their first coffee of the day.
Not only is this an excellent meet for purchasing YOM-ready plates, but there are many rare and unusual Ontario licence plates available to purchase, and there are always some displays to admire. This year, the Acton meet also played host to a silent auction to disperse the estate collection of a recently-departed, long-time collector. Many dozens of collectors were on hand for the entire morning. The meet winds up at about 1 pm, but even afterward, there are a few collectors who can’t resist the chance to swap a little more.
Ontplates will be out and about at a few other shows in 2016, but the best way to find what you want is to browse our online stock. You can be the first to hear about our new releases of stock by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter!
It was a weird winter in Ottawa– no snow until after Christmas, then most of Ontario’s snow was funneled our way in a short time, breaking our one-day snowfall record along the way. But suddenly it warmed up, kept raining, and the snow’s all but gone.
The unheated Ontplates paint shop has slowly been warming up over the past two weeks, so we may as well call a spade a spade… the main restoration shop is open for the season. We’ve been busy grinding, sanding and priming. The tags hanging on the drying line are just the beginning of some outstanding stock additions for this year. Our restoration efforts will continue all the while, with lots of cool years and number combos coming down the pipe.
We’re always looking to buy restorable plates. If your spring cleaning turns up some old Ontario plates, it wouldn’t hurt to use our contact form (see the navigation bar at the top) and send us a pic or two with a brief description of what you have.
If you’re having a car judged at a show this year, let us know… YOM licence plates can score some extra points!
Spring is coming—be ready with a set of YOM licence plates for your classic auto!