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post #6211 of 14085
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post

Indeed; car + Plates means a vehicle check. Can get your ID and registered address. If you happen to post a picture or something liked to an account it would be pretty easy to track down all your information within a few hours.
It isn't that the risk doesn't exist in the real world, its just that you might see 1,000 people in a day and piss off 5 of them. On the internet your details remain "forever" and a few poorly chosen words may incur someone's wrath. Probably 1bn people who can speak English and use the internet, gives you a much wider net for picking up stalker-murderer types.
Re-reading that sounds mega paranoid but trust me, nerds are to be feared more than any redneck with a shotgun.

 

doing a plate look up is restricted to law enforcement and issuing agencies, and it is well regulated, every look-up is logged and must be signed in to do

a citizen (as in non LE) can't do it

 

in the UK a citizen can do a plate look-up and get name, address, etc.?  that sounds dangerous

next to impossible here to reverse look-up a license plate

post #6212 of 14085
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Originally Posted by Arthur PE View Post


in the UK a citizen can do a plate look-up and get name, address, etc.?  that sounds dangerous
next to impossible here to reverse look-up a license plate

For 15pound you can get a full vehicle history, so you can see if it's stolen, MOT'd, crashed etc.

In sweden you can get the name, address etc. all you need a fax machine.
post #6213 of 14085
Gotta love Sweden's sense of trust sometimes. The only country I know (isn't the US like this as well ?) where you pay with the magnetic piece of the visa card for everything. I had this page on my bookmark for a while but I know this would have been a bad idea.
https://www.google.de/search?sugexp=chrome,mod=12&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=track+1+2+dump
post #6214 of 14085
I think they just updated the system, so now you can get name, city etc. (no direct address) on a text message for 40c.

Not any longer they have chips on their cards now, it was the same here until a couple years ago.
post #6215 of 14085
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post


For 15pound you can get a full vehicle history, so you can see if it's stolen, MOT'd, crashed etc.
In sweden you can get the name, address etc. all you need a fax machine.

 

you can do that here also, but you need the vin, since the government is the only one with a data base vin vs plate no.

but you don't get the owners name and address

 

in Sweden you can fax the state the license plate number and they will give you the owners name and address?

wouldn't that make it easy to steal cars?

post #6216 of 14085
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Originally Posted by Arthur PE View Post


in Sweden you can fax the state the license plate number and they will give you the owners name and address?
wouldn't that make it easy to steal cars?

Fax no, you use their website and then they fax it to you. crackup[1].gif

Yes very.
post #6217 of 14085
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

I think they just updated the system, so now you can get name, city etc. (no direct address) on a text message for 40c.
Not any longer they have chips on their cards now, it was the same here until a couple years ago.
I lived for the most part last year and mostly only used the chip in atms, otherwise in other places you can just use the magnetic thing and... sign.
post #6218 of 14085
When I was in Sthlm in June I had to use the chip everywhere.
post #6219 of 14085
Not to hijack but wanted the lowdown on replacing my stock brakes with ceramics on a GL450? I have heard positives and negatives about it, but I would surely appreciate the reduced dust.
Edited by Beckwith - 7/26/12 at 6:59am
post #6220 of 14085
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Not to hijack but wanted the lowdown on replacing my stock brakes with ceramics on a GL450? I have heard positives and negatives about it, but I would surely appreciate the reduced dust.


If you are talking carbon ceramic like on AMG's, you don't need them and they are crazy expensive to buy and replace.
post #6221 of 14085
if you are driving a SUV in a way which requires ceramic brakes you should not be driving a SUV but something lighter with decent handling.
post #6222 of 14085
I wasn't planning on swapping out for Brembo, but was looking for an aftermarket brake that would be a better option to the extreme brake dust generating semi metallics that come with the car. Although the new GL63 looks mean, 0-60 in 4.2, that will likely be priced out of my range, nor does my wife need to get to soccer and faster.
post #6223 of 14085
I have ceramic brakes - they are really expensive to buy, expensive to service and REALLY expensive to replace. they also make annoying noises and don't really stop your car faster than steel brakes. their benefit is that they don't fade with repeated hard braking (really applicable only on a track) and they greatly improve unsprung weight (which you wouldn't really care about if you were driving a SuV)

edit - oh yeah, and they hardly make any brake dust. that's kind of nice because wheels are a pita to clean
post #6224 of 14085
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Originally Posted by Beckwith View Post

Not to hijack but wanted the lowdown on replacing my stock brakes with ceramics on a GL450? I have heard positives and negatives about it, but I would surely appreciate the reduced dust.

I don't think he's talking about ceramic composite brake discs, but rather ceramic brake pads, which are a popular aftermarket brake pad replacement. They generate light colored dust, so they appear to dust less, but you still have as much brake dust on your wheels, and the initial bite and feel may not be as nice as the OEM pads.
post #6225 of 14085
I should have probably said I was in the market for the pads only. I have gotten the formula down to cleaning the rims as after a coat of chemical guys wheel glaze and repeated coats of spray wax I am down to soap and water. Was trying to get a feel for how different the car would be if I used ceramics or OEM if at all. I had heard they were less repsonsive, especially when cold.
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