The license plate frames in this article went through two rounds of reviews. We started by searching retailers like Amazon, RealTruck, and Advance Auto Parts for top products, looking at factors such as ease of installation, customer ratings, prices, and the ability for the frame to not obscure parts of the license plate that need to be displayed.
Our product testing team then ordered the license plate frames that best met these standards. A team member tested each product on a 2003 Ford Focus ZX3, taking note of how well the license plate frame was made, how well the frame fit around a license plate, and its durability. Each license plate frame was given a rating out of 5.0 stars based on this criteria.
License Plate Frames Testing Process
Our extensive testing process compared each of our five license plate frames against the criteria listed below:
- Material: A license plate frame’s material is arguably the most important factor of this type of product. Material plays a role in not only a frame’s fit but also its durability. We observed and recorded how each different material withstood our stress and durability testing.
- Fit: Fit determines whether your license plate and frame rattle in the mount. We tested each license plate for how well it fit around a license plate as well as how it fit on the testing vehicle itself.
- Durability: Material greatly impacts this category of testing, but it is so important that it warrants a testing category of its own. We went about testing each license plate’s durability by subjecting it to a stress test where it was bent, shaken, stepped on, and generally beaten up.
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