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are van graphics worth it and how much do they cost?
““how much do van graphics cost?” A question we often get asked by someone about to hand over their hard-earned cash is but is it worth getting van graphics? in short, the answer is an undoubtable YES.
Before you go into looking on social media and google looking for the best option for you there are some things you will need to think about.
You don’t and it won’t make your van any better, faster or fuel efficient, but it will 100% get you noticed and generate more work as its basically free advertising as you drive around or park up outside a job. Think about the average days drive, how many times are the roads empty? Not many. Everyone who is sat behind you or waiting for you to pull out of a turning will see your vehicle graphics and your company details. Same when you are working on site or at a clients.
Before you try and work out how much van graphics cost its worth thinking about if you are a “hands on” kind of person there are online sites where you can “design” and order your graphics, and then fit these yourself, this is the cheapest option. To do this you’ll need a spare half day to do the design and then a day to fit these.
Obviously your van sign writing will be seen everyone and your would be customers so it needs to look good. If you are not a “creative”, maybe body swerve this option. It’s probably also worth working out whether you’d rather be fitting graphics, earning money or sitting at the pub?
If you are looking to go to a professional outfit you will need to budget for this, the team at Motive Graphics will be able to advise on the best options for your vehicle graphics and the budget for this. Pricing for a small van will start at around the £200 but will depend on the amount of coverage needed on the van. Our handy price calculator will give you a few ideas to get you started.
Anyone who does regular van sign writing will have an encyclopaedia of all the vans, cars, lorries. When you approve your quote you should expect to see some visuals of your van and should expect to see a few options from the design team, don’t just settle for a basic design ask for some examples of what you can expect BEFORE you approve your quote.
Vehicle graphics are a modification to the vehicle so you’ll need to inform your insurer. Oddly it doesn’t affect your premium as much as you’d expect. If you add a “Driven well?” sticker to the back this will reduce the policy and let’s be honest, you’d have to be pretty daft to drive a van badly when your company details and/or mobile number are on it?
Many smaller “Fred in a shed” graphics business don’t have premises so will need to fit on site, or at your address. This can present issues as debris, flies etc easily get under the vinyl and can cause blemishes. You’ll also be held a little to ransom by mother nature, if it is raining fitting vinyl’s is never a good idea. This in turn can cause frustration as a cancelled fitting takes the van off the road and can stop you earning. We would always recommend checking that the company you are going for have a proper fitting workshop.
Fitting vehicle graphics and van sign writing is not hard to do, but it is really hard to do well. A lot of “graphics companies” are small one band outfits, and it can be hard to see previous examples of their van sign writing. If you are not sure ask for a reference from someone who has had work done by them or go onto google and look for reviews. If you are looking at a price that’s miles cheaper than anyone else and you cannot get a referral. WALK AWAY.
When you go a pick up your van, expect someone to show you around the vehicle, explain after care and hand back your keys, this is the time to give it a once over and pick out any faults.
We have had some great feedback from our customers, see our examples of customer reviews from our clients on TrustPilot and Google.
David Hennessy is our Managing Director and co-founder of Motive Graphics, a sign, vehicle graphics and exhibition services business based in Huntingdon and supplying Cambridge, Peterborough and Nationally.
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what our customers say about us
Great service, from initial contact right through to install of graphics on the van,
Would 100% recommend they guys and girls at Motive.
Matt Riley, Private Chef - Van Graphics
We had the pleasure of working with Motive Graphics for the re-design of our signage throughout our salon and outside. From start to finish they were on the ball, and efficient in their correspondence with us. Nothing was every too much trouble, no matter how many times we tweaked things. Edward was so helpful throughout. We would 100% recommend Motive Graphics. The salon looks amazing, thank you!
Lash and Glo - Signage and Interior Graphics
We've been using Motive for all of our exhibition and display needs. I can't thank them enough for the projects they have delivered, they always go over and above to help us to achieve our goals. They cover everything from concept creation, to sourcing materials, delivery and build. Everything is always delivered to the highest standard, and there is never a problem that can't be solved! A massive THANK YOU.
Essential Cuisine - Exhibition Stand and Events Solution
From a small pizza chain called The pizza room, Dave and his team were extremely and utterly professional and helpful from the day of purchase to receiving the stickers. Seriously couldn't recommend Motive Graphics any more. We will definitely be using them for future projects we have coming up 🙂
The Pizza Room London - Shop Signs
We’d like to say a massive thank you to the legends at Motive Graphics for design and creating a full range of signs in time for our official opening last weekend! From a rough brief, they created and tweaked proofs to suit our (and the council’s) requirements, and had them made and ready for collection in no time. Thanks again for your help guys!
Paradigm Cycles - Signs and Interior Graphics
The guys have just left after putting up the external signs at the gym and an internal one on the front desk. I week from quote to install with no issues at all. Will 100% be using again on our next batch of internal signage.
Alpha Athletic Gym - Shop Signs
Ordering was easy, goods turned up on time, great quality stickers that have made a huge impact in getting people to comply with the new rules
Martin Taylor - Social Distancing Stickers
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