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signed van

Posted by peewa (neil 47), 13 February 2004
Had a quote of £175 inc vat for van doing .
is this about right?
and what should I be looking at having on it?
Also having some leaflets printed would you put your prices on or leave them off.

Neil    Huh Huh Huh
Posted by strakercleaning (strakercleaning), 13 February 2004
Neil, Luckily i know someone with vinyl cutter who did me van for free, so not able to comment on costs Cool
My personal view is that you should not advertise prices otherwise no calls will come through for enquiries. I find that many people who call for qoutes (80-90%), go on and book the work. They are saying that after talking to me, it is apparent that i know what i am talking about. Some are saying that they ask questions about the proceedure and the person on the phone does not seem to understand the question let alone know the answer. (Thats apart from the company phones manned by someone who has english as a 2nd language) Shocked I have gained work from telephone enquiries even after qouting higher prices, as a result of CHATTING.
My view is that if you are after quality work in quality homes and neighbourhoods, then your van must be smart and classy looking Lips Sealed(oooops .....that will start something). Less is more in my eyes and a nicely signed van will attract a lot of attention ..... without going to the extreme and making it look like an ICE CREAM VAN Roll Eyes. My van is on 1st page of my website, take a peek, SIMPLE AND SMART..... does what it says on the tin, down to number plate ( that causes comments also Wink.) Check out as many websites as possible to get a larger number of ideas..............immitation is a form of flattery...........just do NOT copy exactly. Grin GOOD LUCK
Posted by Jim_Lynch (Jim_Lynch), 13 February 2004
I agree with Chris.
Regarding the signwriting, keep it †simple. I have seen so many vans around, not just CC but all trades, where there is so much verbiage and clutter that it's difficult to know what exactly the owner does.
I live on a busy arterial road, and cannot garage my van because of it's height. All I have on the van is my name, what I do (Carpet and Upholstery cleaning) and a phone no.
I've had numerous calls from people driving past and jotting down my number. Make sure the phone no is in large print. People could not care less what process you use, whether you have the biggest truckmount with all the bells and whistles or much of the other useless print seen on vans. KISS is still the best philosophy.
Don't advertise price on your flyers. All that does is divert your potential customers from the things you want to sell, like good quality work, to price... sell benefits and yourself, not a low price.

Posted by Derek (Derek Bolton), 13 February 2004

It's all been said and I agree with both the previous posts.

I had my own van signwritten (vinyl) earlier this month and Like Chris I can't tell you the price as I have arranged to clean some carpets for the company who did the work as payment

The price you quoted sounds about right though

Posted by Dave_Parry (Dave Parry), 13 February 2004
June 2002 had both sides of my van signed cost £150 inc VAT. Dec 2003 had the back and a slight change to sides done £ 60. So £ 175 is about right.
Posted by stevegunn (Steve Gunn), 13 February 2004
Its a lot cheaper up north i paid £90+vat for both sides and the rear Grin
Posted by peewa (neil 47), 13 February 2004
Thanks lads I,m going to take your advice and alter things a bit ie no prices and just simple sign writting and not to much
thanks again Neil
Posted by SteveTruman (SteveTruman), 13 February 2004
Worth the drive up here. Cost for 2 sides , back doors and bonnett £55 +vat. Extra £10 for 4 logo's . Looks very nice........ All vinyl lettering

Posted by strakercleaning (strakercleaning), 13 February 2004
Sounds great but where is UP HERE? Huh
Another good reason for all to add area details to signature in profiles, no matter how vague..........see below. Wink simply shows what part of the country i am in and easy way to contact me, without showing phone number ( NO ADVERTISING IN FORUMS  Lips Sealed )
Posted by lee_gundry (lee_gundry), 13 February 2004
i usally spend around £600-£700 for my van lettered up but i have grafix on it as well.

Lee G

Posted by squeaky (squeaky), 13 February 2004
I pay £75 a van (including my Sprinter) but That is supply only,I put them on myself (easy peasy)

Keep it simple but to the point.

Posted by gwrightson (gwrightson), 13 February 2004
graphics  2 sides   back , all lettering
£100 all in,  fitted  even come to your home to discuss
 and quality work
 he is semi retired though  so no real overheads
Posted by exterioruk (exterioruk), 13 February 2004
Have a very good friend that done my van and is very keen to do mail order kits, if you send a pic of your van and a rough idea of what u want , then can supply the kit and u fit, easy to do, and kits will start from £50 including design,  mesage me if u are intrested

Posted by lenpg (Len Gribble), 13 February 2004

I think Chris, Jim and Derek hit it on the nail

Great idea Dan DIY fitting, but do hope your friend supplies full fitting instructions and tricks of the trade on fitting, as once totally stuck you cant peel it off to use again, ITíS US!! Water is the key.

How big is your van? Escort or a lwb Sprinter size costs.  I also got mine more or less free I do favours they do favours, itís called networking


Posted by Ian_G. (Ian_Gourlay), 13 February 2004
Interesting Observation.

Lee G charges top prices and is prepared to pay top prices for quality and design
Posted by SteveTruman (SteveTruman), 14 February 2004
on 02/13/04 at 13:51:25, strakercleaning wrote:
Sounds great but where is UP HERE? Huh
Another good reason for all to add area details to signature in profiles, no matter how vague..........see below. Wink simply shows what part of the country i am in and easy way to contact me, without showing phone number ( NO ADVERTISING IN FORUMS †Lips Sealed )
Hey up Chris
If you look in my profile it does say Yorkshire..



Posted by strakercleaning (strakercleaning), 14 February 2004
Steve, Sorry mate but too many threads to read to start rummaging through each persons profile Lips Sealed
You know where i am based without trying to find my profile Cool so i feel it just makes answering questions etc, much more straight forward.  Wink
Yorkshire still a bit far to go ........cost me £50 in fuel Shocked
Posted by Lee (Lee), 14 February 2004
I got Full colour on my van , a picture 4 ft x 3 ft and every panel written, cost £660 inc vat, well worth it i think.
Posted by houseangels (House Angels), 15 February 2004

Try this out
It is a do it yourself ordering site based in France.
I went thru the system and ordered the kit 2 days later it arrived
Easy to fit cost £80 for me to do both sides, rear and both doors

Good luck


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