Vehicles

Great vehicle signage must do a number of things well to assist your business. It must communicate clearly with your target customer! They need to know who you are, what services you offer and how you want them to contact you.

Since 1980 we've been helping our customers achieve just that. We are multiple gold medal winners of vehicle signage design and application at the national signage awards - whether you have a fleet of 50+ vehicles, or are just starting out, you can be assured together we'll get it right.

From basic graphic elements to full vehicle wraps, our expert staff will develop a signage solution that will ensure you maximise this brand exposure opportunity.

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PRINT & SKETCH
We have created some templates for you to print out and sketch your ideas onto. Just select your vehicle type, print & go!

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Things to consider
Firstly understand what you want your vehicle signage to do for you. It would normally fall under one of the following categories. 
  • Promotional short term.
  • Brand recognition only.
  • Business promotional.
  • Sponsorship.
  • Private vehicle enhancement.
  • Protection - stone guard films.
  • Vehicle wraps
Is my signage legal?
This is a really important thing to consider before designing any vehicle signage. Too often we see expensive designs on vehicles presented for pricing which fall short of WOF standards. Save yourself time and money and click on the “legal” icon - NZ Transport link, modified PDF on vehicle types and signage allowances referring to WOF standards. We recommend that any vehicle signage still be checked by your WOF provider as the rules are subject to change.
 
Simplicity and clarity
Generally you have between 3-6 seconds to look at a vehicle as it drives by you so keeping it simple and clear are paramount rules. As a potential customer I want to know who you are, what you do and how I can contact you. So if you have an overpowering logo and the name isn’t really clear I’m not going to remember you. If you really want them to phone you minimise the website or if your web driven highlight that. If you have services that are better than anyone else or you are a specialist in something tell me!
 
Using the correct films?
If your vehicle is leased or you own it consider how long you will be keeping it. Let us know and we’ll use a film that will last that timeframe.
 
What condition is my paint and panel work in?
The condition of the vehicle is paramount to how long your signage will last. So flaking or poor paint will affect the adhesion of your graphics and they will ultimately fail.
 
Paint v’s vinyl films
We need to be mindful that the two are completely different. Paint is liquid and provides 100% coverage. Vinyl is an organic film which when even using the very best films will always despite what the manufacturers and resellers may tell you will always shrink back marginally. So if you’re after 100% coverage on a vehicle show us what you are after and we’ll let you know if it’s achievable.
 
Presenting a vehicle for signage
Generally we recommend cleaning the vehicle before presenting for signage the night before. Don’t use waxes or polishes this forms a barrier between the surface and the film. Just use a household detergent and remove any surface dirt. Vehicles presented for signage with heavy deposits of tar and bugs could be charged additional to take them to a satisfactory application level.  
 
Cleaning regime
When we signwrite your vehicle we’ll advise you of the best way to care for your graphics and what not to do. All too often we see vehicles in states of disrepair because this wasn’t done. It’s your investment and our name so we want the best for both of us.
 
What if my vehicle is outside Christchurch?
That’s no problem we work throughout New Zealand on a regular basis with our extensive network of qualified applicators.
 
Pricing guideline estimates
The prices contained within are a guideline only to give you an idea of what things cost. They exclude design, artwork and travel if required.
 
Level 1: Bronze – Ute or sedan image with ABC company $110.00 - $315.00 plus GST
  • Two colour vinyl cut lettering (generic font) to both front doors and rear of vehicle. (company name and phone number).
  • Excludes logos and digital printing. 
Level 2: Silver – Ute/van image with ABC Company $315.00- $600.00 plus GST.
  • Digitally printed logo and single colour vinyl cut lettering to front doors, sides and rear
  • Artwork supplied by client in correct format.
Level 3: Gold - Van / sedan with ABC Company $600.00- $1500.00 plus GST.
  • Digitally printed full colour logo, single colour vinyl graphics to front doors, side, side and rear windows and rear of vehicle. (excludes one way vision films)
  • Artwork supplied by client in correct format.
Level 4: Platinum - Van/sedan with full colour wrap $3000.00- $5000.00 plus GST.
  • Either digitally printed full colour graphic imaging to all panels of vehicle as per visual.
  • Or full colour 3M cast conformable wrap films.
  • If artwork is supplied by the client it must be in the correct format. Refer file supply
NB: Beware the cowboys in the industry and those who work from home. At Riccarton Signs you’ll receive a written warranty from our supplier and our guarantee to stand behind our application.