Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Good Sign


I recently had to purchase a new work van because repairing my old one was promising to be an inordinate investment. I knew exactly what I wanted when I set out: A silver Dodge Caravan with Stow-and-Go seats. Because this is a vehicle for pick-up and delivery, it is very important to have the entire back cleared out for furniture. My last Caravan had big bench seats and I had to lug those things in and out when I needed a seat back there. Between that and having to store them in my barn, it was a major hassle.


After I found what I was after I set out to get the new one lettered with vinyl. If you have your own business, I cannot express enough to you: get your vehicle lettered. It is so worth it. Last vehicle, I had the cost paid off in work directly from seeing the van within two weeks. Seriously. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve given folks my business card while pumping gas. I’ve even gotten work while I was unloading trash on a dump run.

 

I have a local place do the work and they have been excellent to work with. We just shoot emails of photoshopped images back and forth until it is just right. I walked down to the sub shop and read while the work was being done. A pleasant experience all around. I think they did a good job... I have noticed people rubbernecking at my vehicle as I have been driving around the past few days. I hope that’s a good sign.

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  1. As a sign buy myself I understand why some go with vinyl. I do both vinyl and lettering with brush and paint (traditional sign painting a true craft). I'm not knocking you or anything, but when I clicked on the article I was almost expecting to see a traditional craft like sign painting featured. With that said, look at the back of the van and check CRAFT(S)MANSHIP .

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    1. See, even I do it. should be guy not buy. :)

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    2. Ah! Good eye. I stopped over today and had them fix it. Note the new image in the post. Thanks!

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    3. no problem. it happens from time to time, glad its fixed.

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  2. Seems too small if you go out to buy wood. Do you have all your wood delivered to your workshop or do you have a 2nd car / truck just for that?

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    1. I can easily fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood on the floor and if I let my boards slide up between the front seats into the dash, I get ten feet. That said, I get my hardwood delivered. Even at that I don't build all that much so I am not hauling lumber so much.

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  3. Josh,

    Great purchase. I have been looking at vans just like this. What year did you decide on? Do you know what year the folding seats started? Lumber will fit in here with out issue.

    FR

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  4. I'm constantly noticing lettered vans and trucks and am often just thinking "wow, I didn't know we had that in town". But drive carefully! Nothing's worse than cutting off someone in traffic that can then remember who you are! :)

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