I was recently approached with, “What should I ask about fleet graphics?” Great question! Below are the questions you should ask before spending your dough — and, if you know how much I talk, of course I gave you the answers, too.
1. What methods will be used to de-identify the vehicle?
Be careful — some methods use toxic chemicals and may cause damage to the vehicle.
2. For how long is the material guaranteed?
Less expensive materials may be rated for only one or two years, which is not a good thing on a three — five year vehicle lease!
3. How long is the process from start to finish?
You probably can’t have it tomorrow, but it shouldn’t take over a month to begin installation. Completion would depend on the number of vehicles involved.
4. How do I properly clean and maintain the vehicle graphics?
“I didn’t know I couldn’t use a power washer!” You should take the time to understand the limitations of the materials being used. Your graphics provider should supply the correct graphics care information.
5. When the graphics are removed, how should I prepare the vehicle for resale?
“What do you mean it needs repainted?” Using lesser-quality materials with permanent adhesives can lead to the scraping and scratching of your vehicle during the removal process.
6. For how long will my vehicle be out of service?
Nothing funny here – time is money. Look for a graphics provider that will keep your vehicles on the road by completing the work during your off-hours.
7. What are the advantages and disadvantages of decals versus wraps?
Decals are smaller graphics and cost less; wraps cover your entire vehicle, and offer more visibility and number of impressions.
8. What vehicle color should I order?
Seriously, ordering the optimal color could save you on coverage when ordering graphics. If you want the background of your vehicle wrap to be blue, order a blue vehicle.
9. What certifications do the installers possess?
“Bubba done showed ‘em how!” Don’t let just anyone install your decals or wrap. Ask the graphics provider if its installers are 3M certified, or members of the United Applications Standards Group (UASG).
10. Okay, I didn’t have a tenth question, but “10” looks so good in the headline.
Although TKO Graphix is known for excellence in fleet and vehicle graphics, we also provide graphics for retail, trade shows, events, OEM, fulfillment programs, and POP. We design and manufacture signs, banners, floor graphics, wall murals, reusable wall graphics, and in-store promotional graphics.
Are you an expert in your field? Do you have something to add? What questions should consumers be asking in your area of expertise? We welcome your comments and we want to hear from you.