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CAR-SPECIAL® – Vehicle templates
- Vehicle search - video instructions
- Which is cheaper, subscription or individual purchase?
- Keyword search
- Search filter
- Vehicle preview
- Vehicle information
- Vehicle foiling – tips
- Vehicle distinguishing features – older/newer models, facelifts
- Vehicle dimensions – entered in millimetres
- Facelift/model change – to note
- Differences – electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid ...
- Photo comparison
- CAR 3D - Presentation
- Design vehicles online with CAR-SIGNER
- Find truck and bus models
- Where can I find truck bodies?
- Bookmark vehicles
- Create new watchlist
- Sort watchlists
- Delete vehicles from a watchlist
- File format – in which file formats do I receive my blueprints?
- Download – how do I download a vehicle?
- Precision – do I have to verify the measurements on the vehicle?
- Dimensions – are the vehicle templates provided with dimensions?
- Scale – Convert dimensions to original size
- Programs - which ones are suitable for working with?
- Login - does not work
If you need more than 6 vehicle drawings per year, the subscription pays for itself after the second year. With more than 12 vehicle drawings per year, you even save after the first year!
You can search using anything that is in the database: manufacturer, model, body shape, dimensions etc.
Tip: The quickest way to find a “Ford Transit Custom” is to enter the model name directly.
Here you should select what you know about the vehicle you are looking for. The number of hits will become smaller with each step.
You can decide for yourself which view(s) you want to see:
e.g. all, or only the front and left side. You can also freely select the display size on your monitor using the slider.
Here you will find all the important information about the respective vehicles such as the year of manufacture, body shape, glazing, dimensions etc.
You will find useful information and background knowledge on vehicle foiling, vehicle lettering and car wrapping in the section Vehicle Foiling – Tips
Problem: Within a chosen year of manufacture, different models are displayed because a new model or facelift came out.
Solution: In the front view, look out for typical distinguishing features such as headlights and radiator grille in order to find the right model.
You will find other helpful distinguishing features in the texts alongside the vehicle illustrations:
Year of manufacture (up to or from the chosen year of manufacture), model series designation and if applicable the supplement “facelift”.
Tip, for subscribers only: You can often also identify new models from an increase in the length of the vehicle
Identify vehicle distinguishing features more easily
Where: “Search result” tab
How: Click on the “Show differences” button (top right next to the small black vehicle symbols).
The differences between the vehicles which are found are now marked in blue in the text.
Tip: Click on these texts marked in blue in order to use them as a search filter.
Where: Search result, search filter in the left-hand column: Body > length, height or wheelbase
How: Click in the dropdown box at the bottom on “Enter length in mm” (or height or wheelbase …)
Specified dimensions may differ slightly for many reasons, e.g. on account of lowering of the chassis or different add-on components (trailer coupling, running boards, …). In the case of commercial vehicles, the height may differ depending on the maximum vehicle load capacity because suspensions of different strength are fitted.
The examples listed are generally irrelevant to the vehicle design because the body is always the same.
A model change or facelift always takes place in the course of a calendar year. A note is displayed in the vehicle search for corresponding model years to avoid confusion.
Tip: Use the search filter 'model series'. The visual difference is best recognised by the front end.
The body is always the same, the difference is only in different fuel tank and charging flaps:
All-electric (electric, EV, BEV):
A charging flap for electricity, sometimes hidden under emblems.
Plug-in hybrid (PHEV):
Two flaps (fuel and charging flap), mnemonic: plug in = (insert charging plug).
Full hybrid (hybrid, mild hybrid, fHEV, mHEV sHEV):
A fuel filler flap. In contrast to the plug-in hybrid, only electricity generated while driving is used, so there is no additional charging connection.
Where: "Photo comparison" tab (right-hand side)
How: Search for vehicle manufacturer and model as usual. Then click on the "Photo comparison" tab and drag your photos with the mouse to the corresponding fields (front, left, ...). Now click on your uploaded photos to conveniently compare the matching views of photos and drawings. Drag n. For example, drag the left edge of the photo comparison column to the left with the mouse to enlarge your photos. Tip: Make sure you take photos of vehicles without a wide angle or perspective distortion.
Here you can find the detailed help for CAR 3D - Presentation
Where: Vehicle search result, link “Open in CAR-SIGNER”, next to the file number
How: Click on the link to create a vehicle layout online.
Note: This function is only available for subscribers
Here you will find detailed help for CAR-SIGNER
These vehicle segments are very special. Trucks and buses can often be ordered in thousands of variants. Individual configurations are also possible. That is why a model and cab designation is often not sufficient. Mostly, the corresponding model as well as its equipment details can only be identified by the chassis number or by photos of all views.
Truck bodies are always manufactured individually according to the customer's wishes, which is why we can only offer a few exemplary variants. You can find box bodies and semi-trailers by clicking on the corresponding buttons below the alphabetical list of manufacturers (tab 'A-Z current'). You can easily adapt these to your desired dimensions.
Where: "Watchlist" tab (right-hand side)
How: Simply drag the desired vehicle into a lightbox.
The lightbox must be opened (click on the arrow next to the lightbox name).
Where: "Watchlist" tab (right-hand side)
How: Click on "create new watchlist ..."
Where: "Watchlist" tab (right-hand side)
How: Click on a watchlist, move it up or down
Where: "Watchlist" tab
How: Click on a vehicle and drag it from the watchlist
You will receive each vehicle in five file formats:
- EPS (Encapsulated Postscript)
- AI (Adobe Illustrator)
- CDR (CorelDRAW)
- CDR 1:1 (CorelDRAW in original size)
- DXF (AutoCAD)
As a CAR-SPECIAL® subscriber, click on the green download button for the desired vehicles. Note: If you see yellow shopping cart buttons, you must log in.
As an individual buyer:in, click on the yellow shopping cart button and download the purchased vehicles directly after the order process has been completed.
Depending on your browser settings, you will be asked in which directory (folder) the file should be saved or it will end up directly in the "Downloads" folder on your computer.
You will receive the vehicle files as a compressed ZIP file. In order to open the files in your graphics programme, you must first unpack the ZIP file. Usually a double click is sufficient, otherwise use a decompression program.
To edit the vehicle files you need a vector program such as CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator or a plot program.
The vehicles are true to scale and drawn with high precision. However, curves and beadings are displayed deficiently in a two-dimensional file. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to verify the measurements on the original vehicle before you plot the Letterings. Our company cannot assume liability for measurement differences.
The following dimensions are indicated on each vehicle drawing: Length, width, height, wheelbase and the scale used.
The scale used is always indicated in the drawings. This gives you the original size:
|1,500 % or ×15
|Motorbikes and wheels
|3,000 % or ×30
|Cars, commercial vehicles (also available as CDR 1:1)
|6,000 % or ×60
|Trucks, buses, trains and boats
|30,000 % or ×300
Example: You measure a length of 32.6 mm in the drawing of a car. Multiplied by 3000% (or by 30), this gives an original size of about 978 mm. Important: The drawings are precise, but can never be accurate to the millimetre, see also here.
Tip: In many programmes you can calculate in the input field: Enter the scaling factor with an asterisk after the given measurement, e.g.: 32.6 mm *30 = 978 mm.
Generally all vector programs are suitable, but Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw are the programmes most frequently used. Please make sure that you always use the right import filter.
You can download a free test file in order to test the functionality on your system.
Make sure that you have entered your e-mail address and password correctly. Please make sure to write your e-mail address and password exactly as you received them from us or entered them yourself. The upper/lower case must also be observed!