CAR-SPECIAL® – Vehicle templates

Vehicle search - video instructions

Finding the vehicle drawings you want is easier than you think. The video briefly and concisely explains the most important functions of the online search. Watch it now!

Which is cheaper, subscription or individual purchase?

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!

Search filter

search filter

Here you should select what you know about the vehicle you are looking for. The number of hits will become smaller with each step.

Vehicle preview

search motifs

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.

Vehicle information

search motifs

Here you will find all the important information about the respective vehicles such as the year of manufacture, body shape, glazing, dimensions etc.

Vehicle foiling – tips

You will find useful information and background knowledge on vehicle foiling, vehicle lettering and car wrapping in the section Vehicle Foiling – Tips

Vehicle distinguishing features – older/newer models, facelifts

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.

Vehicle dimensions – entered in millimetres

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.

Facelift/model change – to note

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.

Differences – electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid ...

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.

Photo comparison

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.

Design vehicles online with CAR-SIGNER

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

Find truck and bus models

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.

Where can I find truck bodies?

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.

Bookmark vehicles

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).

Create new watchlist

Where: "Watchlist" tab (right-hand side)
How: Click on "create new watchlist ..."

Sort watchlists

Where: "Watchlist" tab (right-hand side)
How: Click on a watchlist, move it up or down

Delete vehicles from a watchlist

Where: "Watchlist" tab
How: Click on a vehicle and drag it from the watchlist

File format – in which file formats do I receive my blueprints?

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)

Download – how do I download a vehicle?

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.

Precision – do I have to verify the measurements on the vehicle?

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.

Dimensions – are the vehicle templates provided with dimensions?

The following dimensions are indicated on each vehicle drawing: Length, width, height, wheelbase and the scale used.

Scale – Convert dimensions to original size

The scale used is always indicated in the drawings. This gives you the original size:

Scale Scale factor Vehicles
1:15 1,500 % or ×15 Motorbikes and wheels
1:30 3,000 % or ×30 Cars, commercial vehicles (also available as CDR 1:1)
1:60 6,000 % or ×60 Trucks, buses, trains and boats
1:300 30,000 % or ×300 Aircraft

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.

Programs - which ones are suitable for working with?

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.

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