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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 06-20-2013, 08:54 AM
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Business sign on a E39?

Does anyone have their business name on their E39?

I would like to put my photography sign on my back glass and the two side glasses. I am just wondering if anyone has done it, with pictures so that I can see how it looks.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:20 AM
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Just get some vinyl decals made up and put them on your car, the place that makes them up will ask you what sizing etc you'd want and they can make suggestions. Another alternative is to have your car wrapped and the vinyl printed up with the pictures/words you want. Another alternative is to get a magnetic sign made up which can be removed quite easily from the car for when you might not want to advertise.

Keep in mind, that any decals you make need to be clearly readable and with a phone number/email/web address etc so that people can contact you. I've done this before in terms of advertising on a vehicle (2x Smart cars which were wrapped, magentic signs on a saab, vinyl decals on various vans) and also I've seen other vehicles drive past and called them up right there and then to find stuff out. I'd say 10% of vehicles have such poor advertising with too small signs that I've not bothered to call etc.

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Old 06-20-2013, 10:44 AM
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I do not like how the magnet signs will leave a wear spot on the car after the sun fades the paint around the sign. That is why I want to do a glass sign. I photoshopped the sign on my Accord. I want to put it on both my Accord and my 528i.

My wife says that it will look tacky on the BMW. I was wondering if anyone else done signs on their cars.

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Hi,

Generally speaking, not many people out there use their BMW's for promotional aspects like this - there's of course the odd one or two I guess, so I doubt there'll be many pictures like you are wanting to see.

Is that your actual logo ? if so, I'd suggest playing around with different colours as I can imagine that won't be 'eyecatching' enough.

I can see why people would think any signwriting on a BMW would be 'tacky' but it also does depend on the logo and the size, colours etc and where on the car body/glass you put it on. If the car was completely stock looking and not 'pristine' in condition, then yes, It'd 'look' more amateur'ish. If the car is standard and kept very clean that will help. A Sport model with classy, well chosen graphics, placed nicely with the car kept very clean I think wouldn't look tacky.

I suggest you take some good pictures of your car and play around in photoshop to see how you'd like to show things.

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Old 06-20-2013, 07:17 PM
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Professor,

The only way the signage makes sense on a BMW is if the car is up to a very high standard and also if the logo is a smaller, more subdued. Less of an ad, more something people might see if they pass by your car in a parking lot than if you drove by. More of a "Wow, nice car, great attention to detail. Oh a photographer? Maybe I will call him..." --- rather than some big ad. Just my opinion.
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Professor,

The only way the signage makes sense on a BMW is if the car is up to a very high standard and also if the logo is a smaller, more subdued. Less of an ad, more something people might see if they pass by your car in a parking lot than if you drove by. More of a "Wow, nice car, great attention to detail. Oh a photographer? Maybe I will call him..." --- rather than some big ad. Just my opinion.
I agree. I have the website of my brothers side photography business on my car. It's a cool name for a website and it's white and discrete and it's just on the small window on the passenger side. It's subtle but enough to be noticed. I wouldn't do anything too crazy on a BMW though. Maybe a small advertisement or website address or something on the window would be ok.


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More expensive car + ad = more business

Older car + ad = sorry ill pass

I'm afraid our E39s now fall under the "older car" designation.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:12 AM
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More expensive car + ad = more business

Older car + ad = sorry ill pass

I'm afraid our E39s now fall under the "older car" designation.
I disagree. It depends on the business youre looking for. Lets say youre looking for termite inspection, plumbing work, or a general house inspection - would you consider calling a termite service ad on a Bentley or an S600? or would you more than likely call from an ad on clean Toyota Tundra?
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