GM Volt Forum banner

Where did you stick your REAR HOV decals?

  • On the lower black textured area

    Votes: 20 28.6%
  • On the painted area above the lower black textured area

    Votes: 23 32.9%
  • One on the lower black textured area and one on the upper painted area

    Votes: 5 7.1%
  • Received decals, but not yet applied them

    Votes: 6 8.6%
  • Haven't received decals yet

    Votes: 6 8.6%
  • Haven't sent off the application yet (procrastinating or waiting for registration/plate information)

    Votes: 7 10.0%
  • Received decals, but refuse to apply them. I carry them (or copies of them or the paperwork for them

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Did not (and will not) submit application form for the decals

    Votes: 2 2.9%

  • Total voters
    70
1 - 20 of 32 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,201 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
This poll is specifically about the applying of the rear HOV/Carpool decals (stickers). Repeat...the REAR ones only.

Also, where I say, "lower black textured area", I guess it could be considered "grey" on some darker colored vehicles.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
204 Posts
There are quite a few threads I've found on here by searching "Green" & "sticker". A few people have put them on the plastic so they are as low as can be and not on the paint. But a few have also mentioned that the sticker did not stick to well and came off partially or completely. I recommend a very high quality scan of each sticker just in case you loose or have them stolen you can reprint them from the scan so you are not waiting another month or two for the DMV to reissue them to you. Of course clean the area well before applying. The instructions a very vague as to where to put them. One of the other Volts at my work placed them where I think I'll be placing mine soon. Here's a couple pics of his Volt sticker placement.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4as7d6pdi82n1xv/2012-10-09 17.59.39.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yj50qrm3yej68ti/2012-10-09 17.59.46.jpg

edit:
I think something this high looks terrible!
http://js.autotalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-Chevrolet-Volt-HOV-051-1024x682.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
143 Posts
Can't be sure the textured plastic will hold, but hasn't been a problem so for. I cleaned it with a solvent first to promote maximum adhesion.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
373 Posts
I have all stickers on lower black plastic. On started coming loose and I used contact cement to re-attach. No problems at all, including several trips through the car wash machine.

I *HATE* the look of the stickers on the paint, and (even though my lease is co-terminus with the HoV law), I worry about residue on paint.

On the black plastic, they aren't noticable when you are standing, but are plainly visible to a CHP guy in car (who might not even bother pulling over a Volt WITHOUT stickers for an HOV violation).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
204 Posts
I have all stickers on lower black plastic. On started coming loose and I used contact cement to re-attach. No problems at all, including several trips through the car wash machine.

I *HATE* the look of the stickers on the paint, and (even though my lease is co-terminus with the HoV law), I worry about residue on paint.

On the black plastic, they aren't noticable when you are standing, but are plainly visible to a CHP guy in car (who might not even bother pulling over a Volt WITHOUT stickers for an HOV violation).
shouldn't you be more worried about contact cement residue then residue from a sticker?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
86 Posts
I put my stickers on the grey plastic. So far, they are not peeling. I'm surprised by the number of people that don't apply the stickers in the correct position. I saw a PIP today that had the large HOV sticker on the rear of the car and had the smaller one on the left front fender, forward of the wheel. Really??? I should have taken a pic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,201 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
One of the other Volts at my work placed them where I think I'll be placing mine soon. Here's a couple pics of his Volt sticker placement.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4as7d6pdi82n1xv/2012-10-09 17.59.39.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yj50qrm3yej68ti/2012-10-09 17.59.46.jpg

edit:
I think something this high looks terrible!
http://js.autotalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-Chevrolet-Volt-HOV-051-1024x682.jpg
The third pic is certainly not attractive. I think they may have put them there to illustrate the carpool lane access.

When mine get here (hopefully in the next couple of days), I'm going to put them down low, in the black/grey textured section. Before I do, I'm going to scan, save, and print them. I'll then clean the target area with rubbing alcohol before affixing them. Finally, I'll keep the scanned printouts in my glove compartment.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,651 Posts
There are quite a few threads I've found on here by searching "Green" & "sticker". A few people have put them on the plastic so they are as low as can be and not on the paint. But a few have also mentioned that the sticker did not stick to well and came off partially or completely. I recommend a very high quality scan of each sticker just in case you loose or have them stolen you can reprint them from the scan so you are not waiting another month or two for the DMV to reissue them to you. Of course clean the area well before applying. The instructions a very vague as to where to put them. One of the other Volts at my work placed them where I think I'll be placing mine soon. Here's a couple pics of his Volt sticker placement.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4as7d6pdi82n1xv/2012-10-09 17.59.39.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yj50qrm3yej68ti/2012-10-09 17.59.46.jpg

edit:
I think something this high looks terrible!
http://js.autotalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-Chevrolet-Volt-HOV-051-1024x682.jpg
I haven't sent in the application yet, and normally when I am on an HOV lane freeway I have my son with me.

I don't think that last one looks any worse than the others. They all look like the car ran into a huge ballistic bird dropping :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
hmmm can't vote twice, despite having 2 Volts! both have stickers on the black plastic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
309 Posts
I hated putting on my HOV stickers. They do NOT add to the exterior of the car at all! I was actually very tempted to leave them off or perhaps sell them on Ebay. :)) But, after all said and done, I bit the bullet and applied them in all four places precisely as specified by the CA DMV. Green HOV stickers on a Silver Ice paint job really looks hideous. I wish they would allow them to be applied as window stickers instead.

On a more positive note, I recently got the "QR" VOLT cling-on window sticker and applied it to my driver's side rear quarter panel window. From driver's POV, totally out of view in that location and easy for anyone passing by to see and scan using a cell phone camera.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
61 Posts
I'm afraid they don't look any better on Cybergrey. I'd think twice about selling them on Ebay as I suspect the state would take a very dim view of that and they can easily trace them back to you through the serial number on the sticker - assuming they find out of course.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
918 Posts
PowerTrip,
I applied mine on the painted area above the grey plastic strips. Stickers applied to the grey textured area will be much easier to steal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,201 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
PowerTrip,
Stickers applied to the grey textured area will be much easier to steal.
With all due respect, what is the basis for your statement?

These decals, if attempted to be stolen, are made to self-destruct, similar to the registration decal on your license plate.

Furthermore, there are folks on this forum that have put their decals on the rear painted areas of their Volt, only to have them come off on their own. This is especially true if there is wax on the paint causing the decals to not adhere in the first place.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Furthermore, there are folks on this forum that have put their decals on the rear painted areas of their Volt, only to have them come off on their own. This is especially true if there is wax on the paint causing the decals to not adhere in the first place.
I lost one sticker on the grey plastic within a week of installing them.

I'd recommend putting them on the paint instead, which is what I should have done in the first place.

- Mark
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Have you seen older model Priuses with the stickers that have fallen off...looks like crap with the outline of the missing decal. That's what your Volt will look like in a few years. I have a 2007 Prius and put one decal on the rear hatch glass only. I was never pulled over by chip. I couldnt bring myself to stick them onto the beautiful brand new body. I'm gonna do the same on my Volt.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
918 Posts
With all due respect, what is the basis for your statement?
PowerTrip,
Just by observing the texture on the gray plastic material. Prior to installing my stickers on the painted area, I considered the gray plastic area first. I'm making an educated guess based on my observation as an engineer (and a quality control specialist). And it appears Mark (strangeengine) agrees with my opinion.

Of course I would make sure the painted area is free from wax prior to installation. After 6+ months of installation on my car, my sticker is not coming off without being destroyed.

I'm not sure if you've seen how many yellow HOV stickers were targeted for theft when they were in use - there were tons. I'm not going to make my stickers easy target for would be "resellers".
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,201 Posts
Discussion Starter #19 (Edited)
PowerTrip,
I applied mine on the painted area above the grey plastic strips. Stickers applied to the grey textured area will be much easier to steal...

With all due respect, what is the basis for your statement?

Just by observing the texture on the gray plastic material
Fair enough.

Putting stealing of the decals aside, before putting mine on the grey plastic area, I cleaned it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol to make sure it was free from dirt, grime, ArmorAll, etc. They have been on about three months, which includes three months of weekly car washes (combo hand washing and automated high-pressure jet-spray) and there is no sign of peeling.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
918 Posts
I never said anything about peeling. An exacto knife with a dab of Goo Gone will take the stickers off in a NY minute. Also, if you are in the habit of putting on your registration sticker on top of the old ones, they can also be easily removed with a blade without damage. Just an FYI.
 
1 - 20 of 32 Posts
Top