How Much Does a Vinyl Wrap Cost?

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Vinyl Wrap on vehicles has been around for longer than you might think. What started out as primarily graphics and advertising for businesses, has since become extremely popular with private individuals looking to update the current state of their car. And with all the many benefits of vinyl wrap, as well as the continued advancement of color options and finishes, it looks like vinyl wrap is here to stay.


The question we get most often is “How much will it cost to vinyl wrap my car?” There are many factors that go in to determining the price of a vinyl wrap: size and condition of the car, desired film, estimated time of installation, and installer expertise.




Current Vehicle Condition and Prep Work

The first step in determining the cost to vinyl wrap your car is the size and condition of your vehicle. Cars some in many sizes, all the way from compact two door coupes to extended SUVs and Trucks. After assessing the size of your vehicle, specific factors as to the condition of the car are taken into account: is there any previous film the needs to be removed? Rust? Sticky residue or excessive dirt? A car must be absolutely free from any form of residue, dirt and dust before application, so if your car is clean and smooth, you’re off to a good start.


Determining a Film Type

The next step is determining a film. There are numerous brands of vinyl, with some brands being better than others. There are also endless colors and finishes to choose from. Specialty films such as chromes and color shift are more expensive than more standard colors like satin black or pearl white. There is also a higher difficulty of install with many of the specialty vinyls. We prefer to use higher quality brands such as Avery and 3M. Ultimately it will cost you less in the end as the material will last longer and need little to no repair.


Once you decide on a vinyl, the amount you need based on the size of your vehicle is calculated.


Time Needed for Installation

The third determining factor is time needed to fully wrap your vehicle. Larger vehicles inevitably will take longer to wrap. However, each individual vehicle also needs to be assessed for particularly difficult areas or disassembly required to properly wrap the vehicles with as few seams as possible. Additionally, any extra areas such as door jams, added stripes, etc. also add extra time.


Installer Experience

And the final determining factor is the quality of the installer. You’ve heard it a million times, but the saying is particularly true in this scenario: You get what you pay for. Its extremely important to choose a quality installer with a high level of experience and expertise. You may find a company who quotes you at a lower rate, and at a faster speed, but the quality of an install is not an area to skimp on. You should be looking for a company who will be willing to take the time to do the job right. Who are more concerned about doing a good job over a fast job so they can speed through as many jobs as possible to make as much money as they can. A cheap install will likely need to be redone, costing you thousands of dollars and wasted time: bubbling, peeling, lifting, etc. We can’t stress this enough, hire a quality installer!