But how do you decide who to trust with this important job?
Let’s face it – the first question most people have is “How much does a car wrap cost?” We've seen companies charge anywhere from $1000 to $2500 for the same car wrap. As the educated consumer, you need to know what the car wrap price is, but also what you are paying for. You’ve heard the old expression: “You get what you pay for.” For example, you could buy a watch for $5 at the dollar store, or you could buy a Rolex. Well, the same goes for car wraps. And as with any product or service, quality is an important part of the car wrap price.
When it comes to car wraps, there are several factors that can influence the price of the car wrap and affect the quality of the finished product. Some companies will quote you very low prices for car wraps, but these quotes can be misleading. Here are a few important things to understand about low-ball quotes for “fast wrap” jobs.
Wrap design – what’s covered?
There is no one “right” way to design a car wrap – the custom possibilities are endless, and this flexibility of design choices is what makes car wrapping so exciting! But be aware that not all parts of the car may be included with a low price car wrap job. For example, the car wrap price may not include the roof, side mirrors, or any performance parts like spoilers or scoops. For many wraps, such ascomplete color changes, this will leave you with an unfinished, unprofessional look. Make sure you ask specifically what parts are included in the low price car wrap.
Cars must be cleaned thoroughly, dried, and wiped down with solvent in order to remove all traces of dirt and wax. Otherwise, the vinyl won’t properly stick to the car. Certain parts on the car need to be removed and wrapped separately to get a professional, finished look. This is especially important for color change wraps, so you don’t see any of the original paint color around the bumpers, mirrors, etc. Discount car wrap price quotes probably won’t include the proper vehicle preparation and disassembly. For example, the car may not be thoroughly checked for dirt and wax. Mirrors and emblems won’t be removed and wrapped separately. Once, again, you’ll be left with an unfinished, unprofessional look. Make sure you ask how the shop prepares the car for wrapping, and how they deal with the tricky parts like bumpers, mirrors, and branding.
Quality of materials really does make a difference when it comes to car wraps. Lower quality vinyl is difficult to install, doesn’t look as good, and doesn’t last as long. Many companies throw around brand names like 3M and Avery trying to make you think you are buying the best quality vinyl and laminates. And its true that those brands do make the best wrapping vinyls. But those manufacturers make several difference grades of vinyl, ranging from performance to economy lines. So your low price car wrap quote for a 3M car wrap might include the lowest quality 3M product line. Maybe you’ll get high quality vinyl, but lower quality laminate. Or, you might not be given 3M products at all. You might not initially notice the difference, but you will notice the bubbles, tear, and color fading that will be showing up on your car soon! So make sure to ask for your vinyls by brand and product number. If you don’t know what to choose, ask for a rundown of the different products choices along with their qualities and prices. And lastly, make sure you get proof that the products you asked and paid for were actually installed on your car!
High quality, professional car wrap jobs require attention to detail. This means that for your car to look its best, even the most experienced installers need to take their time to do the job right. If someone promises you a car wrap in a really fast turnaround time, chances are you won’t be impressed by the final result.
Speaking of installers – you shouldn’t trust your car wrap job to just any shop or installer. Wrapping cars requires skill, training, and great attention to detail. This not a profession that can be learned overnight. With the rise in car wrap popularity, every sign shop is selling car wraps, and so-called installers are popping out of the woodwork! Even if the best quality materials are used, your car wrap job can be mangled in the hands of an inexperienced or poorly trained installer. You’ll notice the difference…and so will everyone else! Make sure to choose only an experience company or installer.