Vinyl wrapping has become more popular over time. Some people wrap their cars to show who they are, while others do it to protect the paint job and make it easier to clean. But the big question is still whether wrapping a car makes it worth less or not.
Most of the time, a vinyl wrap that is done right does not lower the value of a car. At the time of sale, the value of the car will depend on the quality of the wrap, how well it has been taken care of, and what the buyer wants.
Many people wonder if it’s worth the money to wrap a new or used car. When we drop off our rides to be wrapped, there are some things to remember.
Let’s find out!
Reasons That Wrapping a Car Might Lower Its Value
Most of the time, wrapping a car doesn’t make it worth less, but there are some situations in which it can.
#1 Wrapping Material Used
If the vinyl wrap is too thin, the sun’s UV rays will still damage the cover underneath it.
This could cause the vinyl to come off the paint job or tear, making the car look bad and making it worth less than when it didn’t have a wrap.
#2 Buyer’s Opinion on the Wrap
If we want to sell our cars in the future, wrapping them might not be the best idea.
Some people tend to think that wrapped cars are broken. So, the buyer might end up negotiating a lower price for the car even if there is nothing wrong with it because of the wrap.
If the car is already one of a kind, putting vinyl on it could make it much less valuable because buyers can’t see what’s under the wrap or why it’s for sale.
#3 The Shape of the Car
Wrapping a car that looks unique and interesting can be hard.
It can also cause air bubbles and tears, and it will be almost impossible to buy the car.
#4 Maintenance of the Wrap
Some car wraps are expensive, especially those made from high-quality vinyl. But it costs just as much to not take care of a car wrap.
No matter how much the wrap costs, it may make the car worth less when it comes time to sell than if it had never been wrapped.
#5 Poor Wrapping Technique
What happens when a body wrap is taken off is one of the biggest worries about them.
If not done well, car wraps can leave ugly, messy marks on the paint and windows of the car.
Wraps on cars that aren’t put on by professionals are also more likely to bubble and come off.
#6 Removal of the Wrap
Wraps for cars are expensive, and not everyone likes them.
So, when selling to someone who doesn’t like wraps, the costs include both the cost of the wrap and the cost to take it off.
During the removal process, there is also a greater chance of paint damage.
Does Wrapping a Car Void The Warranty?
No, we can’t get out of the manufacturer’s warranty unless we take off any labels or don’t follow their maintenance schedule. But the warranty doesn’t cover any damage that happens because the wrap wasn’t put on right.
So, to keep the warranty from being voided, it’s best to take the wrap off plastic parts like bumpers after a few years. If you don’t do this, these parts could get a lot of damage in the future.
In many cases, a car owner can wrap their car without it affecting the warranty.
But there are some things that can make this situation different, such as:
The insurance business
The type of wrap used to change the look of the car’s outside
When we use a vinyl wrap or other similar wraps, the car manufacturer is likely to void the warranty. Again, though, most insurance companies won’t cover this because it’s not part of how a car is usually made.
Also, it’s not a good idea to put a car under a lease. The best time to make this choice is after a lease is up.
This means that any damage that happens while the vehicle is being wrapped will be counted as normal wear and tear when the vehicle is returned without damage after the contract has ended.
Is It Cheaper To Paint Or Wrap a Car?
Painting a car takes a long time, especially if it needs several coats of paint that need to dry well before you can move on. Not so when you wrap a car.
The total cost of a wrap is about the same as the cost of a few layers of paint, but we have more options for design and finish with a wrap than with a paint job.
The cost of wrapping or painting a car depends on things like the type of car, the amount of money available, and personal taste. For example, for most cars and trucks, it’s cheaper to use a vinyl wrap than to get a whole new paint job.
The problem with painting is that it needs to be taken care of. Even though it takes a lot of time and money, waxing and washing must be done regularly. But if we add a wrap to our car’s regular finish, we can cut most of these recurring costs by a large amount.
Repainting a car is just as hard, especially if you have to do it on more than one. Aside from the cost, painting can be a messy and time-consuming process. Even worse, if the painter doesn’t get the mix right, we might end up with the wrong shade of colour.
So, if the car is in good shape, you might want to fix the small dents instead of wrapping them. Also, make sure to prime the surface correctly so that no other parts get hurt while you paint. Time and money are saved.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How Long Does it Take to Paint or Wrap Your Car?
After a new paint job, the finish might not be dry enough to drive for a week or two. After putting on a wrap, it needs three to five days to be ready to ride.
Is Getting Your Car Wrapped Worth it?
The benefits of wrapping cars are very personal and depend on what we are willing to give up. Many people think it’s worth it because it’s cheaper than getting a new coat of paint.
For others, though, just doing it can lower the value of the car and not protect the paint underneath.
Does My Vehicle Have To Be New To Use Car Wraps?
Vinyl wraps work best on cars that just came out of the factory. But if you want a good result, it’s best to have professional painters put a vinyl wrap on the car.
Wrapping cars gives them a different look and definitely affects how much they are worth when they are sold again. How car wraps affect the value of our cars will depend on several of the things we talked about above.
Ultimately, the material used and the vehicle’s condition will determine the vehicle’s eventual value at the time of resale.