How Much Does It Cost To Wrap A Car?

Car wrapping has exploded in popularity over the last few years and it’s a great way to make your car standout from the crowd with a unique design. However, the cost to wrap a car varies throughout the UK and below we discuss all the factors that go into the pricing.

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Whether you want a solid colour or a completely unique design, wrapping your car is a great way to change your car’s appearance. Unlike the cost to respray a car, a vinyl wrap is often much cheaper and it also has the benefit of being reversible too. As with a respray, there are also many factors that determine the cost to wrap a car and within this article, we walk you through everything that you need to know regarding car wrapping.

Full or Partial Wrap

Depending upon the budget you’ve set aside for the car wrapping cost, you may decide between a partial or a full wrap. A partial car wrap includes all of the main body panels but leaves out parts such as the sills, out door handles, mirrors, spoilers and other difficult to cut parts.

Although a partial wrap is a great option for those on a tight budget, it doesn’t always provide the greatest of finishes. For example, if you open your car’s door, you’ll be able to see the original paint colour and the wrap. Therefore, if you have the budget available, we would strongly recommend a full wrap that includes all the difficult to cut parts such as the sills as shown in the photo.

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How Much To Wrap A Car?

If you approach a professional garage to wrap your car, they’ll need to consider a number of factors in order to provide you with an accurate quote. Some of the factors that are involved with the car wrapping cost include:

  • Size of the vehicle
  • Complexity of the bodywork
  • Difficulty of the cutting (i.e. cutting for a spoiler)
  • Quality of the vinyl wrap (solid colours or custom designs)
  • Condition of the existing paintwork (the wrap needs to adhere to the paint)

Due to all the factors, the price to wrap a car varies throughout the UK quite significantly. If you live in London or other expensive areas of the UK, we would recommend travelling out of the city for multiple quotes. From our research, professional garages located in the expensive areas of the UK often add 10 to 25% extra to the overall cost to wrap a car.

To give you an idea of the potential costs, below is a table of the approximate car wrapping cost depending upon the type of car and the quality of the job.

CarFull Wrap CostPartial Wrap Cost
Saloon/Hatchback£1,250 to £1,750£700 to £1,250
Convertible£1,000 to £1,500£600 to £1,000
SUV£2,000 to £3,000£1,250 to £2,000
Classic Car£2,000 to £5,000£1,500 to £3,000
Supercar£2,000 to £5,000£1,500 to £3,000

It’s important to note that if your car has any aftermarket parts such as spoilers, additional bits of trim, antennas or any other type of modifications, there may be extra costs involved when wrapping the car.

We’ve also included classic cars and supercars as there own category in the table because there are additional risks involved when working with these particular vehicles. For example, certain components will need to be removed in order to wrap the car and there is always the potential to damage them. If the garage were to replace the part, a bit of trim on a classic or supercar may cost ten times the amount when compared to an average car.

Professional vs DIY

Depending upon whether or not you have the time and patience, you may want to attempt to wrap the car yourself. As with respraying your car, preparation is key to the overall success of the wrap.

If you haven’t wrapped a car before, we strongly recommend trying an easy to wrap part of the car first. The bonnet is usually a good place to start because its easy to cut and you can wrap it without removing any of the parts.

After wrapping the bonnet, if you felt that it was easy to do and the finished result looks great, you may wish to carry on and wrap the entire car. However, if you struggled or the end result isn’t great, we would strongly recommend getting a professional to wrap your car. The bonnet is the easiest part of the car to wrap, so if you struggled with that, you’ll almost certainly struggle with the rest of the car.

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Quality of The Vinyl Wrap

Whether you wrap the car yourself or have a professional do it for you, it’s important that a high quality vinyl wrap is used. We strongly recommend going for the highest quality vinyl that’s on offer because it will adhere better to the paintwork, be easier to cut/work with and also last longer too. When comparing between the costs of a budget and premium vinyl, the difference in price isn’t actually that much.

Is Car Wrapping Worth It?

Car wrapping has become very popular all round the world and the wraps that are available allow you to become very creative. The fact that it’s completely reversible also means that you are able to remove the wrap at any point too.

In terms of whether it’s worth wrapping your car is a matter of personal preference because some people may argue that a respray is the better option. However, if you want to have a completely unique car that stands out, car wrapping is the way to go. There are thousands of wraps to choose from and its often much cheaper than getting your car resprayed.

Below are some before and after photos of a friend’s car that was recently wrapped in a matte black with gloss details. It instantly transformed the car and made it standout from all the other C Class Mercedes’s on the road.

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Aftercare of a Wrapped Car

After your car has been wrapped, you’ll want to maintain it appropriately with frequent washes. In terms of how to wash it, we wouldn’t recommend using a car pressure washer unless its used on its lowest setting. Instead, we would recommend hand washing the wrapped car with a soft wash mitt because there is less risk of causing any damage.

The reason why regular car washes are required is because dirt can stick to the wrap and become difficult to remove. Unlike dirt upon the paintwork, you can’t use a car polish upon a wrapped car. If you do come across any difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings or tree sap, we would recommend soaking them in hot soapy water.

Informing The DVLA

Although wrapping your car is a reversible change, you still need to inform the DVLA because it’s now classed as a colour change. A few years back, this wasn’t the case but due to the increased popularity of car wrapping, the DVLA recently made the change to its policies.

As stated by the DVLA, “By covering the entire vehicle in a coloured adhesive/vinyl wrap, it is the DVLA’s view that the colour change should be recorded”.

In terms of notifying the DLVA, it’s very simple to do as long as you have access to your V5C. Depending upon the V5C document you have, you’ll need to fill in either section 1 or section 7 of the document.

It’s important to note that any partial wraps, company branding or other graphics may be exempt from the above statement. However, for peace of mind, we advise that you contact the DVLA with information of your wrap.

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Conclusion

Car wrapping is a great way to completely transform your car and unlike paint, you can be as creative as you want with the design. Whether you opt for a full or partial wrap, our main word of advice is to get plenty of quotes because they really do vary price. In terms of getting car wrapping quotes, ask for examples of their work and also search for their business online. The cost to wrap a car isn’t cheap and it’s important that you get it right the first time round.

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