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What is car wrapping?

Car wrapping is a practice of fully or partially covering a vehicle's original paint with a vinyl wrap of a different colour, and sometimes the same colour with a different finish like a gloss, matte, satin or clear protective layer. It can be also used to modify the car with logos, designs and slogans too. Wrapping a car in vinyl can protect it against damage and can help preserve your bodywork. You can have a full body car wrap or have a special design placed onto your car by a body shop or garage. Car wrapping is popular for changing the look of your car to either a new colour, a new design or new texture.

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How much does it cost to wrap a car?

The cost of wrapping a car can vary depending on your car make and model. The price of car wrapping will also depend on whether you want it wrapped fully or partially, as well as the texture you choose. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar for some of the top car makes.

Car MakeAverage Price

Common reasons you might want to get your car wrapped:

Car wrapping isn’t a necessity - It’s a luxury and it is your own choice. Here are some common reasons why you might choose to wrap your car:

  • You have an expensive car and want to protect the paintwork

  • You run a business and want to place advertising information on the vehicle

  • You are bored of the colour of your car and understand that respraying costs a lot more than a car wrap

  • You want to modify the texture of your car

  • Car wrapping

    The average cost of car wrapping booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £940.16.

    Car wrapping is a cost-effective way to change the design or colour of your car body without the need for an expensive full respray. A professional will wrap your car fully or partially in vinyl material to change the look and protect it from damage.

    Can include
    • Wrap design
    • Car wrapping
  • Car bodyshop

    The average cost of a car body repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is around £453.41.

    Car bodyshops can do anything from damage assessment, to removing scratches and dents, respraying and painting and replacing panels. Depending on the service, this can vary largely in price and can be as part of a repair service, or entirely for an aesthetic enhancement.

    Can include
    • Visual assessment
    • Car body repair
    • Car body alternations
    • Respraying
  • Window tinting

    The average cost of window tinting booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £150.67.

    Car window tinting involves a specialist technician applying a tinted film on to a window glass surface. The gradient of tint can be chosen by the driver, and can help to preserve the interior of the car from harmful UV rays.

    Can include
    • Assessment
    • Window tinting procedure

Which car wrapping service do you need?

Car wrapping is an intricate and fiddly process, so it’s a good shout to get a professional to wrap your car for you. Here are some common services for car wrapping that you might be looking for:

Full or partial car wrapping 

It’s really simple to get your car wrapped! All you need to do is choose the colour for the car wrap, the design, the texture and style of vinyl wrapping you want so you can get an accurate quote. Let the car wrapping technician know whether you want a full or partial wrap and then they will send you the best price for the job. 

When you opt for a full wrap, then it’s good to know that the whole car is covered, every inch of paintwork will be wrapped in the vinyl of your choice to achieve a new look. If you go for the partial wrap then one panel or certain parts will be wrapped in vinyl, such as a roof or a bonnet, so most of your original paintwork will be exposed. 

Car wrapping to change texture

The good thing about car wraps is that they offer limitless customisations! You can choose to change the texture of your car to either glossy, matte or satin. Glossy car wraps are probably the most common form of car wrap texture. Or maybe, matte is more your thing, as you’ll have seen matte vinyl wrap to your vehicle will go a long way toward making it stand apart from the crowd. Finally, a satin wrap will make your vehicle look sleek, but still distinguished. Whichever you favour, simply let the car wrap technician know for the best quote to complete the job.

Protective car wrapping

Looking to protect your precious car from stone chips and scuffs? A clear protective vinyl car wrap is the best kind of paint protection film. Many car owners who take pride in their vehicle will want a protective car wrap. The purpose of this is to preserve the look of your original paintwork. The protective film will not change the appearance of your car, but it will help to prevent minor scratches and stone chips. If you want to protect your pride and joy from stone chips and such, then you highly recommend a protective car wrapping service.

Advertising car wrapping

Many businesses or companies will choose to get a car wrap to advertise their logo, contact details and more. If you are looking for an advertising car wrap applied to your vehicle, then we can help you find professional car wrapping services. Most often, vinyl wraps of an advertising nature are applied by professional signwriters.

Is car wrapping necessary for my car?

As we mentioned before, car wrapping isn’t a necessity, but it is a luxury and if you like the idea of wrapping your car then that is a perfectly good reason to get your car wrapped! We appreciate the desire to keep your car looking brand new for as long as you can achieve it. It’s this desire that leads many car owners to look into paint protection film (vinyl wrapping).

If you have a vision for your car and want to bring it to life then car wrapping is a great way to achieve different colours, textures and add slogans, logos and motifs. It’s also a great way to protect your car as you might be considering a protective clear car wrap. Whatever you are looking for, we’ll help you find the perfect technician for the job. 

Find local car wrapping and vinyl wrap services and specialists

It goes without saying that you want the very best car wrapping and vinyl wrap specialists to complete the job to a professional standard. 

Luckily, WhoCanFixMyCar have a number of car wrapping specialists near you that can book your car in for a vinyl car wrap. 

At WhoCanFixMyCar, we help you compare trusted car wrapping garages near you. We work with a network of over 15,513 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive car wrapping costs for you. Simply insert your postcode to compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the car wrapping costs and deals before booking the local garage online.

Get your car wrap carried out from home

Looking for a mobile car wrapping service provider? Often a specialist is able to carry out the work for you from your home, saving you the hassle of leaving your car at a garage for greater convenience. WhoCanFixMyCar can help you compare trusted mobile car wrapping garages near you by reviews, ratings and price to find the best car wrap specialist before booking.

What is a car wrap?

Getting your car wrapped in vinyl is a job which is mainly carried out by specialist bodyshops. It is the process of covering the paintwork of your car with vinyl which might be clear (to protect your car) a completely different colour (to change the look) or a different texture. You can get different designs and sizes of vinyl wraps applied to your car depending on how you want it to look. The application of the wrap can change the appearance of a car dramatically and getting one will allow you to completely transform your car. A vinyl wrap can be easily removed so you don’t have to worry about any permanent changes.

How is a car wrapped in vinyl wrap?

There are three stages to getting a vinyl wrap applied to your car:

  • The first is the design stage, which includes deciding exactly what you want the wrap to look like and how big you would like it to be. You could simply have a small decal added to the side of your car or a full body wrap which covers the entire surface area. When getting a wrap designed, you’ll have precise measurements to ensure it fits onto the car properly.

  • The next step is the production phase where the wrap is actually manufactured. It is treated to protect the underlying design with laminated plastics which ensure abrasions and UV light don’t cause damage.

  • The third and final step is the application of the vinyl, where the wrap is actually fitted to the car itself by a specialist for a complete professional finish.

How long will a car vinyl wrap last?

Typically, a vinyl wrap will last five years, however, this will depend on how much your car is left out in very cold and hot weather and if any damage is caused by dirt particles.

Will any damage be caused by a vinyl wrap?

No, vinyl wraps are designed not to cause damage to the underlying paint and they do not stick to rust, even if it does develop beneath the vinyl. However, if your car has chipping paint, some of it may come away when the vinyl is removed.

Should I wash my car before a vinyl wrap is applied?

It is essential that your car is clean before a wrap is applied and free from dust, wax, oil and any other agent which may prevent the wrap from sticking effectively. Make sure to wash your car with nothing but soapy water before having a wrap applied.

How long will car wrapping take?

The time needed to wrap a car entirely depends on the size of the wrap, however, even a full body vinyl wrap will take no longer than a day.

What happens if car vinyl wrap gets damaged?

Most of the time a wrap can be repaired as specific areas can be reproduced and refitted to the car.

What are the advantages of getting a vinyl wrap for my car?

There are several reasons people get their cars wrapped. Many companies place advertising messages on the side of cars and vans with vinyl wraps. This is the most cost effective way to place a design or message on the side of a car. A wrap will also protect the paint of a car so if you are wanting to preserve the original colour, you could get a clear vinyl wrap. Finally, if you want to change the colour of your car, car wrapping is the more affordable option to car respray. 

Do I need to tell anyone I have applied car vinyl wrapping?

Yes, you need to inform the DVLA of any changes to the appearance of your car. It’s a straightforward process though and will only take a few minutes.

How much does it cost to wrap a car?

The cost of wrapping your car will vary depending on where you choose to go to get it done, including the size of the vinyl for wrapping, the labour time and more. If you would like to find the best deals on vinyl wraps near you, you need to get several quotes from local garages and body shops. Finding a mechanic you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price is not always easy which is why we simplified the process.

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