How do car wraps work?

I am so bored with the color of my car. It's plain, beige, and it does not represent who I am! A friend of mine suggested I get it wrapped, and now I can't stop thinking about how much I'd love a magenta car! How do car wraps work? Are they good investments?

Answer
You will be pleased to know that car wraps are a safe, relatively cheap way to personalize your car! In short, car wraps work like screen protectors on cellphones. They’re just vinyl coatings that keep your car safe from scratches and other minor damage.
Here is a basic outline of the wrapping process:
  • The car gets cleaned and wiped free of debris.
  • Parts like bumper covers and headlights get temporarily removed for a cleaner application.
  • The wrapping material is stretched tight and applied with a heat gun—some designs require more than one layer.
  • The shop inspects the vehicle to make sure it’s smooth and free of air bubbles.
Based on the size of your vehicle and complexity of the wrap, it’ll cost between $2,000 and $6,000—much less than having your car re-painted. While a car wrap won’t increase your vehicle’s value, it will protect the paint from minor scratches and dings.
Before you get a wrap, contact your car insurance provider to make sure it won’t impact your rate. If you don’t like what you find out, it may be time to switch insurance companies.
For help exploring your options, try Jerry. A licensed, the Jerry app helps you find and compare quotes from over 50 top providers for free. If you’d like, Jerry can help you switch plans and even help you cancel your old policy!
Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 01, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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