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How much does a car wrap cost?

 

And for that matter, what would it cost to do a custom vinyl wrap for my truck, my trailer, my golf cart ...

As with many situations in life, the correct answer is "it depends."  If you're looking for car and vehicle wraps in the Nashville TN area, read on!  For advertising wraps, we're also happy to work with those of you outside our Nashville area.

Obviously, there is a big difference in designing and installing a wrap for a golf cart as compared with a custom trailer wrap, but the basic building blocks of a quote are the same.

Golf cart vinyl wrap decals  custom trailer vinyl wrap

We take several things into account when figuring up the cost of a vehicle wrap.

  • how large is the total area to be wrapped?
  • what are the surface conditions that the wrap material will be applied to?  are there rivets, screws, corrugations, seams, etc. that will require additional attention and labor?
  • how complex is the geometry to be wrapped?  (a flat surface is a much different application than the spoiler and bumper of a car)
  • how long is the wrap intended to stay on the vehicle?
  • are there windows involved that need to be covered with perforated window film in order to complete the graphic layout in the wrap design?
  • what are the design requirements?  is the wrap primarily a solid color with some cut vinyl accents, or is there significant information and/or imagery that needs to be carefully planned around and incorporated into the custom wrap design? is the client bringing artwork to use in the wrap design, or are we starting "from scratch"?
  • does the client bring us donuts?  :)

custom matte black bus wrap Nissan Cube custom vinyl car wrap

Because vehicle wrap design is such a critical part of the whole process, we start with design as a separate activity.  Based on the final wrap concept, we can then finalize the costs of a particular wrap. 

Including the design activity, it's typical to see the fabrication and installation of full vehicle wraps for cars and vans be priced between $2,700 - $3,200 depending upon the factors listed above.   

Sometimes a full wrap isn't necessary to accomplish what you're trying to do with vehicle advertising, and partial vehicle wraps can be a great option to consider.  Partial wraps can still be extremely effective from a visual and marketing perspective - we'll help you work within your budget!

partial vinyl car wrap Toyota Prius partial vinyl truck wrap on DARE truck

 A Quick Word on Solid Color Wraps / Color Change Wraps

It's important to note as well that solid color wraps (such as the popular matte black wrap) generally require more labor and attention to finishing details than do full color vehicle wraps.  With full color wrap graphics, the vehicle's original paint color often blends in visually in locations such as door seams where the wrap doesn't cover the paint. 

However, this isn't always the case for solid color wraps, where the vehicle's original paint can really stick out like a sore thumb if all the visible regions haven't been fully covered.  As such, we generally remove quite a bit of body hardware in order to make sure that solid color vehicle wraps thoroughly cover all the nooks and crannies.  The additional labor associated with this level of detail increases the cost of this type of a color change vehicle wrap relative to a standard advertising car wrap.

flat black car wrap Subaru WRX STI 12-Point SignWorks Franklin TN

 GENERAL COSTS SUMMARY (for most cars, vans, trucks)

  • Wrap design: $250 (partial wrap) -$350 (full wrap), including up to 2 revisions
  • Partial wraps: typically $1,200 - $2,000 after design is complete
  • Full wraps: typically $2,200 - $2,700 after design is complete
  • Color change full wraps: typically $3,600 - $4,500 depending upon the vehicle size, original color, the new color, and body complexity

Ready to get specific about your wrap project? Please note the following:

  • We are happy to consult with you regarding advertising wraps for vehicles outside of our Nashville area.  We will coordinate the wrap installations with an installer in your local area.  Please click on the "request a wrap quote" button below for more info.
  • Color change wraps are something we do not outsource for out-of-area installations, but if driving to Nashville is something you'd consider, please click on the button below so that we can start the conversation!

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Effective mobile advertising can also be accomplished with partial wraps as well as with combinations of full color decals and cut vinyl lettering.  So, if a full wrap budget isn't within reach right now, don't despair!  We'll help you create a wrap design and vehicle graphics that fit your budget.  Car wrap advertising is one of the most effective means of advertising currently available!

van graphics cut vinyl lettering with decals

Call us now at 615-595-6564 or feel free to use the button above to submit some preliminary information to us. Our studio is located near I-65 in the happy and historic city of Franklin TN.

Comments

Impressive! Thanks for this very detailed information.
Posted @ Thursday, August 02, 2012 12:36 AM by imdianazweig
You're welcome! We appreciate the interaction.
Posted @ Thursday, August 02, 2012 7:08 AM by Murray
This is the most transparent information I've ever gotten from anyone about this form of advertising. Most places won't tell you how much it's going to be until it's done! Thank you very much!
Posted @ Monday, October 08, 2012 9:47 AM by Don Ridenour
You're welcome, Don - thank you for the encouraging feedback. We like to be helpful, because we appreciate that vehicle graphics and wraps can be a significant investment (with a very positive ROI)!
Posted @ Monday, October 08, 2012 12:36 PM by Murray
I agree. You have given me a basis to ask questions on and understand better what they are talking about when I go get our trucks wrapped. 
To bad you don't have a store here in Alaska as I would certainly visit! 
Thanks.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:07 PM by Eddie
Eddie, we're happy to know that the article was informative for you - thanks for leaving a comment! Although we can't physically be in AK, we can design your wraps and produce the graphics - we just need to identify a qualified installer in your area. I'll reach out to you!
Posted @ Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:10 AM by Murray Johns
Thinking about getting a wrap for my website ... I hoe the wrap can last a year..
Posted @ Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:26 PM by Crunkatlanta
That's a great question! Vinyl car wraps fabricated with the high quality materials we use for wraps will last for at least a few years as long as it is kept clean and maintained well. The vinyl is protected with a clear laminate that slows down the fading/aging process associated with the sun's UV rays, and the laminate also provides some protection against abrasion. Horizontal surfaces such as roofs and hoods will fade/age faster than vertical surfaces (doors). Thanks again for the question!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:09 AM by Murray Johns
Thank you very much for the information. Two questions: 
If you plan on having the wrap cover your windows as well, do you first need any tinting taken off the windows? 
What is involved in keeping the wrap cleaned and maintained? Can you still use car washes and does the type of weather and temperatures affect how long the wrap will last?
Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 10:08 PM by Patrick
Great questions! I assume that your tint is installed on the inside surface of your windows, so exterior graphics won't require you to remove the tint. We recommend that you keep your wrap washed on a regular basis to avoid contaminants from the air to settle in and stain the protective laminate layer on the printed graphics. Gentle, non-contact car washes are OK, but make sure not to use mechanical brushes or high pressure water jets that could start to peel the graphics. Weather and UV exposure certainly do affect the life of the wrap, and horizontal surfaces (hood, roof) are typically rated by vinyl manufacturers to last only about 1/3rd as long as the vertical surfaces (doors). The better you take care of this investment, the longer it will last to continue as an attractive, effective mobile billboard!
Posted @ Monday, August 26, 2013 12:18 PM by Murray Johns
I want to change the color of my truck from white to black. What is the lifespan of a full wrap on a vehicle?
Posted @ Thursday, September 05, 2013 7:15 PM by Justin
Thanks for the question, Justin. We discuss answers to similar questions in previous postings above, and the lifespan will depend upon the weather in your climate and how well you maintain it. Please let us know if you have additional questions!
Posted @ Monday, September 09, 2013 5:40 PM by Murray Johns
Murray, 
Like the others, I appreciate your being open with information. How is the film removed at the end of it's lifespan? Can the car owner do this himself? Does your company have/offer any dealer or franchise opportunities? I'm thinking of adding this offering in my new business in East Africa - travel much? 
Richard
Posted @ Monday, December 02, 2013 7:35 PM by Richard Newcombe
Thanks for the question, Richard! A vehicle owner should be able to take care of removal under most conditions. Removal is best done with heat from a controlled source such as a high temperature heat gun to soften the vinyl adhesive. If there is any adhesive residue, we recommend a remover such as "Goo Gone" to dissolve the adhesive, and some isopropyl alcohol will be an effective final cleaning step.
Posted @ Monday, December 02, 2013 8:24 PM by Murray Johns
Thank you for such great information..I was wondering if a wrap would work on a boat? It is a houseboat so the wrap would not be in the water but would be exposed to sun, wind, rain and reflection. Thanks in advance for your answer.
Posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:32 AM by Tony
Great question, Tony! The answer is YES! Granted the surfaces to be wrapped will need to be very clean and free of oxidation, rust, etc. in order for the wrap vinyl to adhere to the surfaces. A semi-gloss to gloss surface finish is best for long-term adhesion of the wrap vinyl. The vinyl is covered with a protective UV laminate that helps to slow the aging effects of the outdoor exposure. Given that the houseboat graphics would likely be on vertical surfaces, you should be able to expect several years (4 or more) of good looking wrap graphics.
Posted @ Monday, December 23, 2013 12:27 PM by Murray Johns
Thanks for the information. This gives me a great starting point to research more.  
Have you done anything with 5th wheel campers? If so, what should I keep in mind?
Posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:11 PM by Chris
You're welcome! Things to keep in mind for campers would include surface condition (has the paint oxidized to the point that new graphics won't stick unless the paint can be buffed out), old graphics will leave a "ghosted" image when removed (the painted surface underneath would still be glossy relative to the exposed painted areas), and vinyl graphics won't adhere to the beads of silicone used to seal around windows, doors, vents, etc. on the camper. You'd want to have a graphics company look at the camper with you to discuss how the graphics would be finished around the exposed hardware to make sure you understand the limitations of what the installers can do with graphics on and around such hardware. I hope that's helpful to you!
Posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 6:31 PM by Murray Johns
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