Vehcile Wraps Buyer's Guide
Car wrap prices
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Vehicle wrap vendors typically provide straightforward pricing - either a rate per square foot or a fixed dollar amount for the entire project. With either pricing model, your car wrap prices should include the entire project: consultations, design work, materials, and installation. See what other BuyerZone users paid for their vehicle wraps.
Vendors typically charge $12 to $16 per square foot for cast vinyl material to wrap vehicles. Project complexity and total installation time dictates the total price. Simple installations on smooth, flat surfaces are less expensive, while vehicles with deep concaves or complex designs will push car wrap prices to the high end. Less expensive calendered vinyl costs about $5 to $8 per square foot.
Special requests - like rush delivery, proofs printed to the actual vinyl, or changes to the design post-proof - can add significantly to your total costs.
If your vendor provides a flat rate for the complete wrap, the costs typically vary based on the size and type of vehicle:
- Cars, compact SUVs - $2,000 to $3,000
- Large SUVs, vans, box trucks, Hummers - $3,000 to $5,000
- Buses, train cars, tractor trailers - $5,000 to $7,500
- Vinyl lettering, spot graphics, window graphics only - $200 to $500
Note that the above prices are estimates for high-quality cast vinyl, which is best for vehicle wraps lasting one year or longer. If the vendor uses calender vinyl for shorter-term wraps, expect your costs to drop by 40% to 50%.
If you need to wrap five or more vehicles, most vendors will offer volume discounts of 10% to 15%. You'll not only save money by wrapping multiple vehicles at once, but you'll also keep the design and messaging constant for your entire fleet.
Other vehicle wrap costs
Some vehicle wrap vendors provide complete design and print services but use outside installers to apply the wrap. Expect to pay about $400 to $800 (or $50 to $85 per hour) for third-party installers.
Replacement panels to cover up damage or replace outdated information cost $12 to $16 per square foot - about the same as new projects. It's important to find a certified installer to apply replacement panels, as a sloppy or misaligned installation could void the manufacturer's warranty on the vinyl.
When it's time to remove a vehicle wrap, you can typically do it yourself with a few tools and some patience. However, if you want to ensure the cleanest removal possible, we recommend having a vendor remove it. For $50 to $85 per hour, a vehicle wrap vendor can carefully remove the vinyl without damaging the finish or leaving residue behind.