How Do Car Wraps Affect a Vehicle’s Value?

by | Dec 6, 2022 | Large Format Printing

What Are Car Wraps?

Car wraps are sheets of vinyl that are applied on top of the paint on a car. They come in all kinds of designs and finishes so one can show individuality on the outside of their car.

They can be removed easily and will not hurt the car’s paint, making them an excellent choice for those interested in car customization without the cost of a new paint job. 

However, you may be wondering what will happen to your vehicle’s value if you decide to wrap it. Let’s take a look.

Reasons Wrapping May Lower Car Value

While car wraps will not hurt the car structurally or cosmetically, there are some reasons it could lower it’s value.

  1. Hiding something – The first thing that could lower the value is that buyers may be suspicious that you are hiding something wrong with the car by wrapping it.
  2. Buyer’s preference – If a prospective buyer doesn’t like the look or feel of the wrap, they won’t see it as an asset for the car and won’t be willing to pay for it.
  3. Type of wrap used – If the buyer doesn’t like the material or if the material itself is too thin, there could be damage to the car paint.
  4. Removal of the car wrap – It could be costly for the new owner to remove the wrap if they don’t like it.

Reasons Wrapping May Increase Car Value

On the other hand, there are also situations where wrapping your car could increase its value.

  1. Buyer’s opinion – On the flip side, if a buyer does like a wrap, it could increase the value of the car in their eyes. 
  2. Paint protection – If the vinyl wrap is installed properly, it will act as a paint and chip protector for your vehicle. If you remove the wrap before reselling, the paint on your car should be in the same pre-wrap condition.

Car Wrapping – The Bottom Line

Car wrapping is a cost-effective way to customize your car. One of the biggest benefits is that it is temporary. Since removing the car wrap is easy and won’t damage the car, it’s a great way to add personalized style. 

Many of the ways that wraps can decrease the car come down to buyer preference. If you want to avoid that problem entirely, plan to have the wrap removed before selling. This means you can take advantage of wrapping your car and also benefit from its increased value since it’s been protected.

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