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Last updated on July 3rd, 2022

How much does it cost to wrap a car?

Car wrapping has grown in popularity in recent years overtaking car respraying thanks to its versatility offering endless creativity in design, colour and texture with the added benefit of protecting your original paintwork. A respray on the other hand is usually more costly, time-consuming and permanent.

The cost of vinyl wrapping will depend on the size and shape of your vehicle and also the finish you would like, including any textures or designs. Read on to find out how much you can expect to spend when you get your vehicle wrapped.

What’s the average cost to wrap a car?

The average price to wrap a car is around £3,000. Depending on the size of your car, you could be spending anywhere between £1,000 – £5,000.

Small car wrapping cost

Cost provided itemUnitRange - LowRange - HighAverage cost
Average cost to wrap a carPer car£1,000£5,000£3,000
Cost to wrap a small carPer car£1,000£2,300£1,650
Cost to wrap a small car (textures and speciality finishes)Per car£2,000£2,700£2,350
Cost to wrap a medium carPer car£1,500£2,500£2,000
Cost to wrap a medium car (textures and speciality finishes)Per car£2,500£3,200£2,850
Cost to wrap a large carPer car£2,000£3,000£2,500
Cost to wrap a large car (textures and speciality finishes)Per car£3,000£4,200£3,600
Cost to wrap a small vanPer van£1,400£3,500£2,450
Cost to wrap a medium vanPer van£1,500£4,500£3,000
Cost to wrap a large vanPer van£2,000£5,000£3,500
Cost to wrap larger vehiclesPer vehicle£5,000--

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As a rough estimate, wrapping a small car would cost you between £1,000 – £2,300. The cost would depend on the coverage and the finish of the wrap.

For example, you would pay more for a metallic finish than a gloss finish, whereas a matte or satin finish would fall between those two.

Other finishes or textures, on the other hand, might cost you between £2,000 – £2,700.

Medium car wrapping cost

The full car wrap cost for a medium-sized vehicle, like an Audi A3 or BMW 1, is between £1,500 – £2,500 for a standard finish.

For other textures, prints and finishes, you can expect to pay around £2,500 – £3,200.

Large car wrapping cost

A large car, with more surface area, will cost around £2,000 – £3,000, with more expensive finishes ranging between £3,000 – £4,200.

How much does it cost to wrap a van?

The average cost to wrap a vehicle, like a small van, ranges from £1,400 – £3,500. A medium-sized van would cost around £1,500 – £4,500, while full wrapping a large van could cost you between £2,000 – £5,000.

For larger vehicles such as trucks, wrapping costs start at around £5,000. We recommend getting multiple quotes to compare.

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Car wrapping cost calculator

The cost of wrapping a car will be dependant on a number of things. The main factors are the size of your vehicle and the texture, finish and any design elements that are required. There are so many choices from a simple gloss finish to chrome, satins, and two-tone colours.  These are more expensive, with custom-designed patterns costing considerably more.

The condition of the existing paintwork will also play a part in the final cost. It will cost more to recondition any areas so that your vehicle is in the best condition to have the wrap bonded and get the best finish.

The total cost of wrapping your vehicle can also be affected if you have added any ‘aftermarket’ additions such as sills, spoilers, or bumpers.

Your wrapping professional may also recommend aftercare products to help you care for your newly wrapped vehicle, and these will also come at an additional cost.

How much do vehicle wrappers charge per hour?

The typical costs per hour range from £12 to £18 per hour depending on experience. As with any skill, the more complex or specialised knowledge is required, the more you are likely to pay. Location can also affect costs, with those in London or the South East being higher.

What are the benefits of wrapping your car?

Newly wrapped car

Car wrapping offers many benefits over traditional paint such as:

  • More options: With vinyl wraps, you can choose from a wide range of colours finishes and textures. You don’t even have to opt for a full car wrap, you can go for a partial wrap such as a car roof wrap, which will be even cheaper.
  • Body protection: If you have a well-maintained car with its body looking like new, a full car wrap can give you protection against minor scratches on its paintwork.
  • Less commitment: No one wants to spend money on a full car wrap and then instantly regret it. But, as we all know, bad things can happen. If you aren’t completely happy with your car wrap job, undoing it is simply a matter of peeling the vinyl off!
  • New colour: If you don’t want to change the original paint job of your car, a full car wrap is a great way to get a new colour without permanently changing your vehicle’s appearance.
  • Durable: Depending on the quality of the installation and how well you look after your car, a full car wrap could last you 3-5 years.

Vehicle wrapping quotes

To get accurate quotes, make sure you specify the make and model of your car as well as the colour and type of finish you’re after.

We recommend using our request a quote form to get quotes from multiple professionals near you. Simply fill in the form and we’ll do the rest.

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Car wrapping in progress

Do I need permission to fully wrap my car?

Whilst you don’t need to get permission for your vehicle wrapping, you would need to let the DVLA know about the altered appearance of your vehicle. This does not take long and will avoid you from being fined.

You will also need to inform your insurer as you have modified your car from factory standard. Not doing so could invalidate your insurance.

Can I wash my wrapped car in a car wash?

While you can wash a wrapped car in a car wash, the brushes from a drive-through car wash could potentially peel the wrap or lift the edges. You might be better off handwashing it or going through car washes without brushes.

Does a full car wrap damage the original paintwork?

A vinyl car wrap should not affect the paintwork on the car as long as the original paintwork is bonded properly to the body.

How long do I have to wait after the full car wrap before I can wash it?

Normally, car wraps take between 12 – 24 hours to fully cure and for the adhesive to set completely. Once it’s dried, you can wash your car as often as weekly, if needed.

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