Best car accessories you could have in 2018

If you love cars and want to know everything about new gadgets and accessories, you should read this post to discover some of the best additions you could have this year and put your car at its best. The most important thing of this list is that you actually may need the following gadgets and take advantages from all of them.

  1. Bestek Jump Starter. This one might be the best one on the list and the most efficient. Jumper cables are functional anytime you have another car to help you out. However, if you’re alone in a dessert and you don’t see any vehicle near you, the self-powered Bestek is a must have. You can forget about depending on another to jump start your car battery. Also, you can count on two USB ports and a flashlight. Price: $60.
  2. If you get into an accident and you should prove who is responsible, the dashcam is the gadget you’ll need. Not only you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a nice drive, but also can be really handy in misfortune moments. The camera can film 30 frames per second and switch automatically when you turn on your vehicle and same when you switch off. Price: $106
  3. Smartphone mount. This one is well-known but you might not know its relevance. If you use your phone frequently even when your drive for navigating any direction, you’ll be happy with this accessory. You’ll have the chance to place your phone in the most comfortable spot and you’ll not have to look down anymore. The iOttie holder is a great choice and your driving will be less stressful than ever. Price: $20.
  4. Bluetooth gadget. Your car doesn’t have Bluetooth? Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a new model for enjoying this option. With the Belkin’s Bluetooth car kit, you can easily connect your smartphone and play your favorite music and make some calls whenever you need. Price: $40.
  5. Maxboost USB charger. Nowadays when we have so many devices, the ports of our car may be insufficient. To solve this situation, you just need to buy the Maxboost USB for having an extra pair of ports. You never know when you’ll need them! Price: $10.
  6. Smart car adapter. This one is a must-have! With the “Automatic” car adapter you’ll be able to diagnose any engine problems, display your routes histories, your parking spots and even help you to call for help if you need it. The device you can pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth and it will be used anytime you’re on a trip. Price: $73.
  7. Radar detector. If you love to speed up more than allowed, you should have one of this. With this gadget, you’ll know any possible traps you could find on the way. One of the highest rated radars is the Escort Passport 9500ix, is an expensive one but if you break the law frequently you may save more money in the future. Needless to say, you should know that the best option is not speeding, be responsible! Price: $300.

Best car cleaning tips

If you are one of those who spends a lot of time in the car, you may find it hard keep it clean. At this point, you’ll have only two options: going to an auto detailer (expensive) or, you can manage the situation and clean it yourself. Could be sound hard but is much easier than you think; you can wash your car like a professional with the following tips that we’ll give you. The only thing that you need is the best disposition!

Also, you should know that car washes with big brushes can do more damage than good to your car’s exterior. If you want to protect your vehicle’s paint, there’s no better way than do it yourself.

Go for it!

Evaluate your car. Yes, you may think: I know my car! But no. You have to evaluate the condition of your vehicle in order to understand how should be cleaned. Observe every detail, find the areas that need more care and the cleaning process will be easier. If you start washing your car without even think where to start first, the result won’t be the one you desire.

Don’t forget to check your car at least once a week. Not only regarding the cleaning but also the function. This way, you’ll be aware of the things that might need some assistance.

Wet your car.  Our first duty is to hose your car with lots of cold water. This will help you to remove the dirt later. If you own a pressure washer, use it underside and wheel arches but avoid the direct contact on door seals, rust or any area with loose paint. High-pressure water is a paint remover, so you have to use it carefully.

Read the product’s label. Before you start cleaning the vehicle with any product, you have to read the label cautiously. For example, if you don’t read the product and is a chrome wheel cleaner, this can ruin your aluminum wheel because it’s incredibly acidic. Be aware of the composition and if fits your car needs.

Washing soap. Instead of any liquid detergent or dish cleaner, you should use a washing soap. They are more efficient and will give you the final aspect you were looking for. Rinse your vehicle deeply first to eliminate bigger pieces of dirt which can make some severe scratches on your vehicle if you don’t remove them before washing.

Thick cream for the glasses. You can use a spray liquid, but the result won’t be the same. The thick cream is for effective at removing heavy dirt and let your glasses flawless. If you decide cleaning your vehicle, do it correctly, don’t you think? 

Drying. Don’t think that you can just leave the car drying naturally with the sun; you must dry it yourself because if you don’t, you’ll have streaks all over your car. Use a real chamois cloth to do this process, and you’ll notice the difference. They may be a bit expensive but they worth it.

Waxing. Waxing is optional, but it will give your car more protection. It preserves your paint, and the cleaning will last longer. You have two types: polymer or carnauba. Both are great, and your car will shine.

 

 

Some Car Maintenance You Can DIY

Learning how to do certain things yourself can really help save up on costs. Most car owners do try to live more frugal lives by getting better at handling projects that they used to go to professionals for.

This isn’t to suggest that professionals are a thing of the past. It’s just that there are some parts of car maintenance that are quite simple that anyone can handle fairly easily and quickly with practice.

Today, we’ll be discussing some of the car maintenance projects that are so simple, any handy car owner will be able to do it for themselves.

Air Filter

Tools: None
Duration: 10 minutes
Estimated Cost: $10

A lot of professional car services have been known to charge upwards of $20 for an air filter change. Any car will need a new air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles–whichever may come first. Going to a pro can mean surrendering your vehicle for half a day (depending on how busy their shop is). Doing it yourself will take about 10 minutes or so.

  1. First, find your filter under the hood of your car. It’s in a black rectangular box with metal clips on the side. Check your owner’s manual if you don’t see it as soon as you pop the hood.
  2. Open up the casing, and check out how the air filter fits inside it. Make a note of which way the filter faces.
  3. Remove the old air filter, and insert the new one exactly how the old one sat.
  4. Remember to close the metal clips when you’re done.

That’s pretty much it. When you really get used to changing the air filter yourself, you’ll really start to wonder why you had a pro do that for you before. For extra savings in the long run, you can extend the life of your new air filter by hitting it with some compressed air to clear out any debris.

Oil Change and Oil Filter

Tools needed: Ratchet, oil filter wrench, oil pan, and a funnel
Duration: 45 minutes max
Estimated Cost: $20

Experts say you should change your oil every 3,000 miles, but with better products and cars operating more efficiently, I think you can get away with changing it every 5,000 miles. Whichever benchmark you decide to use, you can save time and money by handling the change yourself. Before you start, keep in mind these precautions:

  1. Never change your oil when your engine is hot. Park, wait for it to cool, and then get started. Driving around the block to heat the car and loosen the oil can result in a more effective drain, which is good news, but you must let the engine cool before going to work.
  2. You’ll have to jack up your car, so make sure you’re comfortable safely handling a jack.

Now that you’ve covered safety first, it’s time to get a little dirty.

  1. Get under your car and locate the vehicle’s oil pan. It shouldn’t be hard to find.
  2. Unscrew the drain plug and drain all of the old oil into your oil pan.
  3. Once all of the oil is drained, replace the drain plug.
  4. Go back to your engine and remove the old oil filter with your oil filter wrench. (Be careful, because the oil filter contains some old oil as well).
  5. Lubricate the rubber gasket on the new oil filter with some new motor oil.
  6. Fill the new oil filter about two-thirds of the way with new oil.
  7. Screw in the new oil filter. Hand-tighten it only.
  8. Fill the engine with new oil, using your funnel.
  9. With a dip-stick, double check your oil level to be sure you’ve added enough.
  10. Discard the old oil filter and recycle the old oil (most gas stations will take it).

Changing your oil is the dirtiest job on the list, but it might be the most rewarding too. Though you can find plenty of quick-service stations nearby, when you think about going possibly four times a year, the expense and time commitment adds up. So ultimately, arming yourself with the know-how to change the oil and oil filter yourself can really give your funds a breather.

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Seasonal Change! Spring Car Care Tips for You

Any seasoned car owner would know that with every new season, the way you care for your care changes. When the first of winter snows and cooler temperatures started to drift in, winter tires and periodic battery checkups were on the to-do list. Now that the snow has started to melt and the temperatures are starting to rise once again, it’s time to re-visit the care tips for your car and tailor fit it for spring.

Today, we’ll be listing some care tips for your vehicle for the spring season!

First off, pop out your winter tires

Winter tires are a must for the winter season. It keeps our cars on the road with some extra grip. Although, a lot of people often don’t switch out still durable winter tires when spring arrives. That’s a pretty big shame, to be honest–and can be a safety risk.

Winter tires can actually compromise your car’s traction when used on dry roads. It’s best to wash your winter tires thoroughly when you swap them out. It’s important to remove any stubborn grains of salt and dirt before you dry them up and store them in a cool and dry place.

If you happen to be using all-season tires…

You don’t have to switch those out. Instead, make sure that their pressure and tread are still viable for use. If there’s any uneven wear, chances are you need to get them re-aligned. If your tires are looking a little worn out, it’s best to pop those out in favor of new ones. It is an expense that can literally save your life.

Next, check your battery’s charge

It’s a pretty common occurrence during winter that the car’s battery gets used more than usual. So when it’s time for spring, its important to make sure that your car battery is still in good condition. Car batteries are especially susceptible to cold weather which can mean faster deterioration when it’s super cold.

The general rule to remember is that if your car battery is reaching the ripe old age of four, it’s time to drive down to your favored local auto parts supplier and get your battery tested and possibly replaced.

Change your oil and inspect the other fluids

A car needs different liquids to run well. Oil is not the only car fluid that needs your attention, after all. Be sure to check your power steering fluid (if your vehicle uses it), your windshield washer solvent, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.

Inspect your brakes

Spring brings about the temptation of road trips! So before you launch on an adventure, take some time to check up on your brakes. Spring often brings about unexpected showers so make sure that your brakes can withstand some surprise lubrication.

Take a peek between the spokes of your wheels to figure out if your brakes need to be replaced. If you can’t tell the difference, go visit your trusted mechanic to do an inspection.

The the time to inspect your wiper blades and lighting

Wiper blades have extra duty during the winter months. They need to push away snow, sludge, and ice–this means that they may be a little worse for wear come the spring months. If your wiper blades look worn out or make those high-pitched squeaking noise, it’s time to replace them.

A good practice is to measure your wiper blades before buying new ones. The last thing you need is to spend money on something you can’t use effectively.

Your car’s interior and exterior lighting needs to be checked as well. Faulty or dim headlights can cause disaster while on the road. Your signal lights need to work properly to help avoid incidents.

Lastly, do some spring cleaning

Give your car a much needed wash and wax session. Winter months aren’t exactly conducive for that activity so when springs rolls around, it’s best to take advantage of that.

Clear out any clutter that you’ve built up during the winter months. People tend to accumulate coffee cups during the winter months. It’s best to remove any unnecessary clutter. If you have any salt-stained mats, it’s best to clean that out.

Ensure the glove compartment and pockets contain only what you need. Include your car’s registration and proof of insurance, up-to-date maps, flashlights, a copy of any road side assistance card you might have, and emergency contact information.

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The Future of Cars As We Know It

We’re nearing the end of the first quarter of 2017 and already we’re faced with some pretty interesting car concepts. The 2017 Geneva Motor Show wrapped up recently and we were treated to some eye-popping concept cars!

It’s looking more and more obvious that the future is leaning towards ‘futuristic’ looking cars that often border or the absurd. One of whic is the Italdesign’s collaboration with Airbus called Pop.Up.

Yes, that is what it’s going to be called. It’s a modular, multimodal commuter pod that can be self-driven on the ground, lifted into the air by a self-driving multicopter, or dropped into a mass transportation system. It’s goal is to get occupants (just two) from point A to point B as efficiently as possible.

While it sounds all fancy and sparkly, realistically speaking, how is this to be applied with the current motorways and mass transportation systems we currently have in place? What is it going to run on?

Since the trend is going on more ecologically sustainable, it’s best to assume that it’s going to run on electricity much like Tesla.

Other car concepts were the Rinspeed’s Oasis car. It’s called that because it literally has a garden within the vehicle. Yes, complete with Bonsai trees and radishes. Another two seater car with a massive touchscreen display from Harman which comes with voice and gesture control.

Rinspeed envisions the Oasis car used on a ride-sharing setting where a person can select passengers to ride through a Tinder-like app.

To be honest, I don’t see much of a future for that type of vehicle other than a short-lived hype. As it’s only a two person car and the designer wants a Tinder like app for it, you’re practically riding a car which screams “HOOK UP WITH ME” or “WE’RE HOOKING UP”.

I don’t know if it’s just me but the car concepts of the future seem to have their heads in the clouds rather than focusing on fixing or bettering the present issues we have right now.

With sustainability as the common goal, car concepts should build around that. Also, they should keep their users in mind. Real living breathing users and not the fables they have in their heads.

Having two-seat cars is not feasible for a family. It’s not even feasible for a single person with a lot of things to lug around for daily things. It’s a little silly and wasteful to utilize brilliant designers and engineers for such concepts when they could be directed toward building better cars to service us now. In the environment we have.

While driverless cars are still the favorite for car manufacturers–with the cutthroat competition to win the race to deliver the first car to the masses–there is still room for other concepts, yes.

However, it would be best if they were grounded in reality since it’s something that we really need at the moment. What new car alternatives can we present for those who run cars that are over 30 years old? What realistic options can we provide for the betterment of all and not just a fancy flight of thought?

The future of cars as we know it are teetering on the edge of great potential or ultimate disaster.

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Caring For Your Car Wrap In Winter

With our last post, we had some requests and questions from car owners asking about tips on how to suitably care for a vehicle wrap during winter. So today, we’ll try to address some of the questions that we got. Let’s get started!

“Can I wrap my car during winter?”

Yes, but it’s safer to not DIY it and do not do it outdoors. Regardless of the high quality material or brand that you’re using, one thing remains true: vinyl will expand and contract in accordance to the material and the temperature around the car. If you do not have the proper material and place to shut out the cold temperatures, the vinyl can become brittle, rigid, and non-pliable. The cold can affect the efficacy of the adhesive.

So take the safer route and get professional to do your vehicle wrap. You can go to a trusted car service company for a diagnostic and they’ll be able to give you a definitive answer on how to successfully install vinyl during winter.

“I don’t like ice on my car. Can I use a scraper?”

This is a big N-O. Ice can understandably cause annoyance for any car owner that wants to keep their vehicle pristine. However, if you use a scraper to fight the ice but no matter how gently you try to use it, there is an almost guarantee that you will end up scratching the vinyl. On a worse case, you can end up peeling your vinyl off.

This is particularly true for window graphics. We suggest using a brush with soft bristles–this is very helpful with fluffy snow. You can use a soft cloth to wipe of ice from door handles. If there’s some pretty persistent ice on your windows, using your heater first can help loosen it up so you can wipe it away. It may take a bit more effort but it’s the sacrifice needed to keep your investment intact.

“I heard that road salt is bad for my vinyl. Is that true?”

Yes, this is very true. Road salt during winter is used to melt snow. That is pretty good since it helps keep our roads safe. The one time we’re not thankful for road salt is when it’s left alone on vinyl covered cars. When exposed to road salt for an extended time, vinyl corrodes and loses its color.

“How do I protect my vinyl from road salt?”

It’s always best to be proactive it certain situations–this is one of them. So ideally before winter starts, it’s best to apply a coating of wax and oil unto the body of your vehicle.

It’s also pretty important to remember which parts of your car (and your vinyl) are more susceptible to rust because of road salt like the doors, fenders, the good, and the tailgate. Remembering these areas will help give your priority areas that always need to be checked and cleaned for any road salt.

For some last minute protection, it’s best to wash your car around every 10 days or less–best time is whenever temperatures hit around 40 degrees F.


Now for some general tips:

  • Avoid driving through snow when it looks like its deep.
  • Avoid applying a wax coat during winter.
  • Wipe down your car with microfiber towel to absorb any excess moisture.
  • Don’t let snow turn into ice on your vehicle.

Just keep these tips in mind and your vinyl wrap should be safe and sound even during the harshest of winters.

How You Can Wash and Care For Your Vehicle Wrap

If you’ve made the wise decision and invested in a vehicle wrap for your car or truck, you must probably wondering how best to wash and care for it. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in the worry. This is one of the more common questions that we’ve come across in our line of work.  Today, we’ll tackle how you, as the owner, can wash and care for your vehicle wrap.

While washing a wrapped vehicle is a tad different from one with a standard paint job, it really isn’t a complicated task and can be accomplished without breaking your wallet.

Tools

When washing your wrapped vehicle, there really is no need to bust out any specialized tools. In fact, most car owners are surprised at how simple the tools needed for the task are. For starters, any clear and soft sponge, cloth, or microfiber towel works! These are quite effective in scrubbing away any dirt or grime off your wrap.

While you can use car washing brushes, it is advised that you use them very carefully. Brushes are notorious for keeping hardened dirt around bristles that can scratch and damage your vinyl wrap. If it something that can ding normal paint jobs, they’ll be able to hurt wraps as well.

If you’re a car owner that wants to pressure wash your wrapped vehicle, keep it below 2,000 psi. Ensure that the spray nozzle is used and uses a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern. It is also important to keep your water’s temperature below 60 degrees Celsius. To avoid damaging your wrap, keep the nozzle at least 12 inches away from the car’s edges.

Soaps and Solutions

While certain stores and shops will suggest that you buy the latest and more popular brand on the market like 3M–we’ve found that any quality car wash soap is as effective as the larger brand ones. With that said, it is important to note that you mustn’t use home or kitchen cleaners on your car. While this may seem like a no-brainer, you would be surprised at the sheer number of damaged wraps because of that simple mistake.

Also, avoid using any chemicals like solvents, oil based cleaners, and bleach. If you happen to have isolated stains on your wrap, using Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a soft rag will be your best friend. You can rise the area with cool water after the rubdown.

Frequency

Incidentally, there really isn’t a difference in the frequency of washing a wrapped vehicle and a painted vehicle. It is actually advisable for car owners with wrapped vehicles to wash their vehicles quite often. Particularly if they’d want their wrap to look cleaner and stand out from most. Developing a once in a week wash routine will help keep your wrap in stellar condition.

Special attention must be given if you live or drive in an area that’s riddled with dust, mud, or dirt. In such cases, more steady and frequent washing routines are required to avoid any build-up on your wrap.

Wrapped vehicles can be brought to car washes BUT they must preferably be an automated brushless car wash. Brush car washes, particularly automated ones, will be too rough on the vinyl film and can cause peeling or lifted edges.

Keep these little pointers in mind that you’ll keep your investment as good as they day you installed your vinyl wraps!

The Matte Finish: A Closer Look

In previous posts, we’ve talked about how vinyl car wraps have made customizing one’s car accessible and a more feasible option for all. Vinyl doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and for good reason! Wraps are quite easy to remove for professionals and learned car owners.

So today, we take a closer inspection at one of the more popular vinyl wrap finishes that exists in the market today: MATTE.

Now, matte has arguably been a rather sought after finish for several things, including cars, for years now. When glossy paint was launched into the market, there was an eventual call to have a finish that went in the opposite direction. Something that did not reflect the lights or the area that surrounded it. Matte is the preferred finish as it is the one that fully shows off surfaces and curvatures and the end result is a smooth and subtle sheen.

The more preferred or requested color for a matte finish is black as it exudes class and power. Car owners that usually join car shows and contests make use of matte to give their vehicles a little extra in terms of appearance. Normally, glossy cars reflect the bright lights that surround it. Matte black cars serve to stand out as sleek dark silhouettes. Don’t be fooled by the low-profile look that it may have! Having a muted look can really show off the curves of any vehicle.

If cost continues to be a concern, there’s a whole lot of good news in that department. The continuous development and improvements of vinyl wraps have contributed to driving down production costs of specialized materials like matte. When it was first introduced, Matte wraps would go for $80-$600 per sq. m. A regular vehicle will use about 29 sq. m. Today, the cost of matte goes for $40-$400. Quite a bit of an improvement!

Gone are the days where black was the only sought after matte color. If ever you are in the market for good quality matte wraps for your car, brands like Avery and 3M have various colors to suit your tastes. After black hit the market, the colors that launched after were white, green, silver, and even silver. A more recent development is the matte paint protection wrap. This is for car owners that are presently satisfied with their car color but want a less glossy exterior. Clear matte vinyl offers the same aesthetic benefits of colored vinyl matte wraps but with the bonus addition of protection against chips, scratches, swirls, fading, and corrosion.

Matte vinyl wraps stay at peak condition for about 3 to 5 years after application. With proper maintenance and care, it extends from 8 to 12 years. Maintenance would mean suitable cleaning conditions. It’s best to learn the best way to clean your matte wrapped vehicle from your trusted car service crew. More likely than not, they’ll have any sprays that you can use to better keep your wrap in prime condition.

It is also essential to note that the more recent matte wraps no longer need sprays so it’s best to truly inform yourself about the model of wrap you’re getting so as to get the most bang out of your buck! So if you’re ever going to have your vehicle wrapped with vinyl, matte is a good choice overall.

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Vinyl Car Wraps

Vinyl Car Wraps: Every Car Owner’s Friend

Any person who’s ever aimed to buy a brand new car will know that the color of the car adds or deducts from the total purchase price. Sometimes, car buyers may even end up having to settle for a color they don’t want. After that comes the saving up funds to get your car repainted into the hue you want. Sounds arduous but thankfully there are now more options available for car owners everywhere! Specifically: Vinyl Car Wraps.

A Vinyl Wrap is basically a giant sticker that you can put on and take off from surfaces with very little difficulty. A Vinyl Car Wrap is an even bigger sticker that can have a specific design or decal for your vehicle. Despite it only being quite popular now, it’s been around for quite a while. It’s been the go-to of most companies for their mobile advertising as it is a lot cheaper than a more permanent space, durable, has the option of being interchanged with other ads, and the application is fairly easy. Luckily for the everyday consumer, technology has advanced sufficiently that vinyl wraps are more affordable to produce. This automatically means that the overall cost of getting a vinyl wrap for your car has gone down significantly.

If you’re looking to use a vinyl wrap for your car, there are several factors you need to consider: make and model of car, how much of your vehicle is going to be wrapped, who’s going to do the wrapping, what design are you aiming to apply, what film type of vinyl will be used, etc.

A partial wrap, of course, would cost less than say a full wrap. A larger car like a truck will cost more compared to an old model of Volkswagen. And it’s not just large vehicles that you can wrap with vinyl; even motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles can be wrapped with vinyl nowadays. The process is fairly simple, the every day consumer can even DIY it themselves. Novice application kits are now being sold on the market for as low as $29. Also, a car owner that knows how to apply, care for, and remove vinyl properly now empower themselves to more opportunities to wrap their vehicle at an even lesser cost. This is why a lot of car lovers now are known to keep changing the vinyl wrap on their cars just for fun.

Partial car wraps, like the one for just the doors, hood, or rear cost as little at $250 to $300—less, if you’re doing the application yourself. Full car wraps can range from around $2000 to $5000.

Considering all this, why would it be a good idea to choose a vinyl car wrap over getting your car repainted? The answer is simple: vinyl car wraps can be removed and changed whenever you want. Also, the different finishes that car enthusiasts usually aim for with a new paint job is now completely doable with a vinyl car wrap. You want a chrome, matte, gloss, or carbon fiber finish? It’s fully achievable now with vinyl. Most people are now growing more aware that vinyl wraps (with proper care) can last pretty long. The average has been noted to be seven to twelve years. Graphic printed upon vinyl wraps aren’t as durable but still last on an average of five to seven years.

If at the moment vinyl car wraps are a bit on the pricey side for you, just waiting a few years can see a dramatic decline in pricing as the technology we have is constantly improving. Most car lovers are pretty happy with vinyl car wraps as it opens up more chances for them to express themselves through the various colors, designs, and types of vinyl currently in the market today.

Car Wraps 101

Car Wraps 101 – All You Need To Know About Wrapping Your Car

Car wraps have quickly revolutionized the mobile advertising sector. They are sometimes referred to as mobile billboards. The wraps are decals with graphics applied directly on the car to change its appearance. The decals or labels are temporary fixtures that can be removed and have the vehicle back to its originals paint color.

What Is A Car Wrap?

The wraps are often vinyl signs or decals used to wrap or cover sections or entire surfaces of vehicles. The earlier version of wrapping was done using actual paint but this has been modernized to the use of magnetized vinyl signs. The decals have graphics printed on the surface and then laminated to protect the vinyl and the graphics from UV rays and abrasions.

How Is The Wrapping Done?

The wraps are often placed on sections of the car that are visible. Such sections include the truck, the hood, and the doors. The car roof is considered to have the least visual effect. Vehicle wrapping can either be a full wrap or a partial wrap. A partial wrap can have one part of the car wrapped, half of the vehicle, or a third of the vehicle wrapped. A full wrap entail a complete covering of the vehicle though the roof can at time be excluded.

What Do Wraps Do?

As mentioned, car wraps are mainly used for advertising purposes. Often, wrapping is done or van, buses, and large truck though salons and other small cars can also get wraps. The objective of wrapping is to have a low cost advertising strategy that ensures the intended message gain a big coverage.  Wrapping is often considered by private businesses that have a fleet of vehicles. They choose to wrap their cars to advertise their business. Alternatively, some private vehicle owner allow their cars to be wrapped and used and advertising platforms but for a fee, of course.

Vehicle wrapping has gone mainstream to a point where single color wraps are the new way of giving vehicles a short-term color change.  AZ Car Wraps is the leader in Phoenix for color change wraps. The single color or solid color wraps have gained popularity more so because they are designed to easily blend in with the car’s original color paint especially in sections that the wrap may not cover such as the door seams. Nevertheless, today’s wrapping technology make it possible to do fine detailed wrapping to even parts such as door handles.

How Much Do Car Wrapping Cost?

The cost of wrapping a vehicle depends on several factors. The first thing to factor in is the type of brand to be used. The top car wrapping brands are Arion, 3M, Avery, and Orascal. Here are the main elements that determine the cost:

  • The graphic design for the vinyl decal
  • The size of the vehicle to be wrapped
  • The condition of the vehicle’s surface
  • The type of vehicle wrap brand preferred
  • The nature or structural flow of the vehicles surface
  • How long the wrap should stay on the car

With such issues among others factored in, full car wraps can cost between $2,500 and $3,500. Prices can go lower if the wrapping is partial or the graphic details or not complex.