Understanding the legal customisation options available to you, along with the benefits they hold, is the best way to make the most of your vehicle. Surprisingly, some customisation options may appear completely cosmetic, but actually have practical benefits, vehicle wraps being an example of this.
In this blog, we will answer the question ‘What is a vehicle wrap?’
The UK automotive after market industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion.
The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.
That’s why we at Car Specialist Customs are here to provide you with all the information you require to get the best car customisation possible, whilst being as informed as possible.
Why do people customise their vehicles?
Car customisation comes in many shapes and sizes, whether it be purely aesthetic changes, performance changes, or security upgrades, it is a massive industry. Incidentally, there are many options to choose from.
For example, we at Car Specialist Customs offer aftermarket security, tinting, wraps and starlights. All of which are legal and applied without putting you at risk of breaking the law. This is a key point that some car customisers can not guarantee. Be weary when looking to customise your vehicle. Make sure that, like us, they are legally compliant.
What happens if your vehicle is illegally customised?
If your vehicle has illegal customisation, meaning that the customisation is not recognised or allowed by the law, or done to the specification highlighted by the law, there are a variety of consequences available.
You could be fined, depending on the type of customisation, you can be told to remove it before driving again, your vehicle could be towed, and more.
What are the best customisation options?
This is entirely dependent on your needs for your vehicle. However, we always recommend investing in additional security in order to have a full piece of mind of your vehicle’s safety, especially if it is a luxury vehicle, or a vehicle that is known to be favoured amongst thieves.
Our security systems include systems that prevent your vehicle from starting without a code being entered, systems that can track your vehicle, and so much more. Click here to have a look at our aftermarket security options.
What is a vehicle wrap?
A vehicle wrap is a kind of film that can be applied over the body of your vehicle. This film is stencilled and cut in accordance to the areas you would like covered, whilst maintaining the freedom of movement of the doors and other areas of your vehicle.
Uses and benefits of a vehicle wrap
The uses of a vehicle wrap depend on the type of wrap you get. Essentially, vehicle wraps can be applied purely for aesthetic purposes, but they also serve a functional purpose.
Vehicle wraps protect the body of your vehicle from UV damage, small cosmetic damage, dust, and dirt. This is ideal for helping to maintain some value to your vehicle if you choose to sell it in the future.
Vehicle wraps may protect against some scuffs and scratches, but not all. Certain impacts will likely damage the vehicle alongside the wrap, so be careful.
The three kinds of vehicle wraps
A vehicle wrap comes in three main different categories, which are…
- Clear vehicle wrap – This is simply a clear film which is applied over the vehicle body, ideal for those looking for the protection offered by a vehicle wrap without any cosmetic changes.
- Coloured vehicle wrap – This option is a wrap that is a different colour to your vehicle. This presents a way to change the colour of your vehicle without painting it. It can also alter the tone of your vehicle depending on the colour you choose.
- Custom vehicle wrap – A custom vehicle wrap can be anything from a design you enjoy, or your company logo. Custom wraps aren’t always completely applied over the vehicle’s body, they can sometimes be in specific areas.
Where can I get my vehicle wrapped?
Going through an established vehicle modifier is the best way to get your vehicle wrapped. This is because their experience, along with the equipment they have on hand, leads to less room for any error.
So when we wrap your vehicle, we make sure to…
- Discuss what kind of wrap you want, and where you would like it.
- Measure the vehicle / relevant areas where the wrap will be applied.
- Clean the vehicle / relevant areas before applying
- Begin our process of application to your vehicle
- Inform you of any maintenance / dos and don’ts when it comes to the longevity of the wrap.
What is the price for a vehicle wrap?
The cost of our vehicle wraps are subject to the size of your vehicle, the style of wrapping you want, in addition to any specific areas you may want to wrap. (If it isn’t around the whole body of the vehicle).
Furthermore, any custom designs, or designs that involve multiple colours will likely cost more, simply due to the amount of time and work required to make the design you are after.
How to look after a vehicle wrap
Whether you decide to clean your wrapped vehicle yourself, or choose to get it cleaned through a car cleaning service, there is a chance your wrap can get damaged. However, this can be avoided, simply by ensuring the products that are cleaning the vehicle are vehicle wrap friendly.
If you neglect using vehicle wrap friendly products, you can expect that your vehicle wrap will become less effective. This looks like…
- The wrap is beginning to peel
- The wrap is becoming harder
- There are holes in the wrap
- If you have a coloured or custom wrap, its colours are fading.
Purchase a vehicle wrap today
As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:
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We will always go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.
See what we can do for you today, we hope the details we shared have helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.
We hope to have answered the question ‘What is a vehicle wrap?’ whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.
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