While you might not realize it, leaving your vehicle to bake in the sun day after day is not the best thing. Over time, the coating can wear out. Depending on your environment, you could need to visit an auto paint shop within five years to have the surface touched up. In warmer areas, such as Arizona and New Mexico, one of the biggest reasons someone enters one of these businesses is because of fading due to sun exposure. Most simply want to breathe new life into their vehicle, while others are interested in selling and want to ensure they get top dollar. How much does this service cost?
In truth, the cost will depend on the auto paint shop. Some are cheaper than others are. However, the average cost runs between $600 and $1,000 for a complete job. In some areas, where there might not be a lot of competition, you may spend as much as $2,000 for the same service.
Different Levels of Service
Most companies offer different levels of paint jobs. Each level offers a different layer of service plus a different warranty.
The lowest cost job will be the basic one. At most auto paint shops, this means you get single-stage enamel paint, with an accurate color match and a nice glossy coat. It is used to refresh your existing color and make it look less faded. Typically, this service comes with a one-year warranty.
The next option would be the preferred option. Instead of using enamel, most businesses use urethane paint. This is more resistant to scratches and dings than enamel. It also typically comes with a three-year warranty.
You could also choose the premium service, which uses color match and a high gloss finish but is applied in two stages. The new finish is sealed with a urethane sealer. Most shops offer a five-year warranty on this type of service.
The last option to choose from is the platinum job. With this service you get everything included in the premium service, but you also get chip and scratch repair. The technician also primes and block sands all areas before starting on the car.
Things That Raise the Price
Of course, those costs are just for basic coats. This does not include any details that you may want on your car. Adding a simple racing stripe on both sides of the car that runs bumper-to-bumper can cost you an additional $200. If you want something more sophisticated and complex, you could be adding thousands to your bill.
Another thing that can adversely affect your overall cost is the type and color of paint you choose. A simple white may cost $100 a gallon, while green may cost $200. Additionally, if you are looking for something that will last a little longer than 5 years, you will add to the cost by a couple hundred dollars. Metallic finishes over plain gloss will also cost you more.
A final thing that can affect your bottom line is damage. If you want the auto paint shop to remove chips and dents from your vehicle, you are going to pay. The overall addition to the bill will depend on the number of scratches and severity of the damage.