If you drive a BMW daily, keeping it looking good can be a chore. Not only do you have regular road dust and grime to contend with, but you also have to worry about rocks or sticks getting thrown up by tires or falling off trucks that can scratch your paint, even if you keep a good coat of wax on it. One solution many people are starting to adopt is wrapping their cars. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of wrapping your BMW.
Pro — All-Over Protection
You can wash and wax your car once a week and still end up with scratches or swirls in the paint, no matter how good you are at taking care of your BMW. A car wrap covers your car from bumper to bumper, including folding into the door jambs and around the edges of the engine bay to provide complete protection.
Even if you get the occasional nick or scratch in the wrap because of road debris, it will still protect the paint job underneath. If your paint is in good shape when you put the wrap on, you’ve got anywhere from four to 10 years of protection to look forward to.
Con — Not a Cheap Option
While a wrap will probably be less expensive than a full respray on your BMW — especially if you’re opting for one of the harder-to-find colors — it’s still not the cheapest option out there. A full respray will set you back around $5,000. A wrap, on the other hand, will only cost you around $2,500. There is also the cost of labor to consider — even if you buy your own wrap material to get the perfect color, it will still take upwards of 100 hours to fully wrap the car, if you want them to do a good job. It’s still a good option, and if you lease your car, or it is still under warranty and you can’t paint it, you can change up the color with a fantastic new wrap. Speaking of warranties…
Pro — Doesn’t Void Your Warranty
If you’re leasing your BMW or aren’t allowed to get it a new paint job for whatever reason, getting a wrap will let you change the color of your ride without voiding your warranty or violating your lease. That’s because wraps are fully removable and won’t damage the paint underneath. If you’ve got the money, you could theoretically change up your car’s look every month without violating your lease agreement.
Con — Some Limits on Color Choice
If you’re choosing a respray of your car, chances are your body shop has all the colors that are currently available from the BMW dealership. If you’re going for a wrap, you might find it hard to find the perfect color — or you might find the right color, only to discover it’s only available in a matte finish, and you’ve got your heart set on that gloss.
You might find something that is perfect for your car’s new look, but you could also be limited in your color or finish choices.
Pro — Less Maintenance
How much time do you spend on your BMW every week? Chances are, you’re taking at least a few hours a week washing and waxing your car to protect your paint job. With a wrap, you’re don’t have to spend nearly that much time — just wipe it down with a wet cloth, and you’re good to go! Imagine all the time you’ll save, or all the money you’ll save if you have your car professionally detailed every week.
Wraps might not be the best choice for everyone, but they are an excellent option if you want to protect your paint job or want a new look without springing for a full respray.