Is PPF Worth It on a Used Car?
Maybe you didn’t quite have the money when the car was brand new, or maybe it wasn’t on the market at the time you were last looking for a car. Maybe you’ve only discovered this model or this make. It might even be that you just love the lines from a more vintage model than what you could drive off the lot today. Whatever the reason, you’ve just bought a car that isn’t brand new. Now you’re wondering it makes sense to get it wrapped with paint protection film. After all, you want to protect your investment.
So, is PPF worth it on a vehicle that’s not brand new? It can be, but you’ll need to ask yourself some questions first.
What’s the Car’s Condition?
The first question you need to ask is what the paint job looks like. If the car’s in rough condition already, then PPF may not be worth the investment.
Why? PPF can’t protect the paint job from damage that’s already happened. It can protect it from future damage. In some cases, though, applying PPF could make existing damage more apparent.
It might also be more work for the technicians to apply the film. That can run up the costs, which in turn makes it harder to recover the money you’ve invested in PPF.
If there are only a couple of scratches or a rock chip or two, then it might be worth investing in PPF to prevent further damage. You could also have the paint touched up before applying PPF. Some used car dealerships will have already taken the step of touching up the paint.
Are You Willing to Invest in the Paint Job?
A related question to ask is how much you’re willing to put into the paint job on this car. If you’re planning to get the car sanded down and repainted in the near future, then it might not make sense to put PPF on the car yet.
If you don’t particularly care about keeping the paint job in good condition—if this is a “beater” vehicle for you—then PPF may not be worth it, even if the paint is in relatively good condition.
PPF is definitely worth installing after having the car repainted. PPF will protect the vehicle’s new paint job from future damage, so your investment in repainting will keep your car looking great longer.
If the paint is already in decent condition and you want to preserve it, then PPF is a worthwhile investment. PPF can protect the vehicle so that you don’t need to repaint it in the future because of further damage.
Do You Want to Sell the Car in the Future?
Another question to ask yourself is about the future of this vehicle. Are you going to drive it into the ground or use it as a commuter car?
PPF can increase the resale value of a vehicle. If you’re not planning to sell the car in the future or you plan to strip it for parts at the end of its life, then adding PPF may not make much sense.
If you are thinking about selling the vehicle at some point in the future, then PPF is a wise choice. PPF protects the car’s paint job, which keeps it looking great. That, in turn, can improve the resale value.
Paint protection film itself also increases the value of the vehicle. That’s because potential buyers know the vehicle has built-in protection already on it. They won’t need to add it themselves.
Some vehicles retain their value very well over time, especially if they’re kept in good condition. Classic cars and limited production run models increase in value over time. That’s an especially good reason to invest in PPF.
If selling the car in the future is in the cards, then taking steps to help it retain or increase its value is always a smart move.
Is This Car the Love of Your Automotive Life?
Sometimes, a car is just a car. At other times, it’s much, much more. You may have invested in a souped-up Honda Civic, which some people wouldn’t see as a car “worth” investing in. If you love this car, though, then it could very well be worth your time and money to keep it in great condition.
As mentioned at the outset, sometimes people buy older cars because they like the style of the model more. It may not be a collectors’ item, but you might just love the lines on the vehicle more than newer models. If that’s the case, then you’ll probably want to take care of the car.
In these kinds of situations, adding paint protection film to the vehicle could be a good move. It can increase the resale value, but that might not be something you’re concerned about. This is a car you want to keep looking good for as long as possible.
Whether this car is a classic model that you fell in love with or it’s a more recent model that speaks to you with its bold styling, PPF could help you take care of her. Even if she spends most of her life safely in the garage, away from snow, rain, rocks, birds, and sun, PPF can protect her when you do take her out for a joyride.
Get Expert Advice
If you’re still wondering if paint protection film is worth it for your car, it’s time to get in touch with the experts. Pricing for PPF jobs can range from as little as $800 to thousands of dollars, so it’s always a good idea to get a quote. It might be less expensive to protect your car than you thought it was!
The experts can also let you know what condition your car is in and if PPF makes sense at this point. They’ll tell you how much work they’ll need to do to get the car in great shape for wrapping. From there, you can decide what steps you want to take to protect your car.