Many vehicle manufacturers offer a wide range of color options when choosing to buy a new vehicle. Everything from metallic, matte, satin, and even some chrome options. These options can range from $1,000-$30,000. The unfortunate situation is that over half of these costly paint jobs cannot even be washed or cared for on a daily basis without professional paint maintenance. Below I will outline a few examples of costly paint jobs and the vinyl wrap option cost associated with them. (Ball Park figures based on industry average).
If you’re really looking to stand out, pay the automaker a few extra grand more and it will let you go your own way. For a low cost of $5,500, Porsche will paint any of its cars, excluding the Cayenne SUV, in any color you desire. If your wanting that quick turn around on your special Porsche custom color don’t hold your breath, you’re looking at a 3 month wait to complete your custom paint job. This time lag may explain why only 70 Porsche 911 models and even fewer Caymans are custom painted each year.
Paint Option $5,500
Vinyl Wrap option would be ranging from $3,500-$4,500 depending on material chosen. 4 day to 2 week turn around based on options chosen.
If you want a standard BMW M3 your looking at around $62,295 after tax. But for the buyers who wanted the special edition Frozen Gray M3 had to pay up to $77,600 (and sign a waiver denying warranty coverage if its matte paint wasn’t cared for around the clock). For the extra money M3 owners got a paint job that can be ruined by all the normal paint enemies (ex. bird droppings, bugs and sap).
Paint Option $15,305
Vinyl Wrap Option would be ranging from $2,700-$4,000 depending on material chosen. 4 days to 2 weeks turn around based on options chosen.
Ferrari’s paint options include 16 standard colors, of which classic Rosso Corsa is the most popular. A triple layer paint job, such as on the new SA Aperta Italia, costs a mere $28,000 from factory. Let’s not get started on other options like the 16 “out of range” colors such as Dino Orange and pastel Azzurro Metallic. Those prices can spiral out of control. Ferrari won’t even give exact prices beyond that because, well, rich people hate it when other rich people get something for less.
Paint Option starting at $28,000+
Vinyl Wrap Option would range from $3,500-$5,000 depending on material chosen. 4 days to 2 weeks turn around based on options chosen.
Bugatti’s basic painting process takes a month to complete. The L ‘OR Blanc, a swirl of hand painted blue dripped on white takes about 3 months. With 52 factory color options in metallic and matte finishes Bugatti won’t charge anything extra over the $2 million asking price unless you want a custom color, in that case you’re looking at $11,574 plus another $39,912 to color match the interior accents.
Paint Option $11,574 Takes a month
Vinyl Wrap Option would range from $4,500-$7,000 depending on material chosen. 4 days to 2 weeks turn around based on options chosen.
Mercedes has been a high line automaker for decades now. With the addition of the SLS to the fleet, Mercedes offers a $12,750 paint option using 7 layers of paint and over a month to complete. The strangest thing is this isn’t even the costliest paint job Mercedes offers. Mercedes will let customers choose factory colors from the last 30 years and will even match its competitors-all for a modest $15,000.
Paint Option $15,000
Vinyl Wrap Option would range from $2,500-$3,500 for cars and $3,500-$7k on suvs like the G Wagon and larger GL series depending on material chosen. 4 days to 2 weeks turn around based on options chosen.