how much does it cost to paint a car?
Painting is one of the most delicate parts of a car. A simple scratch, a tap or just the effect of the sun and goodbye to our brand new car paint.
And if we want to have it again like in the beginning? What if we are fed up with the color of our car and want to change it? Well then, you should know that painting a car has a price. And it’s not exactly small.
Let’s dig a little deeper into the subject to see what prices we can find and how to get away from those professionals who promise a lot for very little.
What is the usual price for painting a car?
None. There is no average rate. It sounds weird, right? But it is like that and it is for a very simple reason: it depends on what you want to do exactly and the state of the painting.
It is not the same to repaint a car in good condition, without scratches or buns, in the same color, that change a car color with buns and scratches everywhere. As you can imagine, the work involved in doing one thing or another is very different.
While painting the car “above” to repair some damage can cost $ 500-600, make a change of color in a car in poor condition can go up to 2500-3000
In addition, it also depends on the size of your car. As you will understand, painting a Ford Ka is very different from painting a Land Rover, since one almost doubles in size to the other.
In short, there are so many factors that it costs to know exactly the price.
The solution: the price calculator
In Spain, there are several pages that have positioned themselves to solve this problem. While in South America, we have not seen any yet, for now we will have to keep the Certified First calculator.
As insurance comparators do, this calculator will ask for information about your car, the type of paint, the damage and the operation to be performed. Based on this data and its location, it will give you the average price charged in the Certified First workshops in your area.
In spite of not being able to use it for other countries, it can serve as a guide to know the price of painting a car by changing the currency and valuing it downwards, since in Spain the price is usually higher.
Get away from the “low-cost” budgets?
There is a danger in this sector and it is the “low-cost” world. Many promise to paint the car for 300 dollars and the truth is that sometimes they will do well. But most of what will remain is a botched, much more expensive repair than if you had decided to paint the car professionally from the beginning.
Painting a car requires an expense in material and a very important number of hours. If you do not want to do it because you do not look ready, look for a professional who does it at the right price to ensure a quality finish .
Have you ever repainted your car? If so, we’d love to know how much I pay for it. In this way, we can orientate ourselves knowing more or less what is paid in each area for this painting operation.