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How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Car On Average?

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How much does it cost to paint a car

 Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up 

One of the best quotes by Mr. Orson Welles (actor from the movie Citizen Kane), implies that our life filled with those luxurious things we buy and we do enjoy it a while. When it comes to the remodeling, this will kick your butt with the eye rising bill of costs. This applies to the case of painting our car too. It is easy to choose the car with little basic information, but it is not simple to maintain it in the same way as we bought. Well, It’s ok to freak out about your repaint cost!!! Because I have a better solution for your worries about repainting your car.

I have myself owned a car (VW Polo), within the couple of years I noticed some chips on the body, when I see those small chips and scratches every time, it would make me think that the car lost its awesomeness. In the ordinary life, we would have seen people can identify a car if it’s new or old by just looking at it. Of course, the painting makes a car from old into a new one. So how much does it cost to paint a car on average? And I am sure that most people, who already own a car, have already asked themselves the same question every time you see the scratches on your car. To begin to read Furthermore, please be sure about are you looking for full repaint or color change. Because the price of repainting or changing the color of the car could go up to several hundred or thousand dollars and it all depends on its owner’s goal.

Before I begin to give you the numbers, I suggest you to ask yourself these fundamental questions which I have given below. Please try to list out the answer which can give you an idea, But some specific works done by the auto shops might unnoticed if you are not careful. So, I would advise you to read further to know more about the car paintings before spending several hundred bucks.

  1. Does my car needs full painting job or few parts of the car need to be painted?
  2. How much does it cost to paint a car in auto shops?
  3. How do I choose the best shop within my budget?
  4. How much does it cost to paint a car if do it yourself?
  5. How much does it cost for color change?

A simple line answer will not be a good answer for these questions. So, I have explained the steps involved in the painting process which involves your money, and this process does not require any rocket science degree to understand these simple explanations.

Those who are professional painters in real life or if you ever tried painting before, then this process I have mentioned could be completed within your home garage with some basic equipment’s like, quality paint, masking tapes, sanded paper and coating roller. And sure, this equipment’s would cost much if you choose to go for high-quality paint job. But if you decide to give your car to the professional auto painting shops, then you will find a lot of auto paint shops in your very local place itself. The very high-quality shops would give you many options as much as to choose their service, which will be high as the price goes up.

Well, if your goal is to change the color of the car, then the price would go high up to 25-30% from the cost of repaint job. So, choosing the right service is the best way to save lots of money from your pocket.

You may well ask, but why do I have to pay several hundred dollars for an simple paint job?

Because my friend, the price you pay for the job will be the quality you get at the end of the day. Price depends on the type and quality of paint, the quality of the service provider, and number of coatings for your car.

How Do I Find The Exact Price For My Car?

That would be a tough question to answer precisely in actual figures. This can vary based on the cost of paint, service provider, and your car type. So, in order to clear the fog (price confusion), we did some research form some of the best to lowest car paint job providers, which I have given as a table. Hope this would help you to choose the better service for your car in the future.

As such, to determine to find out the exact price for the full paint job, I have below listed the prices would vary into 3 categories with their service quality.

Types of paint jobs:

  • High-end job – Best Quality and High Price
  • Mid-range Job – Good Quality and little lower than the high-end price
  • Low-End Job – Low quality and cheap price

I believe you would have guessed little from the category name itself; however I have given my explanation for each type here,

High End

MidrangeLow-End
Superior AppearanceFactory style appearanceVague appearance
Remove all trimRemove most of trimTape trim
High End productsHigh End productsLow end products
Excellent DurabilityExcellent DurabilityLess durability
High Attention to detailGood attention to detail

Less attention to detail

Qualities Of Painting Jobs

cost to paint a car

The above detailed information is all average estimation and relays on the car owner’s goal and nothing more!

So, after you have seen the big picture of each and every process involving in car painting, then you will ease yourself without freaking out the money you are going spend on your car.

Here below the price range varies depends on the job you choose for your car;

Type of CarLow-End Paint JobMid-range Paint JobHigh-End paint Job
Small Car: VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, BMW Mini, Vauxhall corsa, Renault Clio.250$ – 600$1000$ – 5000$4500$ – 10000$
Medium Car: VW, Audi A3, BMW 3 Series, Vauxhall Astra, Renault Megane.250$ – 600$1000$ – 5000$4500$ – 10000$
Large Car: VW Passat, Audi A4, BMW 5 Series, Ford Mondeo, Renault Scenic and other Small SUVs.500$ – 800$1000$ – 5000$4500$ – 10000$
Ex-Large Car: VW Phaeton, BMW 8 Series, Ferrari, Audi A8,  Land Rover Discovery, Aston Martin , Bentley, Mercedes S Class, Rolls Royce Audi R8, Lamborghini, Noble, etc.1000$1000$ – 5000$4500$ – 10000$

When you wanted to buy a car, you go through the basic information about the kind of engine, fuel storage capacity, and speed per kilometer, etc. But the one most essential thing people look for in a car is that its appearance. Because of the appearance is the only thing that will captivate the people’s eye and the mind. Therefore, the art of choosing the right paint with the best quality coating is necessary. Also, the paint we choose is going to affect our cost in a better way since it’s our job here.

Typical Cost Of Choosing The Type And Quality Of Paint     

Matter of importance is that how much does it cost to paint a car in black? Or white? Enamel, Lacquer, Urethane, and basecoat or clearcoat, these are the presently available paint types with the variety in its price range and quality. If we tried to calculate based on the size of car, a gallon of paint would cost from 17$ – 700$ per gallon. Depending on the paint quality the shining appearance and the durability of it would change. So, minding the color and quality of a paint is the most important factor while choosing your plan from high-end to low-end painting job.

Repairing The Panels: Surface Preparation Process

how much does it cost to paint a car

This is where the repainting process gets improvised. As per the experts of this industry “Surface preparation is one of the critical jobs in repainting process”, so that the amount of time we spend to remove or repair the flakes, fades, oxidations or cracks from the car panels, will reflect the high-quality job achieved after the paint job is done. So, there will not be any question or need separate attention from each and every parts painting cost like, how much does it to cost to paint car hood? Or car bumper? Because the labor cost is the one thing which consume your money.

On beforehand of the painting process, the body parts must be treated with detail attention and sanded well, primed or sealant coated. If anything goes unnoticed at this point, then there will be problems like bubbling or uneven paint completion. So here, surface preparation would take a considerable amount of labor cost and the time span.

Cost On Masking off The Non-Painted Areas

When using the spray gun, it is not possible to paint the car without spraying some no-need paint areas of a car. By masking or covering the places like the door handle, glass, headlights, tail lights and moldings would be protected from the spray gun. Where the real costs involved in those instruments used for spraying and covering tapes which will nearly cost to 500$ – 1000$.

Also, there is another way to protect the body panels by de-trimming before starting to spray. Which means those parts need to be protected from the paint have to be removed completely.

To protect the paint from the contamination from the outer environment, the entire booth would covered by polythene.

Cost Involved In Quality Labor

High cost of an instrument needed the hands of a skilled person, which will determine the final quality of job done. So, the painter should be highly qualified and paid highly from 2000$ to 3000$. In the case of the low-end job, the skill level of the labor would be inadequate and paid less from 400$ to 700$. So the higher the price you pay, the higher the quality of job achieved.

How Can I Reduce These Costs?

Offers & Discounts: Auto Painting shops regularly giving out offer discounts, which ranges between 50$-250$. If you are good at observing things like notice boards or billboards, then you can save lots of money from the advertisement from the shops. Also, if you are an internet savvy, you can sign up in auto forums which will send you an email from several autos repair shops in your locations.

Do it for yourself: If you are a person who is good at planning and handle tools well, then this way you can reduce the costs by doing some basic modulations before going to the auto shop. For example, you can do sanding of the car, masking the areas. If you need further more information, just go through the automd.com or autobodypaint.com or from car forums. I am sure this would save you a handful of money (average from 30$ to 100$).

I agree it will take some precious time of yours, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to do this process, all you have to do is that some necessary preparation before stepping into the action.

Finally, Is There Any Additional Costs Will Occur?

Even after the completion of repainting or color changing of your car, some additional changes cost can be expected. If you are a car geek and love to do change, it will be better to do it while processing the repainting job. So if you want to add a sports logo or extra pinstripes in the panel and other panel repair works would make pay little more.

how much does it cost to paint a car

When it comes to spending a few hundred or thousand bucks for the car, try to do some background a bit about the shop you want to leave your cool car. Do some research by yourself; Are they trustful enough to the job you wanted? Some websites have their previous customer satisfaction comments, which will help to know their service quality. Also, do use social media connection of yours or forums to get more information about the shop.

Knowing more than others will make a better financial expert for painting a car, but also in your day to day life as well.