How Much Should I Spend to Protect My Car’s Paint if it’s a Cheap Car?

March 29, 2024

If your car’s not worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, is it worth installing paint protection? Well, there’s a contentious question—and one that doesn’t really have a definitive answer. 

Regardless of your ride’s value, there are some pretty strong arguments for protecting that shiny exterior. Which way you go about it will depend on a) what you want to pay, b) practical points, and c) how long you intend to keep the vehicle.

Cheap Car Equals Cheap Car Paint Protection Right? Err, that ain’t Necessarily So…

  • Why protect the paint on a cheap car?
  • OK, got it. But how much should I spend to protect my car’s paint if it’s a cheap car?

Why protect the paint on a cheap car?

Even if your vehicle isn’t worth thousands of dollars, protecting the paint is a wise move. Today’s climate and other environmental aspects play havoc on your ride’s pretty façade—and there are many ways you can prevent this from happening.

Reasons to protect the paintwork include:

  • It provides a layer of protection to the bare metal below.
  • It prevents color fade.
  • It protects against metal fatigue, such as rust, etc.
  • It helps retain the value.
  • It makes it easier to keep the car clean.
  • It helps the car look good. Just because your car is cheap doesn’t mean that you’re not proud of it…

OK, got it. But how much should I spend to protect my car’s paint if it’s a cheap car?

There are many options to protect a car’s paintwork. The cheapest of all is car wax and the most expensive would be ceramic coating (perhaps in combination with paint protection film).

Let’s say your ride is worth, for example, $2,500. Of course, you won’t want to spend the equivalent again to get paint protection installed. However, you might consider regular waxing and, perhaps, having economically priced paint protection film (PPF) installed on the panels and areas most susceptible to damage. These include:

  • Fender.
  • Headlamps.
  • Front wings.
  • Bonnet.
  • Wing mirror casings.

The addition of PPF in these areas will guard against stone chips and other projectile damage.

If you have a truck or 4X4 that you regularly use off-road, then again—even if it’s not high value—you may well consider that PPF in at least some areas is worth the outlay. If you choose one of the more economical levels of protection, then you can probably get a partial front coverage professional installed for anywhere between $600 - $1,500. 

Of course, you could always go the DIY route and install the PPF yourself. If you do choose to do this, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. The most important element of installing PPF is the prep. Getting this wrong is disastrous—one of the main reasons that taking it to a pro is so attractive. If you do decide to do it yourself, be sure to apply it in an indoor location where little debris and dust can gather during the process.

Quality Paint Protection Needn’t Cost a Fortune. Contact Auto SuperShield for More Info

When it comes to paintwork protection, there’s no one with more expertise and passion for beautiful paintwork than the Auto SuperShield team. Whether your ride’s worth $5,000, $50,000, or hundreds of thousands, we’ve got the right paint protection product that’ll both suit your budget and upgrade your vehicle.

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