PPF is the Affordable Option
Paint Protection Films are an investment with a guaranteed return.
Obviously, a major factor in deciding whether or not to protect a vehicle with Paint Protection Films is financial. Depending on how much of your vehicle you want covered, packages can start approaching 4-digit territory. It’s not something one does on a whim, like an air freshener.
Combine that with so many options available on today’s market, and it’s no wonder that folks end up feeling overwhelmed and just give up. PPF can easily slip into the “maybe next year” category.
One thing to keep in mind is the relative cost of a vehicle and PPF. If you reincarnated some beater that you picked up for $500, it probably isn’t worth throwing a $2000 paint protection package on it. But, if you’ve invested in a nice vehicle that you intend to use for years to come, $2000 to ensure the integrity of its exterior isn’t a bad deal.
Here are a few things we think prospective PPF buyers should keep in mind before deciding whether or not to pull the trigger.
Paint Repair Costs are NOT Decreasing
As automotive paint gets more sophisticated, so does the cost of repairing it. While some off the shelf products do a decent job of hiding paint damage, none of them actually repair the paint.
Detailers and paint shops are able to do incredible work in paint restoration, but that incredible work doesn’t come cheap. And as it often is, the more expensive the car, the more expensive the paint repair.
Despite how good local shops may be, no repair is ever as good as simply not having the damage in the first place. High quality PPF is the only technology that can protect your paint from everyday encounters like bird droppings, tree sap, swirl marks bugs, and rock chips.
This one isn’t industry wide, and it is a reason why you would want to go to a reputable shop like Diversity that uses premium products, rather than under a bridge somewhere (nothing against bridges). The films we use at Diversity come with manufacturer-backed lifetime warranty. That means you get a lifetime guarantee against any kind of chipping, peeling, or discolouration.
They are Removable
Being able to remove and replace films is a huge advantage. With the right technique and application of heat, high quality films peel off like the plastic screen protectors that ship on a new smartphone.
This gives you total control. For example, once a film has given you all it can in terms of protection and aesthetics (after a decade or so of hard work) you can simply bring you car to us, we’ll peel the old film off and stick a new one on. Easy.
Lease returns is another scenario in which this is a useful feature. Many dealerships issue stiff financial penalties if there is even the slightest damage to a vehicle upon return (for example, a rock chip on the hood). Installing PPF as soon as you get your hands on a new lease will help you keep the car in pristine condition until the lease is over. Most dealerships won’t want the car back with the PPF on, so you can just take it off.
Most people who buy high end vehicle have no intention on keeping them until the car dies in 30 years. If your plan is to purchase a new vehicle and then sell it after driving 100,000 or 200,000 kilometres, it’s well worth your while to invest in a high quality PPF at the beginning of its journey.
By keeping the vehicle protected for its entire life, it will command a much higher price on the used market. Not only will potential buyers enjoy the fact that the paint is pristine, but they will also be willing to pay more for a vehicle that has been well cared for. Taking care of the exterior of a vehicle is a sign to buyers that you have also looked after the internals.
Q: What do all these points have in common? A: The need for high quality films.
PPF is worth doing right, so you need to make sure that you are investing in high quality films. It’s certainly not worth using sub-standard products, and keep in mind that DIY options prioritize ease-of-application over performance. The good news is that it isn’t complicated to make sure you are getting a high quality product, just bring it to a reputable shop. Diversity is the authority on Vancouver Island – get in touch here and read more about our services right here.