The color of a car can often play a lot, not only into the identity of the car, but that of the car’s owner as well. Custom auto paint jobs can be done for a number of reasons, the most popular being that either the owner is tired of the current color, or the original paint job is chipped and fading.
Some people will also have a custom auto paint job just before selling their car. But can a custom auto paint job really help the car’s resale value? Yes, a brand new paint job can actually do wonders for the resale value. Keep reading to find out why.
What is a Custom Paint Job?
First, what exactly is a custom paint job, and what does it entail?
A custom auto paint job is something that can be done at just about any body or customs shop. Normally it will entail putting a completely different color on the car, while some people may choose to just get a new coat of the original color.
If you are wondering about how much it might cost, there is really no flat fee. It all depends on the extent of your custom auto paint job, the quality of paint you decide to use, and where you get the job done.
There are also different types of paint jobs you can get done. Here is a list of at least three types, all of which are available for you at Robs Customs and Restorations.
These types of paint jobs are:
- Two-tone color: The top portion of the car is painted one color, the bottom another. This can create a fun and unique look to the car. Once popular in the 50s and 60s, it is back in style now and can really help your car’s resale value.
- Pearlescent color: Pearlescent paint jobs can be a lot of fun to look at, and you will feel like a hot rod driving a car with this paint job. This uses a variety of colors, and the pearlescent coating both reflects and refracts the light, making the colors look different no matter how many times you look at the car.
- Matte color: Matte finishes on cars is becoming increasingly popular lately. The clearcoat used for these dries into a rougher texture, so you get a flatter color than some of the smoother varieties. Matte paint jobs are highly durable and will last a long time, which can help your car’s resale value.
- No matter what color or type of custom job you choose, the process that the technicians will follow is simple. First, your car is prepared for the new paint. Then, after you choose the color and finish you want, they will proceed with the painting process. First the color, then the finish you have chosen.
How Can a Custom Paint Job Increase Your Car’s Resale Value?
We now know what a custom auto paint job is, but how exactly does it increase your car’s resale value?
The choice of color, believe it or not, plays a lot into the depreciation or appreciation of a car’s value. According to a study done on car colors and resale value, the safest colors are black, gray, brown, blue, red, white, green, and orange, with yellow holding the lowest depreciation percentage.
Other colors like gold and purple, while lovely to look at, can actually work against you when you go to sell your car. So unless you plan to keep your car forever, we would suggest staying away from those colors.
The main reason, however, that a custom paint job can increase your car’s resale value is that it looks like you took care of your car.
Think back to whenever you have looked at cars from private sellers. Did you want the one with the chipped or rusted paint? Or the one that looked almost brand new? Cars that show signs of neglect, like faded or chipped paint jobs, broken tail lights, bad tires, or ripped upholstery, are not going to sell for much at all. You may be looking at a few hundred dollars, if you are lucky.
If you fix all the minor issues and get a brand new, custom paint job before selling, you may be able to sell it for a couple thousand dollars rather than a few hundred.
Speak to a Custom Paint Job Specialist Today
Are you ready to get that custom paint job for your car now so you can boost your car’s resale value? Perhaps you need more information, like what colors and finishes are available, and how much a custom paint job is going to cost you. We can answer all of these questions and more, and even offer you a free quote. Contact Robs Customs and Restoration online or call us at (703) 552-5001 today. We will be happy to help you with all your custom and restoration needs.