Van and Car Signwriting Cost – How Much Should You Pay?

For over a year the team behind Job Prices has been publishing price guides for our visitors to read.

From home improvement and legal to motoring and insurance costs, we’ve researched the going rate for hundreds of products and services in the UK.

Today’s project is car and van signwriting and so-called “wrapping”.

Did You Know…

Did you know that in a city centre, your vehicle could be seen by up to 3000 people per hour?

What an incredible opportunity to promote your business…

Keep reading to see how much it costs to sign write a car or van.

On this page we’ll cover:

  • A poll, we like to ask our site’s visitors how much they think certain projects will cost.
  • Car signwriting costs.
  • Van signwriting costs.
  • Magnetic signage – the pros and cons + prices
  • DIY signage costs
  • A look at vehicle “wrapping”, what it is and how much it typically costs.

Our prices are based on quotes and estimates provided to us by UK based firms in April and May 2021.

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How Much Does it Cost to Signwrite a Car?

As with all signwriting and wrapping projects, there are two considerations:

  1. The cost of the design.
  2. The cost to create and then apply the product to the vehicle.

Companies that create and apply vinyl signage will have in-house designers who can create the perfect signwriting for you.

For basic designs, perhaps where you already have a logo and prefered font, this service is usually included in the cost.

For more elaborate and bespoke designs, expect to pay extra, how much will depend on the complexity of the design.

The prices below are an average of the figures given to use by 12 signwriting firms in April and May 2018.

We asked for a basic design incorporating our company logo, some descriptive text, a telephone number and web address.

The price is for four sides of a car:

Car Signwriting - 4 Sides£220+vat
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Van Signwriting Cost

We also asked our 12 chosen firms to provide us with a quote for signwriting a medium-sized van.

We requested the following:

  • 2 to the rear doors (1 on each door).
  • 4 to each side of the van.
  • 1 to the front bonnet.
  • Logo incorporated into a basic design with text, phone number and web address.

The van doesn’t have any existing signwriting so no preparation work is required.

Below is an average of the 12 prices given to us by UK based firms in April and May 2021:

Van Signwriting - 4 Sides£525+vat
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Magnetic Signs – Are They Any Good and How Much Do They Cost?

Magnetic signs are perfect if you use several different vehicles, are renting a vehicle or if you use one vehicle for several different purposes or if you run multiple businesses.

Magnetic signs aren’t always the best option because:

  • They can come off at high speed, usually motorway speeds.
  • They can be stolen.
  • They don’t always look as professional as vinyl permanent signs.

From our research conducted in April and May 2021, we think the cost for a medium-sized van will be:

4 x magnetic Signs£150+vat

DIY Signwriting Cost

There are several UK based printers online that allow you to design and print your own signs.

These are then posted to you, usually within a day or so.

The vinyl prints are easy to install, just remove the paper backing and apply to the clean surface of the vehicle.

Based on the research in 2021 we think a good quality set of signs for a medium-sized van will cost you:

Self-Applied DIY Signwriting to a Medium-Sized Van£225+vat
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Cost to Wrap a Car or Van

Wrapping is a process where the entire vehicle is covered by a vinyl film. There’s a wide range of colours available and you can include as much or as little bespoke content as you like.

Vehicle wrapping also protects the paintwork from scratches and salts that cause rust. The film can be removed by a professional.

We asked several car wrapping specialists how much they thought it would cost to fully wrap a Ford Focus and also a BMW 4 Series.

Explore our guide to car wrapping costs here.

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This guide to car signage costs was created by and was last updated in May 2021.

You’ll find many more cost guides in our motoring corner where we delve into the costs of car ownership and maintenance.

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Author - Danny Woodley
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