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New to the Site...questions about car wraps...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by francisco2525, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. francisco2525

    francisco2525 Member

    Sep 16, 2013
    It is a pleasure to be a member of this forum, and all the help that can be given to be would be highly appreciated. Normally I just do graphic and printing, but I have a friend that has a large Auto Body Shop, and he asked me if I wanted to become partners with him and start an Auto Wrap Business.

    We can buy the equipment and print them ourselves, but from reading some of the comments of some of the members it seems it might be the best to outsource the car wrap material (since if we do that we can buy the car crap material for 4.95sq) and then just place the card wrap ourselves. I was wondering if signs365.com gives the best prices when it comes to car wrap material or if there are any other companies that give a similar price or even lower price.

    I am in southern california, an hour north of LA, I would appreciate if anyone new of a company near my area where I might just be able to order them and quickly just go myself to pick them up--just to be more efficient.

    This is a new venture that I am willing to learn and become good at it, but I do know that sometimes it is good to ask questions from those that are in the business, because of their knowledge and expertise, so if anyone can help me I would really appreciate it :)
  2. SignBurst PCs

    SignBurst PCs Very Active Member

    I wish you luck on your venture.

    Welcome to Signs101 from SignBurst Graphic Design Computers!
  3. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

    Jun 4, 2007
    Home Office
    Sub out the design/printing/laminating until you're sure you're going to make bank. Focus on installs only. Owning equipment looks good until you actually own it. You will have a huge chunk of money tied up into something that requires your full attention. Then you get to buy software.:banghead: Then you have to learn the software and it goes from there.:banghead: Then the equipment breaks in the middle of a job, on the weekend.:banghead:
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Welcome from PA.........................
  5. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2005
    Lawton, OK, USA
    Welcome from OK

    :Welcome: to :signs101: good luck
  6. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    Sep 24, 2004
    welcome from norcal :thumb:
  7. brush1

    brush1 Member

    Dec 19, 2008

  8. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    Don't forget to invest in a high end graphics work station that can rip huge files efficiently. Everyone's advice is good. You really need to do the research. There's a common myth that starting a car wrap business is a piece of cake. It's a very competitive market that has been devalued to the point that it's nothing more than a Walmart commodity. Cheapest guy gets the job unless you are one hell of designer and can work fast. Good luck anyway.
  9. francisco2525

    francisco2525 Member

    Sep 16, 2013
    Thank you...

    Thank you for welcoming me to this forum and your insightful information. I keenly know that knowledge is power, and getting tips from those that have the knowledge and experience will make my goals a little easier.

    I am sure I will run into some headaches; but in the long run it is those headaches that force you to do things correctly.

    Besides signs365.com, those that do outsource your material, what other companies do you use and what tends to be the range of price per sq foot for car wrap material.

    And again I would really appreciate if anyone knows of a company in the LA area that offers this service at a good price.
  10. ProWraps

    ProWraps Very Active Member

    Sep 30, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    we pride ourselves on quality. and we are losing jobs at $4.50 sq/ft.

    so do your math using your original cost of wholesale materials.

    not to be debbie downer, but good luck.

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