Anyone who has ever owned a car has experienced the frustration of a scratch or a ding. Nothing, in fact, is more frustrating than getting that first scratch or ding right after you purchase your brand new car or get an old car freshly painted. While paint does a good job standing up to smaller scrapes, such as those received in parking lots, nothing is going to stop a scratch to the front of your hood when you are driving, full speed, down the highway, and a tiny rock gets kicked up from a work truck. That will leave a mark. So what can you do to protect the front of your car?
Until recently, the only option you had for protecting your car from dings and scratches like this were options like vinyl bras or hard-plastic wind deflectors. Now though, there is the “clear bra” or a paint protection film (PPF). PPF is a thermoplastic urethane film that you apply to vehicles, though it is also used on helicopters, airplanes, cell phones, and other electronics. A PPF is a great way to keep a car from going through regular wear and tear and looking brand new, as well as protecting against scrapes and vandalism.
For anyone who lives in an area where gravel side roads are common or someone who does a lot of highway driving, then PPF is an investment that will keep your car looking new. If you are leasing your vehicle you may have to check with the dealership to see if applying PPF is allowed as an option to protect it before you return it at the end of your lease period, as leased cars must be returned with only regular wear and tear. If you own your car and want to resell it down the line, then PPF is even more important.
While PPF cannot protect against someone who really wants to do damage to your car, it will protect against the much more likely scenario of someone opening their door too hard into the side of your vehicle, bumping your bumper in a parking lot, or from flying rocks on the road. If you are looking to resell your car down the road, this means that your car will look much younger than it is and will get top dollar when it comes time to sell. The same way you keep the interior of your vehicle clean, PPF helps to keep the outside of your car “clean” and free from imperfections.
So is it worth it? It depends on what you are going to be doing with your car and how old your car is. If you purchase a new car then yes, it is very much worth it to get PPF. Get it done as soon as possible so that no dings and scratches can mar your vehicle before it is installed. If you purchased a used car though, with a lot of dings already on it, then it may not be as worth it, though it does help protect against future damage.