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I got a full wrap on my rav4 limited a few weeks after purchasing it. I went with a third party who used Suntek Ultra and it cost me around $3k.

It's my first brand new car so I said to hell with it. My last car (BMW convertible) got so many chips in the front it was pretty ugly in the sun. Did it impact resale value? Not really. Do I expect to recoup a portion of the $3k when I sell my rav4? Probably not.

That being said, I plan on owning my rav4 for a while and will be taking my car outdoors a lot. It's a nice peace of mind to know rocks, dirt, branches (unless it's a really big branch), snowboards, etc won't damage the paint on my car.

It's only worth it to get film when your car is new. Once you've gotten scratches on it then it's no longer valuable I think.

YMMV with dealer installed really depends on what you're getting. But, hopefully a helpful data point on someone who did splurge on 3rd party film and hasn't regretted it yet.
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I've put film (XPel Ultimate) on my last half dozen cars/trucks. I wouldn't own a vehicle without it. No yellowing. Zero rock chips. I'm picking up our 2019 Rav4 Hybrid this morning and I'll be getting film applied as soon as I can get it scheduled.
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