DualLiner, the maker of a component bed liner system for pickups, hired a marketing company to gather some information on the competition. 248 spray-in bed liner installers were contacted, and the callers requested their best-price on installation. The mission was to find just exactly how much spray-in bed liner installers were charging for the product and installation. What they gathered from two of the biggest brands in the industry, Line-X and Rhino Linings, is something every pickup truck owner should consider when shopping for a bed liner.
The Cost of Spray-In Liners Across the Nation
At first glance, you’ll notice that the cost of installation varies tremendously between regions. If you live in Texas, you’ll pay hundreds less than New York residents for a spray-in liner. The noticeable gaps make it pretty obvious that the middle man has a lot of control over the price of your finished product.
Here’s what it boils down to:
- The average cost to have Line-X installed in a pick-up: $481.77
- The average cost to have Rhino Linings installed in a pick-up: $470.41
To make it that much more interesting to Ford owners, the quoted vehicle was a 2014 F-150 with a 6.5’ bed and no tailgate step. So this data is pretty spot on for Ford pickup truck owners. Not to distract from the point that installers are probably given too much control over what you’ll pay for the spray-in liner.
Time Not-so-Well Spent
It’s not all about what you spend out of your wallet that matters. When it comes to installation, time matters two — time matters in two ways: appointment wait time, and the time it takes to install the liner.
To get your truck to the installer for the work, here are the average wait times:
- 22.5% can get you in within a day’s time
- 37.8% of installers could work on your truck within in 2 to 3 days
- 39.6% said it would take 4 or more days until they could spray a customer’s truck
That’s not so bad, right? Actually, the wait times for the appointment are pretty impressive considering the installers seem to turn the job into an all day affair…
Here’s what the spray-in liner installers had to add about installation time:
- 28.4% of the installers quoted a 0-4 hour installation time
- 38.7% of installers said to expect installation to take between 4-8 hours
- 32.9% quoted an astonishing 8 or more hour installation time
That’s all over the place!
How Does DualLiner Stack Up?
What about DualLiner — the company who set out to prove that installers might be less than kosher? They don’t use installers, you as the customer would be the installer in the equation. This particular system takes around 30 minutes, and plenty of DualLiner customers can back that figure up. You’ll pay the same price for a DualLiner if you live in Arizona as if you lived in New Jersey.
And the cost? $374, according to DualLiner’s site. Not to mention that they also offer Military discounts to those who have or are currently serving our country. Throw some free shipping on top of that, and the DualLiner offers truck owners a pretty sweet deal!