Q: How do you paint cars so inexpensively?
A: Maaco has developed the easiest, most affordable and reliable paint process in the world. Our more than 40 years of experience makes our approach to overall auto painting the best way to turn the car you drive back into the car you love. We also have the advantage of volume. Our more than 475 locations nationwide and long-term relationships with vendors allows us to buy materials at deeply discounted prices. In turn, we pass that savings on to you.
Q: Why does it cost so much to repair a small ding?
A: We get asked this question more than almost any other question! Repairing a dent or ding is a very involved process. There is a minimum amount of time it takes to repair one dent. Picture this: a body repair technician must first grind all of the paint off of the area to be repaired, then he must prepare the filler compound, apply it uniformly, then wait for it to dry. It's then sanded and either glazed or a second coat is applied, at which point you have a second round of drying. We sand it again, mix a 2k primer, apply the primer and paint. Only then is the job finished!
If you are concerned about cost, be sure to ask your center about paintless dent repair.
Q: What if I don't want to pay for the extra prep to take out the scratches and dents, won't my car still look better with new paint?
A: You may choose to simply have your vehicle painted without addressing issues like peeling, cracking and old bodywork. Keep in mind that in order to receive the smoothest possible finish and highest possible gloss, these issues will need to be addressed. If the conditions are bad enough, it can and will affect the gloss and overall appearance of the newly painted surfaces. While you will receive a warranty if you choose to paint over dings and dents, that is not the case if you decline to repair conditions that your estimator has advised you to repair.
Q: How much does it cost to change the color of my car?
A: If you simply want to change the color of the exterior, there is a charge in addition of your paint package to do so. Although it is not necessary, you can have your doorjambs, under the hood and trunk painted for an additional charge.
Offers & promotions faq's
Q: Why does my newly painted bumper not match the color of the rest of my car?
A: Most of the vehicle surface is metal, whereas the bumper cover is plastic. Paint adheres to these two materials in different ways, giving the paint a slightly different color.
Q: Why is my estimate more than the advertised paint package?
A: The finishes on many vehicles have deteriorated to the point where they cannot simply be painted over. Our packages include standard prep to remove nicks and scratches (excluding the 20/20) and hand sanding to provide a mechanical bond for the new finish, but do not include repairing cracks, peeling or cracking paint, and delaminating clear coat. In order for your new paint job to look its best, these issues must be addressed before refinishing can occur.
Q: Why don’t all centers honor the promotion running on TV?
A: MAACO is a franchise company, meaning each of our centers is individually owned and operated. As with all franchise systems, prices and participation vary by center.
Q: Why is there an additional charge to paint my truck or SUV?
A: In general, our advertised prices are for sedans. This is not always the case, but usually trucks and SUVs are more expensive to paint simply because of the size. A larger car requires more labor, supplies and time to paint.