Pricing faq's 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.