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Macco Yay or Nay?

I recently visited a local Macco near my house, and I got a qoute for $995 for everything to be re-done.

Bed has a medium dent under the gas tank, over all the truck has scratches everywhere and the cab in the rear drivers side corner has a dent as well.

And to have it re-painted to a darker color (Torch Red/ Grey) is an extra $50 mind you Ive heard sketchy things about various Macco shops.

But a qoute of $995 is a hell of a lot better than $3,800 from a privately owned bodyshop.

Is this too good to be true or should I just pass?
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id do it.
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not a bad deal, i wouldnt do it but hey youve gotta do what the wallet says you can do right, hope it comes out good, not a bad price but dont expect show room quallity when you pick it up.
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you get what you pay for. there's a reason why theyll do everything for 1/3 of the cost as a real body shop. i had a car painted by Maaco years ago... there was over spray on some of the black window trim... and the clear coat started to peal off a couple of years later... then the paint itself started to peel off. id save and go somewhere decent
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NAYYYYY.......i had my mustang painted at Earl Scheib same kinda place as maaco and it took them 4x to get it right and i barely drive the car and somehow paint is still peeling off
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you get what you pay for. there's a reason why theyll do everything for 1/3 of the cost as a real body shop. i had a car painted by Maaco years ago... there was over spray on some of the black window trim... and the clear coat started to peal off a couple of years later... then the paint itself started to peel off. id save and go somewhere decent
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Although it seems like everyone here hates it, I'm going to vote for YAY.

My parents had a camry repainted at maaco, and within the first week or so, the car had a slight tacky (orange peel) look and feel to it. But after the paint properly hardened, the car looks fine and the exterior was appropriately durable. From 5 feet away or more, it looks like factory paint, and a year later it looks just fine.

You DO get what you pay for, and maaco will never be as good as a proper body shop paint/prep job, but I think Maaco gets the job done for what a repaint is worth to you. Frankly, for $3,800, I'd find another ranger in the color I want, sell mine, and buy another one.

Another consideration is: how long are you going to have this truck? How good of a paint job do you need, and how long do you want it to last?

What sort of conditions does your truck endure? Is it outside all day? Does it get kicked, scratched, and beat on frequently?

What grade of paint job did they quote you? I know they range from signature to ambassador; that can also affect the grade of paint job and the value of the quality.

So to answer your original question, whether or not it's a "good deal" depends on the kind of paint job they quoted you for.
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hmmm...i dont know to be honest...

I know what you mean about not having alot of money, but this is your truck. Theres always the possibility of a poor paint job.
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Old 11-20-2006
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NAy time eleventy billion...............why did you guys start me on that
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I say yay I know somone that went there and I was so suprised when he told me that he got it painted there!
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NAY........If you lived closer i could show you my buddys truck, he has hail damage....Got a new fiberglass hood and had them paint / blend....they left the old clearcoat on the fenders and oversprayed it to blend...

looks like crap...rough paint..

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lol.. let me add another important note... most are saying no... don't do it... the few that are saying go for it live in the south!!! you live in new hampshire!!! you have a winter, they don't!!! it'll get beat to hell with your weather!! im further south than you and still mine took a beating during those winter months!
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they have a cheap $200somthin job, which is what most people get and wonder why it peels after a year and they have overspray. but their expensive jobs last a while and look killer
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1 if you do all the prep work
2 you buy the paint

then id let them shoot it


Macco, cheaps out on prep work and paint. If you take care of that then id let them shoot it. Then again if your going to do 70% of the work you might as well shoot it.
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tape the car yourself and id say go for it
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Heh!!!

Well, just cost me $1100 to get my hood painted and blended to the fenders

If your gonna get MAKO, better practice up on sayin, Oh oh!!!!


But remember, when its all said and done, most who would say no, would also paint their truch with a brush and roller.

Anyone who want a great job, won't even know what MAKO is........lol
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For $900, i'd say no to maaco. you dont really know what kind of quality of work they do with your 900 bucks. To paint a car right, you would spend hours taking stuff off, fixing dents, preping for primer, sanding primer. Then you paint it. And I doubt they do that. I spent about 6 hours preping the bumpers on my truck for paint. That didn't include spraying the color and clear. And it only costed me about 50 bucks, b/c that paint is expensive. If a shop did it for me, it would probably be $300 easy.

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lol.. let me add another important note... most are saying no... don't do it... the few that are saying go for it live in the south!!! you live in new hampshire!!! you have a winter, they don't!!! it'll get beat to hell with your weather!! im further south than you and still mine took a beating during those winter months!
it's true winter here serves a bigger toll on a vehicle than the south, but I'm in MA and the paints still looks alright on my parents car...
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NAY!!!

I've seen too many "Good Deals" out of a Maaco shop. They overspray, undertape, and do an overall sh1tty job. It's a chain, you get what you pay for bro!

"Well I could get this dollar double cheeseburger from McD's or I could go to a locally owned restaurant and get an angus burger made from real meat for $4"
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You Can get a Good Paint Job out of a Maaco Shop. They are independent owned Franchises. Here In MN we have Master Collision Group For example, Which have many Body shops throughout the area. Abra is the same thing. They have skilled technicians at Maaco (at least as skilled as any other body shop). My buddy took his Camaro to Maaco and got an award winning paint job, but it cost him 3-5K ( I can't remeber the number) What makes maaco different is they have to offer the Cheap paint jobs, with little labor, for a scheap price, as well as normal Collision and paint work. Most of the time this caters to Cab Companies and Business's (Like a plumbing van) and teenage kids with little to know money who want there Camaro to be out of primer. Now that being said they Do offer a valuable service and I wish I thought of it. Would I let them touch My car? Not in a million years! But if I wanted my GMC painted? Sure why not?

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I think most folks here have covered the idea...much would depend on you budget. My first vehicle in HS was a 1969 VW van I bought in 1977 for like $1400. It was that sort of orange with a white roof. And of course the front end was so pitted and splattered with the associated rust as a result of bugs/rocks working their way down to the metal.

We still had the Earl Schieb "I'll paint any car for $69.95" deal...hey, I was a sophmore in HS and mney was expensive... :) ...I asked around if anyone thought it was a good deal and the all said it was not bad but only if I did all the prep and body work myself even to the point of primer and rough sanding the base coat.

So I did that and well, we won't discuss the actual color that resulted, it was supposed to be a butterscotch orange to match the orginal VW burnt orage color...well, since I got it painted all their butterscotch, I was the proud owner of a SCHOOL BUS ORAGE/YELLOW VW Van...hehehehe, gawd my buddies gave crap about that, BUT, as I was the only one with a car, that pretty much settled that issue.

Bottom line, the $995 is probably fine. But to get it to you at that price the have to cut somewhere. And in this case I imagine it is all prep work. Find out what labor they are going to do and what they suggest you do before bringing it in to be painted. Even to the point of removing the bumpers, mask off the gaskets around your windows and lighting ahead of time so even if they do a crappy job, you have made sure it's ok by just taping off the edges where the migrant tape workers usually miss.

Oh, that VW Van, it's still running and still had the same paint job. I sold it when I was in college....to a diesel mechanic who worked for our local school district....repaing school buses...go figure...

But, if cash is a big deal, and these days when isn't it a big deal. Do a bit of the labor yourself then take it to the place you feel offers the best paint and warranty. Because as I understand it 90% of the quality in a paint job is the prep work and the rest is how the paint is applied.

BTW, sorry for such a long winded pretty much first post on the boards here...been lurking and readin'...lots of good info to be found here...thanks!!
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They are pretty good if you do the prep, but if that price includes the prep and even some body repair, then I would probably pass. If you are only going to have the vehicle for a year, then it may be a good deal, but if you are looking into the long haul, then it may not be.

Also, you could ask them why they are so much cheaper than the other body shops and ask the other body shops why they are so much more expensive than Maaco. If you talk to them both then your answer to your situation probably lies somewhere in the middle.
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maaco is good for quick paint jobs on an older vehicle that maybeyou want to look decent for say putting up for sale. but for using maaco on your truck, don't do it. save the $$ and find a real professional paint shop. look around.
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hell no!
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