Maaco - 299.00 special false

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Macco Phoenix Arizona Febuary 24 2011, I went to Macco today about the 299.00 special they are advertising on TV only to find out that is not the case.There are other charges.

There is a 149.00 prep. They said out the door it will be 542.00, did I mention they are only painting the upper half of my car. How does 299 and 149 come to 542? After reading all of these complaints I can see I am not the only one having second thoughts on this.

Personally I think this is false advertising.i think this is a shame.

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Oct 29, 2016 #1233618 Forest Hills, New York, United States

Deceptive advertising? Please. They are two words that mean the same thing. Don't you people understand that these MAACO ads just drive traffic into the franchise to get inflated estimates?
No one paints a car for $300! (OK, if they have Krylon Spray Cans, maybe...)
There's a prep charge for masking the car and wet sanding the surface...if you need body work, they will charge you for that, if you want clear coat, they will charge you for that...on and on. Get a grip.

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Aug 01, 2016 #1193365 Pueblo, Colorado, United States

I took my truck into Maaco a couple of weeks ago to be painted black. They painted it silver. Even worse than that, I have a hard plastic cover over the bed that was NEVER supposed to be touched. It was black...they painted it silver too. I was told that if I paid for a complete other paint job, he would paint it black. I don't want it covered up. It will never be right again. I want it replaced.
Good luck

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Dec 07, 2015 #1075137

I called Maaco in Humble, Tx on HWY 1960 on December 7, 2015 to get my car painted, and inquired about the $299.00 special that is being advertised by Maaco that I just see on TV last night. The Maaco representative told me that there was no special, and it was already finished last week. So how come the commercial was still being advertised on TV? I agree with you on the false advertising scheme! Something needs to be done!

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Nov 15, 2015 #1064219 Redmond, Washington, United States

It is false advertising and thanks for posting. I won't even bother checking them out. JRP

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Sep 07, 2015 #1030793

It cost me $200 to painty car Kia over seas. "I'morocco" last year. The cost of living in USA is 3 to 6 times. That means to paint ur car will cost u $600 to & $1200. If u want a good paint with long warranty. This is in retail side. Wholesale is about 30 to 50% less.

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Sep 03, 2015 #1029085

Thanks, I won't be going there now !!

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Aug 08, 2015 #1017423 Dallas, Texas, United States

I called every macco for 50 miles and none would do a 299.00 paint job even if I prep and tape the car. Try it you try it and you will see!!

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May 17, 2015 #985314

I have actually used there $299. special twice over the last 4 years here in Az and its been exactly that!! and a very good job I might add!! hoping to get that price again!!

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Aug 22, 2014 #860120

I went to get my car painted and the same thing happen. It's a waste of time and it's big time false advertising.

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Aug 01, 2014 #849806 Fort Worth, Texas, United States

I buy, restore and sell a lot of auction cars. I take 3-5 a year to Macco for complete refinish. If it's an older car I'll get the less expensive single stage urethane because it doesn't make sense to pay for a paint job that would outlast the car. If it's a newer car I'll go ahead and get the basecoat clearcoat. I generally pay somewhere between $500 and $650 on the single stage and usually around 800 to 1100 on the two-stage. These are the best prices I found it and believe me I've looked. Body shops generally charge around $3000 for a complete refinish in basecoat clearcoat. On a few occasions we have replaces and painted the hood or a fender in-house. (We have all the equipment with the exception of the paint booth.) By the time we buy the supplies and paint to do one of these hoods or fenders we spend around $200.00. So I think Macco prices are more than reasonable. But they also have that $299 price here in Fort Worth. I wish they wouldn't do that because it appears to be a misleading ploy to get people in so they can tell people what it really cost to paint a car. Still you won't beat the price anywhere or if you do I hate to think what you get.

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Jul 27, 2014 #846821

it costs a lot. I do painting for a hobby, your getting as cheap if not cheaper than what a private guy can do it for. Do you have any *** idea how long it takes to prep a car. They don't prime u idiots. You know nothing about what it takes to perform an overall. 299 is for Acylic enamel, cheap as ***. No uV protection and the have to sand overall. It takes minimum of just me 12hrs to prep, paint and clear a car. Now I work my *** off doing that. Including masking, taking off what I can and the like. Paint is not cheap. A cheap single stage is still about 100 just for the paint. Your not going to get base/clear for that. Try 300 for the base/clear and that's no where near expensive paint. THe clear alone,,decent amount for a med size car is 100. So add that up and you see where they barely make a profit from it. You need cheap labor just to do the prep to make up for that. What do you want to pay them 1 dollar an hour. Wow youll pay your *** plumber 50hr to solder a *** pipe yet car painting is 100 times harder to get a good result. Morons that just don't understand that business should stick to ur fading *** junk you have and shutup. Buy a 30k car if you don't want to spend yeah that makes sense.

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Oct 21, 2013 #731424 Mesa, Arizona, United States

Um... Sanding and prepwork is not that hard. I sanded and prepped a jeep cheokee. Took maybe an hour and a half. Then i painted it. It turned out nice for a rockcrawler. I honestly dont see where they get the extra cost from. Materials are not that expensive unless theyre buying super high end stuff which i doubt.

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Sep 17, 2013 #718260 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

First of all if you think about it, years ago when Maaco said $299, $399, $499 That ALWAYS included prep and priming. We learn the hard way that this $299 price is just a number to get us to come in...How in the H*** do you expect the average customter to come in with his car PREPPED???!?!?!?! EVERYBODY on the planet knows that a paint job is a paint job (prime & paint) We dont expect perfection for $299, but at least do what you SAY!!! Or TELL the TRUE PRICE in the advertisement. It is FALSE ADVERTISEMENT regardless of you sneaking something like "paint package only" in the Ad...Who the H*** knows what the "paint package" is ??? BE HONEST!!!!

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Sep 17, 2013 #718253 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

You are definitely right about this false advertisement! I went to one in Ga for the $299 special and it came to $599!!! They said its $299 if you prime and prep it yourself!!! What the!!!

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Sep 06, 2013 #712960 Bellevue, Washington, United States

The very, very small print says "paint only". Used them a couple years ago & it took them 2 weeks to paint a door. Give these guy a wide birth.

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Aug 14, 2013 #699513 Waukegan, Illinois, United States

When I saw the tv advertisement for $299.00 I knew it would be a shame. A while back my mom took her car a special they had before like this one, they will paint your car for that price and nothing else ! No taping or prep just paint ! Save your time and money

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Jul 28, 2013 #689135 Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States

I have seen a lot of commercials for Maaco and thought it was a good deal for a paint job. When doing research on paint jobs, your not getting much for $300. Never knew about prework but makes sense on how they make their money on fill in, detail and all the little stuff. A good not great paint job will cost you about $2000 and $4000 for a great one. I see myself as if I'm going to spend that much on a paint job, I'm better off buying a new car instead if it's not a special design paint job or I just love my car model and year. Always look at the fine print on those stuff.

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Apr 17, 2013 #638564

Yea< I've heard good and bad about maaco. The most recent good thing? I talked to a guy I know the other day and happened to get on this very subject. Hes had several cars/trucks painted by this company with great results. The oldest maaco paint job he had done was 19 years ago and the paint is just now starting to peel up. I need my truck painted very soon....considering this place. This is key: The more DIY prep work=the cheaper the "out the door" cost.

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Apr 26, 2013 #642494 Dothan, Alabama, United States

Had my car painted about 7 months ago at Maaco now the entire top of the car is peeling off Kiss that $500.00 goodby I had it done in Dothan Al.

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Mar 02, 2013 #616835 Stockton, California, United States

I have had my BMW and my Volvo painted by stockton Macao and they did a nice job. They are selling a paint job not offering to restore your car. You folks should go to hardware store and price how much it would cost just for masking materials not to mention paint. Should the person applying the paint get some money too

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