Getting a car repainted can be an expensive process. On average, a total car paint job can cost between $1,500 – $3,000, which is more than you may have spent on your car in the first place! Well, this is where Maaco comes in. Maaco is known for offering low-cost car painting services that are significantly more affordable than most options out there. But does the decreased price come with decreased service? And how much does Maaco charge to paint a car?
To give you a simplified answer straight-up, Maaco will give you a decent paint job on your car for a couple hundred bucks. The actual cost and quality of the paint job depends on several factors, though. Here, we’ll take a closer look at how much Maaco charges to paint a car, what factors can affect that price, how long it usually takes to get a car painted, what colors they offer, and if the paint job is worth it.
How much does Maaco charge to paint a car?
Maaco paint jobs generally start around $300 and quickly go up from there. Most people end up paying around $500 – $600. In order to get an idea of how much it should cost to have Maaco repaint your car, you’ll need to take it to a local service area for a free quote. Maaco refuses to give estimates by phone or email, even if a picture of the car is provided. This policy may be inconvenient, but it does make some sense. The company wants to inspect the car before giving out a quote so they can keep the actual cost as close to the estimated cost as possible. They acknowledge that occasionally the actual cost could be higher than the estimate if unknown damage is found in the process of prepping or painting the car, but for the most part, the price you’re quoted is the price you pay.
The estimate you receive and the actual price you pay for your paint job will be affected by a couple factors including the condition of the car, the paint package you choose, and the franchise you’re working with.
Condition of the Car
Preparing a car to be painted is actually the most expensive part of a paint job. All cars need to be sanded to allow the new paint to better bond with the old coat. Additional problems like peeling or cracking in the pre-existing coat or dents or nicks in the body can all add to the amount of work that goes into prep, and the amount you end up paying in the end. You can choose not to have touch-up work done and just have the new coat of paint applied over any pre-existing problems. This may save you some money, but it rarely ever looks good and can affect how the new paint bonds with your car. This can result in faster peeling or cracking. Maaco also won’t offer their typical warranty on paint jobs that are applied over any problems that they recommend correcting.
Type of Paint Job
Maaco offers 3 different types of paint packages to choose from:
This is the simplest and least expensive paint option. At this tier, Maaco will apply a single-stage enamel paint that will have a nice gloss finish. The company guarantees an accurate color match and will include a one-year warranty.
This middle-ground option is more expensive but comes with a single application of urethane-based paint instead of enamel paint. Urethane is more resistant to scratches, chips, and general wear and will last a lot longer. This option comes with a 3-year warranty and accurate color match.
This is the most expensive tier, but it comes with a two-stage paint job where the base coat and clear coat are applied separately instead of the combination mix that is used for single-stage paint. Two-stage paint jobs will last a lot longer and tend to look nicer with a glossier finish. This package comes with “superb color match” (according to Maaco’s website) and a 5-year warranty.
The other thing that might affect the price you pay is your local franchise. Individual franchises frequently offer deals that are only valid at certain locations. Your local Maaco may have a discount or deal that can help take the cost down even further.
How long does it take to paint a car at Maaco?
Most paint jobs will take 2 – 3 business days to complete. The Maaco website claims that 80% of cars fall into this category, though it might take and extra day or two if your car needs serious repairs or additional parts. While most customers can pick their car up the day after it’s dropped off, many Maaco locations do offer rental vehicle assistance. This can be helpful if your car needs extra work and you need transportation in the meantime.
What colors does Maaco offer?
Maaco locations offer over 45 different auto colors including Candy Apple Red, Deep Plum Pearl, Dark Blue, Silver Mist, Bright White, and Medium Gold. They also do a pretty good job of custom matching colors, though it should be noted that they use their own brand of paint. This means it will probably differ slightly from the original manufacturer’s color. Your best bet is to ask about color matching when you get your estimate and see if your local franchise is confident that they can either match the pre-existing color or apply a new color that will look the way you want.
Keep in mind that there will be an extra cost if you have Maaco change the color of your car. This is because the old paint needs to be completely stripped away before the new can be added. This is a much more labor-intensive process than their usual approach of sanding down the pre-existing paint enough to create a firm bond with the new coat, but not enough to remove the old coat completely.
The price will go up even more if you want your doorjambs and under the hood and trunk to be painted the new color as well. This is optional, so you can leave it out if you want to paint your car a new color but still want to keep the cost down as much as possible.
Is a Maaco paint job worth it?
This is a pretty subjective question, but the general answer is probably a yes, with a few qualifications. If you have a really high-end car or a car that is a very specific color, you might be better off paying a little more and having it painted by the manufacturer to maintain the original look as much as possible.
Conversely, if you have a really beat-up car that has a lot of cosmetic issues, you might end up paying more than you think to get the prep work and repairs done before they can even start painting. Many people will actually do their own prep work or have a shop fix any major issues before taking it in to get painted to help save some money.
You also have to keep the franchise aspect in mind. Since each location is run a bit differently, results will vary depending on where you take your car. The best option is to look up reviews for Maaco locations near you to see what quality of work they do and how it holds up.
All in all, if your car is in pretty good shape and you need some touch-up work, a color refresh, or a color change, Maaco is a good option worth looking into.