Planning on mine hitting MAACO in the Fall. People knock it but if you actually go in, take a tour, talk to the owner, and tell them what you want done, you'll be surprised at what you really get. The prices are great too.
I almost bought a MAACO. The one I was looking at buying did a brisk business with older vehicles that people would drop off and the body guys would pick away at it on off hours or down time. You get a way better deal. And they use new metal, not just bondo to do the repairs.
Got a quote on mine to fix all the rust, change the paint color and make it original 2-tone paint scheme for $1800. A bargain compared to the $6500 the other place down the street quoted me
Paint your own trucks its not rocket science. Most driveway paint jobs turn out just fine because you control the preparation, the masking and the quality of paint you apply. I have seen some driveway jobs that were better than a professional job done in a booth. Just a matter of time and patience which if you own a Cruiser I would bet you have. Beg borrow or rent a small compressor and find a place to spray where the neighbors will not complain. I painted my first car at 13. If a kid can do it so can you. Macco the McDonalds of car painting? More like a street vendor in chinatown. Can I have the noodles with the mystery meat please?? In my worst nightmare I have my truck painted at Maaco. Frankly I would rather brush paint it.
I was looking at it more for the rust fixing aspect of MAACO. Getting all the rust bubbles fixed with metal, not bondo globs is beyond my abilities. Plus I'd rather wheel in the woods of NH with a cheap paint job that a $5k paint job.
Each one is independently owned, not company run so there is definitely a variance on what places are good and the ones that suck. I would do most of my own prep and ask them to take their time.
I toured several MAACO's when I was looking to buy. Some were beyond filthy and were downright scary inside while other ones look like museums practically.
WIll be very interesting to see how this 55 does at MAACO and I'm looking forward to more pics. Also would love to find out how much they charged. Drop in and tell them you're thinking of getting yours done but wanna see how this goes. If anything they'll try harder on the one that's there and a fellow pig member might get a sweet azz paint job