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Auto Body Repair is a industry that has more variation in quality than almost any other out there. Most people have a loyal body shop that they bring their vehicle to for repair whenever there has been a accident, or they are in need of a new paint job. Custom cars and hot rod lovers have shops that they favor that may never do any collision work, but do only restoration and paint work. When the work of any one shop is compared to another, there is always a difference, some good and some bad. This is true with every auto body repair business in the world, however for years much criticism and bad press has been given to nationwide auto body repair chains.
Aside from the thousands of independently owned auto body shops worldwide, there are a few corporate owned auto body repair chains. The most famous of these chains are probably Maaco and Earl Sheib, both which have been in business for decades. These body shops, often dubbed “Home of the $200 dollar paint job” are often given bad reviews and frowned upon by the car enthusiast communities. The truth however is quite the contrary and here is why:
- Value Auto Body Repair chains are able to produce quality work at a cost that a local, independent body shop can usually not come any close to matching. This comes from the sheer buying power of a large corporation and the savings are often passed onto you, the consumer. A typical paint job, without any body repair can cost anywhere from just a couple hundred bucks on the low end, and over a thousand dollars on the high end. This is perfect to freshen up a daily driver, prepare a car for a quick sale, or even fix damage to a lease vehicle before it is returned. Dollar for dollar, it cant be beat.
- Quality This is where most people find a problem with chain auto body facilities. Everyone has heard a horror story from someone about how a paint job went horribly wrong at a budget paint shop, or how the car looked worse after the body work was done then before it came in. Some people even claim that the paint just “flys off” the car as they drive! Most people who have made these claims have never even been to a chain auto body repair facility. The simple fact is that almost all of the corporate auto body repair chains are franchises, owned and operated by a independent business man. The quality of one chain shop is completely different then the next, just like ANY other auto body repair shop. I personally had my previous car, a 1989 Pontiac Trans Am painted by a local Maaco. I paid a little over $900 fix a few dents, strip and prep the car, then paint it. The results were amazing! I may not be able to say anything for other chain body shops, or even independent ones, my experience with this one in particular was great, and that’s not the best part yet!
- Warranty The best part of the whole deal is a warranty that a independent auto body repair facility simply can not offer! Most auto body repair chains offer a multi-year warranty that is valid nationwide. You can have your vehicle painted on the east coast, move out west, and if something happens to your paint in the warranty period, you can have it taken care of by a local branch of the chain. It can not be beat!