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  • MAACO   22 weeks 5 days ago

    This follows the old as time adage "adapt or die". The delamination that was more common back in those decades you mentioned is not prevalent today. Things change, processes get better, therefor a niche that needed to be filled before, now no longer needs to be filled. What did MAACO do to change with the changing times? I've owned several businesses in my life (current owner of Madison Moving Pros ) and every single time I've been bull headed and not changed, my business has suffered. I was also in the painting business (mostly residential and commercial) and I considered moving into the auto body industry but decided against it after looking at how the auto manufacturing industry was evolving. Paints and clearcoats were getting better, things were becoming more plastic, etc... Ultimately I decided the risk wasn't worth the reward.

    Also, I've never understood why someone would want to get into a franchise. Yes they may have some appeal in certain aspects, but what happened to just starting your own business from the ground up? You don't need to rely on anybody but yourself and you own grit and determination. Just my 2 cents I guess.

  • Teeth Whitening Business   23 weeks 6 hours ago

    Did you find out information? Are you still open?

  • Franchise Horror Stories   23 weeks 6 days ago

    The reality is one, franchise can be profitable or not! When we look at whether it pays to buy or not a franchise, we should first look at the overall history of the franchise and its franchisors. In my opinion larger franchise tends to give more right than investing in a smaller, lower value franchise. But my recommendation as an accountant is to analyze the history of the franchise, its skills to the market and whether in the region where it intends to mount whether or not it will work .. public analysis is very important.
    This is the beginning.

    Success to all. Excel Online

  • Teeth Whitening Business   24 weeks 3 days ago

    The DaVinci product causes sensitivity issues so your teeth will ache for days and that is even for people without sensitive teeth. I don't recommend having your teeth whitened by any company using DaVinci at all. I think it's people who work at DaVinci who are posting all the positive reviews.

  • Jazzercise Franchise????   25 weeks 3 days ago

    Did you ever get an answer to this? I have the same question.

  • Franchise Horror Stories   25 weeks 3 days ago

    If You really want to put Your business forward, You have to go on Your own. nothing more easy :) just kidiing, Thats goood for starting and get some cash to open Your own stuff .

  • Franchisee Lead Generation   25 weeks 3 days ago

    Mobile visitors having an impact: Here’s a trend from 2014 that is growing significantly in 2015 and beyond — you will have more mobile visitors on your franchise website than ever before. When was the last time you researched a franchise brand solely from your smartphone? If it has been a while, its time to do it again. If you have never done it, it is time to start understanding the experience.

  • How to buy a franchise   25 weeks 3 days ago

    It's completely about location.

    I've seen well placed Subways pull in ~$13k/day (absolute best I've seen). with less than $2k of that being daily operating expense. That's about 1500 people per day or 400-500 at lunch and 800-1000 during the late afternoon and evening. That's sort of the absolute best you're going to do and it typically requires being placed somewhere that has very few choices. More typically, you might only see $3k-$5k/day.

  • MAACO   27 weeks 6 days ago

    Most people don't look at the basics behind the business they want to enter. You beautifully encapsulate the nature of the auto-painting business as I know it to be and you identify what happens when corporate management changes. Most often, the son/daughter that takes over from the founder, or the kick-ass CEO who is hired to "take the corporation to the next level" is simply unable to recognize that none of the basics need to be changed and nobody has to run around urinating on shrubbery. You have placed your finger on the problem and frankly - people reading here should be sending you a consulting fee.

  • Nothing is Sweet about Candy Bouquet!   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Then web site is no longer working. Is the franchise closed?

  • Nothing is Sweet about Candy Bouquet!   29 weeks 4 days ago

    Has this franchise organization finally shut down?

  • Nothing is Sweet about Candy Bouquet!   30 weeks 13 hours ago

    Has this franchise organization finally closed for good?

  • ATM Franchise - ACFN   33 weeks 4 days ago

    Our business invested $$$ into Acfn. One year later it is worthless. Never invest with Acfn.

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   33 weeks 6 days ago

    I love your website and enjoy reading the news. However, I am upset that there are three articles about Firehouse Subs that ring completely untrue. I have been a supplier for over 20 years and also involved in a franchise business with them. I have never experienced anything but professionalism, generosity, support, and loyalty to their franchisee's, suppliers, and employees.
    Can you please remove the articles as they are slanderous, and completely untrue. It seems Mr. Roger's has an axe to grind and motivated for reasons I do not understand.

    Thank you.

  • MAACO   36 weeks 3 days ago

    I too ruined my life with buying a MAACO franchise. Don't be stupid like the rest of us. If you read this it is not too late for you.

  • MAACO   37 weeks 5 days ago

    You hit the nail on the head. I'm not blaming Maaco Corporate but when you have rusty cars and delamination on every panel, how can you paint a car for an ARO of 3-5 hundred? The people that are attracted to the Maaco Marketing "Give Away" have cars that should have had attention years and years ago. So out of the 5 that comes to your door, MAYBE 2 would qualify. We pay for in house marketing week after week that does not bring traffic to my shop's door. The old "Half Price" sale no longer works. My premise is there are a lot of nice solid cars out there that we can paint at a fair price that we can all live with but these "Marketing Morons" keep dragging us in to the lower class of the world.

  • The UPS Store, Tales of Gore   38 weeks 6 days ago

    Well add the doom and gloom of stores closing did not happen. I opened in 2009 and I am still going strong.

    Do I have challenges, yes. As a business owner can I work to fix them within the Franchise structure, yes.

    Have I seen stores close, yes. Mostly by people that should not have tried to own any business to start with.

    So, to update this thread, as in any business, it is up to you and not them.

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   39 weeks 2 days ago

    A franchise is a license but a license isn't necessarily a franchise. There are all kinds of licenses, including franchised licenses. My guess is that the seller is either selling a business opportunity, where he gives you a sort of plan on how to build your business and then you go out and do it. Or, he is selling you a franchise license in which he trains and controls/supports the way you operate your business, but does not want to admit that it is a franchise so that he doesn't have to pay fees to comply with franchise registration and regulation.

  • Fudgie Wudgie   39 weeks 4 days ago

    What is your website? You say check it out and I would but you didn't put that information on here.

  • MAACO   39 weeks 4 days ago

    Reading the comments here, it is painfully obvious that one fatal flaw has developed in the Maaco system. The production auto painting industry was invented by Earl Scheib to fill a niche. He recognized that it is not efficient and therefor not profitable for a conventional body shop to paint cars at an affordable price. That has not changed. I've seen several comments about how Tony Martino developed a good system and then turning around and blaming Maaco corporate for their failure as business owners. They may be half right. After Tony's death, Maaco started pushing collision repair services on their franchisees and it is no coincidence that they have been on the decline ever since. Collision work is inherently more expensive and therefor gross sales (and royalties) increase. The production paint model exists solely because collision shops are not designed to operate in a manner that makes doing cheap paint jobs profitable. So how does pushing collision repair suddenly seem like a good idea to anyone other than the people who are getting their cut of the top? Of course it makes sense to Maaco as it is a huge boost in royalties, but a fundamental principal of production auto painting is volume of cars, not ticket average. I can take you to shops right now (not Maacos) that paint a high volume of cars at low prices and are extremely profitable. most of these shops run AROs in the $500 range, but some as low as $300. I actually start painting cars at $250 and make a vert healthy living doing it. I was brought up old school in the industry and live by the golden rules of production auto painting. One of those is that you don't make money on parts. We always had to deduct parts from our sales as though they don't exist. Now I just avoid selling parts. Its easier. The other is that it does not matter what you charge per car, the only thing that matters is how many cars you can get through. Just like Scheib and Martino intended. It worked then and it works now.The idea that you can be both a collision shop and a production shop is the business equivalent of schizophrenia.

  • PuriFry Vs Filtafry   39 weeks 4 days ago

    AMEN to your warning!! Stay far away! Speaking from 10 years of experience with them.

  • Dear Franny (Guests Post Questions Here)   39 weeks 6 days ago


    I am thinking of buying a restaurant. However, the owners of this particular establishment is offering licenses to operate, not franchisees? What's the difference??

  • MAACO   42 weeks 2 days ago

    It is a very messed up world when, a rock-star executive can quit with no notice, but if you are foolish enough to buy a business from him, and most likely invest your life savings, you have made a 15 year commitment that will result in a lawsuit if you try and salvage your life.

    Good Luck

  • MAACO   42 weeks 2 days ago

    Something tells me Mr. Costa will not be investing his wealth in any of the Driven Brands family of franchises as an "International" multi-unit franchisee.

  • MAACO   42 weeks 3 days ago

    What do you do when your career is nothing but smoke and mirrors. If you are President of Maaco you disappear. Less than five years in his "leadership" role Jose Costa gets out.

    Don't you go worrying about Mr. Costa though, I am sure he churned through enough franchisees to get healthy paychecks and bonuses through his few short years with Maaco.

    Too bad as a franchisee you can't cut short the 15++ year commitment you made to Mr. Costa. Don't worry, chances are you'll be out of Maaco in less than 5 years too. But of course you'll be Bankrupt.