Coupon semi-scam

I needed to get a work-car painted in order to sell it, so naturally I looked up my nearest MAACO dealer. I found a MAACO shop just a few miles from my house.
While I was at it, I looked up "MAACO Coupon" on Google and, sure enough, there exists one for 10% off the paint part of the project. <http://www.bradsdeals.com/print/10-off-printable-maaco-c55966.html I printed the coupon and took it with me to MAACO.
"It's not our coupon," said the shop manager. That "Bradsdeals" web-site dummies up this thing, for what reason we do not know.We have some reports Bradsdeals charges about $80/year to host a (fake?) coupon, but this coupon is definitely not sanctioned by MAACO."
Drat! Oh well...
In a couple of minutes, the manager returns with a printed estimate of the agreed-on work. "I went ahead and took 10% off the painting part of the job - my adjustment for 'customer relations' ".
So, I got the coupon price for an imaginary coupon!
It's all so confusing.
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I bet you can get 10% off just by asking. I'm sure he did not want you to leave pissed off so he gave you a deal.
What was the cost of painting? Varies by type of paint you want?
I remember the Earl Sheib ads in the 60's "We'll paint any car any color for $29.95" that usually ended up to be about a hundred bucks with all the add ons. Door jambs extra, masking extra, etc.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

MAACO has five different paint processes that vary in price, the cheapest being $295.
In my case, after the 10% discount, my medium level choice ended up at $1045 to paint a '97 Chevy S1 pickup. The job included a couple of minor body repairs - taking out dents. The job includes enamel paint and clear-coat coverage. The work has a five-year guarantee (pro-rated).
A local GM dealership quoted $2400 and a paint and body shop offered the job for $2200.
I'm sure the job will look absolutely swell come next Saturday when I pick up the vehicle; how long the job lasts is yet to be determined.
========* I did some repair work myself. For example, I bought, and installed, a used driver-side door for $200. By doing SOME of the work on my own, I was able to get the entire vehicle painted - instead of just a touch-up - for the insurance settlement of $1540. I even have a few bucks left over.
So far, it looks like I'm coming out ahead. We'll see.
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