Has your car ever been “dinged” in the grocery store parking lot, hit by baseball or basketball or leaned on just a little too heavily leaving a dent? At the time, maybe you thought, “If I could only reach in behind that quarter panel and push, I could pop that dent out in a jiffy.” Some people actually try to do it. They take a plunger and try to pop the dent out themselves. Sometimes it works, but all too often it leads to more costly repairs.
This is the same idea behind paintless dent repair. Using special tools and materials, I can expertly pull dents out from the outside or reach behind them and massage them out, without damaging the paint. After the repair, the average person can’t tell that your car was ever dented.
Tip: For Years Automotive Dealers have taken advantage of the Paintless Dent Repair process having dings & dents removed from their vehicles. Most consumers are unaware of this process even thou they may be driving around in a vehicle that had dents removed in this way before they purchased it.
What Can Be Fixed?
If your vehicle looks more like an accordion than an automobile, I probably can’t help you. You need to take your car into your local auto body repair shop for some serious work. However, paintless dent repair may be the ideal solution under the following conditions:
- The paint is in good condition.
- The vehicle is a 1990 or later model (paint these days is generally more flexible).
- Dent is not near the edge of a panel, stretched, or on a sharp body line.
- The dented panel has not been repaired or painted previously.
Note: Paintless dent repair is a method used to remove minor to moderate dents and dings without having to leave your vehicle at a body shop for days and pay the costly repairs bills that conventional auto body shops typically charge. Some larger dents can be worked out as to be less noticeable. I do not do any touch ups or refinishing, so if the paint is scratched or cracked, it will still be scratched or cracked when I am done.
Admittedly, not all damage to the body of a vehicle can be repaired with PDR techniques, but if a dent cannot be removed completely, often the repair will make the damage almost unnoticeable. Paintless dent repair is very helpful on a leased vehicle where you would be charged for any damage that really sticks out.
Tip: Paintless dent repair is perfect for hail damage. Many insurance companies are often willing to cover the cost of repairs.