We drive our cars daily – to work, the store, and various other errands. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent the inevitable dent or ding from happening. Shopping carts, rocks from the road, and careless drivers parking too close are all going to take their toll on your vehicle over time with daily use.
Most often, the damage is so minimal that we really don’t think about having our vehicles repaired. Sometimes, however, when dents are just big enough they become more noticeable and are just begging to be fixed. Fortunately, there is an easy option to remove these small, annoying dents. You may not be very familiar with the name, but it may be something you want to consider having done soon.
What is It?
Paintless Dent Repair, or Paintless Dent Removal, is a process that restores a vehicle’s aluminum or steel panel back to its original factory shape, without resorting to traditional crash repair methods or painting.
How It Works
The first step is to gain access to the dent from the back, which can necessitate the removal of body panels, tail lights, and more rarely, interior panels.
The technician will use special equipment to assess the damage and determine the best location to place the dent repair tools. These tools are then used to ‘massage’ the metal back to its original shape; which is all very quick and painless.
Why Use It
Paintless Dent Repair is much cheaper than a full panel beating service and can be completed in a fraction of the time. Being without your vehicle is always a major inconvenience if your car is off the road for more than a day or two, and this process minimizes that time by quite a bit.
If you are looking to repair damage from something like a hail storm where there are many small dents on the body of the vehicle, repairs are going to take a little longer. The expense will still be much less than the usual body repair service, though.
Even small dents seriously detract from the overall appearance of a vehicle. In traditional dent repair, the process involves filling the dent and then molding it to match the exterior of the vehicle. This repair technique can dramatically reduce the resale value of the car. Plus, it can be time-consuming and expensive.
Paintless Dent Repair also prevents scrap metal from entering landfills, so there is an environmental angle to using this type of service for car panel repairs.
If you’ve had a bit of bad luck in the parking lot or have been caught in severe weather, Paintless Dent Repair can be an efficient, easy option to get your car looking great again.