Getting in an accident is no picnic. Provided you and everyone involved are OK following an incident like this — whether a fender bender or something more serious — you may turn your sights to the frustration of getting your vehicle fixed. You may have heard about paintless dent repair as an alternative to full-on body work. Yes, it takes less time than auto body repair and can be more convenient, but is it right for your situation? It may turn out that Hance’s Uptown Collision Center auto body repair service is a better choice for you.
When is PDR a Viable Choice?
There are times in which paintless dent repair is a good choice, but it all depends on the type of accident you have been in. PDR is reserved for less serious accidents featuring small dings that are easy to bang out. Think: shopping carts at the grocery store, small fender benders, baseballs to the roof, etc. Paintless dent repair is generally a more affordable and speedy form of dent repair — one that doesn’t affect the paint job done at the factory. As a less intrusive process for dent repair designed, it’s best for small to medium repair needs. Using state-of-the-art technologies, your trusted Hance mechanic repairs dents by getting under the “skin” of the vehicle to gently coax dented panels back into position. This is done without damaging or scratching the panels at all. Because this approach does not involve painting, the price tag is lower than traditional dent repair work.
If your car has been affected by the following, PDR may be a good option for you:
- Minor Hail damage
- Door dings
- Minor body creases
- Small dents
- Bumper indentations
However, this option isn’t always possible when it comes to larger, more serious dents. When you’ve been in a bigger accident with damage not only to the paneling but the paint job as well, it becomes necessary to repair dents and then color match and paint the vehicle. New panels may have to be ordered if the dent is large, scraped or gouged. It takes a trained eye to get the color just right and blend it in seamlessly. This takes vast knowledge of the specific brand and model of car as well.
When is Auto Body Repair Work a Better Choice?
While you may be hoping for paintless dent repair to remedy your situation because it generally takes less time, this isn’t always possible. In the case of auto body repair, the wait for your vehicle to be finished is well worth it because you are essentially getting a new portion of your car. Panels are ordered from the manufacturer and paint has to be artfully applied to blend the two so it never looks as though you were in an accident. That’s where our technicians come in — who are more like artists than anything else!
Auto body repair is a better choice if the metal of your vehicle has been severely stretched, dented, gouged or creased and the paint is cracked. With PDR, you simply can’t get scratches out or repair paint damage. In addition, cars that were made prior to 1990 are not great candidates for PDR, as the paint featured on those vehicles isn’t as resilient and flexible as the paint you see on newer cars. As an aside: after the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990, paint-makers began adding water-borne paints to their product lineups in response to clean-air initiatives to cut volatile organic compound emissions, according to Cars.com.
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