The short answer is, it depends. Ugly dents and dings detract from the appearance of your car, but you also know fixing them will take a lengthy, costly visit to an auto body shop. From hail damage to football-sized indents (provided the paint isn’t cracked or chipped), paintless dent repair (PDR) is an option that can save you both money and time.
How Does it Work?
This method of dent repair involves pushing indented metal back into shape while at the same time preserving the condition of the factory paint. The technician will first determine the best way to access the damaged area. This could be either through a window opening or by removing inner panels or trim pieces.
Next, the technician will use specialized tools to start at the dent’s outer edge, gently massaging the metal back into its original position. The damaged area will get progressively smaller until it disappears.
PDR is NOT a good option when the:
- Dent has sharp edges or torn metal.
- Paint inside the dent has been broken or scratched.
- Indented metal is located near the edge of a panel.
- Dented area has undergone previous body work.
Benefits of Choosing Paintless Dent Repair
It takes skill and precision to erase damage from a car without going through invasive, detailed body work. This is why it’s so important to select a reputable, experienced auto body shop to tackle the job. Remember: not everyone can do it. When done correctly, PDR can bring the following benefits:
- Big cost savings: Because there is no need for body filler, repainting and sanding, PDR costs a lot less than traditional body work.
- More convenience: PDR only takes a few hours, depending on the amount and extent of damage.
- Vehicle value retention: Cars with an intact original paint job are generally worth more when you go to sell.
- No color-matching concerns: Because there is no painting is required, there’s zero risk of an inaccurate color match.
There are many things that can cause a ding or dent on your car, from stray grocery carts to other vehicles in mall parking lots. But in Dallas, there’s the real risk of damage by hail. Did you know insurance claims for hail damage in this country total nearly $15 billion annually?
If your vehicle is hit by hailstones, it will likely result in many small dents. Don’t let this or any other kind of damage reduce the appeal and value of your car. Seek out a professional with many years of experience in paintless dent repair.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
Are dings and dents marring the shiny finish on your vehicle? Contact us today for an appointment and find out if paintless dent repair is for you. We are located on McKinney Ave in Dallas and can be reached at 214-666-5291.