Paintless dent repair is a wonderful solution for many types of vehicle body repairs. It is more affordable than traditional repairs, preserves the value of a vehicle, eliminates the use of environmentally harmful chemicals and solvents in the repair process, and takes much less time to complete. It is covered by most insurance policies and typically comes with a workmanship guarantee. Many paintless dent repair companies will even travel to your home or office and complete the repair while you wait.
There are a number of situations in which paintless dent repair is the better choice over traditional repairs made at a body shop. These scenarios are outlined below.
1) Hail damage. Hail damage can cause a large amount of damage to vehicles located across a wide geographic area. In such cases, body shops can become backed up for months at a time as they become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of repair claims to which they must attend. Paintless dent repair provides an option for quick repair of hail damaged vehicles without the hassles of having to deal with body shops. As hail damage does not usually cause sharp creases in the metal or chip the paint, paintless dent repair is an ideal solution to restore your car to its original finish.
2) Dings. Dings can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from shopping cart damage to pebbles thrown against your car while driving to dings from the impact of a car door in a parking lot. These types of dings can be very annoying, but fortunately are prime candidates for paintless dent repair. The dings usually occur on the hood of a vehicle (pebble or stone damage) or along the broad side body panels of a vehicle (shopping cart damage and dings from car doors). The broad, relatively flat surfaces of the panels affected by such damage does not require the services of a body shop. In fact, if you were to take your car to a body shop for the repair of this type of damage they would likely use paintless dent repair anyway.
3) Fender benders. More serious dents than those described above can occur in minor collisions with other vehicles or stationary objects. Don’t let the size of the dent discourage you from seeking the assistance of a paintless dent repair professional – it is not the size of the dent which makes a repair a good candidate, it is rather the type of a dent. A broad shallow dent in a body panel can usually be fixed using this method. Even many creases can be repaired in this manner provided the paint is not chipped or otherwise damaged.
While the vast majority of damage that can occur to the body of a vehicle can be repaired using PDR methodology, there are some damages that are not appropriate for this type of service. Some examples of damages not suitable for paintless dent repair would be sharp creases, punctures in the metal, tears in the metal, or in any situation in which the original finish of the vehicle is not intact (such as broken or chipped paint, scratches, and scraping).
If you are in doubt about whether or not your vehicle can benefit from paintless dent repair, it is best to take it to a PDR specialist for an opinion prior to taking it to a body shop. You would be surprised at the many types of vehicle damage that are responsive to PDR.