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Two Ways to Fix Your Car’s Dings, Dents and Hail Damage and How to Decide Which One is Right for You
Discover the simple way to fix dings and dents that your collision shop won’t tell you about.
Got a nasty dent or an ugly ding on your shiny new car? Or even worse, lots of them as a result of hail damage?
You’re not alone. Between unpredictable weather and crowded parking lots, Colorado Springs and Denver seem to be magnets for dents, dings and hail damage.
Want to get your car looking like new again?
You have two choices:
-Take the car to a body shop and have damage filled and refinished
– Paintless Dent Removal facility and have the dent magically removed by a certified PDR technician
Which should you choose?
It really depends on how bad the damage is. For heavy damage where the paint is broken, a body shop might be your only choice.
But damage like a door ding, a basketball sized dent, or hail damage to your car can likely be removed using Paintless Dent Removal.
If you’re choosing a body shop then you should be prepared to leave your car for weeks or more.
Here’s how the process works:
First, the body shop technician removes the original paint from the area to be repaired.
Then, a putty-like filler is applied to the damaged area which then has to dry and harden, usually overnight.
Next, the filler is sanded and a coat of primer is applied which is then followed by another round of drying.
Then, a coat of paint is applied which hopefully matches the original paint on your car.
After that a clear coat goes on over the paint.
Finally, your car is ready to be cleaned and polished before being returned to you.
The problem with this is that it’s just too time consuming and expensive.
Another way to fix dents, dings and hail damage is with Paintless Dent Removal. It’s a process for removing small (and also large) dents and dings with a set of very precise tools in the hands of a specially trained and talented PDR technician.
Using these special tools the technician attacks the dent from the inside out. These magical precise tools allow the technician to reach behind fenders, inside doors and between body panels to gently push away the dent and return the metal to its original shape.
With PDR, the paint remains perfect and no refinishing is required.
And the repair is undetectable in almost every case.
In most cases, Paintless Dent Removal can be done in a fraction of the time in comparison to a collision body repair time.
Even with that said, Paintless Dent Removal is not the best removal for every dent and every situation. If you’re faced with a choice and Paintless Dent Removal seems like it may be an option here are a few reasons to consider it.
Top Reasons to Use PDR:
Maintain the original factory paint. Your car will never have better quality paint than the original paint it came from the factory with. No matter how good the body shop painter is he will never be able to match the high-tech paint system that was used at the factory.
Save time. PDR usually takes a fraction of the time that takes place at a body shop.
Preserve resale value. Paint repairs are easily detectable when it comes time to sell or trade your car. Buyers often assume the damage was much worse than it really was.
Avoid negative CARFAX history reports. Body shop repairs may show up on your car’s CARFAX report.
Save money. This may be you having a rental for a few days instead of a few weeks.
Better quality repair. With PDR there is no need to worry about paint mismatching or overspray.
Environmentally safe. With PDR there is no harmful paint dust and no harmful chemicals or solvents used.
Approved by auto manufacturers and insurance companies.
PDR might seem like the perfect solution. But the thing is, it won’t work in every case.
Here’s how to tell if your car’s dent is a good candidate for Paintless Dent Removal.
Is the paint cracked or chipped?
This is most often the only item that holds paintless dent removal back.
But if you have a dent that looks like someone opened a car door into your car or drove a grocery cart into the side of it, or even a larger dent that looks like a softball landed on the hood (but the paint is not broken) then you may be a great candidate for PDR.
Most hail damage can be fixed with the Paintless Dent Removal method.
Because hail damage is considered an act of nature most insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of PDR (less your normal deductible).
Before going to a dealership or a repair shop, stop by Pro Auto Spa and see how to get your car repaired with no money out of pocket all while making your car look new again.
We’re located at 384 E. Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs where we remove dents from cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles every day. Our shop phone number is (719) 272-4242.
We even have a new location in Denver, at 3263 S. Santa Fe Drive. You can call us here at (720) 242-6369.