How to decide between Body Shop vs Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

Ryan removing dents with PDR at Pro Auto Spa in Colorado SpringsGot a nasty dent or an ugly ding on your shiny new car? Or even worse, lots of them as a result of hail damage? Want to get your car looking like new again? You’re not alone. Discover the simple way to fix dings and dents that your collision shop won’t tell you about.

Between unpredictable weather and crowded parking lots, Colorado Springs seems to be a magnet for dents, dings, and hail damage.

You have two choices for dent repair in Colorado Springs:

  • Auto Body Shop: have body damage filled, repainted, and refinished
  • Paintless Dent Removal Facility: have the dent magically removed by a certified PDR technician!

How to choose between Body Shop vs Paintless Dent Repair:

It really depends on how bad the damage is. For heavy damage where the paint is broken, or there are large, hard creases in the metal, a body shop might be the better choice.

Here’s how the Body Shop process works:

  • auto body shop repairFirst, the body shop technician removes the original paint from the damaged area.
  • Then, the technician applies a putty-like filler to the damaged area which then has to dry and harden, usually overnight.
  • Next, they sand the filler and apply a coat of primer, which requires another round of drying.
  • Then, they apply a coat of paint, which hopefully matches the original paint on your car.
  • After that, a clear coat goes on over the paint.
  • Finally, your car is cleaned and polished before being returned to you.

The problem with this is that it’s time-consuming and expensive. If you’re choosing a body shop then you should prepare to leave your car for weeks or more.

Another way to fix dents, dings, and hail damage is with Paintless Dent Removal. It’s a process for removing small (and large) dents and dings with a set of very specialized tools in the hands of a specially trained and certified PDR technician.

Using our professional and certified Paintless Dent Removal process, Pro Auto Spa can fix issues like these:

  • Door dings
  • Dents up to basketball-size
  • Hail damage

Ryan doing Paintless Dent Removal at Pro Auto Spa in Colorado SpringsUsing these special tools the technician attacks the dent from the inside out. These 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 in its original condition. PDR does not require refinishing, paint matching, or blending. And the repair is undetectable in almost every case.

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 factory paint. No matter how good the body shop painter is, they will never be able to match the high-tech factory paint system.
  • 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. PDR repairs aren’t required to be reported since the car is returned to its original condition.
  • Save money. This may result in you having a rental for a few days instead of a few weeks, and the process is usually less expensive than Body Shop repairs.
  • 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.

In Summary

When deciding between a body shop vs paintless dent repair, consider the following:

  • Is the paint cracked or chipped? This is most often the only item that holds paintless dent removal back.
  • Is the dent roughly the size of a basketball or smaller, including door dings, etc.? This is a prime candidate for PDR.
  • Was the damage caused by hail? PDR is an excellent option to consider for hail damage repair.

Pro Auto Spa can fix most hail damage with the Paintless Dent Removal method. Because insurance companies consider most hail damage as an act of nature, most comprehensive 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 looking new and in its original shape.

Pro Auto Spa removes dents from cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles at 909 S Tejon St in Colorado Springs. Our shop phone number is (719) 272-4242.

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