Paintless dent repair or body shop repair? When choosing what’s best for your vehicle you need to know the difference between PDR & Body Shop repair. Knowing the difference will help ensure you receive the service that best meets your needs. Read more below:

PDR vs body shop repair?

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a non-invasive alternative for removing minor dents and unsightly dings from your car caused by hail, runaway shopping carts, cars and other minor catastrophes. Body shop repairs, in contrast, ultimately involve repainting after some form of dent repair. Body shop dent repair generally involves one or more of the following methods – cutting and welding replacement metal, Bondo filler to cover up dents, or complete replacement of panels. The main purpose of both types of vehicle repair is to return your car to its former appearance. In contrast, the PDR process aims to restore the original metal to its original form without requiring repainting. In many cases, PDR is better suited to maintain your car’s value in that it leaves virtually no sign of the damage and repair work, unlike repairs that make use of welding or Bondo and repainting.

When should you choose PDR?

PDR has more benefits than a body shop repair when it comes to restoring minor body damage to your car’s exterior. 

These include:

  • It is usually less expensive than traditional body shop repairs
  • It is approved by insurance companies and dealerships
  • It may take less time compared to body shop repairs, depending on the state of restoration needed
  • It helps to preserve the resale value of your vehicle
  • It is an eco-friendly procedure with no harmful paint dust, chemicals, or solvents
  • It is high-quality and completely removes dents
  • Acts of nature (such as hail damage) are covered by most insurance plans as long as you have comprehensive coverage

When should you choose conventional body shop repair?

There are circumstances where PDR is not the appropriate choice when repairing body damage on your car.

These include:

  • If your vehicle has been deemed a “total loss” by your insurance company, the cost of PDR (or conventional body shop repair) may be more expensive than the restored value of your car justifies. 
  • If a panel, such as your car’s hood or roof, has so many hail dents that using PDR to remove every dent may cost more than replacing the entire panel.
  • If the dents are so severe that there are hard creases or even gashes in the metal, welding or panel replacement may be necessary.

Why choose Pro Auto Spa’s PDR service?

  • We are a local, family owned business
  • We have certified technicians that use the latest techniques and specialty equipment to blend the damaged area to match the look, feel, and texture of your car’s current paint
  • We offer a free evaluation and advise you on insurance claims before you commit
  • With two decades of beautifying cars, you can trust that you will receive professional and guaranteed results

Now that you know the difference between PDR & Body Shop, give Pro Auto Spa a call today for a quote on our PDR Colorado service.