Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
We’re assuming here that you’re not a car professional yourself. And no matter what all those DIY YouTube tutorials may lead you to believe, some things are best left to the professionals.
Replacing your headlight bulb? Changing your power steering fluid? DIY it up, as those maintenance projects can be done with a pretty wide margin for error. But know when to save yourself the time, the headache, the money, and sometimes even the danger to just get it done right the first time by those that know-how.
So, here are our top picks for car repairs best left to the pros. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)
Paintless dent repair, or PDR, is an advanced and contemporary approach to car dent repair, though actually ‘car dent removal’ would be a better way to put it. This is an especially popular option for car hail damage, considering there could be hundreds of small dents throughout the body of your car.
Conventional car ding repair typically focuses on filling in the dent and then painting over top of it, but PDR tackles the problem literally from the inside out. This highly specialized technique works by removing the interior paneling to reshape the metal back into position. Yes, there are toolkits that you can buy off Amazon for a bit, but trust us – PDR is much harder to do than it probably sounds, at least to get results you’ll be happy with.
It’s just A/C, right? Well, it’s also just tons of tiny moving parts, hazardous chemicals, and a very sensitive system that must stay sealed at all times in order to work properly. It’s also got a whole range of potential sources of problems from very simple to very complex. It takes deep knowledge to understand and make sense of the countless possibilities for fixing *just* your A/C.
Fixing Or Working Around Airbags
If you’re doing anything around the steering wheel or your dash panels or ANYwhere where airbags are stored, think about the amount of force at risk if you were to unexpectedly set off an airbag. They’re supposed to be for our safety, but if you happen to be in a position the bags aren’t designed to protect you in, you could end up with a hospital bill instead of just a simple body shop bill.
It’s definitely no fun how expensive repairing a transmission can be but remember it’s pricey for a reason – there are hundreds of components (AT LEAST) within a transmission to manage. Accidentally messing any one of those additional pieces up in the repair process can end up costing you a hefty amount more than if you’d trusted pro to take care of the system in the first place.
Besides, a manual transmission is one thing, while the far more popular automatic transmission is an even more complicated undertaking. This is a smart time to just call in the experts.
Replacing A Windshield
Damaged windshields are a pretty typical issue for drivers but a major safety threat. It’s a delicate task and considering how big and heavy such a large piece of glass like this is, good luck 1.) not cracking or dropping it, and 2.) not spreading sealant where you don’t want it in the process.
Fitting And Balancing Tires
Another project that sounds easier than it actually is, we can all but guarantee you’re asking for frustration and worse problems not far down the road (pun 100% intended). Especially when it comes to the task of balancing, this bit takes some seriously skilled training and customized equipment you definitely can’t get off Amazon.
We’d like to think this doesn’t need to be said, but one wrong move from someone who isn’t experienced with electrical wiring can result in some seriously dangerous situations. Besides, with car tech developing at a lightning-fast pace over the last decade, it’s hard to keep up even as a pro, let alone as a DIYer. Your precision and awareness must be impeccably sharp to stay safe through any and all possible complications, so save ‘em for the ones with the insurance coverage prepared to handle them!
When It Comes to Affordable Dent Removal, Visit Us and Save The Trouble
Paintless dent repair takes years of experience and practice (not to mention very particular instruments) to develop the necessary skills for successfully turning back time on all those dings and pings. Save yourself all the aggravation and added expenses of an amateur job and bring your baby into the pros at BodyGuard!
We spend years apprenticing and continue to hone our skills every day on the job. We’ve seen it all! Everything from minor dents, door dings, hail damage, Longhorn damage, grocery carts, bicycle falls over on car, etc. – and we’ve seen a lot of customers struggle to navigate the process of taking care of those repairs. Get a free estimate or, if you’re ready, book an appointment with us today!