If you have a small dent on the side of your car that you’ve been trying to fix for months, paintless dent repair may be the solution for you. Small dent removal doesn’t have to be a long and complex process costing you an arm and a leg. Paintless dent repair is a quick and affordable way to remove minor dents and imperfections from the surface of your car without damaging the paint job. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how paintless dent repair works and what it can and cannot fix, and how much it costs.
How Does Paintless Dent Repair Work?
Paintless dent repair or PDR is really an art. Think of it as a minimally invasive surgery for your car that does not decrease its value. Skilled auto body technicians understand that each vehicle dent responds in different ways to various tools of the trade. Metal rods and body picks are used to push out the dented metal from the underside of the panel and bring the damaged area level with the original surface height of the car. Next, special lights and reflecting boards are used to ensure the repair is complete and that the final result is a completely smooth surface along the entire bodyline.
What Can Paintless Dent Repair Fix?
PDR can fix any shallow dent up to a few inches in diameter of your car, as long as it hasn’t affected the paint job. Its usual applications include:
- Hail damage
- Parking accidents
- Bumped car doors
- Various sized dents and dings
- Fender benders and minor collisions
- Damage from rocks or road debris
If you’re not sure how the dent or ding happened, specialized software can help determine when and where you might have received the damage.
What Can’t Paintless Dent Repair Fix?
Although paintless dent repair is perfect for minor damage, it can’t fix everything. Scrapes that have damaged the paint of your car should not be fixed using paintless dent repair. The same goes for chipped, cracked, peeling, or bubbling paint caused by the reasons listed above.
Paintless Dent Repair Price Guide
Although PDR is an affordable way to get great-looking results, prices can vary depending on the extent of the damage, the size of the dent, and the dent’s location.
- For small dings, you can expect to pay between $75 and $175.
- Larger dents caused by damage from collisions could cost you from $150 to $450
- Extensive hail damage covering large sections of the car can cost up to $2,500
Conventional Body Shop Repair Vs. Paintless Dent Repair
A traditional body shop will charge about $600 on average per panel to fix and paint a 1-inch dent, while PDR technicians charge roughly $125 to repair up to 3 dents which is a cost savings of 80%!
Is Paintless Dent Repair Covered by Insurance?
Yes! PDR is covered by comprehensive car insurance or by the insurance policy of the party at fault in a collision. Damage from hailstorms and other natural disasters fall under comprehensive coverage too, so your premiums won’t go up. However, everyone in the area of the hailstorm/act of God may see a slight increase in policy regardless of whether a claim is filed.
Why Bodyguard PDR?
You should always trust an experienced technician when it comes to restoring your car to its original beauty. Paintless dent repair isn’t just patching over damage, it’s fixing the root cause and you need a professional to do this delicate procedure. Our certified technicians go the extra mile to ensure our results are as good as new. We’ll work with your insurance company to make sure you get a fair quote, and our transparent communication keeps you updated and informed every step of the way. When you’re ready to fix that dent you’ve been eyeing for months, Bodyguard PDR is here to help. Fill out our contact form or book an appointment today!