Paintless Dent Repair & Removal (PDR)

by Joe Ferguson on January 22, 2013

A small dent in the car

For a car owner, there are few things more frustrating than accumulating auto damage you’re not responsible for. Accidental indentations, scratches, and abrasions: the list of possible minor maladies is endless and can be infuriating.

Before you flip your lid, try to determine what caused this problem and figure out the simplest, most cost-efficient way to fix it.

There are techniques your local auto specialist can employ to repair the simplest (and most difficult) dents to your vehicle.

Paintless dent repair (PDR) is one such technique that removes small dents that don’t require a more pricey paint touch-up.

PDR can be used to repair small dents caused by:

  • hail damage
  • door dings
  • minor body creases
  • minor bumper indentations

It’s also important to consider what caused this damage in the first place, to avoid further trips to the auto shop. It’s impossible to predict scenarios like a hail storm or other motorists ramming their car into yours.

It is possible to take steps to avoid damage in some situations, however. If your car was dented by a rogue shopping cart in the grocery store parking lot, you could try parking out of the way from other cars and their lazy, non-cart-returning owners.

If you’re tired of seeing your poor car barraged with hail damage (although you can’t predict hail), you could always move your vehicle to the garage when inclement weather rears its ugly head. If you don’t have a garage, you could cover your car with a protective tarp during the winter months when weather is more turbulent.

If you can’t get your car in the garage or covered in time, remember PDR can repair most small dents for a relatively low cost when compared to a new paint job.

Dents, scratches, and scuffs may be annoying, but count yourself lucky that your car has only suffered cosmetic damage. Most exterior issues can be handled with ease by an auto detailer. When your mechanic has to pop the hood is the moment you can feel your wallet start to deflate.

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