Paintless dent repair is an easy and affordable way to remove dents from your car. How does it work and how much does it cost? Find out here.
Even if you are meticulously careful with your vehicle, you may not be able to avoid a runaway shopping cart, an unexpected round of hail, bumps by another vehicle’s door and other causes of unsightly dents and dings. Paintless dent repair (PDR) is an easy and affordable way to remove minor dings and major dents from your car, and the professionals at Huber Body Center have extensive experience with this technique.
How is Paintless Dent Repair different?
Traditional dent repair usually involves the application of a filler agent. A body shop technician will fill the dent or ding, sand the newly filled area, and paint it to match the finish of the surrounding area. This process takes a long time and can cost hundreds of dollars more than PDR.
Paintless dent repair preserves the original paint and finish of your car. It takes much less time than traditional dent repair and is also less expensive. PDR is safer for the environment and preferred by insurance companies because it doesn’t void the vehicle warranty.
How does Paintless Dent Repair work?
Skilled dent removal technicians carefully remove the dented section or panel of your car. Special lights allow them to see through the dented area and the three-dimensional contours of the vehicle panel. They carefully apply pressure to “massage” the metal back into shape, restoring the vehicle body.
There are toolkits on the market that claim you can perform PDR yourself. We advise vehicle owners to be wary of these products. The paintless dent removal process is something of an art that requires a skilled touch. Always trust your car or truck to a professional body center that specializes in paintless dent repair.
What dents can be repaired with Paintless Dent Repair?
Almost any dent can be repaired with paintless dent repair. Hailstorms are a major cause of property damage each year, and a leading reason vehicle owners choose PDR. But larger dents can also be repaired this way. Your car’s paint is never touched, and PDR works on both aluminum and steel automotive panels.
What determines the cost of Paintless Dent Repair?
The cost of repairs depends on several factors, and Huber Body Center can provide a free quote for paintless dent repair. Here are some things we consider when preparing an estimate:
- Number of dents: Paintless dent repair requires less time than traditional dent removal, but it still requires a considerable amount of time to do the job well. If your vehicle has one or two small dents, it won’t take long to remove them. More time is needed if your vehicle has dozens of dents from hail damage or if there are dents on many different parts of the car.
- Size of dents: Smaller dents take less time to repair than larger dents; the less time required, the less cost for repair.
- Depth and location of dents: Some dents are very shallow and can be repaired quickly. Deeper dents take more time and care. Even the shape of the dent and its location can affect the complexity of the repair, which affects cost. A dent in a hard-to-reach area, for instance, or near the edge of a panel requires specialized tools and extra attention.
Does insurance cover Paintless Dent Repair?
Every insurance policy is different when it comes to paying for repairs. Make sure you review your policy or contact your insurance company to confirm coverage based on the cause of your dents. If the dents are the result of hail damage, your insurance may cover the full cost of the repair without any increase to your premiums. Huber Body Center will work with you and your insurance company to determine the repair options that fit with your policy and your budget.
Is Paintless Dent Repair always possible?
When your vehicle’s paint is damaged (chipped, cracked or bubbled), PDR is not an option. The dent can still be repaired, but the affected area will have to be painted and blended to match the surrounding area.
An experienced auto body technician can help you explore the right option to repair your vehicle and remove dents. Paintless dent repair requires less time and expense than traditional dent removal while preserving your car’s finish. If you live in or near Omaha, Nebraska, contact us at (402) 496-4227 to learn about our paintless dent repair services and get started with a virtual repair estimate.