“Hail Damage? Dents? Minor Dings? We now offer Paintless Dent Removal.”
Just as the name implies, Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is a method of repair that results in the complete repair of minor dents and dings without the use of any paint or body fillers.
Our highly-skilled technicians, using specially designed hand tools, gently measure dents out of a vehicles body from behind the affected panel. The result is a dent free panel with original paint and parts intact. Some smaller repairs are done in less than an hour which allows us to offer PDR as a While-You-Wait Service, at an economical price.
1. How does Paintless Dent Repair Work?
- Paintless Dent Repair is a process of accessing the back side of the damaged panel and tehn massaging and shrinking the dent with unique and specialized rods with different configurations.
Additionally, there is also the art of “Glue Pulling.” When access cannot be gained to the back of the damaged panel, we glue tabs onto the car in order to manipulate and stress relieve the dent from the outside. The paint on the car should be the factory finish due to the adhesion properties being far superior to aftermarket paint.
2. If I get a Dent in My Car, Can I Try to Use a Plunger or Suction Cup to Pull it Out Before I Call You?
- NO! Please make a No Obligation phone call to us first! We may be able to offer you some helpful advice if you wish to attempt the repair. You need to be aware that every dent is different. The damaged metal needs to be returned to its original shape in a particular order. In our decades of experience, we have yet to see a dent totally removed with plungers, suction, or heat.
3. Will My Paint Be Affected By This Type of Repair?
- No. As long as you have a high quality finish on your car paintless dent repair will not damage your vehicle. A factory finish has superior flexibility and adhesion, far better than the old days. That is why there are thousands of vehicles repaired daily all over the world.
4. How Large can a Dent Be, Before it Can Be Paintless Dent Repaired?
- It is not necessarily the size of the dent, but how stretched the metal has become. While paintless dent repair is not the solution for all dents, it is a great alternative to conventional auto body repair. When metal gets stretched, we can only shrink the metal so far. Real sharp dents, e.g., a car shot with a BB gun, a deep, puncture dent caused by a sharp object, may not be able to be repaired using PDR. However, a parking lot door “ding” is an excellent candidate for such repair.
5. How Much Does It Cost to Have Paintless Dent Repair Performed on My Vehicle?
- Unfortunately, we are not able to give quotes without seeing the vehicle in person or having a picture emailed to us. Each dent is distinctive and must be worked in a different way. In addition, we must take into account whether there are braces in the way or possibly a headlight or taillight that must be removed. We can tell you that our average repair invoice for one to five (1-5) dent is anywhere from our seventy five dollar ($75) minimum charge to two hundred ($200). If the repair estimate for one dent exceeds much beyond $550, we will probably recommend conventional body repair to be performed.
6. Must I Contact My Insurance Company First to Have PDR on My Car?
- Not necessarily. As much as we like working with our local insurance companies, paintless dent repair is usually so inexpensive, it will probably be less than your deductable (unless it is hail damage). This will help eliminate frivolous claims and keep your insurance premiums from rising.
7. My Vehicle Was Recently in a Hail Storm. Can Your Company Fix Hail Damage Using PDR?
- Yes. We have performed PDR on hundreds of hail damaged vehicles to the delight of our customers. We have performed hail damage repairs on everything from Chevrolets to Jaquars and all cars in between. We take pride in performing the repairs correctly, the first time.
8. Will My Insurance Pay for Hail Damage?
- Yes. Furthermore, in most cases, PDR is the preferred method of repair. With your full coverage policy, the only out of pocket expense is your deductable. And, as with all hail damage claims, First Choice Collsion will assist you any ways possible to reduce your inconvenience, from free pickup and delivery of your vehicle to helping you arrange for your rental car.
9. I have never had to file a claim with my Insurance, what do I need to do?
- First, you will need to contact your insurance agent to file a claim. You will be assigned a claim number. An insurance appraiser/adjuster will contact you and make an arrangement to view your damaged vehicle. Next, you can contact First Choice Collision to set up an appointment to get your vehicle repaired. Most hail damage repairs only take one (1) or two (2) days. However, once we review the adjuster’s estimate, we may find additional damage the adjuster was unaware of. We have an excellent working relationship with all major insurance companies. We will communicate directly with the adjuster to resolve any issues that may arise. We promise to care for your car as it was our own from start to finish. Regardless of what the job calls for, we will strive to put your vehicle back to its pre-accident condition.
10. What is a Hole Drilling and WIll First Choice Collision Be Using This Process on My Vehicle to Get the Dent Out?
- Absolutly Not! First Choice Collision follows strict No Whole Drilling Policy. Our experience has taught us there is rarely ever a need to drill a hole in a customers vehicle. It may not be the easiest way to repair a dent, but to become great at what we do, the harder way may sometimes be the best way! In extremely rare instances, drilling may be necessary. But, rest assured, once all options of repair have been exhausted, you, the customer will be notified for your permission.
11. What About Dents Located Above Braces?
- Most of the dents found above braces can be accessed and removed. First, the adhesive between the brace and the metal must be cut loose. To do this, a thin putty knife is slid between the adhesive and the metal. Once the adhesive is removed, a thin hand tool can be used to repair the dent.
12. What Percentage of Dents are Repairable?
- Percentages of possible repairs will depend on the dent technicians’s level of skill and experience. But generally speaking, 80-90% of the minor dings and dents found on a vehicle are repairable.
13. What Dents Cannot Be Repaired?
Most dents can be made to look better. However, there are some problem repairs. Here is a list of some problem areas:
- Deep Dents – On very deep dings and dents, the metal is often pushed too deep for a complete repair.
- Dents near the Edge of Panels – Dents found near the edge of body panels or right on a seam makes access impossible.
- Dings and Dents with Deep Creases – usually, only a skilled dent repair technician can repair creased dents, depending on the severity of the crease. In many cases 100% repair is not possible.
14. How Large of a Dent Can Be Repaired with Paintless Dent Repair?
- The most important aspect of paintless dent repair is not the diameter, but the depth. Often very large, shallow dents can be removed.