Are you still debating what to do about car hail damage from a storm that blew through Dallas-Fort Worth in the spring? We get it. Fixing hail damage on cars isn’t very fun. However, the sooner you work with your insurance company to get the ball rolling, the sooner you can have your vehicle restored to its original condition. At this point, you might be considering going with the most affordable dent removal you can find, or you might even be toying with the idea of buying a DIY dent removal kit and trying your hand at repairing a dent or two on your own. We don’t suggest it, and we can give you several good reasons why it’s better to let a trained and experienced auto dent repair specialist restore your vehicle.
Reason #1: Repairing a dent on a car isn’t as easy as it looks
If you’ve spent some time searching “dent and scratch removal,” you’ve probably seen articles or videos online telling you how to remove dents from your car on your own. It looks easy enough, right? Keep in mind that many of these sources are trying to sell you a DIY dent repair kit. These kits usually come with a tool or maybe two, but the thing about dent repair on vehicles is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all project. Especially if your car has suffered extensive hail damage, a kit might work on some of the dents, but it might not work on others. You don’t want to run the risk of further damaging your vehicle by using the wrong tool. We’ll explain more about that in a minute. Reputable dent repair companies have many tools at their disposal. A seasoned dent repair specialist will assess each dent with an expert eye and determine which tool and method are the most appropriate for the situation.
Reason #2: Dent repair is not a trial-and-error endeavor
Your vehicle is already damaged, so you might think that it doesn’t matter if you damage it a little more in the process of trying to fix it. However, there are a few reasons why it does matter. First, if you are working with your insurance company to get the repairs covered, your insurance company will send out an appraiser to assess the damage to your vehicle. If they see that you’ve caused additional damage to the vehicle in an attempt to fix it, they might try to claim the damage – both the original damage and the damage you caused – is uninsurable. Second, the type of damage that a car has will determine the type of repair it needs. An insurance company will most likely want to use paintless dent repair (PDR) whenever possible. If you have to pay for your repairs out-of-pocket, you’re definitely going to want to get paintless dent repair because it’s significantly cheaper than traditional dent repair. However, PDR can only be used on certain types of dents. If the factory paint on a car is scratched or cracked, it’s not eligible for paintless dent repair. One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to pop a dent out of their car is accidentally chipping or cracking the paint. If your car was originally eligible for PDR, but then you crack or chip the paint in the process of trying to fix it, that’s going to be a costly mistake. Why? To understand that, you need to understand the difference between paintless dent repair and traditional dent repair:
- Traditional dent repair – This is a lengthy and involved process that requires sanding off the original factory paint, hammering the damaged material back to its original form, filling in any gashes with putty, a second round of sanding, and then finally repainting, which requires a primer, a base coat, and a final coat of paint.
- Paintless dent repair – This is the process of restoring your car to its original condition with no sanding and painting involved. Instead, a technician examines the damage and determines the best way to access it. That might be through a window, through the removal of an inner panel, or a similar tactic. The technician determines the right tool for the job, then starts at the outside edge of the damaged area and carefully massages the material back into the correct position. As the technician works, the damaged area will get smaller and smaller and then eventually disappear altogether.
Reason #3: When it comes to dent repair, you get what you pay for
If you’ve ruled out DIY dent repair, you might have seen some ads for companies in Dallas-Fort Worth that offer unbelievable deals on paintless dent repair. However, make sure you do your homework because a lot of these companies are pop-up shops that open in DFW during hail season and then close their doors as soon as the season ends. That way, they’re not held accountable for their shoddy repair work. Bodyguard has been serving Dallas-Fort Worth for more than 18 years. We have more than 125 years of combined experience, and we’ve repaired more than 20,000 vehicles. Bodyguard was here long before hail season started, and we’ll be here long after it ends. We offer a lifetime warranty on our work, so if you’re not 100% satisfied, you can bring it back, and we’ll fix it. We believe that paintless dent repair is an art, and we’re proud of the work we do and our many repeat customers.
Choose Bodyguard PDR and give yourself the peace of mind that the job will be done right the first time!
Repairing dents on cars without further damaging the material is a task that requires professional training, expert skill, and exacting precision. Not everybody shop is equipped to handle the job efficiently and effectively. Bodyguard specializes in paintless dent repair, and our certified technicians spend years apprenticing and honing their skills. Our technicians handle everything from extensive hail damage to door dings, so if you’re looking for the best shop to handle your dent repairs in Dallas, reach out to our team of professionals. Beyond our exceptional dent removing services, our team will also give you the flawless customer service experience you deserve. We offer paintless dent removal Dallas motorists know and trust. For more information, go to our website at bodyguardpdr.com, or call us today at 469-628-4910 to set up an appointment.