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How can I fix a dent in my car

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  • 15-10-2020

There are different ways to try and fix a dent on your car yourself at home using DIY. There are other kits and products on the market. These methods range from using heat from a hairdryer, tin foil, dry ice and compressed air to using a simple plunger to a vacuum cleaner and a bucket to boiling water. 

While all these different methods have no doubt been tried and tested by many people over the years. It is always best to get your car to a good qualified technician who will assess the damage and give you their advice. Whether you take the advice offered is a personal choice, just be make sure you are prepared for a far more costly repair to your car if you try and fix it yourself and it goes wrong.

What kind of dents can be fixed?

Every dent on a car is unique in some way. No two cars have the same shape, no two objects or collision with another car would cause the same damage in the same form to your vehicle. Due to there being a variety of different dents in all sizes and shapes, this makes your car dent unique. 

Every dent needs to be assessed to see if it is suitable for paintless dent repair. The more complex the dent, the more difficult it will be to repair. If the dent on your vehicle is creased, it won't be likely possible to rectify with PDR (paintless dent repair). 

Granted, there are a vast amount of highly skilled technicians in the country. However, creases in the metal make it very difficult to restore a vehicles body panel to its correct shape. 

An excellent example of dent complexity and how creasing can affect the dent repair process is to squeeze a pop bottle or pop can. When you press a pop bottle or pop can, a dent will be left behind. If the dent is smooth and round the chances are you can manipulate the bottle or can with your hands, returning it to its natural shape. 

On the other hand, if the bottle or can creases when it is squeezed, no matter how much you try to remove it, the chances are it will never go back to its original state. This theory also applies to dents in your vehicle. 

Another essential factor is the depth of the dent in your cars bodywork. The shallower the dent on your car, the easier it is to repair. If the dent is more profound, it will probably have affected a larger area of the panel of the car. The deeper the dent, it is less likely that the panel will return to its original form. Deeper dents on your car are also much harder to repair. 

Paintless dent repair technicians are highly trained, and when assessing your car, they will check for signs of damage, including stress cracks that may have exceeded the limit in the elasticity of the paint. It the paintwork is showing any signs of cracking, the panel will need to be repaired using traditional methods and be repainted.  

How much does a dent in a car cost to fix?

The cost to fix a dent on your car depends on many different factors. These factors will be taken into account and considered in-depth by a qualified paintless dent repair technician before they start any repairs required:

  • The depth of the dents damage
  • The diameter of the cars dent
  • The scarring and stretch within the dents damage on your car
  • The exact equation between the depth and the diameter
  • The access available to the back of the dent
  • The location of the dent on the damaged panel of your car
  • The materials used to form the cars body panels
  • The model and make of your vehicle
  • The originality and age of the cars paint
  • The colour of the paintwork of the car
  • The differing temperatures on the day the damage occurred and the day of its repair.
  • How the dent was caused

 Each dent is as individual as your fingerprint. All the factors listed above can play a part in the repair process of your car.

Do dents affect car value?

If the crease is deep enough to impact the paint finish on your car, then you should expect the average effect of the dents damage to be between 5 and 10 per cent of what the vehicle would otherwise be worth. 

Damage including dents, scrapes, scratches, and chips can impact the value of your vehicle based on the estimated repair costs of the car. It is always worth considering having these damages repaired by a specialist before you advertise it for sale and lose value for each damaged part.

Can you suction out a Car Dent? 

It is always best to seek professional advice from a trained technician before attempting to remove any dents yourself. You could end up damaging your car further and costing you even more money in the long run. 

You can apply the suction method involved in the removal of dents in the bodywork of your vehicle consists of using specialist tools that will adhere to the dented panel or portion of your car. Once attached, the suction will pull out the dent if you can imagine placing a plunger over the dent and then pulling outward. 

When this is done correctly, it will not cause any damage to the body or paintwork of your vehicle. The suction motion and the air will help pull the dent out. This specialist tool works in a very similar way.

The benefits of this procedure are that it can remove small and medium-sized dents effectively without the removal of the cars entire panel. It makes it a fast and efficient way to repair the damage the dent has caused to your vehicle. Not all dents should or can be suctioned out. If the dent is vast, the suction method may not work. If the panel is cracked in any way, then the entire panel should be replaced, rather than trying to remove the dent.  Many cars have foam behind the rear and front bumpers and also portions of the panels.

In some cases, following a substantial accident, the foam will need to be replaced. If the foam does need to be replaced, the bumper or panel will need to be removed and using the suction method might not be preferred.

How do body shops fix dents?

Body shops use a process called PDR (paintless dent removal). PDR is a process that doesn't require sanding or fillers. A trained technician will use a variety of specialist tools to slowly and gently push the dents back into the right place, and your cars paintwork won't be damaged either.

How long does a dent repair take?

Traditionally a dent repair would take anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. The length of time depends on the severity of the damage. Providing the dent hasn't damaged or creased the paintwork then it should be possible to use the paintless dent repair process. PDR can take as little as an hour to remove the dent in your car. 


If you are looking for Paintless Dent Removals in Essex, contact our Great Dunmow based garage.