Most people will tell you that living in Colorado is fantastic, however, there are not many things worse than coming home from a long day of work to find your vehicle has been the victim of hail damage. Such incidents can often be unavoidable, even if you’re the most careful of car owners in Colorado. And for the meticulous owner, seeing such damage can be a major eyesore.
Not to mention that this part of the country experiences multiple hail storms nearly every year from April to September.
Shopping carts, unintentional bumps, a stray baseball or golf ball, and of course hail can all be the cause of these dents and dings, which is typically a major annoyance for most vehicle owners.
Ignoring dents can be risky.
While you can choose to ignore these dents and dings, it can pose a safety risk. A dinged-up car can reduce its value due to the unsightly appearance of dents. In places like Denver Colorado, you should never ignore dings and dents as the damage can expose your car to corrosion and rust.
Your car needs to remain in excellent condition in order to retain its full value. Keeping it in good condition will allow you to be able to sell or trade-in your vehicle when the time comes with ease.
Of course, the condition of your vehicle will have a large impact on the amount you receive if/when you decide to resell your car. If a potential buyer was to see dents or dings on the side panels of your vehicle, it will immediately raise concerns about your car’s condition and whether or not the vehicle has been well kept over the years.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How much does Paintless Dent Repair cost?
- Will it require painting of the panels?
- Will it damage my car’s paint?
- Do you have to sand vehicle bare?
- Will my car lose its value?
- Will insurance cover these damages?
The first thing to do is to find out the extent of the damage to your vehicle. It’s important to let the professionals inspect the dents and dings in order to give you an accurate estimate of the damage.
Most Dents and Dings Are Repairable through the PDR Process.
Paintless dent removal or paintless dent repair is a less invasive way of fixing car dents and dings. The process involves massaging or applying pressure at the back of the dented body part of the car. The method brings the dented part back to its original shape without grinding, filling, priming, or painting.
The dent should not be stretched out to become repairable through PDR. Irreparable dents include small or medium-sized dents that are more than 1 inch deep. Also, any dent with cracked paint typically means it is already too deep to undergo the PDR process and will usually require a body shop to fix.
There are also risky dent locations for PDR: edges, quarter panel openings, and fenders. As long the dent is accessible, the sheet is not too stretched, there is no cracked paint, and the dent is not too sharp, it can go through the PDR process.
Why Should You Consider Paintless Dent Removal?
Any dent can look serious to a first-time car owner. Relax. Talking to the right people will help you preserve your car’s value.
1. PDR is much cheaper than auto body filling and painting.
Since the process doesn’t require the use of heavy equipment, you will generally pay only for the labor. The process does not require chemicals or car paint, which also saves you money. The costs depend only on how many dents there are to repair and the amount of time it will take to repair them, and that’s it. The biggest difference between traditional dent repair and paintless auto dent removal comes down to not having to paint the vehicle. The process at the body shop involves paint removal, sanding, priming, and repainting, which is costly and time-consuming. PDR doesn’t have to go through any of that and is, therefore, less expensive to complete.
2. The PDR process gets done much faster.
The PDR process takes less time to complete, allowing you to get your car back faster.
- Inspecting the dents. PDR can typically repair all dents on a hail-damaged vehicle.
- Accessing the dent. The professional must reach in the back of the dented part to form the dent back into its shape. From there, experts will work their magic to remove the dings and bring them back precisely to their original shape.
- Applying pressure slowly. This process is where the magic happens and is the reason why PDR technicians are some of the most skilled technicians in the automotive industry. PDR techs use highly specialized equipment to remove the dents, as well as professional-grade lighting to make sure they get each and every dent removed.
In traditional dent repair, you’ll have to leave your car in the shop for several weeks, however, the PDR process can be done in as few as 3-4 days.
3. PDR works well with fixing dents that have modern paint jobs.
Modern paint can now sustain stresses and are flexible enough to handle minor dents. Ball or fruit droppings don’t usually leave extensive damage to modern paint. The good thing about modern factory paints is that they are usually flexible. So, putting them back to shape with applied pressure may not be a problem.
4. PDR is the best option after a hailstorm.
Hailstorms can leave many different dent shapes in your vehicle. Many vehicle owners in Colorado are already prepared to call auto hail repair services after a large hailstorm, however, no matter how prepared you are, a decent-sized hail storm can still leave major damage to your vehicle.
PDR preserves your car value and retains its original durable finish and manufacturer paint finish warranty.
Paintless dent removal preserves your car’s paint. Each car model has a unique engineering design, and the best way to maintain functional parts is to preserve them the way they were manufactured.
When car parts and body detailing have gone through multiple repairs, its quality will be questioned. In the case of car dents, it affects the way each panel functions as a shield and mount. Dents, when not repaired, can cause rust to form on the area that is exposed by the dent.
Of course, a car with multiple panel repairs will reduce its value if not done correctly. Keeping a vehicle’s original finish through PDR also retains your manufacturer’s paint warranty.
5. Environmental-friendly process.
PDR doesn’t require chemicals from paint and coatings. Chemicals release toxic fumes that workers or technicians can inhale. Traditional dent repairs will expose workers to chemicals and dust from sanding. Such chemicals can also cause skin irritations when contacted.
Not having chemicals flowing through the air allows for a clean working environment for PDR technicians.
6. Better quality than traditional dent repair.
Restoring your vehicle’s body to its original state without a complex, chemically induced process will maintain both its value and structural integrity. The quality of the exterior of the panels remains, which means that it has fewer chances of having to be repaired in the future.
One thing to look forward to with the PDR process is that you will get your car back as if the dent had never happened. PDR simply molds the dent back to its original shape, without requiring paint.
7. Prevents issues with your insurance provider.
In Colorado, where hailstorms make a frequent visit, auto hail repair is considered a natural event and will not raise your insurance premiums. Remember that all hail damage is repairable through the PDR process, and we work directly with your insurance company to ensure a timely and professional PDR process.
8. Avoids the stress from grinding and sanding tools.
When maintaining your vehicle, it is wise to keep it away from harsh tools and equipment. That’s why as an owner, you need to be careful when deciding how you plan on repairing your car. PDR doesn’t require removing your car’s paint. Your car’s panels don’t have to go through the abrasive process of grinding. One thing you can be sure about is that PDR will only use a few tools to make a few pushes to the dented part of the vehicle which allows the dent to go back to its original shape.
9. Early prevention of corrosion.
Leaving your car dented for a long period of time can cause cracked paint, exposing the metal sheet of the panel. Never leave those metals stretched for long. As we all know, exposed metal and peeled-off metal paint can lead to corrosion.
When your vehicle is hit with hail damage, the best thing you can do is to find the right company in Colorado to help remove the hail damage and allow you to get your vehicle back to its original state.
Call Colorado Hail Solutions today for a FREE appraisal at 720-909-DENT (3368)