No matter how careful you are when you’re driving, acquiring a dent in your vehicle is still possible, especially if you spend much time driving around the Twin Cities. Even if you park your car all the way out at the very edge of the parking lot, your savvy is no match for careless drivers who park near next to you and then slam their doors into your car.
Thankfully, most dents can be removed quickly and easily thanks to a technology called paintless dent repair (PDR). In this post from Suburban Auto Body, we’re breaking down some of the most common paintless dent repair myths. To schedule your PDR services, give us a call today!
What Is Paintless Dent Repair?
Before we get into the misconceptions many drivers have about PDR, let’s break down how the process works. PDR is possible when auto body technicians are able to get behind the dent and massage it out. The great thing about PDR is that it doesn’t affect your factory paint job. There’s also no need to add fillers or sand anything on your vehicle.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about how PDR works and what its limitations are. These are some of the more common PDR myths we’ve encountered as seasoned Twin Cities auto body technicians:
1. I can just DIY it, right?
As professional technicians, we fix more botched DIY home repairs than we’d care to admit. In the age of YouTube, it seems like everyone is an expert. And why would you want to pay for something you can handle yourself? Unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of thinking that leads to more serious problems.
And if the advice you got online doesn’t pan out, you’re the one who has to cover the damages. You can even end up damaging your ADAS system or paint job.
2. PDR is a simple process that any company can do
Just because the company advertises that they can specialize in paintless dent repair doesn't mean that they are a trusted source for expert care. You want to avoid technicians who are not in a permanent location and are running temporary shops.
This can be problematic because if there are issues, they can be difficult to reach to get them resolved. It's generally recommended that you find a car dealer or local auto body shop because it will give you peace of mind knowing you are choosing reliable, expert technicians who have proven experience.
3. Insurance companies do not normally cover PDR
If your vehicle has sustained damage and needs bumper or fender repair, you will need to file an insurance claim for the process. One thing that will need to be considered is the extent of the damage to determine if paintless dent repair is right. This is determined by the stretch and thickness of the metal, and the shape of the damaged area are all contributors.
In a lot of cases, it is recommended to choose paintless dent repair to avoid needing filler applied to the body. In most situations, this kind of service will be covered under your insurance deductible, and it will take less time to get your vehicle back to its condition before the damage than the standard system of repair.The general rule is that the shallower the dent, the better chances of the paintless dent repair being successful.
4. PDR doesn't need specialized tools
Some vehicle owners will try solutions that make the problem worse. Certain methods encourage individuals to soften the metal to get it to warp back to its original state with various items around their homes that can heat up.
This can cause more problems than even be disastrous because the individuals showing the videos don't show the failed attempts and only focus on the few occasions when it works. Avoiding methods like using a plunger or hot water can worsen the problem area, making paintless dent repair is the safest and quickest method to choose.
5. ADAS-enabled vehicles can’t be repaired with PDR.
ADAS technology is becoming more common these days, and for good reason. ADAS-capable vehicles offer an unparalleled level of safety, reducing the chance of collisions significantly. While it’s true that removing any panels can affect ADAS calibration, our auto body team is experienced with ADAS recalibration, which means once we’re done, your ride will be safer than before you brought it in!
6. PDR is costly.
Although significant body repair can come with a hefty price tag, the beauty of PDR is that it doesn’t take nearly as much time, saving you significantly on labor hours. And because paintless repair works with your existing panels, you won’t have to pay for new OEM parts.
Schedule Paintless Dent Repair Today!
Are you tired of looking at that unsightly door ding you got last Christmas? Don’t put off repairs another day! Give us a call at 651-633-8900 or contact our technicians online to get your free quote on PDR today. And remember, there’s nothing like a great-looking ride!