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Paintless Dent Repair

Hail Damage Repairs

WHAT IS PAINTLESS DENT REMOVAL?

Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is a process used to remove small dents, dings, and hail damage without damaging the painted surface of your vehicle. This maintains the highest value of your vehicle since it maintains the original painted surface.

 

HOW DOES PDR MAINTAIN MY VEHICLES VALUE?

Once a vehicle is painted, this detracts from its value due to the questions that arise. Was it in a serious collision? Were the original parts replaced with equivalent parts? Etc., etc. With PDR there is no painting, therefore there are no indications that the vehicle may have been in a serious accident.

 

IS PDR BETTER THAN USING A BODY SHOP?

PDR is not the answer to all vehicle damage. Many vehicle collisions cause “major” damage and will require a body shop to repair the damage. South Bay Collision can repair minor dents and dings. These are dents received from shopping carts, careless people who open their doors in parking lots and hit your car, hail stone damage, falling tree branches, acorns, etc. Minor dents can be repaired in a body shop but it will cost at least twice as much and will take two or three days to complete. PDR can be accomplished in far less time and at substantially less cost.

 

HOW IS PAINTLESS DENT REMOVAL DONE?

Specially designed tools are used to apply pressure behind the dent. Pressure is applied at multiple points behind the dent to slowly bring the metal back to its original shape. A dent about the size of a quarter may require one hundred applications of pressure to remove it.

 

WHAT TOOLS ARE USED?

A specially designed light fixture is used to highlight the damaged area within a dent. Custom made hand tools are then used to apply pressure behind the dent. The tools are designed to allow access behind  most dents without removing the inner door panels. This saves us time and saves you money.

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

A typical repair takes an hour or less. This will vary depending on the size and number dents in the panel. Compare this to a typical body shop visit. They usually take two or three days.

 

CAN ANY DENT BE FIXED?

That depends on the shape, size, and location of the dent. If the dent is located an inch or more from the edge of a panel and you can cover it with your hand, we can repair the dent. Even if it’s larger and runs into the edge, ask us for a free estimate. Some of those can be repaired also, or at least improved enough to pass a lease return inspection.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Without seeing the damage it’s difficult to estimate the cost, but an average dent repair runs between $100 and $125 plus tax. Typically, our prices are 50% or less then body shop prices. This can save even more on lease car returns. Some leasing companies charge substantial fees for minor body damage.

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