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Throughout the year, enough major things probably go wrong with your vehicle. So, the last thing that you need to worry about is paying major money for minor vehicle repairs such as small dents or dings. Hail, careless parkers, run away store carts, or even your child’s harmless softball game can cause small dings or dents that can cost a lot of time or money utilizing traditional full body vehicle repair and paint methods. Luckily, there is a method of repairing minor dings that can get your vehicle back to its factory finished look without breaking the bank.

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) was invented by Oskar Flaig during the 1960s Motor Sports Show as a means to repair minor damage caused by the general public during the car show. For vehicles made in the 1990s and newer, it has become a time and cost-effective method for consumers of removing minor dents and dings on vehicles. Major dents could require a lot of time and money to repair, but in cases where the vehicle has not sustained much damage, PDR is an alternative method.

A technician skilled in PDR may begin with a fluorescent light or reflection board to detect the varying heights in the dent. He may also use metal rods and body picks to push out the dents from the underside. Glue may also be used by the technician to pull the dents from the outside panel. Heat may also be used in the pulling and pushing process to avoid cracking and to ‘push the paint,’ minimizing the need to repaint the damaged area of the vehicle. This process can usually be completed by a technician in under an hour.

The time savings involved in PDR are beneficial to both the technician and the consumer. The technician spends less labor and resources on minute repairs and the consumer is able to get their vehicle back in a much shorter period of time than typical full auto body repair times. Another benefit is the amount of cost savings to the consumer. Most full auto body jobs range from $2000 to $20,000 depending on the make of the vehicle and the complexity of matching the paint used on the vehicle. These costs may or may not be covered by your collision insurance policy. However, PDR can range from $50 to $100, a much more affordable range for most people.

So, if you face one of life’s many unexpected encounters with nature or fly away objects on the road and don’t have the time or money to invest in full body repair services, PDR may be the alternative solution you need to repair your vehicle. We can help you with minor dents and dings using the PDR method. 

If you are in need of paintless dent repair, please call us at 574-288-CARS (2277). We offer price match guarantee and can get parts within 24 hours. We are proud to serve the communities of South Bend, IN, Mishawaka, IN, Elkhart, IN, Goshen, IN, Granger, IN, and Niles, MI.

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