How to Fix Car Dents

Your car is a precious commodity, and as a result you want to keep it in the best possible condition. Unfortunately, given the unpredictable nature of driving, accidents occur. While a head on collision or an accident that completely totals your car is rare, dents, scratches, and other minor cosmetic issues are far more common. It doesn’t matter if another car hit you in a parking lot or you foolishly backed into another, getting simple dents removed from your car doesn’t have to be difficult.



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If your car is dented by another individual through no fault of your own, then the first thing you should do is get the insurance info of the person who hit your car. This way you can file an insurance claim to have your car fixed. If the accident was your fault, then unfortunately you will probably have to pay for the repairs out of pocket. Thankfully, when it comes to simple dents, this doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly.

While any paint damage or scratches will probably need to be fixed at an auto body shop, some dents often occur in a way that, if they don’t pop out on their own, can be fixed with a small tool that provides suction and *pops* the dent out. These devices can be bought on a variety of websites and typically much more affordable than having a mechanic fix it at an auto repair shop.

If you do have to take your car in to have a dent repaired, you should always do plenty of research to ensure you get the possible price. You should also always find an accredited auto body shop so as to prevent any unfortunate mistakes from occurring, such as an unqualified worker causing more damage to your car than actually repairing. Speaking to friends who have had to take their car in to be fixed is always recommended, as nothing beats a first hand account from someone who has been there.

How an auto body shop repairs a dent is dependent entirely on how large the dent is and where it’s located. Although it’s rare, some dents may require a replacement of the dented area, which would significantly increase the price of the service. As such, you should always discuss with the worker what exactly needs to be done, and how much it’s going to cost. In some cases, the cost of simply living with the damage, provided the car is still road safe, is far more satisfying a prospect that shelling out hundreds of dollars to fix a simple dent.

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Posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:00 AM