Your car is under a constant threat of dents, dings, scratches, and other bits of damage. Your car has to deal with all the threats that Mother Nature throws at it such as hail and precipitation, not to mention the forgetful shopper who lets their grocery cart slam into your bumper then pretends it never happened.
We want our vehicles to look good, and a car or truck riddled with different dents and dings simply won’t cut it. You take your vehicle into an auto body shop, and they come back with an estimate of over 500 dollars! With a fat estimate in hand, you start to remember the infomercials about fix-a-dent tools and the dent-poppers found in your local automotive parts store.
Can’t you order the 20-dollar tool and fix your dents yourself? Let’s learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of fixing car dents yourself.
Should You Repair Car Dents Yourself or Let the Professionals Take Care of It?
There are several things you should do before attempting to repair a car dent by yourself. Let’s review.
Talk to Your Insurance
If the dents on your auto were due to a hail storm, or another force of Mother Nature, you might be able to get insurance to pay for fixing your dents. What your insurance covers depend on your policy, but many policies feature fix-a-dent coverage.
Get Multiple Quotes
Maybe you got a quote from an auto dent center that is currently overbooked, and they gave you a steep price, so you’d go elsewhere, maybe a company over-charges for a fix a dent because they don’t like it. The moral of the story is that the more quotes you get, the more likely you’ll end up with a fair price. Get quotes from a minimum of 3 fix-a-dent centers to see how much your job will cost.
If all your quotes still seem too high, and your insurance is not paying for help, you may consider some home solutions. There are a few “As-Seen-On-TV” hail-dent products and other fix-a-dent-solutions found at your local auto parts store but take any of these products’ claims with a grain of salt.
Many of these items will not produce the results you desire, many of these products break, and some could even make the situation worse. Only use a product that has plenty of great reviews and always test any products in an inconspicuous area before applying to your car.
You can fix dents yourself, but this should be the last thing you try. Before attempting to fix any dents yourself, talk to your insurance company and get multiple quotes. If you’re still having trouble, you can try a home remedy, but always test in an inconspicuous area first and be a way of claims on the package. If you take care of these items, you’ll have a perfect and dent-free car to show off.