At Inter-Tech Collision Center, we’ve seen this situation a million times before. A spot opens near the front of the supermarket parking lot. After you’ve surveyed it, you’ve determined that it’s a little bit small for your car. You’ve also determined that you don’t care because you’re not making the hike all the way from the back row. Twenty minutes later, you walk out with a couple of bags in your hand to find a fresh dent on the driver’s side door. It’s small, but it’s still noticeable. You start to wonder how far you’re going to have to dip into your account to fix it, or if you can even afford to at all.
Time to call the body shop, and fortunately for you, it may not be as bad as you think. The trained professionals at Inter-Tech Collision Center offers paintless dent repair, or PDR, a simple, cost-effective solution that can remove minor cosmetic damage from your car without doing major damage to your wallet.
How Does It Work?
Different dings call for different techniques. The most common version of PDR involves a trained body shop technician using a metal rod to push the dents out from the underside of the body panel. In order to get the smoothest possible finish, the technician removes the rod and uses a tiny hammer to get rid of any high spots that may have occurred while he or she was pushing the dent up. This process is often repeated multiple times until the damage is no longer noticeable.
Other times, it’s as easy as just using a little glue and elbow grease. Ok, it’s not that easy. In this instance, the body shop technician will put a small amount of hot glue on the dent and place a specially-designed plastic tab on top of it. Once it’s had a little time to set, the technician will use the aptly-named dent lifter tool (yes, that is actually what it’s called), a suctioned clamp, to lift the dent with just the squeeze of a handle. As with the rod technique, this process may take a few tries and a little extra buffing and polishing to get the spot looking like new.
Will PDR Work on My Vehicle?
With every repair at Inter-Tech, our body shop technicians take the time to do a thorough assessment of your vehicle and go through an extensive list of questions about the damage your vehicle has sustained including:
Once we’ve checked every box and made every note, we’ll recommend which of the processes above is best for your vehicle.
Will My Insurance Cover PDR?
As with everything insurance-related, this is on a case-by-case basis. In most instances though, PDR should be covered. If you need some help with your insurance provider or have any questions about paintless dent repair, call Inter-Tech Collision Center today at (402) 898-8900.