Dent Repair is Easy! Except… it’s not
The Pros and Cons of DIY Dent Removal
Sometimes, when you have a dent in your car, there’s a strong temptation to fix it yourself because you’d rather spend your money on something else other than the repair. But just because there are dent removal kits available, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s perfectly okay to pull those dents out yourself. You might think that you are saving some money, and maybe if you do it correctly, you would be. But if the dent has resulted not just in cosmetic but also underlying damage, you will most likely be faced by a bigger expense by attempting DIY repair.
Still, the choice to do it yourself or let the professionals do it for you is a decision that’s entirely your own. Just know that there are certain advantages and disadvantages when you opt to pull out the dent yourself.
Advantages of DIY dent removal
It’s less expensive.
It’s really the main reason a car owner will forego professional auto body service. It’s simply a matter of saving on cost. Because if you do the repair yourself, all you need to spend for is a dent removal kit. Of course when you factor in the value of your time, it might not be quite so worthwhile.
You don’t have to miss your car even for a few hours.
Because there’s PDR (paintless dent repair) now, dents that aren’t too deep will only take a few hours to get fixed. Still, that would mean that you won’t be able to use your car while it’s at the auto shop. But if you do the repair at home, you won’t have to miss your car at all.
You have control over the repair being done.
When you bring your car to an auto shop, even if they give you beforehand an estimate of how much it will cost, sometimes, something happens along the way and the cost ends up higher than what was estimated. In contrast, when you do the repair yourself, you can always choose to stop when you feel that the cost is getting to be a bit too much than what you’re willing to spend.
Disadvantages of DIY dent removal
You might not have the needed equipment or skill.
There are some dents you can fix. But there are also some that you simply can’t because special tools and specific skills are needed to do it correctly.
You might cause more damage.
If you do it incorrectly, it is easy to make the damage worse than it is. Although dent repair kits have explicit instructions on how to go about the repair, sometimes it’s hard not to over or underestimate the force needed to pull or pound on the dent, especially because it’s not something you’re used to doing. And when you do it too hard, you may succeed in removing the dent, but then you’ll be left with a bubble instead. And that will be harder to get rid off on your own.
There’s also the matter of damaging your paint. If the tools you use happen to stick to your car, your paint will get damaged, and repairing this will cost you more.
You might be risking your safety.
Especially if the dent resulted from a car accident, it might not be as harmless as it appears. There might be hidden damages to the frame or its suspension and if this isn’t properly addressed and you happen to get into another accident, you might be exposing yourself to risk that shouldn’t be there in the first place.
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The bottom line: You can remove minor dents by yourself. Just follow the instructions carefully. For major dents, however, unless you want to risk further damage to your car, you’ll be better off bringing it to the best auto body shop in Billings. We will make sure it’s done right, your vehicle is safe, and you will be 100% happy with the results.