Is it a Ding… or a Dent?
Or is There a Difference?
The door ding. The fender dent. We often use the terms interchangeably. But is there a difference when it comes to what actually happened to the vehicle? And is there a difference when it comes to repairing that vehicle?
Here at Big Sky Collision Repair, we fix dings and dents. We also fix scratches, scrapes, crunches, cracks, and whatever other term you may think of when it comes to auto body work. But when it comes to your vehicle, you should know the basic terms; especially if you have a lease on that vehicle.
A Ding versus a Dent
Most of the time we refer to a ding in terms of a door ding. You’re at the grocery store and the person next to you parks a little too close. They fling their door open, and it dings into yours leaving an unsightly, although mostly cosmetic, ding on your door.
A ding is damage that is generally a half inch in diameter or less. It doesn’t chip the paint or leave bare metal exposed to rust. They usually occur in the parking lot.
A dent, on the other hand, is a little bit bigger. Often dents require more extensive metal work, and sometimes require entire panels to be replaced. The biggest difference is the size and if the paint was damaged.
The one caveat, however, is when it comes to hail damage. Here in Billings we see these storms rip through about once every year. If your car isn’t under shelter, you can get a lot of what we end up calling dents. These dents are fixed with our paintless dent repair (PDR) services; which moves them back into the ding category.
Regardless of what you call them, dings and dents can put a ding or a dent in your pocketbook without insurance.
When to Fix Dings and Dents
If there is no damage to the paint, dings do little more than make the car look blemished. They don’t affect how it performs, they don’t lower how safe the car is, but they do lower the resale value. This is important if you’re leasing a vehicle.
Most auto leases have clauses that describe normal wear and tear. When you have more damage than they allow, you enter into their clause of “excessive damage” and you may be charged.
In most cases, if the ding or dent can be fixed with paintless dent repair, it falls into the normal wear and tear category (with the exception of major hail damage). When the vehicle requires extensive work, such as removing and replacing panels, then you’re likely going to face fees when you turn the car in.
To avoid those penalties, have the dealer appraise the damage before you turn it back in. You can then bring the vehicle to Big Sky Collision to get a second opinion, and you may be able to use your insurance to cover the bulk of the costs.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Cars
Have you been in a wreck? We pride ourselves in being the best auto body repair shop in Billings. If you have any dings or dents that need popped back in place, or if you have more major collision repairs needed, give us a call at 406-259-6328 to get started as soon as possible so that you aren’t hit with fees when you turn in your lease.