July 1, 2018

Whether your vehicle was damaged from an accident, a hail storm, or something you’re completely unaware of, paintless dent repair (PDR) is a fast, cost-effective way to fix those unsightly dents you wish to get rid of.

Many vehicle owners are unaware of this type of repair. We’ve put together everything you need to know about the process—including its many benefits.

Paintless Dent Repair vs. Conventional Dent Repair

Paintless dent removal is a method of removing minor dings and dents from a vehicle’s body to return it to factory-like condition. Utilizing a precise tool, the dent is pushed and pulled back to where it should be. Conventional dent repair, on the other hand, sands down the affected area, pounds the metal into place and fills any gaps with putty. Once this is complete, the damaged area must be sanded, primed and painted.

While traditional dent repair fills in dents with paint or body filler—and often makes them appear as good as new—it fails to address the actual dent with a sustainable, long-term solution. PDR, on the other hand, requires no fillers, sanding or sale-value risks. Depending on the depth and location of the dent, PDR isn’t always an option—but when it is, there are several benefits you can expect from the process:

Retained value.

PDR takes away any stress and concerns about maintaining the vehicle’s original strength and value—especially when it comes to vintage and luxury cars. While traditional repairs use filler and paint to fix damaged areas, paintless dent removal uses specialized tools (and small alterations) that do not alter the original finish. The best part? Once an expert fixes the ding or dent, it will not return.

Less repair time.

PDR takes a fraction of the time as traditional dent repair. Not only are there fewer steps and materials required, but there’s no time spent waiting for paint to dry—quite literally. Where conventional repair can take up to several weeks, paintless dent repairs can be completed in a single day or less.

Cost effectiveness.

Because paintless dent repair takes much less time, labor costs are considerably lower than traditional dent repair. You also don’t need to take into consideration the cost for materials (filler, auto paint, primer, etc.) which helps cut down significantly on cost. It’s important to keep in mind that cost can vary depending on location and depth of the damage.

Reduced carbon footprint.

Not only does PDR require less time, money and hassle, but it’s better for the environment, too. Conventional dent removal uses paint and body filler containing toxic chemicals. These fumes can cause damage to Since paintless dent removal doesn’t have a need for any of these solvents, there is no negative effect on your vehicle, wallet or environment.

Insurance claim assistance.

Another positive of paintless dent removal is that insurance companies often cover the cost of the work. If you’re not sure how to proceed with filing your insurance claim, our experts would be happy to assist you through the estimate process and help determine if your damages can be covered. We also offer free online estimates for those in the beginning of the process.

Are you in need of paintless dent repair?

If you’ve noticed a small ding, dent or damaged area on the body of your vehicle, you might be the perfect candidate for paintless dent repair. Since untrained technicians can actually cause more harm than good, it’s important to contact your local auto body repair shop to get a professional opinion.

Northeast Collision has a team of certified technicians ready to help you get your vehicle back on the road. Learn more about our paintless dent repair services or contact us today to learn how we can help.