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Dent Removal: DIY or DI-Don’t?

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April 20, 2018

Taking your car to the auto body shop can be such a pain, especially if the only thing wrong with your car is a small dent.

Can’t you just fix that on your own?

Well, yes and no.

DIY dent removal kits are designed to give you the tools and directions you need to pop out a minor dent on your own at home. The problem is this doesn’t always turn out the way you want it.

Let’s take a look at whether DIY repair is really worth it or if you should just stick with the professionals.

Does DIY Repair Really Work?

Sure. In some cases, a little bit of DIY work is all you need to get that dent out of your car.

If you have the time, patience, skills, and tools you need to get the job done, you may be able to pop that dent out on your own. This DIY dent removal method does work, and it can save people money.

But only if those people are extremely careful and have a pretty good idea of what they’re doing.

DIY dent removal repair, even if you get one of those DIY dent repair kits, is a lot more difficult than it seems.

Because DIY Dent Removal Doesn’t Always Work

You can do all the preparation in the world, but sometimes DIYing your way through it simply doesn’t work.

Either the dent doesn’t change at all or you go too far and make the dent bubble out the other side of the car.

DIY kits come with shaping tools that are supposed to keep that from happening, but popping the dent out the other side of the car is so easy, you probably won’t even notice you are doing it until it is too late.

Once the dent is bubbled out the wrong way, it’s much harder to fix.

That’s Why You Should Always Hire a Dent Removal Pro

It might seem frustrating to spend more money on a problem you can “fix on your own,” but if you don’t get the dent fixed just right, you’ll end up cause more damage and spending more money anyway.

When you think of it that way, hiring a professional right away will actually save you money and time.

What if I Can’t Be Without My Car for That Long?

We all have busy lives, and sometimes it’s impossible to be without our cars for the time it takes to get them repaired. Even one small dent could keep your car in the shop for an entire afternoon.

But that’s not a good excuse to try the repair on your own. Most auto body shops offer a service called paintless dent repair.

This process is inexpensive, simple, and, most importantly, fast. In most cases, you only have to be without your car for a few hours total.

When Should I Use Paintless Dent Repair?

This service only applies to minor dents, and a good way to tell if your dent is small enough is to look at the paint job.

If the paint hasn’t scratched or cracked (in other words, if the paint still looks nice) on the dent, it’s small enough to be fixed with paintless dent repair.

Dents where the paint has scraped off or looks bad needs a more detailed repair.

I Don’t Know… It Still Seems Like I Can Just Do This on My Own

Well, like we said, sometimes people can use DIY dent repair kits and get good results. The choice to try DIY dent removal is entirely up to you.

But remember, it may not go how you planned.

That said, DIY repair can have some benefits. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of DIY vs professional dent removal repair.

DIY Repair

If you have some experience working with cars or fixing dents already, DIY may be a good choice for you.

DIY Pros

  • It can save money
  • You don’t have to go without your car while it’s in the shop
  • You have control over your own repair

DIY Cons

  • It takes a lot of time out of your already busy schedule
  • The job may not look professional
  • You can easily make the damage worse (remember bubbling the dent out the other side?)
  • You might be risking your safety

This last one is the most important of all.

When you take your car to a professional for dent removal, they know what they’re doing. They can see at a glance what has been damaged and what needs to be repaired.

You can’t necessarily see what a professional will see.

Sometimes dents are just a symptom of more damages to the rest of the frame. If this damage isn’t taken care of properly and you get into a car accident, you risk your car ended up in bad condition and getting seriously injured yourself.

Professional Repair

DIY repair only works if you already know what you’re doing and have the tools and time to spend on your car. If you don’t have those things, you should stick with the professionals.

Professional Pros

  • They know what they are doing
  • They can find and fix underlying damages
  • They can save you money (if you try DIY repair and mess up, you’ll have to spend more money in the long run)
  • It saves you time (because you don’t have to do it yourself)
  • It gives much better results (the car will look as good as new)
  • Keeps the value of your car up
  • Gives more life to your car (because it was repaired professionally, it will last longer)

Professional Cons

  • You have to be without your car for a few hours
  • It does cost more than a DIY repair kit

There aren’t very many cons to having your dent repaired by a professional.

It may take a bit more time, but if you don’t know how to fix the dent properly on your own, it could actually save time. DIY repair kits may cost less money, but the quality result from a professional far outweigh the look of a DIY repair.

Choose Professional Dent Removal

Taking your car to a professional will save you a lot of stress and hassle. And, at the end of it, you’ll get a car back that looks good, protects you the way it should, and has a high value.

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