Dent Removal for Your Car
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been constantly checking the weather forecast hoping for some better weather. But if like me you live in the UK, that forecast isn’t going to get better.
In April there was twice the average rainfall in the UK. In June we saw the wettest month since records began. And already in July the south-west has seen a month’s rainfall in a 24 hour period. Unfortunately the long term forecast is rain, rain and more rain.
This rain isn’t doing you any favours when you are out on the road. Driving in wet conditions can be hazardous if you’re not cautious. Did you know that it takes four times longer to stop in wet conditions as opposed to dry conditions? That means you need to be more alert in wet conditions, allowing greater space between your car and the car in front of you. Adding to the problem is that when rain water mixes with oil on the road it can cause more slippery conditions further increasing the likelihood of skidding or a collision.
When breaking at the traffic lights on wet roads this can lead to fender benders that may not physically injury anyone involved but can hurt your pocket.
While a fender bender may only be a minor car collision or accident resulting in a minor bumper indent the price can vary for repairs depending on the type of work needing to be carried out. This is due to the nature of the dent, whether the paint work has been damage or not. Paintless dent removal is a relatively easy procedure that once done correctly the dent is completely unnoticeable. As the name suggests paintless dent removal is carried out when the paint work hasn’t been damaged and doesn’t involve sanding or body fillers. The most common method of paintless dent removal requires the use of metal rods and body picks to push the dents out.
Although there are dent removal DIY kits available on the market it is recommended that the work be carried out at a car body repair shop. This is because if it is not done properly not only will the dent still be visible but it may also cause paint damage. This cheap alternative may ended up costing you more money than if you had originally had a technician carry out the work.
Occasionally, if the dent is quite extensive, a car body repair shop may have to be more aggressive in pushing out the dent and thus damage the paint work. This method is called push to paint, where the work is carried out with the intention of painting the panel at a later stage.
Similarly chip dent removal is carried out when the paint has been damaged during the accident and needs to be repaired along with the dent.
Car dents can be caused by all sorts of things (hail, door dings, minor body creases and minor bumper indentations) but it needn’t damage your resale value of your car if you have it treated and removed by a professional.
The author of this post writes for Elite Crash Repairs a motor claims outsourcing company providing dent removal and car body repairs.