Maybe you scraped a bollard. Maybe you left your car out during a hailstorm. Maybe you smashed it with a runaway shopping cart. It doesn’t really matter how you did it: a dent is a dent. But don’t sweat it. Thanks to a process called Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), Universal Collision Centre can fix this type of small damage quickly and affordably.
Paintless Dent Repair
Paintless Dent Repair is a quick and easy process. It requires no filling, sanding, or painting. Firstly, this means you get to save money. Secondly, it get your vehicle back from the shop much sooner. But that doesn’t mean we treat dent removal any less seriously than other repairs. Every vehicle that comes through Universal Collision Centre is serviced under our seven-step process that begins with a detailed repair plan and ends with rigorous quality control. In the end, PDR, restores vehicles closer to their original condition than traditional hammering could.
How Does It Work?
Typically, technicians use picks and rods on either side of the dented panel and work the metal back to its original shape. Most vehicles on our roads today feature steel bodies. As you may know, steel is rigid and has better “metal memory” than other materials like aluminum. That means you can work it back to its original shape more easily.
Of course, that doesn’t mean dent repair is as simple as smacking the underside of your hood with a hammer. Our technicians record precise measurements about where to apply force, and use a reading device to manipulate metal to the correct height. The specific details can be a little more complicated. All you need to know is that, when practiced correctly, the results of PDR are pretty much invisible.
When Is PDR the Right Choice?
Paintless Dent Repair is a viable option most dents, even large ones. However, if the damaged panel is inaccessible or the dent is too near the edge of the panel, we will use other techniques. Additionally, PDR cannot be used on panels with cracked or damaged paint.
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The internet is rife with DIY dent removal tips. Some websites suggest you should use super glued dowels, a pot connected to a vacuum hose, or even use a plunger. Obviously, we do not endorse any of these methods. When you try one of these home remedies, you risk making the problem much worse. Bring your vehicle to Universal Collision Centre and let our experts fix the damage with our proven, seven-step process. Even if you’re paying for the repair out of pocket, without the help of insurance, it’s still affordable.