PDR stands for paintless dent repair. It’s a craft that you can learn and it will, once you have mastered the skill, be a way for you to earn a very nice income. You will be able to remove those dings from car doors, and other small dents that you will find around the automobile. This doesn’t take long if you are experienced at doing it. It normally takes 10 to 20 minutes and is very inexpensive, since there is no product to buy. PDR is becoming the alternative to body shops in Tulsa .
The biggest reason people are choosing this method over a body shop is the time that it takes at a body shop to repair a dent, and also the money they are spending to get it fixed. With PDR, not only will the time your vehicle is being repaired be shorter, but also it will cost you so much less money. It’s a new way of fixing dents and dings that is putting the car repair world at notice!
How exactly does paintless dent repair work? A person who has been trained at PDR will use metal rods and picks in order to massage out dents and dings from the finish of the car. This will be done by the expert working from the inside of the car or panel, depending on where the dent or ding is. In essence, the dings and dents are being pushed out. A normal repair from beginning to end will last about 10 to 20 minutes.
If you want to try and do this as a living all you need is to purchase the tools, get the training, and offer a service where you will go to people and fix the dents and dings, or get a shop and do the service from there. This is a very high-demand service in Tulsa that many people are looking to have done now. It depends on where the dent or ding is in the vehicle and how you will access it. Here are some of the more common areas and how to go about accessing it.
Doors: You will need to roll down the window, and access the area by the window ledge opening. There may be an existing opening in the door jam. Access through this spot. Take the panel off the door, or even drill a hole in the door. You can finish this off by putting a silicone plug into the hole to prevent any corrosion, and to make the door look good.
Rear quarter panels: There should be an opening or even a vent in the rear door area. Access through this spot. Go through the trunk, or through a tail light assembly. You can access the dent through the wheel well, or drill a hole through the rear door. Of course, you will need to plug it when finished.
Roof: simply remove or lower the headliner.
Front fender: go through the engine compartment, or through a headlight assembly. Again you could access this from the inner wheel well too.
Hood: remove the covering from the inside of the hood and access the ding or dent this way.
While doing these repairs, it should not require the technician to drill any holes.
Paintless Dent Repair: The Most Efficient Process for Dent Repairs
Paintless dent removal is a good idea for those who have minor dents or dings they want to remove from their vehicle. It doesn't require major body work, and in most cases you can have your car back in as little as a day as opposed to several days to weeks with major body work. The cost is also much lower since the overhead is lower. There are some instances where paintless dent removal isn't possible. If you have a simple dent you want to have pulled out, here are a few things to consider.
How It Works
A technician that has been trained to use specialized tools will work on the dent locally. This means a dented door doesn't need to be removed. In most cases they will access the dent from the other side by going through a window opening or removing the door panel. The dent is then worked on from the inside, and pressed back out. It sounds simple, but it requires skill and patience. The technician needs to have experience in this so that they don't push the dent out too far or damage the surrounding paint. It is something you can do at home, but it's not suggested.
When Paintless Dent Removal is Feasible
Even large dents can be fixed with this method as long as the paint has not been shattered or cracked. If you have had previous body damage repaired in the area, this method may not work. Dents that are close to the edge of a panel are also difficult to repair with this method. The most common application for this method is door dents, dents on the hood or trunk, and dents on the roof. Hail damage can be repaired with this method, but it's a more lengthy process.
Benefits of Paintless Dent Removal
Paintless dent removal is advantageous for several reasons. For one, it's approved by most insurance companies. This means if you have damage that is covered by your auto insurance, you can get it repaired with this method and get your car back much faster. Since nothing is being replaced or removed, the vehicle will retain its factory value as well. You don't need to report body damage when you sell the vehicle. The dent won't need to be repainted or bonded in any way. When a vehicle is damaged and needs paint touch up on just a small area, it's very hard to match the color. Even if they use a color provided by the manufacturer, this doesn't take in to account the wear and tear the current paint job has, and can still stand out and be very noticeable. The turn around is also much faster. With traditional body repair you may have to relinquish your vehicle to the shop for several days, weeks for larger repairs. Paintless dent removal can be done in just a few hours and you can get your car back on the same day in many cases. Of course you want to call ahead to see what kind of schedule the technicians have, as this could hold up the process a bit. If you have to come out of pocket for the repair you will enjoy savings with paintless dent removal over traditional body work.
The long arm of car repair insurance doesn't stop at extended warranties or tire road hazard insurance. Marketing gurus have found all sorts of knick knacks to insure. Among the top are ding and dent protection plans. Ding and dent insurance is growing steadily, and addresses those unsightly shopping cart and parking lot dings.
Dings and dents are fairly synonymous terms, although a ding is smaller than a dent. You'll notice a dent. You'll need to squint, or catch the vehicle in the right angle or sunlight to see a ding. Some dings are smaller than eraser heads.
Like extended warranties or tire insurance, dent and ding protection plans promise to pay for damages in part or in full for a specific period of time. These plans are primarily sold by new car dealerships and cost a few hundred dollars.
Ding and Dent Repair: Paintless Dent Repair
Ding and dent repair is called PDR, short for Paintless Dent Repair. There are many companies that perform this service: Ding Doctor, Ding King, No Dents, Dent Wizard...the list goes on. Some are better then others, although ultimately it's up to the skill of the PDR technician. Prices are similar.
How is it done?
Most PDR techniques are non-intrusive. The PDR technicians use specially designed tools and gadgets to slip behind the damaged panels and manipulate and massage the damaged metal back to its original form.
Does it work?
Actually, it's incredible! It works so well that in the majority of cases the dings and dents are completely removed. They're invisible, gone, can't-believe-your-eyes fixed.
I saw a soccer-ball-sized dent removed from the rear fender of a $120,000 car. The dent also had a large crease, which makes repairs even harder. After thirty minutes there was no visible detection that a dent was ever there. The repair cost the client $400. Traditional body shop estimates were hovering at $2700.
- Very low cost compared to traditional body shops
- Same day repairs--even while-you-wait service
- No paint work, sanding, or traditional bodywork required
- Original paint remains--helps retain vehicles looks and value
- Body panels remain intact--maintaining structural integrity
- PDR does not address scratches or paint chips that are often associated with dings (Many PDR companies will address chips and scratches, but it's not PDR technology)
- Many areas of body panels are not accessible, so PDR is not an option
- Plastic bumpers or any plastic components can't be fixed with PDR techniques. Since the bumper is the most common area to get damaged, this is a significant downside of PDR technology.
- Some damage can occur to door panels, paint, interiors, window glass and hardware, although damage of any kind is rare.
Should you get your dings fixed using PDR techniques?
Let me explain...
Insuring against dings and dents does not make economic sense. Ding repairs average around $50 per ding. Some dings cost $99 to $149 to repair. Two to four dings can run $100 to $450, depending on the size of the dent. Insurance at this level is just not necessary. Moreover, it's a gamble you will lose.
To benefit from a $300, two-year plan, your vehicle would need to sustain multiple "PDR repairable" dings or dents. Despite your coverage, you may not even notice the dings, making a claim impossible. Also, despite the amazing PDR techniques, they can't fix everything, especially the chips and scratches that so frequently accompany a ding--should dings even occur.
Yes, get your dings fixed with PDR (if they're bothering you), but don't buy an insurance plan.
Protection plan economics 101
An article by Terence O'Hara in the Washington Post is a wonderful piece on the insanity of protection plans, and is applicable here. He writes:
The decision to buy an extended warranty...defies the recommendations of economists, consumer advocates and product quality experts, who all warn that the plans rarely benefit consumers and are nearly always a waste of money.
'[Extended warranties and protection plans] make no rational sense,' Harvard economist David Cutler said. 'The implied probability [of an issue] has to be substantially greater than the risk that you can't afford to fix it or replace it. If you're buying a $400 item, for the overwhelming number of consumers that level of spending is not a risk you need to insure under any circumstances.'
...extended warranties play upon a basic human trait to avoid loss, even if it means sacrificing a possible future gain. In this case, the gain is all the other things of value that a consumer could buy with the money that was spent on a warranty
Fix your dings
Fix your dings and dents (if you want) as they come--maybe every spring. Fixing dings keeps your car looking pristine, and increases its value. But don't bother with a protection plan. Save your money.
Hold off on that paint job
Quality paintless dent repair is often a great substitute for those considering full paint jobs. Whenever possible, it's best to keep the original paint. Good PDR combined with a professional detail can restore vehicles to show room condition for less than $500.
Go with the best
Since 1983 Dent Wizard has been pioneering PDR technology. Their PDR technicians undergo extensive and ongoing training. The rates are reasonable and the quality is excellent. Always request a master PDR technician, as there are various levels of abilities.
Check with local dealers
Dealerships in your area may offer Dent Wizard. Your vehicle does not have to be of the same make as the dealership. In other words, you can bring your Chevy to a Ford dealer for PDR work.
Do it yourself paintless dent repair is easy.
No it 's not. It requires training, skill, and experience. There are many who practice PDR techniques who crack or flake the paint, or who create ripples in the metal.
The PDR products sold on TV do the same thing.
No! Not even close. There's no good substitute for the art of PDR.
Scratch and dent repair are the same thing.
No. A ding is a small dent, which can often be repaired via paintless dent repair procedures. A scratch is an actual break in the surface of the clear coat or paint, requiring traditional body shop techniques, or touch up paint.
It's easy to learn how to repair dents on cars.
Maybe for some, but it's a skill that few master. Dent Wizard offers a great training program. The management and staff are top notch.
What's the best car dent removing protection plan?
Money in your bank account!