Ready to get those dents and dings out of your vehicle? Before you take your car into the shop, you should know a little bit about your options. There are a couple of different ways that an auto body shop can go about your repairs. PDR and bodywork are both great ways to repair your vehicle depending on the severity of the dent.
What is PDR?
PDR or Paintless Dent Repair refers to the process of fixing dents and other damage without compromising the original paint job of the car. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) can be used to fix anything from minor hail damage and door dings to larger dents. As long as the damage isn’t extensive, and hasn’t already damaged the paint, PDR can be a great option.
To perform Paintless Dent Repair, the technician needs to create a pathway to the dent. In most cases, PDR requires access to the back side of the dent, which means some components of the vehicle will have to be removed. This can include the taillights, body panels, or even interior panels of the car. Special tools are then utilized to carefully massage the exterior back to its original position. Paintless Dent Repair requires no fillers and no sanding. This way no re-painting (and re-painting costs) are required.
Many consumers prefer this process because it is cost effective as well as more environmentally friendly since it requires little to no chemicals. PDR can’t be used for all repairs. If you have extensive damage, or your paint job has already been compromised, this may not be the best option.
What is Auto Body Work?
Auto body work refers to the repair of any of the exterior physical components of your vehicle. This can include paint repair, dent repair, glass repair, and frame straightening. Traditional auto body dent repair works by filling in auto body dents with paint or body filler, which is then matched to the rest of the vehicle’s exterior. While this process can make a vehicle appear as good as new, it doesn’t actually address the dent underneath. This makes it a less-sustainable option when it comes to repairing dents for the long-term. This style of repair can also negatively affect the resale value of your car.
The cost of traditional dent repair can quickly add up. If the paint job of your car has been damaged, an auto body technician will have to create a perfect match to repaint it. This can add time and cost to your dent repair.
While both methods will remove your dents, more and more consumers are finding PDR to be an effective and inexpensive alternative for minor damage removal. Paintless Dent Repair offers more for your money than traditional dent repair methods and is a great way to care for the condition of your vehicle’s exterior in an affordable way. Breezy Point Auto Body specializes in both PDR and traditional auto body work. If you are looking for an auto body shop in the Stratford, CT area, give us a call!