What is Paintless Dent Repair?

Paintless dent repair, hail damage repair on car

Despite your best efforts to keep your vehicle in perfect condition, dents and dings are bound to happen as you drive around Carroll. And that’s completely okay! Whether it’s from weather damage like hail, getting grazed by another vehicle in a tight parking space, or running too close to the curb once in a while, little dents and imperfections are annoying but easily fixable.



The easiest (and cheapest!) way to get a dent out of your vehicle is through a process called paintless dent repair, or PDR, from a reputable collision repair shop like those offered by Macke Motors, Inc.! The service team at Macke Motors, Inc. has all the details on paintless dent repair, including how it works and how much you can expect to pay for it, in the guide below.

Paintless Car Dent Repair Basics

Paintless car dent repair works exactly as the name suggests– it’s a handy method that service technicians use to remove dents and dings from your vehicle without damaging the exterior paint. However, since there’s no repainting involved, this method isn’t feasible for heavier-duty damage that has scratched off the paint finish or made a deep abrasion on your vehicle exterior.

Here’s a quick overview of the repair process:

  1. The technician will gain access to the point of damage by removing any necessary parts of your vehicle like a window or a back panel.
  2. The technician will inspect and assess the level of damage to determine what kind of tools to use and how to best get the dent or ding out of your vehicle.
  3. The technician will use a specialized set of tools to “massage” the dent out of the damaged area and smooth it back to normal.
  4. The technician will replace any parts they removed. You’re ready to get back on the Fort Dodge roads!

How Much Does Dent Repair Cost?

Now that we’ve gone over how paintless car dent repair works, you’re probably asking yourself, “How much does dent repair cost?” After all, if a dent or ding is minor enough, you might think that it’s a better idea to pass on service and leave the imperfection in place.

However, there’s no need to worry–since there’s no need to repaint your vehicle or perform more invasive repairs, PDR is actually quite affordable. In fact, it’s probably the most affordable type of repair you can make on your vehicle, since the service team won’t have to replace any parts or replace the exterior paint finish.

There’s no set price for paintless dent repair, but service experts generally agree that repairing a small ding will cost you anywhere from $75 to $125. More significant damage is naturally more expensive to repair, running from $150 to $450. Our service team can give you a more specific estimate once we assess the damage to your vehicle. It’s also likely that your insurance will cover some or all of the cost of car dent repair.

Turn to Macke Motors, Inc. For Paintless Dent Repair!

If you’ve recently suffered minor paintless damage to your vehicle and need to get it repaired, just schedule a service appointment with Macke Motors, Inc. and we’ll get you all set in no time. You can also browse our selection of service specials to make sure that you’re getting what you need for your vehicle for far less. If you’ve still got any questions, then don’t hesitate to contact us!


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