Paintless Dent Repair or PDR is the process of repairing a dent in an automobile without having to replace any parts or affect the factory finish.
Many folks still don’t know about this method and don’t know the true value of what it means when a high quality technician can restore the body of your car while maintaining it’s factory parts and paint.
Here’s what a typical body shop repair process looks like:
Estimate damage for repair or replacement
If repair then:
A. Paint is ground off of the damaged area
B. Metal is pulled/hammered back into relative shape
C. Body filler (bondo) is applied to any areas that aren’t perfect
D. Body filler is sanded to the finished shape
E. Panel’s that are affected and adjacent panels are then repainted
If panel is replaced then:
A. Parts are ordered (may take days or weeks to receive)
B. Damaged parts are removed
C. New parts are installed
D. New parts and adjacent panels are repainted
This process results in the loss of value on your vehicle due to the fact that the original parts and paint have been altered.
This repair also has the potential to generate a vehicle history report such as CARFAX*.
In comparison, this is what a typical high quality PDR repair looks like:
A. An estimate is written including all factors and operations.
B. Vehicle is repaired without replacing parts or paint.
C. No vehicle history report is generated while restoring the value of your car.
THE DENT IS REMOVED
THE ORIGINAL PARTS AND PAINT REMAIN
THERE IS NO LOSS OF VALUE
NO VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT IS GENERATED
Best of all this work can be done in a matter of hours to just a few days instead of weeks at a bodyshop.
As you can see, the true value of PDR is greater than most people understand.
Without considering all of the factors that can affect your vehicle and it’s value, you cannot realize the value that high quality PDR offers.
I hope this sheds some light on what PDR can do for you.
Wishing you many dent-free days…but if you get a dent, Don’t paint your car! Try PDR.
What is the real value of PDR? By Paul Kordon