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What Is Paintless Dent Repair?

Paintless dent repair, hail damage repair on car

What is paintless dent repair, how does it work, and how much does it cost? Do you need an expert like the team here at Ferrari Lake Forest to complete PDR for you? You aren’t alone if you’re asking yourself these questions soon after discovering a minor dent on your vehicle. With something like a Ferrari, you want it to look great all of the time.



Plenty of other people have heard about paintless dent repair (PDR) and have many questions about how the process works. So, what is paintless dent repair? Essentially, PDR restores a car’s body to factory-like condition without the high costs of fixing a dent using more traditional methods. It’s mainly used for dents and dings, body creases, and hail damage. Our team of experts gives you some answers in our brief guide. 

How Paintless Car Dent Repair Works

Wherever you take your vehicle when needing car dent repair, a technician is going to accomplish it in much the same way. A dent repair technician will generally complete the following steps:

  • Assess the Damage: Paintless dent removal fixes dents and dings from behind, so a technician will start by looking at the area to determine the best way to smooth out the dent. Everything from size to location will be assessed to determine how to remove the damage via PDR.
  • Access the Dent from Behind: In most cases, PDR happens behind the dent. Body panels and possible lights and interior panels will need to be removed to create a pathway to the dent. Technicians will use special light boards to get a perfect look at the offending damage. Shadows show exactly where pressure needs to be applied to push the dent out.
  • Apply Gentle Pressure to the Dent: Your technician will use special tools to gently massage the exterior panel back to its original position. This can usually be completed as a same-day service, though more severe dents may require more time. This process works because modern car panels are somewhat flexible, even if they are made of durable metal to help protect the occupants.

How Much Does Dent Repair Cost?

It depends on the extent of the damage. It could cost anywhere from $50 to upwards of $3,000. Paintless dent repair is typically much less expensive than traditional dent repair methods because there’s less labor involved. However, this is also an advantage because the panel can be fixed without needing paint vs. having to use body filler, sand, and paint.

Why Look to a Professional for Paintless Dent Removal?

You can certainly tackle PDR by yourself but it’s often not recommended due to the complexity of some PDR jobs. Having some auto maintenance and repair experience helps but it’s usually too difficult of a job for the average person to handle.

Therefore, it’s generally smarter to trust a professional to get this job done. Here are three main reasons why you should take your vehicle to a technician for paintless dent repair:

  • Professionals use the latest tools to diagnose the problem and make repairs.
  • Professionals are unlikely to cause more damage, such as breaking a trim panel.
  • Professionals are more likely to get your car looking like new instead of just better than before the dent occurred.

Find Out More About How Paintless Dent Removal Works With Ferrari Lake Forest

If you need a dent fixed, please don’t hesitate to schedule service with Ferrari Lake Forest today. We want you to have the best-looking vehicle in your garage and on Minneapolis, MN streets. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us or call (847) 295-6560. 

We’re happy to help in any way as part of the friendliest Ferrari service and collision center in the Lake Bluff area. We’re just a quick drive from Chicago and Indianapolis, IN.

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