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The Truth About Paintless Dent Repair

Paintless dent repair (PDR) is an auto repair technique that restores the original appearance of a car at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional repair methods, all without compromising the structural integrity of the body.

So long as the paint isn’t broken, PDR can be used for everything from dents, dings, creases, and even hail damage to larger impacts to the panels. Even marks that you might think can’t be repaired without a replacement panel are often fixable with PDR.

Before you go with PDR for your next vehicle repair, you’ll want to know the truth about how it works and how to choose the best option available to you.

The Truth About Self Repairs

People who want to save as much money as possible and aren’t perfectionists when it comes to their car’s appearance may go the DIY route. While you can buy a DIY paintless repair kit and try to handle the repair yourself, it is highly recommended that you go to a professional if you want the job done properly. It is usually not a good idea to try out your skills on your damaged car.

Along with missing the necessary skill to perform the repairs properly, DIY tools are limited when compared to those of a professional. A professional PDR technician will have dozens if not hundreds of dent repair tools. These tools are each specialized for different applications, different bumps, and different creases on different panels, corners, and cavities.

In short, PDR technicians spend countless hours refining their skills and discovering the best tools for each unique kind of dent. If you want your car to look the same as it did before it was damaged, choosing a professional technician is always a better choice than DIY repair.

The Truth About Mobile Operators

The same applies to mobile operators that will do quick repairs at your home or workplace. While some may have experience and the right tools to do the job, these repairs are often rushed, making it difficult to restore your vehicle to its pre-damage condition.

The Truth About Insurance Repair Centers

There are a lot of pop-up repair centers out there that employ cheap labor to cut their costs as much as possible. Insurance companies often choose to work with these shops because they are able to get the work done for the lowest possible price.

The result is a poor experience for you as the customer, as unskilled labor almost always leads to a low-quality repair. You may even see push marks and other imperfections clearly showing that a repair was attempted, but not successful. With a skilled PDR technician, your vehicle will look exactly the way it did before the damage occurred.

You should always check with your insurance provider to see if you can choose your technician. If your insurance company lets you choose your tech or shop, you should do your own research to find a skilled technician with a history of good results.

Never Ignore Hail Damage

If your car has experienced any hail damage and you have yet to make an insurance claim or have it repaired, you should take care of it quickly.

This is because if you’re involved in an accident and there is unknown pre existing damage to your vehicle that you haven’t declared to your insurance company, they may have grounds to refuse to pay for your repairs. 

Repairing hail damage is quick and affordable with PDR. It is a safer choice to take care of it when you can to prevent a bigger issue down the road.

Why PDR is the Preferred Choice

Paintless dent repair performed by a specialized technician offers many advantages compared to traditional bodywork or repairs performed by insurance centers or yourself. 

Here are some of the advantages of professional paintless dent repair.


Traditional bodywork can be expensive. PDR on the other hand is very affordable which is one of the biggest reasons it continues to grow in popularity.

Because it is so affordable, you can get a quality repair from an experienced professional at a great price without having to worry about your paint job.

PDR Does Not Affect Resale Value

PDR will help retain the value of your vehicle by completely removing dents and dings as if they never happened. It is the least invasive repair method and–when performed by a skilled professional–does not cause any other damage to your vehicle.

The Dents Are Gone for Good

When performed correctly, PDR is a permanent fix. Because it involves reshaping metal, some people believe that over time the dent could pop back in, however, this is not the case.

Once the damaged panel has been repaired, it will have the same strength that it had before the dent occurred.

Contact JM Dent Repair For Professional PDR

Despite all your efforts to protect your investment, dents are sometimes simply out of your control. Don’t worry — at JM Dent Repair, we know how much it means to you to get your car looking new again, and that’s why we’re trusted in the Lafayette area for affordable paintless dent repair.

Paintless dent repair eliminates the worry of a color mismatch or uneven fading, and preserves your vehicle’s appearance and resale value. If you’re driving a leased vehicle, it also helps you avoid expensive “wear and tear charges” on your lease return. Contact us for a quote and see why we’re the best around.

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