No matter how careful you are, it is hard to avoid ever getting a dent in your car. Whether it’s a careless driver, a runaway shopping cart or one of those mystery dents that seem to appear out of nowhere, dents happen to almost everyone eventually. These are four ways you can fix a dent in your vehicle.
1. Take Your Vehicle to a Body Shop
Scheduling your vehicle for professional dent repair is likely to produce the best results with the least risk of causing further damage to your car. Depending on what caused the damage, the cost of the repairs may be covered by your collision or comprehensive coverage. If cost is an issue, ask the shop about using used parts or paintless dent repair.
2. Use a Plunger
If you want to try to fix the problem yourself, you may be able to pop out a small to medium-sized dent with a plunger. Use a cup plunger intended for sinks and splash some water on the plunger and the dent and push and pull until the dent pops out.
3. Try a Hair Dryer and Compressed Air
If the dent is in an area made out of plastic material, try heating it with a hairdryer on its highest setting. Once the area is hot, spray it with a can of compressed air. The air from the can will cause the material to contract, which may pop out the dent.
4. Buy a Dent Removing Tool
If household objects aren’t getting the job done, consider purchasing a dent removing tool. Suction cup dent removers, such as the Pops-a-Dent, may be useful in popping out small dents.
Dents are an unfortunate fact of life for most vehicle owners. If you’re tired of driving around with an unsightly dent in your car, try using one of these four methods to fix it.