Have you ever walked out to your car as you leave the grocery store, only to find a fresh dent in the side of your vehicle? It’s a frustrating issue far too many go through. Or maybe you were in a minor accident and your vehicle sustained some paneling damage you’ll need to have repaired. But what’s the best, most cost-effective way to go about doing this? Our team of expert mechanics here at Brown’s Collision Center will help pinpoint the different options you have and what might be the best way to restore your vehicle to its pre-accident design with professional dent repair.
Pull It Out
Steel and plastics that are used in vehicles have a design memory. This means the material will naturally want to be pulled back to its original, formed shape. If the panel hasn’t been cracked or split, this may be an option. Dent repairs such as this require a specific amount of pressure to be applied to the damaged area where the indented panel is then pulled out. This method only works in certain situations!
With a filler, you’ll be able to have smaller dents filled in. This is when the structural integrity of the vehicle is not at risk and when replacing the panels simply isn’t necessary. A filler is usually used for smaller dents, but as all dent repairs are a bit different, it’s necessary to look into each repair differently.
The filler will be applied to the dent and then sanded down to match the contour of the vehicle. It will then be painted to give you a completely natural look. Nobody will know filler has been applied to this area of the vehicle.
Replacing The Panel
When the dent can’t be pulled out and it’s either too large to be filled or filling it will damage the structural integrity, you’ll need to replace the panel. When replacing the panel, you have three options.
First, you can go with the factory OEM part. Short for the original equipment manufacturer, an OEM part comes from the manufacturers who made the parts for the original factory build. This will give you a like-new panel. It ensures the best fit and design, but it will also be the most expensive option.
Third-party replacement parts are often available. These parts are helpful and often it’s difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between it and OEM. As long as the material grades are as high-end as the OEM, this is a viable option that’s also often less expensive.
The third option is to find a replacement part at a local vehicle junkyard. These are used parts, but often in excellent condition. You can land these parts for a fraction of the price.
All Your Dent Repairs Are Handled Here At Brown’s
If you’ve been involved in an accident or you’ve had a dent in the side of your vehicle for some time, there’s never been a better time to have it repaired and restored than right now. It doesn’t matter if the dent can be repaired using some dent filler, if it can be pulled out, or if the panel needs to be replaced, there are plenty of options for you. We’ll go over the possibilities, point out the costs, and discuss how it may affect your vehicle performance. From there we’ll move forward with the best dent repairs possible. All you need to do is give our staff here at Brown’s Collision Center a call at your earliest convenience.