Discovering that your car has been covered in multiple little dents as theresult of a hailstorm can be a frustrating experience – especially if there was no other noticeable damage to your vehicle before the storm.
The first step is to notify your insurance company – if you have comprehensive coverage, damage caused by hail will be covered. You agent will advise you on how to proceed with your claim. Ask if Confident PDR is one of their preferred suppliers for paintless dent repair. (We are an approved provider for all the major insurance companies).
As long as your vehicle meets a few simple criteria, there is a very good chance that it will be a candidate for paintless dent removal for hail damage.
Most cars that have been damaged by hail can be repaired with a process called paintless dent removal (PDR). This is true whether the dents are large or small. The main thing is that the paint has not been cracked or broken during the storm.
The paint finish on the car must also be durable and flexible – so cars must generally be from the 1990 model year or newer and not have had previous body work in the area of the dent to qualify. Finally, it is also important that the dent is not too close to the edge of the panel.
The main reason why this method is the preferred choice whenever it is possible is the “P” in PDR which stands for “paintless”. With conventional body work, a new piece of metal must often be welded into the spot where the dent was located or body filler must be used. This necessitates the need for a new paint job. Depending on your car’s finish, it may be difficult if not impossible to match to the original.
Re-painting lowers the value of your vehicle and often imperfections can be visible as the result of overspraying or inexact paint matches.
To maintain the value of your car, it is important to keep the original finish for as long as possible.
Compared to other types of dent repair, PDR is also comparatively less expensive and can be completed in a much shorter amount of time.
It is also a more environmentally friendly choice as there are no hazardous chemicals being used as a result of fillers and paints. And since replacement panels are not required, you won’t be sending scrap metal into our landfills either.