Read up on this little infographic we put together to help our customers make better decisions about what service the hire to work on their car truck or SUV. Not all paintless repair providers are equal.
So while shopping for a great deal on a used car, our friend Vickie finds an incredible deal on a used Chevy Equinox but the thing is, the car has been in a hail damage storm and is in need of some paintless dent repair.
Vickie looks past the dents and focuses on the price, which is really several thousand dollars below the next best price at another dealer. She decides to buy the car with the dents and it is what's considered an "as is " purchase.
What Vickie didnt realize is that the cost of repairing the dents in her newly purchased car will go with the car when she looks to sell the car in a few years. This is known as future loss of value.
The cost to repair the dents in her car is rightly $5,000. This amount will be deducted from the future value of the car when she trades it in or sells outright. The bottom line here is this, use caution and get repair estimates BEFORE you consider buying a hail damage car.
USA Today Suggests nearly 60% of auto outdoor claims were attributed from hail and hail storms. Also NOAA or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports up to one billion dollars a year in storm damage. SO the paintless dent industry is a billion dollar a year business. That is a lot of dent repair to keep up on.
Want to learn more about pricing and paintless dent removal in general, head-on over to our pricing page you will find a price guide we use to determine the cost of any given repair.
Winters are cold in western PA thats for sure. One thing you can count on in a cold climate is no thunderstorms. The dry air combined with low temperatures mean mother nature cannot brew up a hail storm that throws objects at your car.
Penn State wrote an article on the topic just last year. Highlighting the finer points of how a weather system develops and what it means when there is significant weather activity in your area.
Here in Pittsburgh, we have had significant hail storms just about every summer since at least 1998. Now our weather events pale in comparison to those in the tornado alley, as we are on the upper edge of that path. However we get just enough damage from hail storms that our area is within the hail damage rider category.
In 2012 North Versailles, PA and other surrounding communities were affected with so much hail damage to their homes and autos that new insured drivers now need additional coverage to protect from hail storms. hail damage is real in our community and we need to be ready to protect against it.
First things first, do NOT try and shield your car or truck during a hail storm. you can be seriously injured. What you can do is park under a canopy or in a garage. Look for overpasses or awnings to seek shelter. Pull over when its safe and wait it out. Its why we have insurance.
If you receive damage in the forms of bumps or dings on your car we can remove them using our paintless dent repair method. you will never worry about paint match or other related issues from a traditional body shop as we do not paint your car. We use the existing panel and paint to return your car to its pre damage condition. Check out some before and after photos. We have tons of videos to watch as well, these videos desdcrive the repair process and educate you on what happens during a repair and what you can expect from a high level company like Three Rivers Dent.
The list of paintless dent repair tools used in any given repair can be exhaustive. Check out our Tools page for more information on the tools we use and where we buy them from
The Chevrolet dealer called us with an emergency; they had a vehicle sold and it came off the car carrier with a dent in the hood. this car has high strength steel; its very difficult to remove dents from such and as a result is a little more expensive to repair.
The dent came out great and the customer took delivery of his car on time. This is a great example of why PDR is so superior to conventional body shop methods; the car w as repaired in hours not days. The factory finish is intact and there is no carafax report or potential for future loss of value. If you have dents like this don't hesitate to give us a call.
Yes, look closely and you will see a tiny crease that remains on the left and deepest part of the crease dent. This repair is an exception to our normal near perfect repairs. The customer refused to paint his car, and we initially turned down the job.
After some nudging and reconsideration, we came out on Saturday and spent the better part of the day working on this crease dent.
As we mentioned in several other posts regarding bumper repair, we find a way to get behind the bumper. sometimes we take it off, sometimes through the taillight and sometimes from underneath. Next we add some heat to the backside and push the dent out of the bumper from behind.
You can try this yourself, but if you do make sure you find the trapped pressure in the bumper before you begin. Usually it is at the crowning corner of the dent but sometimes it can be hiding inside a body line, such as the case here. If you aren't sure and want some free advice, just call anytime. You can send us a pic and we'll give our best advice on how to proceed.
Hello from Pittsburgh, PA! today we are talking about a Porsche 911 Carrera S. This is one fine automobile with just one, well two small problems; dents.
This client reached out to us from South Carolina or at least that is what the caller ID said. After speaking with him we identified the damage, and set an appointment to repair his baby.
He searched for over 1 year in an effort to find the right 911 Porsche that would satisfy his needs. This sample had just 2800 miles on the odometer and when our client was washing the car, the hose bib fell directly onto the top of the rear quarter panel.
He was clearly unsure of the merit of paintless dent repair but when we arrived on site at his home in Waterdam Commons in McMurray, PA I think his fears were put to rest.
It took just minutes to remove the tail light lens and gain access to the 2 dents. From there it didn't take long at all to get the Porsche 911 back to pre-damage condition. Our clients said and i quote "I'll be damned you really got them out, I can't believe it!"
Another win for paintless dent repair - Repaired by Justin Huffman
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Hello Pittsburgh! Today we bring you a mobile dent repair from a Dodge dealer in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. The truck was set to be delivered and on that day another customer backed into it leaving a massive dent in the bedside.
Normally a dent of this size would need a body shop repair however the dealer was wise to call us out for an inspection of the dent damage. It took right about 4 hours to make this repair happen. Be sure to click the HD button when you check out the video and leave a comment! Repaired in McMurray, PA by Justin Huffman
If you have damage like this, give us a call we can help 412-656-3368