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How Much Does Paintless Dent Repair Cost?

Updated: Jun 9

Factors that influence paintless dent repair cost

Regardless of whether your car is being fixed in a traditional body shop, garage, or even at your home—the bill you’ll receive at the end will generally be dictated by how labor-intensive the work is. 

Generally speaking, this means the length of time it takes to complete the repair, which is usually dictated by the complexity of the repair itself. 

There are a few main things that influence this:

Size and depth of the damage

When it comes to evaluating a vehicle’s damage, a technician will want to talk about how big and deep those dents are. A tiny shopping cart ding might be a super-quick fix, like changing a light bulb, while a larger baseball-sized dent is obviously more likely to require more time and effort—and therefore yield a higher labor cost. 

Some car dent repair specialists may even measure the dent to give an indication of costs, which is often broken down on an inch-by-inch basis. 

Paintless dent repair was able to bring this classic back to original form
Mercedes SL 500 Large Dent

Removal and installation

Dent removal is a specialist practice that could involve more invasive techniques to get the repair done. This includes the nitty-gritty of taking stuff apart and putting it back together. 

Sometimes, reaching those dents means undertaking a little car surgery, like removing door trim panels or popping off hoods. It's like solving a puzzle—the more pieces we have to remove and reinstall, the longer it takes, and the more it’s likely to cost. 

Location of the damage

Some dings and dents can wind up in the most annoying places. If they're dug into a body line or hiding in a hard-to-reach spot, it’s again more likely that repair work will take longer or require more invasive methods (just like removal and installation). 

Fortunately, in most cases, PDR is much less invasive than other traditional repair methods anyway, so in most cases you won’t need to worry too much about racking up these types of repair costs. 

Car make/model

From Honda to Chevrolet, different makes and models can have their quirks, almost like how some cars prefer premium fuel to regular. This probably isn’t the most common differentiator in terms of price, but it sometimes can have a bearing on how the repair work is approached. Metal alloys, paint quality, and age can all make removing dents more or less difficult. 

For example, if your car has damage on parts made of aluminum or ‌high-strength steel, these things can also add another layer of complexity—but rest assured, it by no means indicates that anything is irreparable. 

Method applied

Regarding paintless dent repair (PDR) in particular, there are a few different techniques that can be used depending on the nature of the damage. For example, some approaches may involve specialist glue to pull the dent out, which normally adds to the overall cost. 

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Hail damage repair can often be a different costing conversation altogether for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, one hailstorm can leave your car looking like it took a beating from every angle. And, when there are multiple dents to fix, the cost of the job (assuming it’s undertaken in one sitting) starts to add up. 

Each dent might require its own bespoke approach to fix, so the more dents, the more time and effort it takes to get your car looking like new again. As we touched on earlier, a few small dings might be a quick fix, but if your car's covered in bigger dents, you’ll want to make sure each gets the right type of treatment. 

Some technicians may provide multi-dent pricing rather than simply charging for each in isolation, so it’s worth keeping that in mind if you’re concerned about how pricey your final bill is likely to end up.  

Does insurance cover paintless dent repair cost?

First of all, paintless dent removal is the preferred method by all insurance companies and all auto manufacturers. If the damage is the result of a covered peril, like a hailstorm or a fender bender, there's a good chance your insurance will foot the bill. But, it's always a good idea to double-check your policy or chat with your insurance provider to see what's covered and what's not.

Depending on your policy, you may have to pay your deductibles before your insurance covers the rest of the repair costs. So, before you start counting on your insurance to cover the full bill, make sure you're aware of these deductibles. In most cases, the cost of repair is likely to be less than your actual deductible, so your insurance probably won’t even enter the equation anyway. 

The importance of getting a cost estimate

Think of it like mapping out your road trip. You wouldn't hit the highway without knowing how much gas you'll need, and the same goes for dent repair.

Dropping off your car at a traditional body shop for what you think will be a quick fix, only to get hit with a hefty bill at the end can be a rude awakening. That's why getting a cost estimate upfront is key. It gives you a clear picture of what to expect and helps avoid any nasty surprises down the road. So, before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you're armed with all the info you need to make an informed decision.

Getting a cost estimate isn't just about the bottom line, either—it's also about understanding the scope of the repairs, knowing where you stand, what to expect, and feeling confident that you're making the right decision for your car. 

When you choose King's Ding Repair, we’re more than happy to give you an upfront estimate before tackling any repair work. Simply start with a quote, leaving your name, number, email, and a quick message to summarize the damage. 

You can even take a few pictures and send them to us via text message if that’s easier. Just make sure any pictures you take are as clear and close up as possible, so we can give you the most accurate estimate. Alternatively, if you have any general queries related to our pricing or details about our services, feel free to reach out online or by phone, and we’ll be pleased to answer any questions. 

With mobile dent repair at your convenience, we're committed to providing you with the best possible experience from start to finish. So, if you’re based in Yorktown, VA, or any of the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. 

Ever scratched your head wondering whether that annoying dent on your car is going to cause an equally annoying dent to your pocket?

The good news is that most dents and dings are perfectly fixable, but some might be more expensive to repair than others. Since the approach to paintless dent repair (PDR) can vary depending on a variety of factors, it’s difficult to pluck an exact price out of thin air without taking a detailed look at your vehicle and the bespoke nature of any damage. So instead, here we’re going to discuss the different variables that sway pricing and hopefully give you a more transparent view on what to expect. 

We’ll also discuss the part your insurance can play in helping to cover costs and why it's crucial to get a professional opinion and cost estimate before you agree to any repair work.

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Mercedes Benz left door after repair

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