What does a high quality dent repair cost?
There are many factors that a qualified PDR technician must take into consideration before applying his magic touch to any dent, not least:
- the diameter of the dent
- the depth of the damage
- the equation between diameter and depth
- the stretch and scarring within the damage
- the location of the damage on the panel
- the availability of access to the back of the dent
- the make and model of the car
- the material used to form the body panels
- the colour of the paint
- the age and originality of the paint
- what caused the dent
- the outside temperature on the day the damage occurred and the day it’s repaired.
Because all of these factors play a part in the repair process, each dent is as individual as a fingerprint.
Whilst two dents may look very similar, they will present very different challenges for the technician and require a very different approach to achieve a top quality repair. On that basis, the price brackets below are for GUIDE PURPOSES ONLY and ultimately the attending technician is going to be best placed to advise for the best outcome on your vehicle.
If you are looking for the cheapest dent repair, then please keep on Googling!
If you need a top quality repair with tremendous levels of service then read on...
Types of dents
Non Complex – Dings And Dents
From £75 -£200
Non complex dents should in theory be the most straightforward to repair.
They would generally be fairly round in shape and located on a gently curved part of the panel and not have significant depth. They would not be the type of dent that you can feel with your hand, but are easily visible when you look at a reflection in the panel.
The reason for there being such a wide variance in the price is predominantly due to the work that may be involved in gaining access behind the damage. Unforeseen obstructions such as crash-bars, strengthening sections or even sound deadening material will demand a different approach to getting the perfect repair.
From £95 -£350
Apart from being more severe than non complex damage, there will be more defined and often creased shapes within the dent. Often located around swage lines, complex damage will require far more working from the outside of the panel in order to de-stress the metal prior to applying a series of lifts using multi textured rods or levers from behind the damage.
From £350 - £2500
Special projects often involve multiple panel repairs and can have many causes, but are often the result of vandalism (such as someone running over the car) or even hailstones.
Rectification of this type of damage requires the highest skill levels combined with cutting edge tooling and a massive amount of patience.