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Paintless dent repair Tonganoxie KS

What is paintless dent repair?

The technique of Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) is a low-cost, fast, and efficient repair method that restores the body of your car to factory-like conditions in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. This technique can be used to remove dings, dents, and even hail damage from vehicles. There are four primary steps to paintless dent repair, listed below:

  • Assess the damage
  • Gain entry to the dent
  • Get a better look at the dent
  • Apply slow pressure to work out the dent

Learn more about these four steps below.

How does paintless dent repair at L&D Auto Specialists near Tonganoxie KS work?

The PDR process and technique used at L&D Auto Specialists is provided below:

  • Assess the damage -- Any repair process begins with assessing the damage. How do we reach the dent? Where is it located? How big is the dent? After diagnosis and determining if the dent can be effectively removed with PDR (which is common for up to 90% of dent removals), we prepare the area around the dent for repair.
  • Gain entry to the dent -- Most PDR cases require you to gain access to the backside of the dent, so we will need to carefully remove body panels, taillights, or others up the interior of the vehicle. For PDR to work we need a path through the dent. As soon as we have access to a dent, it's time to repair it with a PDR process. It's at this point that the precision and expertise of our technicians come into play.
  • Get a better look at the dent -- Using a special light board, our technicians are able to view the dent more clearly from his or her own point of view. A shadow of the dent appears on the board, which shows the technician where to place tools on the backside of the dent to massage it back to its original condition.
  • Apply slow pressure to work out the dent -- A special tool is then used to massage the exterior back to its original position. In some cases, the PDR process can be completed within one business day, depending on the degree of damage. The final results are outstanding even more so considering the fact that this process is non-invasive and quick.

What kind of damage can be repaired using PDR at L&D Auto Specialists near Tonganoxie KS?

PDR is a repair technique that restores vehicles to their factory condition quickly and efficiently. If the paint is not damaged, it may be possible to repair the dent, ding, or crease using PDR. The typical applications include:

  • Hail damage
  • Gravel, pebbles, and road debris damage
  • Parking accidents
  • Bumped car doors
  • Fender benders and minor collision repair
  • Bodylines damage
  • Dents and dings of varying sizes

This dent removal method can also be combined with 'push to paint’ or ‘push to prep' processes. PDR is used here to smooth out the damaged panel before it is repainted. By using this technique, the body filler used for the repair is reduced.

What can't be fixed with paintless dent repair at L&D Auto Specialists near Tonganoxie KS?

This method cannot fix all damage. For example, it is not recommended for scrapes and abrasions that have damaged the surface of the paint. This applies to paint chips, cracks, bubbles, peeling, and dings caused by shopping carts, rocks, or keys. A touch-up or repaint is needed if the paint finish has become compromised in order to protect the metal of the car body and prevent rust.

Repairing dents depends on two things: quality of the paint currently on the car body and severity of the impact. Deeper indents and pits might require more invasive repair techniques, since the vehicle's metal has been stretched further.

How long does paintless dent repair take at L&D Auto Specialists near Tonganoxie KS?

Most paintless dent repairs are completed the same day, making them very time efficient. The length of the process will vary, however, depending on damages such as size, location, and number of dents or dings. Generally, hail damage may require several days to completely remove the damage from the surface of the vehicle.

What are the differences between paintless dent repair and traditional dent repair?

Paint or body filler is used in traditional auto body dent repair to fill in dents, which is then painted to match the rest of the vehicle's exterior. A process such as this can make a car look brand new, but it does not address the actual dents in a way that is a sustainable, long-term solution. Additionally, it's time-consuming, expensive, and can have a negative impact on the resale value of your vehicle.

On the other hand, paintless dent repair does not require fillers or sanding. People are realizing that PDR is a low-cost and effective alternative to having their minor repairs performed in a body shop. Compared to traditional dent repair methods, PDR is a much more affordable and convenient way to care for your vehicle's exterior.

Advantages of choosing paintless dent repair at L&D Auto Specialists near Tonganoxie KS

To remove damage from a car without undergoing extensive bodywork requires skill and precision, so you need to select a reputable, experienced auto body shop for the job. PDR can have some nice benefits if done correctly, such as:

  • Significant cost savings. Due to the absence of body filler, sanding, and repainting, PDR can cost considerably less than traditional body work.
  • Greater convenience. Paintless dent repair could be finished within a few hours, depending on the extent of the damage.
  • Vehicle value retention. When it comes time to sell, cars with an original paint job are usually worth more.
  • No issues with color matching. Since no painting is needed, there's no risk of an inaccurate color match.

How much does it cost at L&D Auto Specialists near Tonganoxie KS?

Although paintless dent repair can be a cheap way to get good looking results, the cost can vary a lot. It normally costs $75 to $125 for small dings. Repairing larger damages, such as collision dents, can cost between $150 and $450. Hail damage that covers large parts of the car can cost up to $2,500. The price difference depends on the following factors.

  • Extent of the damage -- The number of panels which require dent repair – as well as the extent of any dents in any one panel – will impact the estimated cost.
  • Size of the dent -- In the automobile industry, techs are trained to use coins to indicate dent damage. The size of the impact visible on a dime, nickel, quarter, or larger helps us estimate the cost to fix it. Additionally, the depth of the indentation can affect repair costs.
  • Location of the dent -- Also important is the location of the dent based on which body panel and where on the panel it is located. For example, dents closer to the edge of the panel take longer to fix.

Vehicles serviced

Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:

Foreign cars:

Import european cars:

  • BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Fiat, VolksWagen (VW), Volvo, Mini Cooper, Saab, SmartCar, Porsche, Masterati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lotus

Japanese and asian cars:

  • Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kia.

Domestic cars:

  • Ford: Lincoln, Mercury, Continental.
  • General Motors: Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer.
  • Chrysler: Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, and Ram Trucks.

About Tonganoxie KS

Tonganoxie KS

Tonganoxie is a city in Leavenworth County, Kansas and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area within the United States. As of 2010, its population was 4,996, approximately double the population recorded in the 2000 census.

Tonganoxie was platted in 1866. It was named for a local Native American Chief from the Delaware Tribe whose name means "shorty" in the Delaware language. Tonganoxie was incorporated as a city in the late 1870s.

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L&D Auto is THE BEST Auto shop in town! They are professional in every way. Jose will go out of his way to meet your schedule needs. The specialists are very knowledgeable and thorough. They only do services that are necessary and let me know when upcoming work may be needed. Thanks L&D for providing outstanding auto and customer service!

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