Why Estimating the Cost of PDR is Not Done by Size Alone

June 28, 2012

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There are several factors involved in estimating the cost of Paintless Dent Repair (PDR).

Size
Depth
Location
Access

Size: We first look to the size of the dent to determine cost. I will often use objects to compare the size of the dent to.
A US quarter is 1 inch.
A golf ball would be about a 1.75 inch dent.
A credit card is about 2×3 inches.
A baseball is 3 inches.
A softball is 4 inches.
A US 1 Dollar bill is 6 inches.

The cost to repair dents with paintless dent removal between these sizes start at $75 for a small dime size door ding to over $300 for larger dents.

Depth: This is one area that is often overlooked when estimating the cost to remove dents with PDR. When most people look at the dent on their car, they tend to look at it straight on. It is best to look at the dent from a 45 degree angle to also determine the depth and the “repercussion” area. This is the area that extends outside the initial impact area of the dent. This way when we estimate the size of the dent we also take into account this larger area. Using the objects from above as an example, the quarter would have to completely cover the dent, not just the impact area, without extending past the outside of the quarter.

I will discuss the location of a dent and the access needed to remove it in another post.

The dent above was repaired for a customer for an auto body shop in Forest Lake Minnesota.
This dent was about the size of a golf ball and was also deeper than a normal door ding.

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