When looking to get paintless dent repair (PDR) done in Minnesota, you want it to be easy.

Well at Excel Dent Removal we want to make the process easy for you to get those dings and small shopping cart dents removed from your car.

Check out this video to see how easy it can be.

Did Your Car Get a Dent?

Fix it with Paintless Dent Repair in 3 Easy Steps

1. Contact Excel Dent Removal

It’s Easy to get a Free Estimate and Schedule an Appointment

2. Bring in Your Car for Repair

then sit back and Relax while the repairs are made

3. Feel Satisfied knowing your car is New again

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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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There are a few things you should know before taking your car in for a hail damage estimate. Whether you are taking it to the insurance company or a dent repair shop for the hail dent estimate.

First would be to have the exterior of your car clean and dry. This is so that the person looking at your vehicle will not miss any of the hail dents or damage to the panels. If your car is dirty, hail dents and other damage may not be noticed. This will cause a need to supplement the insurance company for the additional dent repairs needed, delaying the time needed for hail damage repair to your car.

Second, in what conditions is your vehicle being looked at? If your hail damaged vehicle is being estimated outside in the sun, you will not be able to see all of the hail dents. In order to see all the dents, the car should be in the shade or it would be best to be inside. A proper reflection is also needed to see all the hail dents. * See the picture below * A proper reflection and lighting will help with the hail damage estimate.

Proper reflection lighting for hail estimating

Third, be sure to know that the dent repair shop is experienced with hail damage estimating. They should know the “limits” of what can be repaired with paintless dent repair. They should also know what to look for if the vehicle has had other major body repairs. If your car has had previously been repaired and painted with conventional auto body repair, paintless dent repair may not be able to be used on those damaged panels. They should be able to look for damage to the paint from the hail. If the hail dent falls on the edge of a panel, it may have put a stress crack in the paint. That panel then would need to be repainted.

Be sure that the insurance company or repair shop explains the estimate to you. You should know what repairs are being done to your vehicle.

You can get some great information about paintless dent repair and hail damage repair from the National Alliance of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians. They have a FAQ about Hail Damage and Info About Hail Repair.

Here is a great article about Proper Paintless Dent Repair Estimating. It is from Autoinc.org an online magazine published for the ASA (Automotive Service Association).

If you have any questions about your hail damage estimate, we would be happy to help you.

We are able to work with your insurance company to be sure that your car is restored to its pre-damaged condition.

Contact Us for your Free Hail Estimate.

If you just recently noticed that dent on your car or if it has been there for a while. You may be wondering, how much will it cost to have that ding removed?

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Paintless Dent Repair Estimate Guide

We have a guide that you can use to estimate a price range for paintless dent repair.

 

This guide will give you an idea on the average price for pdr for dents from one to six inches. You can see that a dent that is less than one inch is $95. A door ding that is one inch will be $150. Then we will continue to add $50 per inch in size of the damage

When using the guide, the price for dent repair is priced per panel on the vehicle. When removing dents on the same panel the price for additional dents can be discounted.

This estimate guide is just that, a guide. There are other factors that go into estimating the cost of paintless dent repair. We also take into account the depth of the dent. If a dent is deeper than average, causing the metal to be stretched more than normal. We may also need to remove interior panels or taillights to access the panels for a proper repair. All of these factors may increase the amount of the repair.

There are times that the repair may cost less than what the guide shows. The dent may be larger, but if it is easy to access and is not a sharp dent or creased. We will give a lower price.

If the vehicle has hail damage, there is a different estimating guide used. We have a system that takes into account the size, depth, and amount of the dents per panel. We then have a formula that will give a price per panel. This formula is a combination of years of experience repairing and estimating hail and the pricing guidelines set by the insurance companies.

Check out our Paintless Dent Repair site to contact us for a Free Vehicle Inspection to have your dents removed.