Paintless Dent Repair
Paintless dent repair (PDR), also known as paintless dent removal, is a method of removing minor dents from your vehicle. PDR may be used on both aluminumand steel panels. The most common practical use for PDR is the repair of hail damage, door dings, minor creases, large dents, and body lines damage. The Dent Shop (469) 233-5880
What are the benefits of PDR?
There are many benefits to doing PDR over a conventual repair. Paintless Dent Repair is the closest you can get to the dent never happening in the first place. No grinding, bondo, fillers, or primers are needed because your original factory paint is not disturbed. In today’s cars paint colors are extremely complex, with the use of pearls and metallics and multiple coats, with Paintless Dent Repair you don’t have to worry about the possibility of color not perfectly matching. There are no problems with filler or paint shrinkage months after the repair as is typical with most body shop repairs. To most customers the most important benefit is cost, PDR is a bargain compared to conventional body repairs, and time savings is yet another advantage. That same dent can be fixed in less than an hour. A body shop will take 3 – 5 days or longer. The Dent Shop (469) 233-5880
Paintless Dent Repair in the U.S.
There is not enormous need for Paintless Dent Repair techs in the U.S. The PDR market is saturated right now with techs in most areas of the United States. This is true in both the wholesale and hail markets. Many paintless dent removal training schools tell you to look in the yellow pages to see how many techs are in your area. This will tell you nothing. Most techs don’t advertise in the Yellow Pages. Call a few car dealerships, or body shops in your area and ask them if they need the services of a PDR tech. They will probably tell you they already use one. In addition, do a google search on PDR companies in your area and see how many you come up with.
Many dealerships in saturated areas expect wholesale techs to work for $50 – $65 a car. Hail repair is not the “get rich quick” road it used to be either, with prices for hail work going down every season. In short, the glory days of wholesale and hail Paintless Dent Repair are over in the United States.
The only market that isn’t saturated with PDR techs in most areas of the U.S. is retail. However doing retail PDR takes business/sales skills as well as PDR skills, and the work quality shouldbe higher than most wholesale or hail techs can perform. Also, doing large dents by PDRis a new and very profitable part of this trade, but the skill level required for this is high, and few techs are doing it because of the skills and training required.
In some countries such as Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and others, a career in Paintless Dent Removal may well be worth looking into in wholesale, hail, and retail markets. PDR is still relatively unknown or just starting out in many areas of the world.
WHAT DOES R&I MEAN?
R&I is an acronym that stands for Remove and Installs. When a car starts the repair process, an R&I technician loosens and sometimes removes, the interior panels and parts to allow access to the underside of the metal panel. When the PDR repairs get completed, this technician replaces the parts and re-installs the interior panels (like the headliner and hood liner). Dent Shophas a Quality Control Process to ensure that all parts are replaced properly so that your vehicle is returned to you in the same condition as we received it.
♣ Pre-loss condition – The condition of a vehicle prior to hail damage including damage not caused by the hail storm.
♣ Supplement – Additional operations, parts or repair need necessary to complete the repair of the vehicle above the original estimate.
♣ PDR (Paintless Dent Repair) – A specialized and meticulous process returning dents to their original shape without having to replace or repair the metal surface.
♣ Conventional body repair – Using traditional body shop actions to replace or repair metal panels.
♣ R&I – An acronym that stands for “remove and installs.”