If you have been in a car accident, then you probably have damage to your vehicle. While you may be willing to drive around in a tarnished car, that may not be an option and even if you can, it is not a good idea. The reason you may have to fix your car is that some insurance companies will not give you a check. Instead, they will give it to whichever auto body shop you choose to use as a way to pay for repairs. Not only that, but if you are leasing a vehicle or have not finished paying off the loan you may be forced to have it fixed. Therefore, you will need to decide on the type of repair to have done.
After a close examination of the damage, the technician at the auto body shop will be able to tell you if he or she can use one of their many tricks to repair your car. If so, once they are finished you will never know anything happened to your car. Some of the dent removal techniques that they use include suction and pulling.
If your mechanic does whatever is necessary in order to repair the damage without repainting, then the process is known as Paintless Dent Repair. This technique approaches the damaged areas from the inside and the dents get pushed out. The technician must be careful not to push the dent too far in the opposite direction. Bear in mind that you cannot simply stick your hand in and push out a dent as there are other body panels in the way and it is not just one thin sheet of metal that protects the inside from the outside.
However, if your car has dents that are deep or broad, along with additional problems, then your car will probably not be a candidate for this process as it will probably need some repainting. If that is the case, then it is best to find an auto body shop that offers paint matching services. They are able to find the exact shades that the manufacturers used originally. Not only that, but deep dents may also require the use of fillers, as well as sanding tools or more in order to restore your car to its original look.
While PDR is an excellent option, there are times when it is easier to replace the broken parts than fix the damage. This is true when the damage is more than superficial or the structure of your vehicle has been compromised. Your technician may also suggest that replacing a panel would be a more elegant solution than trying to fix the damage. This is especially true if the dents are all located primarily on one panel. It is a good idea to ask what is the least expensive option. You should also enquire as to which one will take less time to complete you probably either want or need your car back sooner rather than later.