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Repairing dents and scratches

I have three teenage children, so our second car is constantly getting scratched and dents. I can't take it in every week to get repaired so I need to have a good relationship with my local auto body repairer. They know me really well, and they give me some little decant pots so I can at least do some small repairs at home to make sure the car body doesn't get damaged while I'm waiting to get into the auto painters. This blog is all about avoiding car damage when there isn't time to get small dents and scratches repaired.

Two Situations in Which You Should Get the Dents in Your Car Repaired Promptly

Whilst you might be quite happy to drive around in a dented car, there are situations in which it may be necessary to get this damage repaired promptly. Here are two such situations.

You're planning to sell the car soon

If you are planning to sell your car in the near future, then it would be wise to have any dents in its body fixed by a car dent repair specialist as soon as possible.

Whilst you might feel that it is a waste of money to pay for repair work to be carried out on a vehicle that you will soon be selling, the reality is that the dents in the panels of the car could not only affect how quickly you are able to find a buyer but could also drastically reduce the amount of money people are willing to pay for your vehicle.

There are several reasons for this. Firstly, if a car has visible dents, prospective buyers may worry that it was involved in a serious collision and that it has hidden damage that they may be forced to deal with if they buy it. This could then result in them deciding not to risk buying it, which could in turn result in you waiting months, rather than days or weeks, to find an interested party.

Secondly, the vast majority of drivers want cars which are aesthetically pleasing and are likely to find the sight of multiple dents on a vehicle quite off-putting. This is largely due to the fact that dents can give a vehicle an air of neglect. Those who are willing to a car in this condition may only do so if you are prepared to offer them a lot less than your original asking price.

As such, whilst you may be particularly happy about the idea of paying to have dents removed from a vehicle that you plan to sell, doing so could not only help you to obtain your asking price but could also help you to find a buyer quickly.

You drive or park your car in an area where it rains frequently

If you park or drive your vehicle in an area where it rains regularly, then it is important to get any dents in it repaired as fast as possible, because when the body of a car is dented, the paint in the dented area can sometimes develop cracks or flake off.

Even if this damage is relatively minor (for example, if there are just a few light scratches or one small chip), you should still get the dent and any chips or cracks fixed quickly if your vehicle is routinely exposed to rainwater. The reason for this is that if the rainwater trickles into one of these cracks or chips in the dented area and then comes into contact with the metal panelling underneath, this panelling could begin to rust. If this happens, you may end up having to get all of the rusted panels replaced. This is likely to be a lot more expensive than fixing a few cracks and dents.