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December 15, 2016
Paintless Dent Repair Can Save Time and Money
Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, we know that your time is valuable and you work hard for your money. That’s why, along with more traditional repair services, we provide customers with a far more efficient option. Paintless dent repair can save time and money, enabling you to get your car back faster and keep more money in your pocket.
So, what makes paintless dent repair so quick and cost effective? First, let’s take a look at traditional techniques to understand the difference.
When you bring your car in for a standard dent repair, the job can often expand and become tedious. A portion of the car’s body must be removed, and once the dent is repaired, it then needs to be sanded, repainted and the car reassembled. If it gets difficult to make the new paint match the original finish, the repair shop may end up having to repaint an entire section instead of just where the little ding was.
Now imagine you have several little dings from getting stuck in a hailstorm. It’s possible that you’ll pay for a much larger paint job even though the dents are shallow and didn’t even scratch your paint. That’s the beauty of paintless dent repair. In cases where the damage is minor and paint hasn’t been affected, it’s possible to fix the dent without having to repaint.
How is it that paintless dent repair can save time and money? Well, our specially trained technicians use specially designed tools to gently push the metal back into place from the back of the car’s body panel. This doesn’t affect anything on the front or cause any unnecessary damage to the paint.
This method drastically reduces the amount of time that your car is stuck in the shop by skipping the steps requiring sanding and painting and possibly repainting a broader section to better match colors. In turn, this reduces your repair bill. But don’t just take our word for it. Ask a car insurance company about paintless dent repair. They love it because it helps keep their payouts down after a hailstorm.
Unfortunately, paintless dent repair can’t be used in all situations. As we’ve mentioned before, the paint must be undamaged for this process to work. Plus, it depends on where the dent is located. There are some areas of the car that the tools simply can’t reach.
One more factor is the material that the car is made of. Older cars tend to be made of steel which is an easier material to work with for this process. Newer cars are more commonly made of aluminum and plastic. In some cases, it is still possible to use this method, but it usually takes a bit longer as more care should be taken to get the job done right.
Of course, choosing a reputable company like Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver will significantly improve the chances of a successful dent repair. There is no doubt about it, paintless dent repair can save time and money, so you should always use a shop that offers this option. Want to see if that dent you’ve been living with can be fixed by our experts? Call or contact us today for an appointment.
November 30, 2016
What is Paintless Dent Repair?
You find a nasty ding in your car and need to decide just what to do about it. Maybe come see Rocky Mountain Dent Service here in Denver. Maybe call it “character” and spare yourself the expense and time that you assume it will take for a fix. Here, we would like to change your perspective on what it takes to get your car back into pristine shape by explaining what is paintless dent repair.
Paintless dent repair is a great option for fixing small dents and blemishes. It costs a fraction of the price of traditional repairs and can be completed in as little as 1 day. We don’t want you to settle for driving a dinged-up car, so let’s first talk about what factors that will determine the success of this type of repair.
- Intact paint. For paintless dent repair to be successful, the original paint must still be intact. In other words, if whatever caused the ding also scratched the metal, the process won’t work well.
- Paint flexibility. The paint needs to have enough flexibility that the technician can move the metal back into place without causing the paint to split or crack. Most modern-day finishes are flexible enough to allow for this technique.
- Extent the metal is If the dent is very deep, or if the damage is a sharp crease, paintless dent repair will probably not work very well. Excessively stretched out metal cannot return effectively to where it was before without damaging the paint as well. However, even large dents that are shallow make good candidates for this repair process.
To perform the repair, the technician will first access the area where the dent is located by removing vehicle panels and trim.
They will then use a variety of metal rods and body picks to gently push the metal back out from the inside. They way also apply pressure to the underside of the dent and carefully massage things back into shape. Dents can even be pulled out from the outside using glue and specially designed tabs.
Once the metal is mostly back into place, the fine tuning begins. This detailed process requires qualified professionals and true attention to detail. The metal must be carefully tapped down to eliminate high spots – technicians may also expertly incorporate them into an orange peel paint texture.
The key is not to overwork things, which can cause the clear coat to end up splitting or cracking. That’s why you need someone who knows precisely what they’re doing and has honed their craft.
Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, we’re always ready to answer questions about what is paintless dent repair. We know that you don’t want to be without your ride for very long, so our process is quick and our prices are reasonable. We can even help with insurance paperwork, as well as provide financial assistance for your deductible and a rental car if needed. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call or contact us today.
October 25, 2016
Colorado Hail Statistics
Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service, we numerous vehicles that come in with hail damage, everything from minor dents and dings to broken windows and torn up interiors from shattered glass. Let’s take a look at some Colorado hail statistics, and we’ll also give you some tips for protecting yourself and your property from this inconvenient damage.
Living in Colorado means rain and intense hail storms are inevitable and, unfortunately, they can cause quite a bit of damage. Since 1984, Colorado has seen ten hailstorms that resulted in several hundred million dollars of damage. In the last ten years alone, the costs add up to more than $3 billion.
On average, Colorado receives about 3 or 4 “catastrophic” (defined as causing at least $25 million in insured damages) each year. Most of that damage occurs within the Denver metro area, which makes sense as it is more densely populated and there is more property to damage.
Of course, it’s a no-brainer that if you live in this area, you should make sure to include hail coverage in your homeowner’s insurance. While most policies include it automatically, but always check to be sure. Also, it’s a smart idea to always maintain comprehensive coverage on any vehicles that you own, even if it’s paid off and you can switch to state minimums. Comprehensive coverage is the type of car insurance that will cover hailstorms.
While you should never go out in a storm and risk injuring yourself to save your property, you also don’t have to sit idly by and watch the damages pile up. A lot of entirely preventable damage occurs after the hail stops falling.
Once it is safe, go out and assess the damage in your yard. If your plants and bushes are missing a lot of leaves or branches and you see that patio covers, screens, and other materials are dented, then there is a good chance that your roof is damaged. If possible, take a look and cover any holes or broken windows to minimize water damage from rain. Also, check to see if the hail has broken any of your car windows. Cover them up and carefully clean out the broken glass to avoid damaging your vehicle’s interior.
Also, talk with your insurance company right away. Snapping a few pictures of the damage before you clean anything up is a good idea. Save receipts for what you spend on repairs so that you can show them to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Make sure you always choose reputable companies like Rocky Mountain Dent Service when having your property repaired. It’s not uncommon for out-of-town scammers to come in after big storms, take your money, and skip town leaving your repairs half-done. Scamming is common with dent repair and roofing companies, so be on the lookout.
Chances are that if you’ve lived in Colorado for any period of time you’ve already experienced one or more of our infamous hailstorms. Every year, from about mid-April to mid-August, we’ve got to be on alert to keep ourselves and our property safe when they hit. Hailstorms are just a part of life here in Colorado, but by taking the appropriate steps, you can minimize the negative impact they can have.
September 25, 2016
Insurance News: Colorado Springs "Hail Bomb" Storm Carries $352.8 Million Insurance Price Tag
At Rocky Mountain Dent Service Inc., we are all too familiar with the catastrophic effects a hailstorm can have in the Denver area and throughout Colorado. We always see a surge of cars coming in for dent repair after big storms. And if you haven’t heard the latest, here’s a headline regarding a recent episode, “Insurance News: Colorado Springs "Hail Bomb" Storm Carries $352.8 Million Insurance Price Tag”.
That's right, with more than 84,500 insurance claims filed to date, the storm that passed through here at the end of July threw down golf and tennis ball-sized pieces of hail on Colorado Springs. This figure ranks the storm as Colorado Springs' 4th most costly hailstorm (accounting for inflation and estimating in 2015 dollars it ranks 6th).
Regardless of where it ranks, it caused millions of dollars in damages. The Rocky Mountain Dent Service team wants our customers to be aware of what measures they should have in place to make sure their property is protected from Mother Nature’s next violent episode. It’s essential to know what you can do ahead of time to safeguard your property defend your finances from any unwelcome surprises.
First and foremost, check your vehicle’s insurance policy to know what items are covered and how much coverage you have. You don’t want to go along thinking that you have everything taken care of and then find out you did not buy enough coverage when the next hailstorm strikes. Your best case scenario is to maintain comprehensive coverage, which protects you in case of water, fire, hail or wind damage.
You should also take a look at your deductible, which is what you’ll pay out of pocket. If you’ve hiked it up to $1,000 or more to reduce your monthly payment, just know that you’ll need to come up with that dollar amount to repair your hail damage before insurance kicks in. If you don’t have that kind of money just hanging around in your bank account, you may want to rethink your coverage.
While you’re looking into auto insurance, be sure to check your homeowner’s policy as well. Typically, you’ll have coverage for wind, hail, and fire. However, water damage is under a separate flood policy, so it’s always a good idea to know what you have and adjust as needed.
Needless to say, the next time you’re thinking about going cheap on insurance, just remember the headline, “Insurance News: Colorado Springs "Hail Bomb" Storm Carries $352.8 Million Insurance Price Tag”. While the monthly payments may be higher, you’ll be thankful for great coverage when the sky starts raining down tennis ball-sized chunks of ice.
And if your car experiences damage from a storm, be sure to bring it to Rocky Mountain Dent Service. We will work our magic to restore it to its pre-hailstorm condition, using a paintless dent repair system that removes dents quickly and inexpensively. We’ll even help you with insurance forms, claims and your out-of-pocket deductible. Call or visit us today for more information.
August 17, 2016
Aurora Colorado Car Dent Repair Service
It’s an unfortunate fact that we get the occasional hailstorm in this part of the country and vehicle owners have to be on their toes to keep their cars safe. But, it’s not always preventable so in Aurora, Colorado, car dent repair service is simply essential. Actually we should say that good car dent repair service is essential, because there are lots of companies but not everyone is good at what they do. Not so with Rocky Mountain Dent Service Inc. We proudly state that our Aurora, Colorado car dent repair service is top notch and we offer the best solutions for your car dent problems.
We use a unique process called paintless dent repair that keeps the time your car is in the shop at a minimum and keeps your bill much lower as well. Plus we offer a guarantee that your dents won’t return. Also, in some cases, we help you with insurance paperwork, a rental car, deductible assistance, and service with a smile. Sometimes once everything is all said and done you don’t even have any out of pocket expense. What more can you ask for in an Aurora, Colorado car dent repair service?
Benefits of Paintless Dent Removal
- Fraction of the price of conventional repair
- Most PDRs completed in just 1-4 days
- Uses advanced tools for fewer body repairs
- Retains your vehicle's factory finish
- Uses an environmentally friendly process
- Reduces the need for replacement parts
Read what our customers are saying
I wanted to take a moment and thank you again for the job you did for me. It was amazing!!!! I had such a negative experience with the ail damage to my 2008 Dodge Mega cab. From the hail, to dealing with the insurance company it was a complete nightmare...
Why Choose Rocky Mountain Dent Service?
- Dent repairs completed in as little as 1 day
- Deductible and rental car financial assistance
- Lifetime warranty on all dent removal services
- Expertise dealing with ALL insurance companies
- Assistance and advocacy during claims process
- Experts in PDR since 1998 with a BBB A+ rating