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October 15, 2017
Thinking About Paintless Dent Repair?
Here’s some information that the team at Rocky Mountain Dent Service have put together for those thinking about paintless dent repair. The technology, while not capable of repairing every type of damage the body of your car might sustain, can work astonishing magic in the right situation – as well as faster and at a lower cost than repainting.
What is Paintless Dent Repair?
If you’ve never heard the term paintless dent repair (PDR) before, you may be wondering what it entails. It is a technique in which specialized equipment is used to remove dents and dings by accessing the back side of the vehicle’s body.
The PDR technique focuses on gently pushing the metal back out using specific tools and a method that takes time to master. There’s no fillers used, and no sanding or painting. Your factory finish remains intact and the project is complete in less time than typical repair.
How effective is it?
If you’re thinking about paintless dent repair, rest assured that it’s extremely effective in the right circumstances. As long as the technician can get behind the metal, paintless dent repair can be used to repair a minor dent or ding. A good technician (like our team of experts) can make that dent disappear as though it were never there in the first place!
How long do you have to wait?
The whole process can be very quick. We’re usually able to complete repairs in just one day! If the damage is extensive, we’ll obviously need more time to complete the repair, but we virtually never need more than four days to finish the job. Longer turnaround times are usually reserved for situations requiring widespread hail damage repair.
Is it expensive?
Paintless dent repair is relatively inexpensive when compared to traditional repair techniques. Some companies offer paintless dent repair insurance, but it isn’t necessary to purchase it. You would have to ding your car several times during the active period to justify spending the money on insurance.
Should you opt for Paintless Dent Repair?
We recommend using paintless dent repair whenever possible. Not only will the restoration happen faster, but it will also be less expensive and probably even look better than when using traditional techniques.
Is it a good do-it-yourself project?
Not really. It might sound easy but to properly repair dents and dings (especially to make them disappear entirely) takes specialized equipment and personnel. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified to perform paintless dent repair effectively. It’s also relatively inexpensive, and if you try to do it yourself, you could potentially cause further damage and end up with a bigger bill in the long run.
We hope you have enjoyed learning about the benefits of this dent repair technique. If you’re still thinking about paintless dent repair, give us a call here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. Our highly trained technicians are happy to examine your car and advise you on the best way to repair your car and get it looking new again.
September 14, 2017
Preventing Car Dents, Dings and Scratches
Preventing car dents, dings and scratches is actually not as difficult as one would think! Just check out these tips from Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, Colorado. If you keep these suggestions in mind when parking your vehicle, you are more likely to avoid having your car look like it joined in a tennis match.
Walk a little more
Park in the farthest reaches of the parking lot, where nobody likes to park. You’ll have to walk farther, of course, to get to your destination, but your car will be safer, and you’ll get some exercise, so it’s a win-win situation! Do this even when it’s inconvenient because the one time you don’t will be the time somebody puts a dent in your car with their door.
Choose your neighbor wisely
It’s better to park next to a small car for the obvious reason that there will be more space between the vehicles. It’s also better to choose a spot next to a nice car, a vintage car or a sports car. People with cars in these categories are generally more conscientious about not damaging someone else’s car when they open their doors. Avoid minivans. We know it’s a stereotype, but it’s generally true. Minivans usually have kids in them, and kids are not always paying attention to what they’re doing.
Don’t let other people park your car
Valets and parking garage attendants are more concerned with parking your car quickly than they are with keeping it dent-free. While they won’t deliberately harm your vehicle, they also won’t take as good care of it as you will. Taking a extra few minutes to park your own car is big step in preventing car dents, dings and scratches.
Choose “safer” parking spots
Always be on the lookout for parking spots that limit the risk of receiving dents and dings. Choose street spots over parking lots as it’s more likely that someone will ding your car opening their door alongside you than that they will hit you while parking. Even if they do, they’ll probably nick your bumper which is easier to fix.
End spots are also great for the obvious reason that only one side is at risk for car dents and dings. Spots next to handicapped ones are great too as the wider space makes a good buffer zone. Plus, they usually remain empty. Avoid parking in spots that are marked for compact cars only. These are very narrow and don’t allow for any cushion room around the vehicle. Parking next to or between posts and columns is also good, as they’ll protect your car – as long as you don’t hit them while backing out!
These are some helpful tips for preventing car dents, dings and scratches but even when you put forth your best effort, sometimes these things happen. If your vehicle does show up one day with a dent or ding, count on the experts at Rocky Mountain Dent Service to repair your car and get it looking like the damage never even happened.
August 14, 2017
Maximize Trade-In Value with Paintless Dent Repair
Did you know that you can maximize trade-in value with paintless dent repair? Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, Colorado can help you get the full value out of your vehicle when you want to sell it by utilizing this great technology to rid your vehicle of the minor dents and dings that come with regular vehicle use.
Cars are notorious for not holding their value very well. Most people are aware that when buying a new car, that car loses about 20% of its value, just by driving off the lot. It’s disheartening when you think about it, especially when you consider how much money you put into buying it.
Unlike a piece of land, house, or undertaking a home improvement project, purchasing a vehicle is one of the major investments that most of us make knowing that we will lose on it. Of course, vehicles are extremely useful, and you can comfort yourself with that fact, but it’s still frustrating that cars depreciate so quickly. We absolutely get it.
So, with the already not so great outlook on the resale value, it is nice to know that there is something you can do to maximize on that investment. Whether you are taking a vehicle in for trade-in or trying to sell it yourself, aesthetics like minor car dents and dings are important. Of course, mechanical issues and mileage are huge factors not to be ignored, but human beings are naturally drawn to things that look good, so take advantage of that.
Even if you have a vehicle that runs like a dream, has no mechanical issues, and maybe even has a lot of new parts, appraisers will knock a significant amount off the selling price if the car exterior has a few dings or dents. Dings and dents are just a part of vehicle ownership. Short of keeping your vehicle locked in a garage all the time and never using it, there is little you can do, to prevent this type of everyday wear and tear.
So, when it comes time to sell that car, one of the best ways to maximize your trade-in value is to have those dents repaired with the paintless dent repair service we offer here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. This is an inexpensive and extremely easy way to improve your car’s appearance and bump your resale value back up. Another great tip is to have your car thoroughly cleaned and maybe even professionally detailed. Again, it doesn't have anything to do with the usefulness of the car but pleasing the human eye is important and can earn you extra several hundred dollars for the sale.
We hope this article about how to maximize trade-in value with paintless dent repair has been informative. If you have any questions or are wondering what the numbers work out to, feel free to talk to one of our experts here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. We can explain more in detail how useful paintless dent repair can be and give you a quote for your vehicle. You’ll be amazed at the difference!
July 15, 2017
A Colorado Vehicle's Greatest Enemy, Hail
A Colorado vehicle’s greatest enemy, hail. Call us melodramatic here at Rocky Mountain Dent Services, but we’ve seen the aftermath of a storm to know that hail is a true threat for vehicles and the owners wanting to restore them back to dent-free condition. If the balls of hail are big enough, vehicles simply are not strong enough to withstand the beating they often take.
What is Hail?
Let’s take one step back and make sure that we’re all on the same page. Most people probably already know what hail is and the car dents it can create, but just in case here’s a quick explanation. Hail is basically frozen rain that can range from small pellets to large balls of ice, golf ball size and up.
How is Hail Made?
Water condenses and freezes around specks of dust or something similar high up in the atmosphere. The one little drop of water with which it starts begins colliding with other drops of water and freezing them on contact, thus growing larger.
Thunderstorms have strong updrafts that can either maintain a piece of hail in relatively the same spot or cause it to travel up and down within the cloud. Regardless of which method forms the hailstone, once it gets so heavy that the storm can no longer maintain it up in the sky, it falls to earth. With strong updrafts, hail can grow to a surprisingly large size before hurtling down towards earth to strike anything in its path and put hail dents in your vehicle.
How Fast Does Hail Fall?
It is difficult to determine the rate at which hail falls. It can never reach terminal velocity because it is constantly bumping into other hailstones and raindrops, and the wind, friction, and melting all have an effect. Plus, terminal velocity is calculated based on a perfect sphere, but a hailstone is highly irregular!
Where Does It Hail the Most?
In the United States, there is an area known as “hail alley” where the three states Nebraska, Wyoming and, of course, Colorado come together. We are the lucky recipients of between 7 and 9 good hailstorms every year. Hail is also frequently seen in northern Italy, parts of Russia, China, and India.
How Big Does Hail Get?
Generally, hail ranges from pea-sized to marble-sized (about ¼ inch to ½ inch). This type of hail is not too dangerous and causes repairable hail damage. However, hail in our area can easily start getting over an inch in diameter, which is usually when it starts causing damage, and can get up to around 4 ½ inches in diameter. Hail that large is obviously quite serious and is extremely dangerous to people (and of course cars).
So now you’ve gotten to know a Colorado vehicle’s greatest enemy, hail. If hail is in the forecast, try to get your vehicle to a covered space as quickly as possible. But, if you do get stuck out in a storm, know that Rocky Mountain Dent Services has a paintless dent repair option that is both economical and efficient at restoring your vehicle to its previous condition. Call us today for more information!
June 17, 2017
Did You Know That It's Hail Season in Colorado?
Did you know that it’s hail season in Colorado? The team here at Rocky Mountain Dent Services want to remind all our neighbors to keep their eyes peeled and stay safe until we reach the end of the season. Hopefully, we’ll get lucky and the hailstorm we had back in May will be the only major one of 2017.
So, What Is Hail Season?
Every year from April 15 until around September 15, we should all be on the lookout for hailstorms and know the rules for keeping ourselves, our property and our cars safe from these destructive and fits of nature. If you live here, you already know that the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains has even been nicknamed “Hail Alley” because of the frequency and intensity of the storms in this area. It has been called the worst spot in the United States for hailstorms.
During hail season, the entire region can expect to see several intense storms with hail sizes between ½ inch and 1 inch being hurled down. Plus, as many Denver residents already know, the metro and surrounding area are often affected the worst, sometimes seeing large hail over an inch in diameter.
Of course, if you’ve lived here for any length of time, you know that these reports are not exaggerated. The storms are intense and cause a lot of hail damage to cars and more every year. Here in Colorado, we can expect to have 3 or 4 catastrophic level hail storms every year. Catastrophic is defined as causing at least $25 million in insured damages. The one back in May of this year crossed the $1 billion mark all on its own. Ouch!
Insurance companies have been paying out a lot as over the past 10 years as hail storms have racked up billions in damages. To put that number in a more recognizable form, if you spread the cost out over the entire state that translates to $560 per person. Narrow the area to just the Denver metro area where the most damage occurs, and that number doubles to over $1100!
Think about what that means for your insurance premiums.
Rocky Mountain Dent Services has your back when it comes to vehicle damage due to hail storms. Our paintless dent repair option is a great, low-cost way to fix all those dents peppering your car if you are unfortunate enough to get caught out in one of these storms.
The main thing, of course, is that you and your family stay safe so always keep an eye on the weather forecast during hail season, so you have some warning before the storm strikes. Also, be sure to check out some of our other blogs for helpful information on how to protect yourself and your car.
Did you know that it’s hail season in Colorado? Even if you didn't, just be sure you’re taking steps to protect your property. Of course, if your car has already been damaged by a hail storm feel free to give us a call here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. One of our knowledgeable staff members will walk you through the options you have for fixing your vehicle. We’ll even help with all the pesky insurance stuff!
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
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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