Paintless Dent Repair vs Body Shop for Hail Repair

The hail has come and gone.  You got through it but your car?  Not so much.  It now resembles a golf ball, full of hail dents.  Who do you call?  There is big confusion between paintless dent repair vs body shop for auto hail repair so we figured we would explain the difference.

The biggest difference is that paintless dent repair (PDR) is non-invasive where a body shop can be very invasive and downright messy when attempting hail repair.  You only get one factory paint job and you want to keep it as long as possible.  Of course, there are other advantages that make paintless dent repair the logical choice between the two.

Speed  and Turnaround

If you decide on a body shop, it can take a while to fix your hail damage, especially right after a hail storm.  Sometimes, just getting an appointment can take months.  They then assess the damage, order and replace parts, paint…etc.  After you drop off your car, it can take weeks from start to finish.  PDR, on the other hand, is MUCH quicker and the turn around time can be from hours to a few days.   The dents are gently removed from the inside, using highly specialized tools unique to paintless dent repair.

Winner: Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

Resale Value

If the body shop has to drill, fill, sand or replace body panels then they are going to have to paint.  Unfortunately, no matter how close they get, they will never match your factory paint exactly.  When it comes time to trade in your vehicle, the cost of fixing it right will be deducted from the trade-in value. Using our paintless dent repair technique, we can knock out those hail dents without damaging your paint and restore it to the condition it once was.

Winner: Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

Extreme Auto Hail Repair

Sometimes, the hail damage is so extensive that parts of it are beyond the capabilities of PDR.  These are the rare occasions where the paint is severely damaged or body panels are too far gone to repair it properly.  Under these special circumstances, the car will need to be repainted in places.  When this happens, we work on what makes sense and arrange for one of our body shop partners to do the heavily damaged areas.  This way, the need to paint is held to a bare minimum.

Winner: Tie


At a body shop, getting hail dents repaired on your vehicle can be a long and drawn out process.  First, you have to call the insurance company, file a claim, get rides there and back…you get the idea.    Once that part is over, the waiting game starts.  You will wait for them to repair your car and hope they did it right the first time.  If not, the process starts all over again.  At The Dent Company (TDC) we handle all of the insurance work for you, get your car fixed fast and right the first time.  Along with our 100% satisfaction guarantee and free Valet service we can also arrange for a free rental car.  In and out, easy peasy.

Winner: Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)


If you are like most people, cost will factor into your decision where to take your car for dent removal.  A body shop will typically make arrangements with your insurance company and settle on a repair cost.  Once your car is fixed, you will still owe your deductible to the body shop when picking up your car. At The Dent Company (TDC), your out-of-pocket is a whopping $0.  Zilch, zip…Yes, the proverbial donut.  We cover your deductible and even a rental car while we are working on yours.

Just a side note: Your deductible will not go up after a hail damage claim as it is seen as “An act of God” by the insurance companies.

Winner: Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)

If you are driving around with hail dents in your car, stop and call us.  We have flexible appointment schedules right here in our Denver location. Estimates and consultations are always free and even encouraged.  We are professional, friendly and we love what we do.

If you have never seen paintless dent repair (PDR) in action, here is how it is done.


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