The 5 Most Common Car Dents

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Some say it is just a matter of buying a new car in order to get a dent, scratch, fender bender or some sort of minor accident. It doesn’t matter how careful we are when driving, or how much time we spent looking for the best parking space, accidents do happen.

Once you have noticed some damage on your car it is important to know its source and the type of damage it has. These will help to determine the dent removal technique you can apply, costs, difficulty and the level of urgency to get it fixed. It is common for car owners to underestimate low-speed accidents or simple dents. Nonetheless, there might be more serious issues hidden behind the visible damage.

It actually takes a trained eye, in order to be able to determine the type of dent or damage your car has. Therefore, at Auto Rehab, we would like to share with you some handy tips that will allow you to read a dent or ding better, and the required treatment. These will be very useful when taking it for repairs. Especially, if you are considering doing it yourself.

Dent Classification


Hail Damage Repair

Round dents are among the most common dent types.

A ding is a minor damage, about ½ inch in diameter. These types of damages are not severe and are usually caused by a rock or a car door slammed against your car. These are easy and cheap to remove with PDR.

Round dents

Dents are bigger than dings. They can be different sizes and depths. However, they keep a round shape. Round dents are usually caused by round objects such as hailstones, baseballs or soccer balls. They can be the shape of a shallow pool or a funnel if it has a point in the middle.

The position and location where the round dent is found can also determine its source. For instance: Hailstone dents are most often located on the hood, roof, and trunk of vehicles. The main problem with hailstone dents is the number of dents located in one same area or panel. Therefore, it is important to hire a professional PDR specialist to fix your car.

Creased dents

Creased dents are generally found on the side panels of vehicles. They usually have the shape of a straight line at the bottom of a dent. The reason for its shape is that creased dents are typically caused by objects that impact a car panel and are then dragged along the panel, for instance: bike handlebars, door edges, tree branches or trailers. If creased dents are not fixed as soon as possible, they can grow worse over time.


Sharp dents

car dents & dings

Car body scratched from an accident

These types of dents are very frequent as they are usually caused in parking lots. They usually appear on the cars body lines or the swage. A strong impact, usually by a small object, will cause a sharp dent in a car panel. Also, fender benders or minor collisions will leave a sharp dent. Even though sometimes it only appears as a small round dent, these types of accidents can cause damages below the swage. In addition, some sharp dents can create a high spot on a panel. This means that the metal has been forced outwards, bending or stretching it. Therefore, it is important to take your car to a specialist PDR technician, to get it fixed.

Multiple dents

Some dents might have more than one of the characteristics listed above. It is common that dents caused by low-speed accidents or fender benders show multiple high spots or crowns, sharp, round, and creased characteristics combined and mixed together. If an object hits the bodywork of your car with enough strength, probably it will print its shape onto the panel it strikes. These particular dents, are pretty complex to read and get fixed. Nonetheless, a professional paintless dent removal company, such as Auto Rehab, can fix and return it to its original look in an affordable way.

Car dents are more complex to read and fix than most car owners actually think. Don’t underestimate the damages on your car. Contact Auto Rehab today, and learn everything you need to know about dents and how to fix them.

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