Auto Body Tips from an Automobile Connoisseur

3 Risks To Be Aware Of If You're Considering DIY Dent Repair

Some dent repairs look deceptively simple. The fact is, though, your car is much more complex than it looks. From the paint on the surface of the metal to the sublayers beneath the metal, that small dent in your car's body can have further-reaching consequences than you might expect

The same goes for a DIY dent repair. Although it's true that some DIY dent repairs can be met with a limited amount of success, the decision to try a DIY repair also brings into play a number of risks. Here are three risks of a DIY repair that you can avoid by choosing a professional auto body repair service.

1. Compromised structure of car frame

A DIY kit may allow you to fix the visible dent in your car, but if there's a layer of foam beneath the metal that's designed to absorb impacts, the foam could also be damaged and the kit won't fix that. 

If you take the car in for professional repair, the professional can detect and correct damage to the car's structure as necessary. Since your home repairs don't have that capability, you could be leaving yourself open to compromised impact absorption down the road. This means your car won't be able to protect you in collisions, and you could end up more seriously injured than would otherwise be the case. Contact a professional, like Sam's Automotive Reconditioning Center, to check for compromised structures underneath the dent.

2. Accidentally pulling the dent too far

Even if you use your own tools to successfully pop a dent back in the other direction, it can be hard to know when to stop. It's easy to accidentally stretch the metal a bit too far when trying to put finishing touches on your repair job. And an over-stretched car body is not something you can fix.

3. Paint damage and rust

Another possibility is that the collision that damaged your car's body has also imperceptibly damaged the paint. If you either leave the dent the way it is or attempt a DIY repair, you could leave your car open to rust as water gets through the paint.

And even if the paint wasn't damaged by the original collision, the tools that come in a DIY kit can (especially when inexpertly used) cause paint damage too. This will then require a professional paint repair job, increasing your expenditure.

These three risks accompany a DIY auto body repair, but you can minimize or avoid them by choosing a reputable repair professional instead.