Different Ways to Fix a Dent in Your Car

When it comes to car accidents, it’s hard to come out of one satisfied. Naturally, the simplest crashes or accidents can be a financial nightmare when you own a car, especially an expensive one. Cars are already relatively expensive by nature; without proper care, you’ll be in for a serious sequence of expensive repairs. If your car is hit for any reason, you should probably expect some dents that can vary in severity. Dents aren’t necessarily problematic, but if they are left unchecked, the situation will keep getting worse and a dent can slowly transform into structural damage if it’s hit again. Read on for different ways to fix a small dent in your car before it becomes serious. 

Causes of Car Dents

When it comes to car dents, not all causes are as obvious as simple fender benders. Some dents can be caused by events that can happen while the car is parked.


  • Grocery Carts


Parking lots are known as being a place full of mishaps that aren’t necessarily predicted. Grocery carts are one of the top leading causes of mild car dents because a lot of people are careless about the direction of the grocery carts when they’re pushing them between cars, not to mention the cart’s unbalanced wheels, which are quite common.


  • Car Doors


When you’re parked too close to another car, you’re basically asking for a dent at this point. But sometimes it’s not really your fault and other drivers to blame when they park too close. Whether people are negligent or simply don’t care enough when they’re opening their car doors, you’ll want to minimize the risk by parking in empty spaces with enough room for other cars to park next to your car comfortably.


  • Weather Conditions


If you happen to be unfortunate enough to leave your car outside and a sudden snowstorm or hail barrage finds their way to your car, you should expect some damages to your car. The type of dent will vary according to the climate conditions; it’s more common than you think to hear about falling tree branches and rocks denting your vehicle.

Using a DIY Kit

Just like everything DIY, dents also have specialized kits that allow you to take your dent repairs to the next level by offering more advanced tools than you’ll randomly find in a household. The majority of dent-repair kits have legs that are screwed on to the car body to focus on the dent. There is a bridge section that’s right above the dent and a hole is supposed to be inscribed in the bridge. These kits come with different sized pulling attachments that are like a suction cup that can be used with various types of dents.

This is important when it comes to high-end cars with solid frames like the Camaro. You don’t want to use random unsafe tools that could later require you to get new Camaro Parts, which can be expensive depending on the damage and where you get the parts from. You may want to opt for methods that use the least physical force in such a case. Some DIY kits come with hot glue that ensures that the attachment securely sticks to the dent. Once the bridge and the pulling attachment are properly aligned over the dent, all you’ll have to do is pull away from the dent to make it pop out.

Using a Hair Dryer

First, you’ll want to make sure you have an accurate depiction of the dimensions and depth of the dent in your car. You’ll need to use a few common household items, which should cost you nothing. Look for gloves, foil, some dry ice, compressed air canister, and a regular hairdryer. Apply some heat by directly exposing the dent to the hot air of the hairdryer. Use the aluminum foil as a cover to withstand and directly relay the temperature of dry ice. You’ll be using rubber gloves to keep your hands from getting affected by the dry ice, which can cause serious injuries if you hold it with your bare hands.

Pushing Plastic

If the dent is in the plastic frame of the car, such as the bumper, you can simply push from the inside to make it pop out. But before you do that, you may want to increase its temperature by pouring hot water on the dented area to soften it up before you can push from the inside. If the other angle is inaccessible, you may need to stick with the hairdryer method by rapidly cooling it after heating it.

Using a Plunger

This is one of the most basic, yet effective, methods you can use to get rid of a dent. Aside from being the famous toilet plunger, it can be quite useful for getting dents to pop. The vacuum that’s created by the plunger will allow you to pull with enough force to release a dent from the car. When you’re picking a plunger, always stick to cup plungers because they will produce enough suction to pull the dent out. Make sure that you use some water to wet both the plunger and the dent before you start compressing and pulling the plunger. Expect to meet some resistance because the plunger may not take the dent out on your first try.

Dry Ice

If you don’t have compressed air canisters or an air dryer, using dry ice alone can still help you get rid of small dents. You’ll want to make sure that you’re wearing protective gloves because the temperature of dry ice can be low enough to seriously damage the skin on your hands. Rub the dry ice on the dent in a circular motion for a couple of minutes and repeat if needed until you the dent pops out on its own. Finding a way to heat the surface before you rub the dry ice on it should allow this technique to work more effortlessly.

One may be surprised when learning just how simple removing dents from a car can be. Not all dents can be removed as easily as others, but the majority of dents can be fixed if you try to use more than one approach. It shouldn’t require a lot of experience or advanced equipment to make sure that your dent is gone if you follow one or more of the above methods.

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