What You Should and Shouldn't Fix Before Selling Your Car

After raising seven children through their teenage years, I've had my fair share of experiences with selling used cars that have body damage. As a child saved up to buy a newer car, I was relied on to find a way to sell their old one for the most money possible. I have learned that fixing small dents and other aesthetic issues with your vehicle is a great way to significantly increase the sales price you ask when you put it on the market. But not all dents are worth paying to have fixed because it won't affect the value much. Whether you are just trying to make the money back that you've put into your vehicle or you're trying to make a profit, hopefully the pages on this website will give you some insight into what's worth putting your time and effort into fixing and what's best left untouched.

Why Auto Repair Shop Dents Should Be Chosen Over DIY Methods


After a hailstorm, you might notice dents covering your car. You may be hesitant to spend the money to have the dents repaired and wish to opt for DIY methods. While some work, in many cases, you will be better off using an auto repair shop.

Common DIY Methods

To some extent, hail damage can be repaired simply by leaving your car in the sun. The heat from the sun will cause the surface of the car to expand and will cause the car's surface to even out. However, you must also account for the damage that the ultraviolet rays can cause a car.

There are many DIY options for handling hail damage. The majority of these options do not work and many will even cause damage to the car. When DIY methods do work, it is mostly with larger dents, with the smaller dents left behind.

Rather than using DIY kits designed for amateurs, if you would like to correct the damage to your vehicle, you are better off using a professional repair kit. These kits are best purchased by those who live in areas that receive a lot of hail damage. These kits use a combination of suction and a glue gun to

Taking Your Car To A Professional

While the DIY solutions do not work, an auto body shop can definitely get dents effectively out of a car. Fortunately, care insurance providers often finance paintless dent repair. Therefore, you will simply need to contact your insurance provider and file a claim. Before you have your car taken to have the hail damage repaired, you will want to have the car thoroughly cleaned to ensure that it is possible to allow for the insurance estimator to see the damage clearly.

The best method to remove dents caused by hail from a car is to use a paintless car repair service. This is an option that is only available if your car's paint is not chipped or cracked. The dents that are a best candidate are those that are shallow and not a threat to your car, but are simply cosmetic in nature. While cosmetic, you may still want to have them removed both to improve the value of your car and simply to drive a car that is free from dents. Paintless dent repair approaches the dent from the other side of the dent, pushing the metal back into place.

While there are ways to repair hail damage, the best option is to avoid receiving hail damage in the first place. This is best accomplished by placing your car in a sheltered location, especially when a hail storm is likely.


13 July 2016