Last year, I bought a new car. Rather than trade in my old one, I decided to sell it myself. Before I put it in the market, I took the car to a local shop and got my old baby a new paint job. The new paint made all the difference with the car. While operationally it was sound, the outside was not all that great. After the fresh coat of paint, the car generated a lot of attention from prospective buyers. I even had a bidding war going on between two parties who really wanted it. If you have an older vehicle to sell, it pays to invest in a new paint job. Let me tell you more about why this strategy works. Follow my tips for selecting the color and the paint type, and you'll get a great price for the old jalopy.
No matter how careful you are with your car, it can end up with dents. You can choose a parking spot with no other cars around in a parking lot only to find out someone ended up parking next to you anyway and dented your car, or someone can ding the car with a shopping cart. You can come outside to find that someone has thrown stones at your car or a ball can hit your car and leave a dent. You can even come outside to find that a hail storm has left your car riddled with dents.
Some good news is that your car may be a prime candidate for a process called paintless dent repair, or PDR. With this repair process, the dents will be tapped, pulled, or pushed out in a way that leaves your paint intact, so the car doesn't need to have a paint job. Here are some of the benefits that come with paintless dent repairs:
It's never convenient to be without your car and this is why you'll be glad to know that the process for paintless dent repairs takes less time than when you have to have the dents repaired and have the car painted. In some cases, you will even be able to wait at the shop while the dents are repaired because the process will be completed so quickly. However, in more serious cases, you might still have to leave your car, but you will have it back sooner than if you needed it painted.
Having paintless dent repairs done to your car will also cost less than if you had the dents repaired at a place that was then going to paint the car. On top of the cost of having the dents repaired, you would also be incurring the cost of the paint job and paint jobs for vehicles can cost quite a bit of money.
With PDR, you will get your car back with the same paint it has had and therefore, you won't have to worry about doing anything differently than you have always done. However, if you have the dents repaired and had the car painted, then you will have more concerns with regard to how you treat your car. You will have to be careful with regards to how you wash and dry the car, where you park the car, etc.
For more information on paintless dent repair, reach out to a local auto body and paint shop.