Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters
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Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters

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.

Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters

2 DIY Methods Of Removing Hail Dents On Your Car That You Should Avoid

Nora Boyd

After a severe thunderstorm rolled through your area, you may have gone outside only to discover that your car has suffered a bit of hail damage. Since the dents created by the hail seem shallow, you may have decided to research ways you can get rid of them yourself. However, there are a couple of do-it-yourself methods of removing hail dents from your car's body that you should avoid.

1.  Using a Hairdryer to Remove the Dents

One method of removing shallow dents caused by hail that you may come across touts using a hairdryer. For this method, you simply have to set the hairdryer on high heat and hold it a few inches from the dents. 

The premise behind this method is that heating the car's body will make it more flexible. Then, once the area is heated enough, the dented areas should pop back into place.

However, one major issue that this DIY method can cause is that it could fade or even melt the paint. Even if you were successful in getting the dents out, the damaged paint would be more susceptible to chipping and peeling.

This would then result in bare areas that expose the body to moisture, dirt, and road salt. Since any of these contaminants will eat away at the body, you would wind up with more damage to your car's body than a few dents. 

2.  Applying Dry Ice on the Dented Areas

Another suggested DIY method that you may run across is one that uses dry ice. In this method, you hold the dry ice directly on the dented areas.

The premise behind this method is that the extreme cold of the dry ice will cause a temperature change when compared to the warmer air above the dent. As the temperature drops, the air will create a vacuum that will pull at the dent and cause it to pop back out.

While the use of dry ice may help to remove the most shallow dents, it most likely will not work for anything deeper. Plus, since dry ice can result in an ice burn as soon as it touches your skin, it is very dangerous to handle and hold for the time required for this method to work.

Even if you are attempting to remove small dents caused by hail from your car's body, most do-it-yourself methods will not deliver a pristine result. Instead of attempting to do the job yourself, contact an auto hail dent removal company to discuss your options for having the damage repaired by a professional. Find an auto hail removal company in your area today.