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PDR vs. Traditional Auto Body Shop Repair

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Just about every vehicle can pick up a dent or a ding. When it’s about repairing minor damage on your vehicle, there are several options you can choose from. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a somewhat radical procedure of fixing a dent when compared to a traditional way of repairing a dent. A PDR is a lot quicker, and it protects your car from losing value, too. 

If you’re wondering how PDR would fare against a traditional body repair – you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you should know about paintless dent repair, and how it fares when compared to a traditional dent repair. 

PDR Vs. Traditional Body Repair: The Process

Through PDR, a certified technician at Appearance 1st Automotive repairs the dented body panels on your vehicle. This repair process restores the panels back to the same condition they were when your car came from the factory. PDR also does not cause any harm to the paint of the car. 

To make sure that the technician can see every dent, they use LED reflection lights so they can see the smallest of dents on the vehicle. Because of the lighting, the technician knows where the fix is needed, and therefore, they can massage the panel on that specific spot.

On the other hand, if you opt for a traditional auto body repair, the technician will weld holes into the body of your car, and will then fill these holes with fillers. Conventional repairs also include sprays that are harmful to the environment. 

PDR Vs. Traditional Body Repair: The Price

The traditional method of repairing a dent is a lot costlier than PDR. That is simply because the traditional method includes sanding, painting repaired areas, and then bonding them together. This process is suitable in that situation where PDR can’t be applied. 

A traditional dent repair can cost somewhere around $3,000, while a PDR is much cheaper. PDR also provides results that are durable since it doesn’t affect the protective coating your car comes with from the factory. 

Insurance Companies Prefer PDR

Many car owners dread the idea of getting a car repair because it results in some deductibles in their insurance policy. But on the other hand, a PDR offers car owners to bring back some of the vehicle’s life. Because a PDR restores some of your car’s health, insurers prefer when their clients get a PDR. Some insurance companies even recommend their clients to get a PDR. 

It Is Environmentally Friendly

Compared to traditional body repair, a PDR is a lot more environmentally friendly. A traditional body repair includes a lot of sprays and fluids that release harmful chemicals into the air. These chemicals are bad for the environment. Unlike traditional body repair, the PDR process does not involve any harmful chemicals. The repair is done with simple tools, which is why it is a lot safer.

If you live in Jacksonville, Florida, and your car has dings or dents, you should call Appearance 1st Automotive to get your car fixed. We can also give you a free estimate of your damages.

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