The Importance of Lighting for PDR Estimates

by | Jul 5, 2022 | Dent Repair, Educational

The Importance of Lighting for PDR Estimates


We can often get into car accidents without understanding the degree of damage in the dark. Car accidents happen all the time. However, they’re more likely to occur when one of our senses is handicapped, as is often the case for drivers driving in the dark. How often have you looked at dents the next day and understood that the minor scrape wasn’t so minor after all?


Lighting changes our perception of dents and dings to a great degree. Thus, it’s always essential that you have a nice long look at your dent or ding after it shows up on your vehicle’s body. Sometimes, you may not even notice all the dents and dings on your car’s body. These small damages happen more often if your car’s color is lighter, for example,  if it’s white or pale pink. However, just like with everything else, it’s good to have a little perspective with car dents.

Thus, even if you think the dent that your car incurred is only minor, you should still bring your car into the auto shop and have someone else look at it. You’d be surprised by how many dents pop up under proper lighting.

Why Is Lighting Important for Accurate PDR Estimates?

Even if you have very good eyesight, you can only see as much as the sunlight enables you to. Just because a dent is not visible doesn’t mean it’s not there. After a hail storm, you need to bring your car to a PDR technician. 

The PDR technician will look at your car under controlled lighting to identify where the issues are with the body. Controlled lighting brings about something that sunlight can’t, consistency. It lets the PDR technician see all the places in your body that the light bends in peculiar ways. The PDR technician is also trained to see abnormalities in the reflections of light, which you are not. Thus, they can see the dent and dings which you can’t see. 

Additionally, because of the reflection of the dents and dings, they can also see the degree and area of denting. Thus, a PDR technician has all the tools and techniques to give you a better estimate of your repair. 

Some PDR technicians also have special PDR lights, i.e., dedicated lights under which they conduct PDR. This method also brings about consistency. 

Why Is PDR the Best Method to Fix Your Car?

PDR has several advantages. We have listed some below:

1. It is covered by insurance companies

You won’t have to bring out your own money to fix any of the damages to the car. You’re likely to get your work done earlier if you don’t have to pay.

2. It saves your car from devaluation

PDR is paintless, which means your car retains its original color and value.

3. It is environmentally friendly

It doesn’t release any paint vapors or harmful gases into the air.

Why Pick Sioux Falls Dent Repair? 

Here, at Sioux Falls Dent Repair, you will find many ARC-certified PDR technicians with years of expertise. They know how light bends and how to fix your dents and dings. Their main aim is to have you back in your car and on the road in no time. 

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