Dent Repair on Your EV with an IMI Accredited Technician is a Must
Your electric vehicle is less likely to get into accidents because of all the computerized sensors it has. However, accidents don’t always occur when the car’s on the road. Sometimes, they can occur even when you’re car is carefully parked in the driveway. Dent and dings on electric vehicles hurt your wallet a lot more than dents on a normal car. What’s more concerning is that there are very few auto-repair shops with IMI accredited technicians to help your electric vehicle.
Read on as we tell you how you can save money on dent repair through paintless dent repair and why IMI accredited technicians are the best choice for you.
What Is PDR?
Paintless Dent Repair or PDR is a non-invasive method of fixing dents and dings on your electric vehicle. It’s a method that auto-technicians prefer due to the ease with which they can do it. It doesn’t involve any extra paint or extra material, which is why it’s so popular. It doesn’t involve any cutting or scrapping of metal and thus saves both you and the auto-technicians a significant amount of time.
How Does it Work?
The PDR process is fairly simple. You bring the car into the auto-shop. Your accredited IMI technician will look at the dent or dent if they’re more than one to assess how many of them, they can perform PDR on. They will then give you an estimate based on this assessment. After you’ve consented to the estimate and the procedure, the certified technician will get to work. The procedure involves the use of special tools and techniques acquired through years of experience to pop out the dents on the body of your electric vehicle. Once they’ve done this, they further look into the body of the vehicle to ensure that they’re not missing anything. Once they’ve done this, you can pay and have your car back in your garage.
Benefits of PDR
There are many advantages to this process, and we have listed some of them below:
1. It helps retain your car’s value
Paintless Dent Repair doesn’t involve any extra material, which means that your car’s value will not depreciate based on this procedure.
2. Insurance companies cover PDR.
Your electric vehicle is already going to be heavy on your wallet for other reasons. Since insurance companies cover PDR, you don’t have to worry about paying for this procedure out of your wallet.
3. They’re environmentally friendly
Paintless Dent Repair doesn’t involve any wastage by scrapping material. It doesn’t use paint which means that no harmful chemicals are released into the environment.
Why Choose Sioux Falls Dent Repair for Your EV needs?
Sioux Falls has IMI accredited technicians who have years of experience with electric vehicles. We have worked on the bodies of cars like Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model X, Nissan Leaf, Audi e-Tron, or EV Ford Mustang.
You must take your electric vehicle to certified IMI accredited technicians for many reasons. We have listed a few of them below:
1. It’ll cost you less
IMI accredited technicians know what they’re doing and thus are likely to botch the job.
2. You’ll get quality of service.
IMI accredited technicians train for years so that they can achieve finesse, you’ll get the best work possible.
3. They are reliable.
Since they’re accredited and claim to be too, they’re held to a higher standard. This standard means that you can rely on them to put the best work forward.
Here at Sioux Falls Dent Repair, our main priority is the customer. Don’t believe us? Come on down to our shop and let us sort you out.
Since there has been a greater strive for fuel efficiency and lower carbon footprints, electric vehicles have started to gain popularity. Since there are more electric cars on the road, like a Tesla (Model 3, Model Y, Model S or Model X), Hyundai Kona, or a Jaguar I-Pace, more and more of these vehicles have started to show up for dent repair services in Sioux Falls. The types of systems that are used to repair these dents can vary.
If you’re going to Sioux Falls Dent Repair for dent removal from your electric vehicle, you’d be glad to know that they are the only dent repair shop in Sioux Falls that are IMI certified. Because of this reason, you know you can trust their dent repair services.
Incurring hail damage or dings to your electric vehicle can be very stressful – especially if you have an electric vehicle. Fortunately for Sioux Fall residents, technicians at our shop can quickly diagnose the problem your car has, repair the dents and dings, and restore your electric vehicle to its initial condition.
After the repair is done, your car will be available for you to pick up.
Why Should You Choose Sioux Falls Dent Repair?
Sioux Falls Dent Repair is the premier paintless dent repair specialist in Sioux Falls. Not only do we specialize in paintless dent repair, but we are also the only IMI certified car repair shop in Sioux Falls. If you’re booking an appointment for a paintless dent repair at our shop – in most cases, you’ll get your vehicle back the same day.
The certifications that we have are:
ARC PDR Repair Master Technician Certified
ARC Hail Damage Repair Master Certified
PDR Nation Certified:
Ethics and Standards
Hail Damage Estimating
Corrosion Protection and Paint
Dent Trainer Hail Damage Estimating Certified
The PDR Process
Every day, our expert technicians work on the cars that come into our shop. The PDR process can remove a dent or ding from your electric vehicle without compromising the paint or hurting too much of your wallet. But how does the PDR process work?
Evaluating the Damage
The first step to any repair process is evaluating the damage that has been done. Where did the dent happen? How big is it? How can I reach the dent? After evaluating the dent and determining if it can be removed through PDR, the area around the dent is prepared for PDR.
Accessing the Dent
In most conditions, a technician will access the dent from the back side. This means that they will first carefully remove the trim panels, the taillights, and in some conditions, they might have to remove panels like the hood or trunk lid as well.
Once the dent can be accessed, the technician can perform PDR to fix the body of your car. It is crucial that for this step of the process, you have an expert technician working on your car.
Applying Slow Pressure
With the help of specialized tools, the body of the car is massaged so the exterior can be restored to its original position. Because of the expertise of our technicians, we can complete the PDR process on the same day you send us our vehicle.
The Bottom Line
If your electric vehicle has sustained a dent or a ding, contact Sioux Falls Dent Repair for our exemplary services! You can also book us for a free damage assessment.
There are many types of hybrid and electrical vehicles on the road today. Here we will walk you through the different types of vehicles and what makes the different.
Why is it important to know about these systems and what makes up these systems? Be sure to check out our page here about the safety procedures and training we have gone though to be IMI Level 2 Certified to power down these systems. Learn More Here!
Types of Electric Vehicles
Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV)
These vehicles have a smaller style internal combustion engine and an electrical generator. Unlike a hybrid where the small engine works to move the vehicle, on this type of vehicle the small internal combustion engine is used just to provide electricity to the generator and is NOT used to move the vehicle in any way.
This is the most common of electric vehicle. They have not only a gas engine but also an electric motor. These are the types of vehicles that “shut off” when stopped then quickly start back up when taking off, these style hybrids are called “micro-hybrids.”
These types of vehicles get their batteries charged from an external source like an outlet at your home or work.
They are similar to conventional hybrids in that they have both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. What sets these vehicles apart from a hybrid though is unlike conventional hybrids, PHEVs can substitute electricity from the grid for gasoline. This allows them to not need any gasoline to run.
It’s no doubt today that we are seeing more electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today and they are in need of dent repairs. These vehicles will continue to gain popularity and will continue to become more efficient. They will continue to extend your driving experience while using less fuel and some being full electric requiring NO fuel!
When doing paintless dent repair on these types of vehicles, there are more safety precautions that need to be taken. These vehicles have High Voltage DC Power systems running through them which can be of great danger if not handled safely.
How Do You Work With These Systems?
When working on these electric vehicles you need to know where the high voltage systems are located. We have access to programs that layout these systems and locations on vehicles. Something as simple as a dent in a fender, in the past, was as simple as gaining access through the fender liner or in through the engine bay.
Now there can be High Voltage cables running through even a fender and also in the engine bay. These components need to be identified and at times these high voltage systems need to be disabled to perform repairs.
We here at Sioux Falls Dent Repair have taken advanced courses on these types of systems AND have the proper safety equipment to properly work on and power down these High Voltage Systems.
We are the ONLY shop in the state of South Dakota that is certified by the IMI for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Level 2 Power Down Procedures.
Dealing with these systems is about safety. The safety of the technician, the safety for you, the vehicle owner and your family. Also for the safety of the vehicle itself and any anyone else that comes into contact with the vehicle.
These High Voltage systems can cause serious injury or death if not handled with the proper precautions. Don’t trust just anyone to repair your vehicle, be sure to make sure anyone that works on your vehicle equipped with any of these systems has the proper knowledge to do so.
If you have any questions on any of these systems or have damage in your own vehicle give us a call today!