Auto Hail Damage Estimating Explained

Auto Hail Damage Estimating Explained

Auto Hail Damage Estimating Explained

In today’s video, Jack takes us through a hail damage estimate for a 2015 Honda Fit that came into the Sioux Falls Dent Repair shop. As you can see, the damage is quite severe and even caused the paint in the roof to crack in multiple spots.

For the customer to claim their insurance, we needed to take photographs and even mark off the severely damaged areas. The car itself, as you can see, is covered in “oversized” dents which are indicated with “X” marks. In terms of size, an oversized dent is any dent that is larger than a half dollar coin.

The roof and hood were written as replacement pieces because of the severity of the damage and that is what we used to write up our estimate. The dents are all across the body of the car and has even caused the paint to crack in many spots. In some spots, the glass will also have to be removed and reinstalled once the job is complete.

Unfortunately, once the estimate is made, the car is going to be a complete loss for the customer and they will have the option to either get reimbursed or buy it back and get it fixed afterwards. The customer also has a tow hitch attached to the front of the vehicle which means that it will have to be removed and will be included in the eventual cost. We also came across a hairline dent between the side mirror and the frame of the vehicle which will need work. Also, there are signs of previous PDR work on this car, but it isn’t complete and isn’t a good job either.

So, that is how we at Sioux Falls Dent Repair go about writing up an estimate for hail damaged car. We mark off the larger dents and any extreme damage, we take to a body shop for repair or replacement.

Watch the whole process here:


If you have any hail damage that you want us to take a look at, go ahead and call or text us at 605-250-1023.

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Paintless Dent Repair Process on A 2012 Buick Verano

Paintless Dent Repair Process on A 2012 Buick Verano

Paintless Dent Repair Process on A 2012 Buick Verano

Hassle-Free Dent Repair

A dent on your car is always an ugly site. It makes other road users view you as a reckless driver even when that’s not the case for like 90% of the time. This is why you need to get it repaired as soon as possible and there is no better way to do it than with extreme paintless dent repair. This is the most convenient and easiest way to repair your car’s dent without having to visit a body shop or filing an insurance claim. Here is how you do it on a 2012 Buick Verano carrying a dent on the rear section just above the bumper, as explained by Sioux Falls Dent Repair’s lead PDR technician Jack Bucknell.

Assess the Damage

The first thing the PDR certified technician will have to do before anything is to assess the extent of the damage. This will help determine a few things; one, how deep does the dent go, secondly, if PDR is possible. In this case, the kind of dents that cannot be fixed using PDR include deep dents, dents near edges, and dents that have creases. The last reason for assessing the damage is to determine what approach would yield the best results.

Gain Access

After assessing the extent of damage, the PDR certified technician will have to make sure they have unrestricted access to the damaged area. Most of the time they will need access through the backside of the dent and for this case, they will have to pop the trunk lid open and remove some of the interior as well as the tail light to reach the dented area. They will also have to lower the bumper for a cleaner, smoother job and ensure the use of appropriate tools for this process to prevent any damage to the screws and clips that might make it hard to return them.

Get A Heat Gun

Direct heat of around a hundred and sixty degrees towards the area you intend to fix. The heat is intended to soften the surface and make it malleable so that returning it to its original position can be easy. In addition to that, it prevents any damage to the surface as a PDR certified technician tries to manipulate it.

Perform the Repair

The PDR technician position tools on the dent’s backside and can apply a special glue on the front of the damaged area to ensure equal pressure is applied to the front and behind the area. With the heat ray’s help, slowly manipulate the dent’s outer edge until it bends back level with the surface. After slow and methodical work around the dent’s outer edge, the dent’s size will gradually shrink until it completely disappears.

Piece It Back Together

Once the PDR certified technician have finished the dent repair and are satisfied with the outcome, they can start returning everything to where it was from restoring the bumper and tail lights then return the interior panels




Paintless dent repair methods have proven time and again to be the easiest and most convenient methods as they don’t damage the paint service.  Contact Sioux Falls Dent Repair at 605-205-8865 for a free quote. 


Common Damage Found on Pickup Trucks

Common Damage Found on Pickup Trucks

Common Damage Found on Pickup Trucks


A pickup box side or also called bedside damage is very common if you use your pickup truck for work or hauling. It’s common for the top upper parts of the bedside to be damaged and to show waves like this seen here in the video. We can remove this type of damage using the Paintless Dent Repair method. With this method of repair, we use specialized tools to slowly massage this damage out from the backside. On bedsides it is common to gain access through the tail light area or to pull a bed cap or cover off(on the top part of the bed) and gain access though there.

All of this damage was repaired at a local body shop for their customer. This type of repair can take a couple hours vs a couple days at a body shop. This gets the customer back on the road the same day and with no repaint of their panel, this saves them for a negative history report on Carfax as well as diminished resale value. So if you have damage in your vehicle that you would like fixed using the Paintless Dent Repair method give us a call!


Aluminum and Paintless Dent Repair

Aluminum and Paintless Dent Repair

Aluminum and Paintless Dent Repair

Today we are working on this all aluminum 2017 Ford F-250 Tailgate. One unknown fact to most people is aluminum is repairable using paintless dent repair. One thing most people don’t know is that it is much HARDER to not only repair but to also dent as well. When compared to the same dent in steel vs aluminum the damage will be extremely different from the same impact.

In order to gain access to this damage we pulled the top tailgate cap off. This is the upper black trim pad on the top of the tailgate. We also had to pull the inner tailgate trim piece for access as well. After these items are out of the way we then have very good access to push this damage out with our tools.

Do you want to learn more about Aluminum and Dent Repair, check this video out.




Can dents in body lines be fixed using Paintless Dent Repair?

Can dents in body lines be fixed using Paintless Dent Repair?

Can damage in body lines be fixed using the Paintless Dent Repair method?

The answer to that question is, Yes.

Today we are working on this 2017 Chevy Camaro.  There are multiple extra special steps we have to take when repairing body line damage. So just because one technician or company says it cannot be done is not necessarily always the case. The damage here is an example of extreme damage on a body line. Here is what the damage looks like under a paintless dent repair light.

Here is some footage mid way through the repair. As you can see we’ve got the body line generally back up into its original spot here. We’ve got a bunch of crown work.  It’s a very slow process but we are getting it out. Now for access we are actually fortunate enough to where there is a factory access hole here. We removed a small cover and gain all of the access we need with our tools to push this damage out.

The Grand Finale

We were able to get that body line back out to its original shape without damaging the paint. Luckily this car had absolutely awesome access for where this damage was with the big factory hole we showed you earlier. The majority of this damage, was actually removed by glue pulling. For this we are actually gluing a tab onto the vehicle and pulling the damage out.

Here is a look at the finished results with a paintless dent repair light, it shows a little bit more detail. You can see we were able to get all of that damage out very nicely. Stay tuned in just a second here we’ve got the customers reaction to the repair.

“So this is my Camaro I brought into Jack, had a horrible dent in the rear quarter. This is actually the third car I’ve had Jack fix for me. A lot of people said that there was no way anyone could even get this out, I’d have to go to a body shop to get repainted, I didn’t want to do that. Jack of course he is a magician with this stuff, he got it out and you cannot even tell at all that there was ever a dent there whatsoever. The other two cars I had, same thing, I brought them here and they look like they had just rolled off the showroom floor. I would highly recommend Jack, I would never take my car anywhere else but him if I have a dent in it. He’s great at what he does and I highly recommend him.”

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