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Everything you need to know about Dent Removal & Repairs

Dent removal and repair is one of our most commonly required types of car smash repairs. Our panel beaters offer a wide range of smash repair methods to make sure you're getting the best service without sacrificing on quality. While some dents can be removed by paintless dent removal (PDR) , saving you time and money, there are many cases where the metal has creased to the point of nearly cracking (or actually cracking) and therefore PDR cannot be used as painting is also required. Unfortunately, these dent removal and repairs require significantly more labour, products like body fillers, and sometimes even new parts. After this more extensive type of dent is repaired, then the smash repaired panel needs to then be repainted or resprayed as the final step to restoring the car to its original factory condition.

Providing clear photos of the dent or ding damage close up (and from a distance) helps us to assess the damage and find the best smash repair option for you. If it’s applicable, and we can save you money and time, we will send your job to a paintless dent removal (PDR) specialist. If it's not physically possible to be done using the PDR technique we will send your job to our network of panel beaters, auto body shops and smash repairers for some factory finish quality repairs at competitive prices.

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Common Questions and Answers About Dent Removal & Repairs

How much does it cost to smash repair or remove a dent?

The cost to smash repair or remove a dent depends on the size, location and nature of the dent. Smaller dings can be done using paintless dent removal which can cost between $150-$250 a dent. Larger dents where PDR is not possible will require a repair as well as painting or respraying. In these cases, the cost can vary substantially from as low as $400 to over $2,000. Why not let us find you the best price? Get quotes now.

Is it cheaper or better to smash repair a dent rather than replace the part?

A good panel beater can repair nearly anything. The question is how much time are they going to spend repairing the dent on the panel. When dents become very large and the labour costs are high due to the required hours spent repairing the dents, it’s usually cheaper to just replace the part with a new or second-hand part.

What is Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)?

In short, it's a technique for repairing small dents by pushing or sucking them back out without cracking any paint and therefore without needing to use any paint as part of the smash repair. PDR is significantly faster and cheaper than traditional panel beaters however it can only be used in limited cases. For more information see our page on paintless dent removal (PDR).

Latest Customer Reviews

Coles Autobody Repairs
Great service and good quality repairs
Prudence H. - 30 Mar 2020
Rapid Panel Services
I got a small repair done to my passenger side door with these guys. Process was simple, affordable and I had been to a dozen other panel beaters who said the door needed to be replaced at $850+, they repaired the door and it looks good as new for nearly half the price. Overall, they were honest, quick and responsive and if recommend them to anyone looking for a decent panel shop that wont rip you off. Thanks for the great service guys!
Craig T. - 30 Mar 2020
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