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Paint-Less Dent Removal Does Not Belong in Parking Lots
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Paint-Less Dent Removal Does Not Belong in Parking Lots

May 31, 2012

I read the craziest story this week on another blog.  Get this…a woman and her two children were in the parking lot at her local grocery store.  A man pulled his car up next to hers as she was unloading her cart and inquired about a dent she had on her mini-van.  The man pled that he was an out of work auto body repair tech and that he could easily perform a “paint-less” dent removal on her car’s for $100.  She thought he looked harmless because inside his car was another older man, a woman, and a couple of kids.  She said that they were drilling holes into her mini-van’s quarter panel before she even agreed to having them do anything.   She said they wiped on some kind of wax that they said was toxic and not to touch for 24-hours.  Then the question of an agreed-upon price came up after they finished their “repairs” and because she felt threatened she paid them and they went on their way.  Basically, she got swindled.

Last week I introduced you to Marina Auto Body as one of the generous donors to the #iwillrockthis weight loss challenge.  In that post, I described why Marina Auto Body is a premier auto body repair shop.  Not only are they committed to excellence and strive to provide exceptional customer service, they warranty their workmanship, use the finest materials, and invest in education for their repair technicians.   No automotive collision repair shop is more qualified than Marina Auto Body.


For today’s post I had originally planned to outline what to do after you wreck your car.  I’m going to shelf that for now but will revisit in the very near future.  Maybe even a vlog with a behind the scenes peek at what happens to your car after you drop it off for repairs.  Instead, I’m going to briefly explain what paint-less dent removal is and that it should never involve drilling into your car’s panels.  Never.

Paint-less dent removal is a highly specialized service where a skilled technician removes dents as small as a tennis ball to the size of a football.  They use special tools to either push the dents outs from behind the panel or a suction-type tool to pull the dent if it cannot be accessed from behind the panel.   These techniques are generally used on vehicles made in the early 1990’s to current year models.  Advances in high strength metal and resilient paint finishes allow for paint-less dent removal to be successful.

However, paint-less dent removal cannot be done if the dent is not near the edge of a panel.  A huge dent right smack in the middle of your door?  The techs likely can’t get access to the dent without taking off the interior door panels.  I once had a baseball hit my car door and attempted to have a paint-less dent removal company repair it.  No go.  I had to have it repaired by traditional auto body repair methods which was OK because I crashed that car weeks after the baseball hit it!

Yes, there are mobile paint-less dent removal companies but they don’t troll grocery store parking lots.  Shame on those guys for taking advantage of this woman!  The whole thing irritates me because it just adds to the negative stereotype about auto body repairs.  I worked in the industry for many years and have met a ton of  good hardworking people.  I can proudly say that Marina Auto Body is made up of good hardworking people.

If your car is riddled with door dings and dents, swing into Marina Auto Body to have an expert look at it and get a free computerized estimate.  If it can be repaired by paint-less dent removal they can help make those arrangements for you.  And if it can’t, you won’t be disappointed in the repairs from Marina Auto Body.  Regardless, don’t ever let anyone drill holes in your car in some random parking lot.  Call the police instead.


Marina Auto Body Los Angeles

4095 Redwood Avenue.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (310) 822-6615
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Marina Auto Body Huntington Beach

17911 Georgetown Lane,
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: (714) 848-3178
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm

This is a non-sponsored post. Marina Auto Body has generously donated services to the winner of the #iwillrockthis weight loss challenge. Wendy Will Blog does not endorse any products mentioned. This post appears in exchange for the services donated. All opinions are of my own.

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Heidi May 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

So sad that someone would take advantage of that lady…I am freaked out when someone comes up to me in a parking lot and asks for stuff. I try to hurry and get in and not make eye contact.


Wendy May 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I consulted Google about scams like these and also talked to my dad about it and I guess these people are considered “gypsies.” I guess it’s just the economy and people trying to make a quick buck. It’s so sad.


Mike Buice June 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

Very Nice post Wendy. I see this too often. These “gypsies” do go after women and their repairs do more damage than good. The repairs they do are not worth fifty cents. They hack the panel out. Who does Marina use for PDR repairs? Just say no to parking lot repairs.


Wendy June 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hey Mike! Thanks for reading and commenting!!
I’m not sure who Marina uses for PDR. Maybe in house at the big shop. Not sure, good question.


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