Throughout your journey as a proud vehicle owner you will come across a multitude of obstacles that challenge your knowledge and preparation. Prior to a hail storm there are many steps you can take to minimize damage to the body of your vehicle. (Read up on hail damage prevention tips here.) While it is certainly better to avoid any damage altogether, sometimes that simply isn’t an option. When you get caught in a hail storm, seek out shelter for you and your vehicle immediately. Then you can begin your search for a Texarkana paintless repair expert today!
What to Do After a Hail Storm
Start by collecting as much information as you can on the accident. You will need to be thorough and pay attention to detail. Collect information such as:
Clear photos of the damage (no dust or shadows obstructing the dent)
Suspected license plate numbers. Look for signs like poor parking or stray shopping carts.
Next, contact your insurance provider. This is where the information you took down before will come in handy. Make sure you describe all of the damage in detail, and remember to provide the pictures you took if they ask. This information is invaluable in developing an accurate quote; however, they will likely want to see the damage in person anyway. Sometimes you may even decide against an insurance claim if your deductible is greater than the cost of the damage.
Lastly, you can start looking for the perfect Texarkana paintless repair crew. Make sure your search is thorough and educated. Word of mouth is always your best asset. Also, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for recommendations too. When it comes to the technician ask about their experience and equipment. You wouldn’t want someone that is out of practice or doesn’t use top quality tools.
Nowadays there is no shortage of do it yourself techniques, life hacks, and home remedies flooding the internet. They can be found everywhere from obscure forums to the front page of your Facebook feed. In fact, there are websites completely dedicated to easy money saving methods. So they must be credible since they’re so popular right? Well maybe if you are looking for nifty ways to use your old jeans and paper towel rolls.
The Proof Is In The Pudding
In order to understand why so many people follow these tutorials we’ll have to take a look at one of them. Here we see someone applying hot water and a plunger to a very large dent on their back left door panel. The cheap tools and short video length are immediately appealing, but they should be raising red flags for every viewer. You’ll know why by the end.
Take note that he does not need to remove any panels or windows. Eventually, he manages to remove the huge dent. However, at the cost of several smaller dents near the edges of the panel and an obvious crease. These are far more difficult to repair than a large dent and now your Texarkana dent removal crew will have something to talk about over lunch.
So What Are They Missing?
To put it simply, do it yourself dent removal tutorials are missing two essential ingredients:
Every good technician has a solid set of tools and years of experience behind them. The industry hasn’t been running this long on $15 shelf kits handled by newbies. Now that’s not to say that do it yourself methods will never work, but there is a significant amount of risk involved if you care about the value of your car. Most of the successful DIY tutorials on YouTube are done by professionals with high end tools. The best solution will always be a reliable Texarkana dent removal company. Call Preferred Paintless Services today at (903) 280-8190 or text a picture of the damage so we can start you off with an estimate!