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How is Hail Damage Assessed or Estimated in Texarkana, Texas?

How is Hail Damage Assessed or Estimated in Texarkana, Texas?

How is Hail Damage Assessed? 

So your car has hail damage. First, we are so sorry, and we empathize with what pain this process can be. 

We are here to fix it, get you back on the road with your car feeling like it NEVER HAPPENED. Let us teach you how we find out how much damage is on your vehicle and how we price this process out. 

There is no arbitrary dollar number because we legitimately count dent, every one of them, and then put them into a matrix. 

Let’s break it down. 

You come in and sign some paperwork so we can look at your car legally. It gives us permission to assess it and give you a proper assessment. 

We bring it back, and we need it for a few hours. We put specialized lights on the car that make it possible to see every dent on your vehicle. (Pro-tip, ask to come back and look at a car with the light, you will be SHOCKED to see what we see.) 

We count each dent by the panel and size of the dents. We use coins as our size guide. So, there are 15 quarter-sized dents on the right front fender. This is how the insurance has dictated that we write up a vehicle, making it pretty seamless.  

After we look at every panel, we calculate the R&I. This is when it will remove and install different parts to access dents and replace any damaged parts in the storm. 

We total everything up, every panel of dents counted, the work to get to the dents, any parts needing to be replaced, cost of the scans of the cars’ computers, for your safety and ours, and we send this estimate off to your insurance for approval. After it is approved, we get your car back to its pre-storm condition. 

A warning. If a hail company promises you the moon, free iPads, money back, and the idea of repair, and this deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.  We believe in honest work for fair pay and get the best techs to fix your damage. Dent Repair Technicians are trained for years, and the BEST ones can make those dents disappear where the human eye can no longer see them. 

If you have questions about the hail damage process,  door dings, dents, or damage to your vehicle, please reach out to us at the shop. We would love to help clear anything up and understand how you want to proceed with your car’s repair. We are here to make your repair easy, seamless, and we are here to help. We want to get you back on the road with a car restored to its factory condition. Please give us a call or stop by the shop to estimate the damage. We want to explain the dent removal process to make things seamless and easy and get you back on the road and cruising. Call Us Today at 903-280-8190 or fill out our contact form here!

Does Paintless Dent Removal Show up on my Carfax in Texarkana

Does Paintless Dent Removal Show up on my Carfax in Texarkana

Carfax is a useful tool for buying a used car, but will it show up if I use Paintless Dent Removal to repair my car? The quick answer is maybe. Read on, we will explain. 

First, How does Carfax work and protect me?   A Carfax report is your window into a vehicle past! CarFax gets its data from insurance companies, the DMVs, and even the police to tell you about a car’s background. They piece together a history on nearly every car out there, whether you want them to or not! Their data-gathering team in Virginia adds about 3.5 million records a day, with a compiled total of about 15 billion records. (That’s a lot of data!)

Second, When you go to a Paintless Dent Repair shop, we are NOT required to turn in any repair information to CARFAX. 

CARFAX is great because, in extreme cases, it can save you from buying a lemon, something that was in an extreme accident, or just a tiny one to the car collector. It is important to know. We have even seen cars that have been involved in crime sprees, and it can show up on the report. 

Here are some of the things you SHOULD see on a CARFAX.

  • Odometer readings and repair history
  • Number of past owners
  • Any accidents reported by DMVs, insurance companies, or police departments
  • Whether the car’s a lemon or been salvaged or junked
  • Whether a car was ever used as a fleet vehicle, autos used by businesses and often subject to lots of abuse
  • Lien and repossession history
  • Emission inspection statuses
  • Manufacturer recalls and buybacks

When does paintless dent removal show up on a carfax? Usually, we see this happen with hail damage or a large dent that you go through your insurance to repair. We are not mandated reporters, meaning there is no law to tell or report any damage to Carfax. The beauty of Paintless Dent Removal is that there really is no trace of repair or damage since the paint is intact, and we are just manipulating the metal back to its original shape. 

You can fight hail damage repair on a CARFAX because, as of 2021, we haven’t seen the category of “Hail Damage or PDR” on a report. Usually, it is reported as structural damage on the report. This is why it’s important to pull and watch your CARFAX, so you can file a grievance if this does happen to you. 

If you have questions about CARFAX Reports, door dings, dents, or damage to your vehicle, please reach out to us at the shop. We would love to help clear anything up and understand how you want to proceed with your car’s repair. We are here to make your repair easy, seamless, and we are here to help. We want to get you back on the road with a car restored to its factory condition. Please give us a call or stop by the shop to estimate the damage. We want to explain the dent removal process to make things seamless and easy and get you back on the road and cruising. Call Us Today at 903-280-8190 or fill out our contact form here!

Aluminum Paintless Dent Repair in Texarkana

Aluminum Paintless Dent Repair in Texarkana

More and more cars are made of aluminum. We all love our trucks in Texas, and many new trucks, including Ford’s, are made completely of aluminum. Technology is evolving on cars, and so is the repair process for PDR. Preferred Paintless PDR is ready and willing to fix your aluminum dent, ding, or hail damage. 

Many vehicles these days have aluminum panels throughout. Although this has many benefits for the manufacturer and the driver,  aluminum is more difficult to repair properly. 

When cars and trucks are made with Aluminum, it is lighter, than steel and it allows automakers to increase dent resistance—they can make body panels thicker while still lowering weight. And a lower-weight vehicle has better acceleration, better braking, and better handling.

Aluminum doesn’t have a memory like steel, which most vehicles are made of, and it takes a lot of manipulation to repair properly. Our technicians are legitimate artists who have to rebuild curves, body lines, and your car’s shape back to the way it was in the factory.  Aluminum is also 7 times harder to repair than steel. It takes a lot more tork, strength, and pushing to get the panel back, equating to a longer repair time. Aluminum is one of the hardest metals to repair, and it takes a skilled and seasoned tech to get this back. 

Heat can be a valuable tool in Paintless Dent Removal. Aluminum also reacts differently from steel when heat is applied. Heat is an important part of dent removal, so we don’t crack or hurt the paint and make the metal easier to push. Aluminum not only needs heat for shaping, but it is also tricky in how it reacts to heat.

Too much heat can compromise the integrity of the aluminum and leave it permanently softened. It can also damage the paint and make it bubble, but the heat the necessary to make the aluminum malleable so it can be reshaped.

We are trained and ready to repair your aluminum cars, trucks, and vehicles at Prefered Paintless Services. Hail damage is also one of our specialties. We can fix any aluminum car that has been hit with hail or any other damage that may have occurred. While aluminum is harder to ding and dent, it still happens. 

If you have questions about door dings, dents, or damage to your vehicle, please reach out to us at the shop. We would love to help clear anything up and understand how you want to proceed with your car’s repair. We are here to make your repair easy, seamless, and we are here to help. We want to get you back on the road with a car restored to its factory condition. Please give us a call or stop by the shop to estimate the damage. We want to explain the dent removal process to make things seamless and easy and get you back on the road and cruising. Call Us Today at 903-280-8190 or fill out our contact form here!

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