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Dent Repair Services

You can get your car back to its best with a quality dent repair service.

Getting your vehicle fixed can be expensive. But depending on the damage, you may have options to avoid a major repair bill, including for dents.

What is a dent repair service?

A dent repair service can fix one or more dents on the body of a vehicle so that it is restored to how it originally looked. Dent repair services tend to be suited to for less complex jobs than what's offered by a traditional panel-beater or workshop. For example, if you've been involved in a minor accident or a hail storm, you might consider dent repair.

How does it work?

The repairer will assess the level of damage and difficulty in repairing a dent or dents on your car to provide you with a quote for the cost. If you agree to the work, they will use specialised tools to correct minor dents by manipulating the metal back into place.

But if there are large dents and creases, replacement may be necessary.

Some brands offer pop-up repair services and mobile vans, especially popular in large metropolitan areas of Australia. This means the work can be carried out at homes or workplaces. In more rural areas, qualified technicians may be sent on-site shortly after, say, a major storm or hail event that's affected a lot of cars. These operatives may be able to do the job at a place suited to the vehicle's owner.

As part of the dent repair work, many companies will offer add-on services such as a buff and polish. Some will have special services that are tailored to prestige and classic models.

What kinds of dents can usually be fixed?

Dent repair services can repair damage that's been caused to aluminium and steel panels on parts of the doors, roof, bonnet and front- and rear-guards of a vehicle, as long as the metal or paint hasn't been affected.

These services can often fix up a range of problems to vehicles including minor creases, door dings, small- or mid-sized dents, bodyline damage and dents caused by some hail damage.

The most common type of dent repair service is known as Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), or paintless dent removal. As its name suggests, this is a method for removing fairly minor dents in cases where the paint surface has remained intact. This service can suit a range of vehicles including sedans, wagons, 4WDs and utes.

What isn't covered by a dent repair service?

You won't be able to enlist a dent repair service for more serious damage to your vehicle.

Typical exclusions include:

  • Mid- to large-sized crash repairs
  • Structural damage that leads to panel replacements, such as car doors
  • Any work that requires the use of fillers, such as on textured plastics
  • Large panel scratches or dents
  • Alloy wheel damage
  • Paintwork

For these issues, you'll have to take your vehicle to an auto mechanic that can perform body repairs and restorations.

How much does it cost to fix a dent?

To fix a small dent or scratch on the side of your car, it may cost anything between $80 and $200. Larger dents or creases may cost around $600 or more.

Dent repair costs do vary quite a bit – especially those for hail damage. The price you're offered will depend on a number of factors, including your vehicle and the type of damage that's been caused. Prices will also change from one company to another.

3 questions to ask a dent repair service

  1. How do I get a quote? To show the severity of the damage, you may need to take photos of your car and send these to the repair service provider. Try and get a few quotes so you can compare the prices.
  2. Are your technicians fully licensed and insured? Get peace of mind that the technicians are certified with a professional accreditation, and have insurance in place.
  3. Do you offer any guarantee for the service? Try to establish up-front what rights you have if work isn't up to standard, or the dent reappears after the job is done.

How long does a dent repair service take?

The length of time needed for repairs will vary depending on the extent of the damage. It's possible for a small dent or a scratch to be fixed within an hour. Bigger work will take longer, but it can often be completed on the same day.

Pros and cons of dent repair services


  • A professional job can restore the appearance of your vehicle and help improve its re-sale value
  • Mobile dent repair service options mean you can sometimes get the work done at home
  • Generally, a cheap and speedy service is available if your factory paint is unaffected
  • Choosing a business with a dent repair service guarantee can give you more control over the final outcome


  • Larger jobs need to be fixed by an auto mechanic
  • Dent repair costs can be very different depending on the business, so you may need to get a few quotes before getting the work done
  • Add-on services can increase the cost
  • You won't be sure that your vehicle is fully restored until the work's been done

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