Whenever you read about hailstorms in the Northeastern US and elsewhere, be assured that many people's vehicles sustained damage to the body panels and sheet metal, some of it amounting to thousands of dollars. Hail damage often causes small dents or dings which are the right size and type to be repaired using paintless dent repair. Using this type of repair can often give you a pretty significant savings of time, materials, and money when compared with normal repair methods.
Maybe the term "Paintless Dent Repair" (PDR) is a new one to you, but it is simply a way to repair small dents and dings in your car's body panels without having to repaint them. If the paint at the site of the dent is unbroken, and the dent is fairly small, PDR can normally be used to repair the dent.
In order to complete a PDR, a trained and qualified auto body technician must be able to gain access to the area behind the dent, so certain areas of your vehicle will not allow these types of repairs to be made. Where access is available, the tech uses a variety of long probes to prod, shape, and press the metal back into it's original shape, thus popping the dent out.
Some dents you don't think can be removed this way actually can be. A patient, experienced tech with a deft touch can work seeming miracles. However, if the dent is too big, or on a body panel crease, paintless dent repair generally won't be successful.
A lot has happened in the field of auto body and collision repair in the last few years. One of the major breakthroughs has been the development of paintless dent repair. It's just one more way your local auto collision repair facility is helping keep your car or truck looking like new.