Preventing Car Dents, Dings and Scratches

Preventing Car Dents, Dings and ScratchesPreventing car dents, dings and scratches is actually not as difficult as one would think! Just check out these tips from Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, Colorado. If you keep these suggestions in mind when parking your vehicle, you are more likely to avoid having your car look like it joined in a tennis match. 

Walk a little more

Park in the farthest reaches of the parking lot, where nobody likes to park. You’ll have to walk farther, of course, to get to your destination, but your car will be safer, and you’ll get some exercise, so it’s a win-win situation! Do this even when it’s inconvenient because the one time you don’t will be the time somebody puts a dent in your car with their door. 

Choose your neighbor wisely

It’s better to park next to a small car for the obvious reason that there will be more space between the vehicles. It’s also better to choose a spot next to a nice car, a vintage car or a sports car. People with cars in these categories are generally more conscientious about not damaging someone else’s car when they open their doors. Avoid minivans. We know it’s a stereotype, but it’s generally true. Minivans usually have kids in them, and kids are not always paying attention to what they’re doing. 

Don’t let other people park your car

Valets and parking garage attendants are more concerned with parking your car quickly than they are with keeping it dent-free. While they won’t deliberately harm your vehicle, they also won’t take as good care of it as you will. Taking a extra few minutes to park your own car is big step in preventing car dents, dings and scratches. 

Choose “safer” parking spots

Always be on the lookout for parking spots that limit the risk of receiving dents and dings. Choose street spots over parking lots as it’s more likely that someone will ding your car opening their door alongside you than that they will hit you while parking. Even if they do, they’ll probably nick your bumper which is easier to fix. 

End spots are also great for the obvious reason that only one side is at risk for car dents and dings. Spots next to handicapped ones are great too as the wider space makes a good buffer zone. Plus, they usually remain empty. Avoid parking in spots that are marked for compact cars only. These are very narrow and don’t allow for any cushion room around the vehicle. Parking next to or between posts and columns is also good, as they’ll protect your car – as long as you don’t hit them while backing out! 

These are some helpful tips for preventing car dents, dings and scratches but even when you put forth your best effort, sometimes these things happen. If your vehicle does show up one day with a dent or ding, count on the experts at Rocky Mountain Dent Service to repair your car and get it looking like the damage never even happened.

Maximize Trade-In Value with Paintless Dent Repair

Maximize Trade-In Value with Paintless Dent RepairDid you know that you can maximize trade-in value with paintless dent repair? Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, Colorado can help you get the full value out of your vehicle when you want to sell it by utilizing this great technology to rid your vehicle of the minor dents and dings that come with regular vehicle use.

Cars are notorious for not holding their value very well. Most people are aware that when buying a new car, that car loses about 20% of its value, just by driving off the lot. It’s disheartening when you think about it, especially when you consider how much money you put into buying it.

Unlike a piece of land, house, or undertaking a home improvement project, purchasing a vehicle is one of the major investments that most of us make knowing that we will lose on it. Of course, vehicles are extremely useful, and you can comfort yourself with that fact, but it’s still frustrating that cars depreciate so quickly. We absolutely get it.

So, with the already not so great outlook on the resale value, it is nice to know that there is something you can do to maximize on that investment. Whether you are taking a vehicle in for trade-in or trying to sell it yourself, aesthetics like minor car dents and dings are important. Of course, mechanical issues and mileage are huge factors not to be ignored, but human beings are naturally drawn to things that look good, so take advantage of that.

Even if you have a vehicle that runs like a dream, has no mechanical issues, and maybe even has a lot of new parts, appraisers will knock a significant amount off the selling price if the car exterior has a few dings or dents. Dings and dents are just a part of vehicle ownership. Short of keeping your vehicle locked in a garage all the time and never using it, there is little you can do, to prevent this type of everyday wear and tear.

So, when it comes time to sell that car, one of the best ways to maximize your trade-in value is to have those dents repaired with the paintless dent repair service we offer here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. This is an inexpensive and extremely easy way to improve your car’s appearance and bump your resale value back up. Another great tip is to have your car thoroughly cleaned and maybe even professionally detailed. Again, it doesn’t have anything to do with the usefulness of the car but pleasing the human eye is important and can earn you extra several hundred dollars for the sale.

We hope this article about how to maximize trade-in value with paintless dent repair has been informative. If you have any questions or are wondering what the numbers work out to, feel free to talk to one of our experts here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. We can explain more in detail how useful paintless dent repair can be and give you a quote for your vehicle. You’ll be amazed at the difference!

A Colorado Vehicle’s Greatest Enemy, Hail

a Colorado vehicle’s greatest enemy, hailA Colorado vehicle’s greatest enemy, hail. Call us melodramatic here at Rocky Mountain Dent Services, but we’ve seen the aftermath of a storm to know that hail is a true threat for vehicles and the owners wanting to restore them back to dent-free condition. If the balls of hail are big enough, vehicles simply are not strong enough to withstand the beating they often take. 

What is Hail?

Let’s take one step back and make sure that we’re all on the same page. Most people probably already know what hail is and the car dents it can create, but just in case here’s a quick explanation. Hail is basically frozen rain that can range from small pellets to large balls of ice, golf ball size and up. 

How is Hail Made?

Water condenses and freezes around specks of dust or something similar high up in the atmosphere. The one little drop of water with which it starts begins colliding with other drops of water and freezing them on contact, thus growing larger.

Thunderstorms have strong updrafts that can either maintain a piece of hail in relatively the same spot or cause it to travel up and down within the cloud. Regardless of which method forms the hailstone, once it gets so heavy that the storm can no longer maintain it up in the sky, it falls to earth. With strong updrafts, hail can grow to a surprisingly large size before hurtling down towards earth to strike anything in its path and put hail dents in your vehicle. 

How Fast Does Hail Fall?

It is difficult to determine the rate at which hail falls. It can never reach terminal velocity because it is constantly bumping into other hailstones and raindrops, and the wind, friction, and melting all have an effect. Plus, terminal velocity is calculated based on a perfect sphere, but a hailstone is highly irregular! 

Where Does It Hail the Most?

In the United States, there is an area known as “hail alley” where the three states Nebraska, Wyoming and, of course, Colorado come together. We are the lucky recipients of between 7 and 9 good hailstorms every year. Hail is also frequently seen in northern Italy, parts of Russia, China, and India. 

How Big Does Hail Get?

Generally, hail ranges from pea-sized to marble-sized (about ¼ inch to ½ inch). This type of hail is not too dangerous and causes repairable hail damage. However, hail in our area can easily start getting over an inch in diameter, which is usually when it starts causing damage, and can get up to around 4 ½ inches in diameter. Hail that large is obviously quite serious and is extremely dangerous to people (and of course cars).

So now you’ve gotten to know a Colorado vehicle’s greatest enemy, hail. If hail is in the forecast, try to get your vehicle to a covered space as quickly as possible. But, if you do get stuck out in a storm, know that Rocky Mountain Dent Services has a paintless dent repair option that is both economical and efficient at restoring your vehicle to its previous condition. Call us today for more information!

Did You Know That It’s Hail Season in Colorado?

Did you know that it’s hail season in Colorado?Did you know that it’s hail season in Colorado? The team here at Rocky Mountain Dent Services want to remind all our neighbors to keep their eyes peeled and stay safe until we reach the end of the season. Hopefully, we’ll get lucky and the hailstorm we had back in May will be the only major one of 2017.

So, What Is Hail Season?

Every year from April 15 until around September 15, we should all be on the lookout for hailstorms and know the rules for keeping ourselves, our property and our cars safe from these destructive and fits of nature. If you live here, you already know that the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains has even been nicknamed “Hail Alley” because of the frequency and intensity of the storms in this area. It has been called the worst spot in the United States for hailstorms.

During hail season, the entire region can expect to see several intense storms with hail sizes between ½ inch and 1 inch being hurled down. Plus, as many Denver residents already know, the metro and surrounding area are often affected the worst, sometimes seeing large hail over an inch in diameter.

Of course, if you’ve lived here for any length of time, you know that these reports are not exaggerated. The storms are intense and cause a lot of hail damage to cars and more every year. Here in Colorado, we can expect to have 3 or 4 catastrophic level hail storms every year. Catastrophic is defined as causing at least $25 million in insured damages. The one back in May of this year crossed the $1 billion mark all on its own. Ouch!

Insurance companies have been paying out a lot as over the past 10 years as hail storms have racked up billions in damages. To put that number in a more recognizable form, if you spread the cost out over the entire state that translates to $560 per person. Narrow the area to just the Denver metro area where the most damage occurs, and that number doubles to over $1100!

Think about what that means for your insurance premiums.

Rocky Mountain Dent Services has your back when it comes to vehicle damage due to hail storms. Our paintless dent repair option is a great, low-cost way to fix all those dents peppering your car if you are unfortunate enough to get caught out in one of these storms.

The main thing, of course, is that you and your family stay safe so always keep an eye on the weather forecast during hail season, so you have some warning before the storm strikes. Also, be sure to check out some of our other blogs for helpful information on how to protect yourself and your car.

Did you know that it’s hail season in Colorado? Even if you didn’t, just be sure you’re taking steps to protect your property. Of course, if your car has already been damaged by a hail storm feel free to give us a call here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. One of our knowledgeable staff members will walk you through the options you have for fixing your vehicle. We’ll even help with all the pesky insurance stuff!

The Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair

Advantages of Paintless Dent RepairThere are quite a few advantages of paintless dent repair, but at Rocky Mountain Dent in Denver, we know that many people are not aware of what exactly these benefits are. Often when people are faced with fixing a dent in their vehicle, they decide not even to try to get it fixed because they assume it will be an expensive repair. They’ve heard the stories about having to replace an entire section of the car and repaint and do all this expensive bodywork for a little bitty dent and so decide it’s not worth it without even bothering to ask about the price.

However, that’s where one of the biggest advantages of paintless dent repair comes into play. For dents that qualify, which most un-creased small dents do, the work is simple, quick and inexpensive. Paintless dent repair works on many different types of dents whether they are caused by hail, shopping carts, or even minor collisions. If in doubt, just bring your car by the shop, and one of our experts can give you an idea of what the price tag might be. Who knows? You just might be pleasantly surprised.

So what are all the advantages of paintless dent repair? Let’s take a look.

  • It’s fast. Traditional dent repair can involve a lot of grinding, replacing, hammering the metal out and repainting that could take a week or more. Paintless dent repair can be completed in as little as one day.
  • It’s inexpensive. We’ve already touched on this a bit, but just the reduction in labor alone gives you an idea of how much you will be saving.
  • It keeps your vehicle’s original finish. No worries about matching the color of your paint exactly and get it to fit in with the rest of the car.
  • The process is environmentally friendly.
  • The advanced tools used allow for fewer body repairs.
  • The process reduces the need for replacement parts

When you contact us for dent repair, we are happy to help with some of the other headaches that come with car repairs. For example, our staff will help you figure out the insurance and offers both assistance and advocacy during the claims process. Our staff is experienced in dealing with all types of insurance companies and that is one notorious headache less when you have us to help with the process.  Plus, we provide a warranty on all of our dent removal services for as long as you own your vehicle. That’s what we call real peace of mind.

Now that you better understand the advantages of paintless dent repair, we encourage you to reach out to us here at Rocky Mountain Dent in Denver. Even if you have an older dent that you’ve been avoiding repairing because you didn’t want to deal with the expense or inconvenience, we can probably still help with our paintless dent repair process. Just stop by today and talk to one of our expert representatives to get an idea of what your options might be.

How to Protect Your Car During Colorado Hail

How to Protect Your Car During Colorado HailHere at Rocky Mountain Dent Service, our goal is to keep you and your vehicle safe, so let’s discuss how to protect your car during Colorado hail. We know that defending your vehicle from hail damage can prove to be a challenge sometimes, it’s a rather unpredictable phenomenon, but we hope that with these tips you can lower your risk substantially.

If You Are at Home

With the regular occurrence of about 3 or 4 devastating hail storms every year in the Denver, Colorado area, this is not something you can just “take your chances” with and hope hail damage to your car will never happen. If you live in this area, you should have a garage or covered parking area for your vehicle.

Be in the habit of storing your car in your garage or covered area just in case. However, during hail season it is even more important! Also, keep an eye on the forecast and when a hail storm is brewing be sure to store your vehicle safely. If you don’t have a safe area for your car, you can at least cover it with thick blankets to protect it as much as possible. The hood, roof, and trunk are the most vulnerable to dents and damage, and you should ensure that they are the areas most protected.

If You Are on the Road

It may happen that a storm comes along and you are out on the road and not able to get your car safely into its garage. You should not drive while the hail is falling, both for your safety as well as there is less chance of damaging your vehicle if it is stationary.

If you can, seek shelter under an overpass or at a covered gas station or another covered area. It is not a good idea to find shelter under a tree as it could fall on your car. If no good cover is available nearby, pull over and try to angle your car so that the sturdier glass of the windshield is taking the brunt rather than the weaker back and side windows.

Stay inside your car where you will be safer, but be aware of the possibility of a window getting broken. Position yourself with your face and head as far from the windows as possible. It’s a good idea to store a blanket in your car that you can use to cover yourself if you get stuck in this type of a situation.

Once the hail stops falling, and you can safely exit the vehicle, check your vehicle for any damage before driving off. Pay close attention to the lights to make sure you can drive safely. If you suspect any major issues, call for a tow instead of trying to limp it home. If not, you could damage your car further.

Even if you know how to protect your car during Colorado hail season, there may come an unfortunate day when you are unable to avoid dreaded hail damage. Don’t worry, just contact us or give us a call at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. With reasonable prices and a dedicated staff of dent removal specialists, we’ll do our best to get you vehicle looking it’s best again.

Does Insurance Cover Hail Damage to My Car?

Does Insurance Cover Hail Damage to My Car?Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, does insurance cover hail damage to my car? Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver knows it may not be top of mind until your vehicle gets stuck in a hailstorm and you have all those annoying little dings to contend with. That’s why we’ve put together the information you need to know about car insurance and hail damage.

The short answer is maybe yes, maybe no. Okay, we know that probably isn’t the most helpful thing we’ve ever said but read on and we will explain under what circumstances you will be able to use your car insurance to help pay for hail damage repairs. Though hail may not leave deep dents, it tends to leave a lot of them–driving up the repair bill quickly.

Hail Coverage

To determine does insurance cover hail damage to my car, you need to get out or download your policy and see what your plan covers. If you have liability-only coverage, the unfortunate news is that it will not pay for hail damage. If, however, you opted to include comprehensive coverage then it’s your lucky day. The insurance company will help pay for dent repairs.

Something to note is that comprehensive coverage must have already been on your vehicle at the time the damage occurred. Also, sometimes when a hurricane or heavy storm is projected in the forecast, insurance companies will put a hold on adding comprehensive coverage to your policy until the threat has passed. So, it’s generally a good idea not to try to play the odds. If you want to ensure that you have hail coverage, just add comprehensive coverage to your policy and keep it there.

Deductibles

Again, your deductible depends on the type of policy chosen. Some policies have a zero-deductible option, but you have to pay a higher premium to secure that. Many companies, however, require at least a certain amount for a deductible. Whatever deductible amount chosen, the cost of hail damage repairs almost always costs more than that, so it is still to your benefit to have coverage.

Totaling the vehicle

Another question that comes up frequently is if hail damage can total a vehicle and the answer is yes, it can quite quickly. Depending on the value of the car, hail damage repairs can exceed the value of the car itself and make it not worth fixing.

Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service, we help a lot of people who didn’t find out until it was too late does insurance cover hail damage to my car? This is why recommend always garaging your vehicle if you live in a hail-prone area, especially if your car is particularly valuable. There is nothing more frustrating than a random freak storm causing such a headache for you. Also, be sure to add comprehensive coverage to your policy, even if you have to pay more of a deductible. It will still be worth it in the end.

Ready to get rid of those unsightly hail dents? Call or contact us today for more information.

Paintless Dent Repair Can Save Time and Money

Paintless Dent Repair Can Save Time and MoneyHere at Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, we know that your time is valuable and you work hard for your money. That’s why, along with more traditional repair services, we provide customers with a far more efficient option. Paintless dent repair can save time and money, enabling you to get your car back faster and keep more money in your pocket.

So, what makes paintless dent repair so quick and cost effective? First, let’s take a look at traditional techniques to understand the difference.

When you bring your car in for a standard dent repair, the job can often expand and become tedious. A portion of the car’s body must be removed, and once the dent is repaired, it then needs to be sanded, repainted and the car reassembled. If it gets difficult to make the new paint match the original finish, the repair shop may end up having to repaint an entire section instead of just where the little ding was.

Now imagine you have several little dings from getting stuck in a hailstorm. It’s possible that you’ll pay for a much larger paint job even though the dents are shallow and didn’t even scratch your paint. That’s the beauty of paintless dent repair. In cases where the damage is minor and paint hasn’t been affected, it’s possible to fix the dent without having to repaint.

How is it that paintless dent repair can save time and money? Well, our specially trained technicians use specially designed tools to gently push the metal back into place from the back of the car’s body panel. This doesn’t affect anything on the front or cause any unnecessary damage to the paint.

This method drastically reduces the amount of time that your car is stuck in the shop by skipping the steps requiring sanding and painting and possibly repainting a broader section to better match colors. In turn, this reduces your repair bill. But don’t just take our word for it. Ask a car insurance company about paintless dent repair. They love it because it helps keep their payouts down after a hailstorm.

Unfortunately, paintless dent repair can’t be used in all situations. As we’ve mentioned before, the paint must be undamaged for this process to work. Plus, it depends on where the dent is located. There are some areas of the car that the tools simply can’t reach.

One more factor is the material that the car is made of. Older cars tend to be made of steel which is an easier material to work with for this process. Newer cars are more commonly made of aluminum and plastic. In some cases, it is still possible to use this method, but it usually takes a bit longer as more care should be taken to get the job done right.

Of course, choosing a reputable company like Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver will significantly improve the chances of a successful dent repair. There is no doubt about it, paintless dent repair can save time and money, so you should always use a shop that offers this option. Want to see if that dent you’ve been living with can be fixed by our experts? Call or contact us today for an appointment.

What is Paintless Dent Repair?

What is Paintless Dent Repair?You find a nasty ding in your car and need to decide just what to do about it. Maybe come see Rocky Mountain Dent Service here in Denver. Maybe call it “character” and spare yourself the expense and time that you assume it will take for a fix. Here, we would like to change your perspective on what it takes to get your car back into pristine shape by explaining what is paintless dent repair.

Paintless dent repair is a great option for fixing small dents and blemishes. It costs a fraction of the price of traditional repairs and can be completed in as little as 1 day. We don’t want you to settle for driving a dinged-up car, so let’s first talk about what factors that will determine the success of this type of repair.

  1. Intact paint. For paintless dent repair to be successful, the original paint must still be intact. In other words, if whatever caused the ding also scratched the metal, the process won’t work well.
  1. Paint flexibility. The paint needs to have enough flexibility that the technician can move the metal back into place without causing the paint to split or crack. Most modern-day finishes are flexible enough to allow for this technique.
  1. Extent the metal is If the dent is very deep, or if the damage is a sharp crease, paintless dent repair will probably not work very well. Excessively stretched out metal cannot return effectively to where it was before without damaging the paint as well. However, even large dents that are shallow make good candidates for this repair process.

To perform the repair, the technician will first access the area where the dent is located by removing vehicle panels and trim.

They will then use a variety of metal rods and body picks to gently push the metal back out from the inside. They way also apply pressure to the underside of the dent and carefully massage things back into shape. Dents can even be pulled out from the outside using glue and specially designed tabs.

Once the metal is mostly back into place, the fine tuning begins. This detailed process requires qualified professionals and true attention to detail. The metal must be carefully tapped down to eliminate high spots – technicians may also expertly incorporate them into an orange peel paint texture.

The key is not to overwork things, which can cause the clear coat to end up splitting or cracking. That’s why you need someone who knows precisely what they’re doing and has honed their craft.

Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, we’re always ready to answer questions about what is paintless dent repair. We know that you don’t want to be without your ride for very long, so our process is quick and our prices are reasonable. We can even help with insurance paperwork, as well as provide financial assistance for your deductible and a rental car if needed. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call or contact us today.

Colorado Hail Statistics

Colorado Hail StatisticsHere at Rocky Mountain Dent Service, we numerous vehicles that come in with hail damage, everything from minor dents and dings to broken windows and torn up interiors from shattered glass. Let’s take a look at some Colorado hail statistics, and we’ll also give you some tips for protecting yourself and your property from this inconvenient damage.

Living in Colorado means rain and intense hail storms are inevitable and, unfortunately, they can cause quite a bit of damage. Since 1984, Colorado has seen ten hailstorms that resulted in several hundred million dollars of damage. In the last ten years alone, the costs add up to more than $3 billion.

On average, Colorado receives about 3 or 4 “catastrophic” (defined as causing at least $25 million in insured damages) each year. Most of that damage occurs within the Denver metro area, which makes sense as it is more densely populated and there is more property to damage.

Of course, it’s a no-brainer that if you live in this area, you should make sure to include hail coverage in your homeowner’s insurance. While most policies include it automatically, but always check to be sure. Also, it’s a smart idea to always maintain comprehensive coverage on any vehicles that you own, even if it’s paid off and you can switch to state minimums. Comprehensive coverage is the type of car insurance that will cover hailstorms.

While you should never go out in a storm and risk injuring yourself to save your property, you also don’t have to sit idly by and watch the damages pile up. A lot of entirely preventable damage occurs after the hail stops falling.

Once it is safe, go out and assess the damage in your yard. If your plants and bushes are missing a lot of leaves or branches and you see that patio covers, screens, and other materials are dented, then there is a good chance that your roof is damaged. If possible, take a look and cover any holes or broken windows to minimize water damage from rain. Also, check to see if the hail has broken any of your car windows. Cover them up and carefully clean out the broken glass to avoid damaging your vehicle’s interior.

Also, talk with your insurance company right away. Snapping a few pictures of the damage before you clean anything up is a good idea. Save receipts for what you spend on repairs so that you can show them to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Make sure you always choose reputable companies like Rocky Mountain Dent Service when having your property repaired. It’s not uncommon for out-of-town scammers to come in after big storms, take your money, and skip town leaving your repairs half-done. Scamming is common with dent repair and roofing companies, so be on the lookout.

Chances are that if you’ve lived in Colorado for any period of time you’ve already experienced one or more of our infamous hailstorms. Every year, from about mid-April to mid-August, we’ve got to be on alert to keep ourselves and our property safe when they hit. Hailstorms are just a part of life here in Colorado, but by taking the appropriate steps, you can minimize the negative impact they can have.