Dings Vs. Dents: What’s the Difference?

dings dentsIt’s inevitable if you’re a car owner: Incidents involving runaway shopping carts or swinging car doors can lead to noticeable blemishes. However, is the damage a dent or ding? People often use the terms interchangeably, though technically the terms “dings” and “dents” indicate different degrees of damage.

How Dings and Dents Differ

Motorists who bring their cars to our shop for dent repair freely switch between the terms. However, for industry staff, the differentiation matters. Let us explain the difference.

Ding: A ding is a relatively minor blemish where the damaged spot is no more than half an inch in diameter. The auto paint is also completely intact. Damage from runaway shopping carts usually falls into this category.

For most car owners, a ding is an eyesore, but does not require immediate attention. In other words, no need to cry over spilled milk. Most owners, though, still eventually decide to repair the ding.

Dent: The term “dent” is applied to damage with a diameter over half an inch wide and scratches to the paint that expose the metal. The exposure puts the frame at risk of rust. Minor bumper to bumper impact usually create dents severe enough to warrant collision repair.

Why the Difference Matters

The difference between the terms especially matters with respect to leased vehicles. At the end of the lease term, a dealer will inspect the vehicle with a fine-toothed comb. You will incur a fee for damages that fall into the dent category. If trading in a vehicle, the trade-in value may go down if dents are present.

We Do Dent and Ding Repairs

Did your car incur a ding, dent, or scratch? No worries; bring your vehicle to Doug’s Auto Collision Center to undo the blemish. We restore dents and dings on all makes and models, including leased vehicles.

Dings and Dent Repairs in Bellevue

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