It’s unavoidable if you’re a car owner: Incidents involving runaway shopping carts or swinging car doors can lead to visible blemishes. However, is the damage a dent or ding? People often treat the terms interchangeably, though technically the terms “dings” and “dents” imply different degrees of damage.
How Dings and Dents Differ
Motorists who bring their car to our shop for dent repair freely switch between the terms. For auto body specialists, though, the differentiation matters. Here’s 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 rolling shopping carts usually falls into this category.
For most car owners, a ding is an eyesore, but it doesn’t require urgent attention. In other words, no need to cry over spilled milk. Most owners still eventually decide to restore the ding.
Dent: The term “dent” is applied to damage with a diameter over half an inch wide. There are also scratches to the paint that exposes the metal underneath. The exposure puts the frame at risk of rust. Bumper-to-bumper impact usually creates dents severe enough to warrant collision repair.
Why the Difference Matters
The contrast between the terms especially matters when it comes to leased vehicles. At the end of the lease term, a dealer will examine the vehicle with a fine-toothed comb. You’ll incur penalty fees for damages that fall into the dent category. If trading in a vehicle, the trade-in value may dip if dents are found.
We Perform Ding and Dent Repairs
Did your car incur a ding, dent, or scratch? Not to worry; bring your automobile to Doug’s Auto Collision Center to restore the blemish. We undo dents and dings on all makes and models, including leased vehicles.
Dings and Dent Repairs in Bellevue
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