It’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. Continue Reading →