At Acklam Car Centre we understand that you don’t want to take your car into the shop every time there’s slight damage that need to be fixed. That’s why this week we thought we’d address the question of how to fix minor car damage.
Our experience as one of the largest growing car dealerships in the North of England has led us to see many people pay extreme amounts to fix minor faults. The reality is that some of these faults can actually be fixed without having to ever darken the doors of your local mechanics.
Make no mistake, we’re talking about aesthetics; dents, scratches, weather damage etc. Any damage that goes further than aesthetics requires a mechanic; it would be unsafe to fix it yourself. However if it’s just about aesthetics there’s a number of ticks you can try.
The first concerns dents and dings. Often if you’ve taken a trip through a hail storm then the body of your car is dinged repeatedly, this can damage the paintwork and create dents that damage the aesthetics of the vehicle.
At this point you’d take it into the mechanic, instead why not try a hairdryer. It may sound crazy but it really works. The power of the device can actually force the dings to pop back out. This only works with minor dents but it’s always worth a try.
Now we move onto scratches. It’s an issue when your car gets scratched and considering how often people are forced to squeeze into tight car parking spaces; it’s an issue that a lot of people face.
For big scratches it’s always best to go to a professional; however for small scratches it really isn’t worth paying for their services. Why not painting over it? It’s a tiny scratch so you’ll do no harm covering it up and car paint is surprisingly easy to get a hold of. Sometimes it also comes off if you use an adhesive or if you buff it out.
But what about weather damage? Sometimes increased exposure to the rain and snow, especially in winter, can do damage that seems irreversible. However in this case all you need to do is use some common sense Take it to a car wash and get the full works; wash, dry, wax etc. and you’ll have it looking brand new in no time for hardly any money at all.
When it comes to fixing minor aesthetic car damage it really is all about common sense; how can you approach this issue, will it do any harm etc. However any serious issues should at once be referred to a mechanic.