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What is the difference between a mobile dent repair and a body shop dent repair?

Mobile dent repair and body shop dent repair are two different methods of repairing dents in cars. Mobile dent repair is a newer method that uses specialised tools to push out dents without having to remove the body panels. This can be done in a matter of hours, and the results are often indistinguishable from factory paint. Body shop dent repair is the traditional method of repairing dents, and it involves removing the body panels, hammering out the dents, and then repainting the area. This is a more time-consuming and expensive process, but it can be used to repair more severe dents.

Here is a table summarising the key differences between mobile dent repair and body shop dent repair:

FeatureMobile Dent RepairBody Shop Dent Repair
MethodUses specialised tools to push out dents without removing body panelsRemoves body panels, hammers out dents, and then repaints the area
TimeCan be done in just a few hoursCan take days or weeks
CostFar less expensiveUp to 75% more expensive than a mobile dent repair
ResultsIndistinguishable from factory paintMay not be as good as factory paint
AvailabilityNot all areas have mobile dent repair servicesMore widely available
A comparison table of mobile car dent repairs versus a body shop dent repair

Ultimately, the best method for repairing a dent depends on the severity of the dent, your budget and how long you want to be without your car for. If you have a small dent that is in a visible area, mobile dent repair may be a good option. It is much cheaper than using a body shop and you’ll have your car back within a few hours. If you have a more severe dent then a body shop dent repair may be a better choice.

Here are some additional things to consider when choosing between mobile dent repair and body shop dent repair:

  • The severity of the dent. Mobile dent repair is best for small dents and medium sized dents that are not too deep. If the dent is large or deep, body shop dent repair may be the most preferred option.
  • The location of the dent. Mobile dent repair can be done on any part of the car, but it is more difficult to repair dents in hard-to-reach areas. If the dent is in a difficult-to-reach area, body shop dent repair may be the only option.
  • Your budget. Mobile dent repair is typically much less expensive than body shop dent repair. However, the cost of mobile dent repair can vary depending on the severity of the dent and the location of the dent. We’re based in Kent and carry out mobile dent repair throughout all of Kent, West and East Sussex, Surrey and parts of Greater London. For a full list of the areas we cover click here.
  • Your convenience. Mobile dent repair can be done at your home or office, which can be more convenient than taking your car to a body shop.