How to Differentiate Between a Ding and a Dent


For most of us who uses his car for daily commute has one or two incidents where we have seen a scar or a blemish like thing at the one of the sides of our car. Even though these kinds of damages are almost inevitable, the best part of it is that these kinds of damages are easily repairable. Again these kinds of damage too are categorized by the mechanics of the auto body repair industry to ascertain the type of treatment they need. That’s why in some cases, when they call it a ” Ding” in a slightly variable case they would name it as “Dent” which will also result in variation of its repair cost.

What is a “Ding”?

Usually, a “ding” is referred to a type of damage that is limited to 1/2 inch in its total area of affecting the car surface in its diameter. A Ding is a damage that does not affect the paint of the car, leaving an area exposed to the atmosphere that can collect rust. Generally a brush on the car surface with any sharp surface, that can happen because of carelessly opening the doors or because of brushing against metal shopping carts.

What is a “Dent”?

When the damage affects a larger and deeper area of the car body surface, that requires some serious metal work, a session of repainting or involve replacement of panels, these are usually named as ” Dents”. Therefore the criterion on which a Ding is differentiated from a Dent is the total measured size and type of the damage that has taken place, leading towards the amount of effort it needs to be repaired and the cost it will take.

The Repair Work

Most of the car owners find these minor “Dings” to be annoying but might not take immediate action on them. Even if the area of damage is larger, or even if it has fallen into the category of “dents”, people tend to ignore these damages. But if the damage has peeled of the paint from a large area leaving it exposed to the open air, in no time rust can start damaging that part even more and sometimes to a serious level.

This is the reason why people are suggested by their manufacturer or their service centers not to wait too long to make the repair work done, and the best part of the game is that it can be done through easier paint-less techniques, which won’t keep your car too long in the repair shop.

The Bottom Line

Now that you can yourself identify the kind of damage your car is been affected with, you can now well decide if your car needs an immediate treatment, or if it can continue with this little ugly disposition. In case you are that perfectionist who can’t tolerate the flaws on your car skin, you can take it to the nearest collision repair center, and bring it back with all its original beauty restored.

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