How to Repair Car Dents and Scratches

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No matter if it's a new, used, or certified pre-owned car, nobody likes the look of a car dent or scratch when making their way through Oak Park or Cicero. Thankfully, these are an easy fix you can take care of at home or when you bring your vehicle to a service center for maintenance. Learn more about how to fix dents in a car or fix scratches on cars so you can get back on the road and have your vehicle looking as good as new with this helpful guide from the automotive professionals at Honda City Chicago!

How to Fix a Dent in a Car

If you find a small dent on your car that you don't think is worth the time or energy of bringing it into a dealership or service center to buff out, that doesn't mean you have to continue driving around with a dent in your ride. Follow these steps on how you can easily fix a dent in car at home:

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  • Plunger - Whether it's the plunger from your bathroom or a car dent plunger, using this tool can pop the dent out with several attempts.
  • Hammer or Mallet - Using one of these on the opposite side of the dent can help knock the spot back into place. Use the hammer for smaller fixes and the mallet for larger dents. Be sure to protect the side you are hammering with a towel or something equivalent to avoid more damage.
  • Dent puller - Only proceed with this if you're used to using this method as this requires drilling a hole in the dent, lacing the wire through and pulling the dent back to surface level. You'll then need to fill the hole, sand it down, and paint it over.

How to Fix Scratches on a Car

Parking along a curb or getting dinged by the car parked next to you in a lot can leave a few marks on your vehicle, leaving it a little worse for the wear. Follow these steps at home on how to fix scratches on a car:

  • Sandpaper - Shallow scratches on the surface can easily be removed after cleaning the area and rubbing over it with 2000-grit wet sandpaper. Once it's at a point where the scratch is almost invisible, apply a rubbing compound.
  • Candle wax - This is by no means a permanent solution, but it will hold in an emergency. Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch.
  • Super glue - Like candle wax, this helps seal the scratch temporarily and blends with the vehicle, masking the damage slightly.

Count on the Service Team at Honda City Chicago

Now that you know more about how to fix a small dent in a car or how to fix scratches on a car, you can find even more helpful service features at Honda City Chicago such as warranty on a Honda battery, how to make a winter emergency kithow to unlock a steering wheel, how to clean leather car seats, or what does an alternator do. You can also check out our auto body shop to keep your vehicle in top shape. And, whatever your maintenance need is, be sure to take advantage of our service coupons to save on the services you need to get back on the road. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our dealership near Chicago!