How to Fix a Dent in a Car

Silver car with a dent on the bumper


Accidents happen every day in the Bloomington, Morton, Peoria area, just as they do everywhere else. So, if you’re wondering how to fix a dent in a car, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve put together the helpful guide below. Besides addressing large dents, we’ll talk about how to fix a small dent in a car, as well as how to fix scratches on a car. Of course, if you need any assistance, our service department is happy to help.

How to Fix Scratches on a Car

Scratches can happen pretty easily. Maybe you visit your favorite grocery store, and a stray shopping cart rolls against your car. Don’t worry, scratches can be easy to fix depending on the situation.

How to Fix Scratches on a Car

  • Use sandpaper – Sand until the scratch is nearly invisible, then apply a rubbing compound.
  • Use candle wax – Clean the area, then rub candle wax into the scratch as a temporary solution.
  • Use super glue – This is a temporary solution like the wax method above.

How to Fix a Small Dent in a Car

Small dents can be easier to fix than big ones but still require some effort. Here are some methods you can try:

How to Fix a Small Dent in a Car

  • Use a plunger to pop the dent out – Use a household plunger or one made to pop dents.
  • Use a hammer – You’ll want to use the hammer on the backside of the fender to bang the dent out. Use a towel to protect the fender.

How to Fix a Dent in a Car When the Dent is Big

Big dents are often left to the professionals to fix. However, some intrepid do-it-yourselfers in the area have been able to manage it themselves. Here are a couple of methods you can use:

How to Fix a Dent in a Car

  • Use a dent puller – This is an advanced method that you should use only if you’ve been shown how to use this equipment. Drill a hole in the dent, lace a wire through, and pull the dent back. Fill the hole, sand it down, and paint.
  • Use a mallet – This involves removing the fender or bumper and knocking the dent out from the inside. Use a towel to protect the fender or bumper from being damaged by the mallet.

Sam Leman Automotive Group is Here to Help

If you need any help at all fixing your vehicle, our service department is happy to help. And, if you found this guide on fixing a dent to be helpful and would like to tackle some other tasks yourself, take a look at our posts on how often to change spark plugs and when to rotate tires. We have several convenient locations, like our one near . So drop by or contact us today!


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