How do I fix a ding in my car door?

I opened my car door and inadvertently hit the support pole in my garage. It left a bit of a ding, but it’s nothing too serious. Can I fix the ding in my car door on my own, or should I take my car to the auto body?

Eric Schad · Answered on Nov 08, 2021
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Dings in your car door happen. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to fix on your own with tools like dent-pullers!
Dent pullers come in a wide array of price ranges and capabilities. So you could find one as cheap as $10 or as expensive as $100. While cheaper models are essentially suction cups, expensive ones can be more complex.
To use a suction-cup style dent puller:
  • Place the suction cup over your dent.
  • Clamp down the airlock.
  • Use the pump/lever to remove excess air from the pump.
  • Pull to remove the dent.
While more complex models vary in design, one of the more popular options is a spring-mounted puller attached to a disc with hot glue on it. Instructions will vary widely between models, but you’ll generally attach the hot glue to the center of the dent and use the spring-mounted puller to pull it out.
If the dent is too big to fix on your own, you can consider filing a car insurance claim with your collision coverage. If you don’t have collision coverage, consider buying some to keep your car covered in the future.
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