How do I pop a dent out of a car door?

My son dented my door when we were playing catch in the front yard. The dent isn’t huge and I don’t want to file a claim because my rates will go up. How can I pop the dent out of my car door?

Sorry to hear about your car door! Perfecting an accurate baseball throw is all about practice! As far as filing a claim, you’re right. Your insurance rates will increase. Fortunately, you have several solutions ranging from dent pullers to hot water to hot glue to fix your door dent. So don’t stress!
To pop a dent out of a car door, try one of these methods:
  • Use a dent puller. These items cost between $10 and $50 depending on the size you need. Simply follow the instructions on the package, and you should be able to pull out a minor dent.
  • Use a regular bathroom cup plunger (not a flange plunger) to pop the dent out. A baseball-sized dent is probably the perfect size for this method to work.
  • Rub dry ice on the dent. The drastic change in temperature often pops a dent out in just minutes. Reapply as necessary.
  • Apply hot glue to one side of a wooden dowel and push it onto the dent. Then, use the dowel as a handle to pop out the dent.
If none of these methods work but you still want to remove the dent, you may have to bite the bullet, take your car to an auto body, and file a claim.
If your insurance increases too much as a result of the claim, you may want to shop around for new car insurance. That’s when the Jerry app can help.
As a licensed broker, Jerry can help you find and compare quotes from over 50 top providers in minutes. When you find a better rate, Jerry can help you buy your new coverage and even cancel your old policy!
Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 25, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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