How do you fix a large dent in a car hood?

I dropped a tool in my garage yesterday. Of course, it landed on my car hood and dented it. How do I fix it?

Oh no, what bad luck! Let’s get that fixed as soon as possible.
There are two do-it-yourself methods you can try.
  • The first is called the mallet method. To do this, remove your hood and lay it upside down on a blanket. Hammer around the edges until the dent pops out.
  • You can also try the plunger method. Place your household plunger over the dent and pull until it pops back into place. This one works best on smaller dents.
Should that not fix the dent, you’ll definitely want to visit a professional. Dents can be tricky and you don’t want to cause further damage to your hood. A car body repair shop typically has the tools to fix dents.
Accidents happen, so make sure you have the best car insurance coverage possible. Having a good policy can protect your car from dents and scratches. If you’d like an easy way to explore your coverage options, use Jerry. The Jerry app collects personalized quotes from top insurance companies, like Nationwide and Allstate, to find you the best rates. The average Jerry user saves $879 a year on car insurance!
Will Baldwin
Answered on Oct 29, 2021

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