What are some methods of fixing dings on cars yourself?

My passenger side door got a ding in the parking lot from another vehicle. It’s noticeable, but not big enough that I want to pay for a body shop to fix it. What are some methods of fixing dings on cars yourself?

Find out if you’re getting ripped off on your car insurance in less than two minutes.
No spam · No long forms · No fees
Find savings (100% Free)
rating white
3.5k Ratings
Answer provided by
Melanie Mergen
Answered on May 04, 2022
Sorry to hear that happened! For fixing small dings on cars, you could consider picking up a dent-removal kit from an auto parts store. A dent-removal kit typically includes support pieces that you’ll place on either side of the ding and a suction tool to pull the ding back out.
Here are a few more DIY remedies you can try:
  • Plunger method: Just wet the plunger and try to suction the ding away. You should hear a pop when you are successful
  • Hammer method: Just like it sounds, gently hammer on the underside of the ding until it pops out
  • Blow dryer method: For this, you will need a blow dryer and a can of condensed air. Put the blowdryer on the hottest setting and heat the ding. Once the car feels hot, aim the compressed air at the ding and press on the nozzle
It’s important to note that sometimes (most of the time), attempting to fix a ding yourself could worsen the damage, so consider that as you plan what to do with your door ding.
As you continue looking after your vehicle, it could also be worth taking another look at your car insurance policy to ensure it’s giving you the protection you need. Comprehensive coverage would cover the cost of your repairs, is considered a no-fault coverage, and typically has a very low deductible.
If you are unhappy with your current insurance policy, it’s time to change. Jerry makes changing insurance companies easier than ever! With Jerry, you can compare and contrast rates from some of the nation’s top insurance providers all in one spot.
Getting started takes less than a minute, and Jerry users save an average of more than $800 per year on car insurance!

Here to save on car and home insurance? Great, you do that. We’ll do everything else.

Sign up in under a minute.
No need to fill out forms or shop around. Sign up in 45 seconds to start saving. Jerry does the rest.
Jerry collects and analyzes your current coverage.
Say hello to Jerry, your new insurance agent. We’ll contact your insurance company, review your current plan, then find the coverage that fits your needs and saves you money.
Get the best options before your renewal.
Jerry does all the picky, busy work by comparing prices and coverage from more than 50+ insurance companies. We compare what we find to your current policy and offer you the three best options before every renewal.

Easiest way to compare and buy car insurance

√
No long forms
√
No spam or unwanted phone calls
√
Quotes from top insurance companies
Find insurance savings — it's 100% free