Protecting vehicles from damage is nearly impossible, but thanks to paintless dent repair, getting a vehicle back in showroom condition is quick and easy for your customers.

‍When it comes to repairing minor dents and dings in vehicles, there are two main methods: traditional dent repair and paintless dent repair. While both options aim to restore the car’s exterior to its original condition, there are significant differences between the two approaches.

Let’s dive in and see why paintless dent repair is the superior choice for today’s modern vehicle owners.

Traditional Dent Repair Doesn’t Stand the Test of Time

While traditional dent repair can effectively rectify the damage, it is a more invasive, expensive, and time-consuming option for consumers.

Traditional body repair requires the damaged area to be sanded down, filled with body filler, and then painted to match the original finish. Over time, the bond between the filler and the metal can weaken, causing the paint to crack or the filler to shrink. Additionally, it is often difficult to exactly match the hue and tone of the original paint, resulting in obvious color discrepancies.

Paintless dent repair, on the other hand, is a new and innovative technique that utilizes specialized tools and techniques to massage the dent out from the inside of the panel, without the need for fillers or paint.

By preserving the car’s original factory finish, paintless dent repair offers several advantages over traditional repair processes.

Faster Turnaround Time and Reduced Costs

Since there is no need for extensive sanding, filling, or painting, the process can be completed much faster than traditional dent repair. In many cases, minor dents can be repaired within a few hours or even minutes, depending on the extent of the damage. This quick turnaround time means less inconvenience for the owner and reduces the overall repair costs.

The absence of fillers, paint, and labor-intensive processes significantly reduces the overall expenses. In fact, paintless dent repair can cost up to 65 percent less than traditional methods.

Preserving the Integrity of the Paintwork

Another primary benefit of paintless dent repair is that it does not involve any painting or surface preparation.

The technician uses specialized tools to carefully manipulate the metal back into its original shape, leaving the paintwork untouched. This preservation of the original paint ensures a seamless repair and eliminates the risk of color mismatch or future corrosion issues.

Ensuring No Corrosion at a Later Stage

Perhaps the most important advantage of paintless dent repair is the reduced risk of corrosion down the road. The process of traditional dent repair, involving sanding and welding, can compromise the car’s protective coating, leading to potential rust and corrosion issues.

When a dent is repaired using paintless dent repair, the original factory finish is preserved, leaving the car’s protective coating intact. By not removing the protective coating that acts as a barrier against moisture and other corrosive elements, the long-term integrity of the vehicle is not compromised.

Protection Today, for the Long Road Ahead

From maintaining resale value to overall vehicle satisfaction, paintless dent repair offers several advantages over traditional repair techniques.

These advantages include cost savings, faster turnaround time, and most importantly, the prevention of corrosion at a later stage. By choosing paintless dent repair, car owners can restore their vehicles to their original condition without compromising the factory protective coating.

For more information on paintless dent repair, contact the vehicle protection product experts at Safe-Guard today.

Modern vehicles are safer than ever due to a wealth of new technologies that are designed to keep drivers safe, even when they’re not paying attention.

Unlike traditional passive safety systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are designed to enhance vehicle safety by helping the driver steer, brake, and accelerate the vehicle automatically to avoid an accident. Each manufacturer has different names for their systems, but these systems often go by common names such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

Given the efficacy of these systems, it’s no wonder that in 2022, Counterpoint Research found that some sort of ADAS system was fitted to more than 70 percent of new cars sold in the United States and this number is expected to exceed 80 percent in 2023.

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ADAS Systems Require a Clear View

Central to the operation of ADAS systems are automated sensors that continuously monitor the vehicle’s surroundings, detecting potential obstacles and assessing the driving environment. Even though several sensors combine to make up the ADAS sensor suite, nearly all of these advanced systems rely on a camera (or stereo cameras) mounted behind the windshield to warn drivers of impending dangers or instruct the vehicle to take evasive action.

In order for these windshield-mounted ADAS cameras to function properly, they require a windshield free of defects and blemishes. ADAS cameras looking through a windshield with distortion from cracks or dings that are directly in line with the lens could fail to detect critical information or provide false positives. In fact, some vehicles will recognize the damage and turn off the system entirely.

This issue is further compounded by the fact that even minor damage can grow and spread over time. Temperature changes, vibrations from the road, or even wind pressure can cause small chips to quickly develop into larger cracks.

Avoiding Costly Repairs and Improving Safety with Windshield Protection

Repairing chips and cracks in a timely manner is more important than ever before. A small crack can turn into a large crack, which not only can block an ADAS camera sensor but can necessitate a complete windshield replacement. Full replacement not only adds several hundred dollars to the repair bill, but the replacement windshield has to meet all the OEM’s specifications, and the ADAS camera has to be recalibrated, both of which add to the replacement cost.

Escalating repair costs and deteriorating road surfaces make protection products, such as Safe-Guard Products International’s Windshield Protection, essential for maintaining a worry-free ownership experience for customers. Instead of paying out of pocket for costly repairs, Windshield Protection helps consumers avoid the financial burden of chips and cracks so they can keep a clear view ahead, avoid costly replacements, and keep their vehicle’s ADAS systems working as intended.

For more information, contact us today to learn more about our wide range of vehicle protection products.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as more drivers recognize the environmental and cost-saving benefits they offer. However, to fully unlock the EV ownership experience, a home charging station is a prerequisite.

The Importance of Home Charging

Installing an EV home charging station opens up a treasure trove of benefits that are not available to owners of ICE-powered cars:

  • Home charging offers EV owners unparalleled convenience. Instead of making trips to a public charging station, drivers can simply plug in their EVs at home.
  • If the home charger is powered by a sustainable energy source, such as solar, owners can also be assured that every charge is clean.
  • With a home charger an EV owner need never have to join the queue waiting for a spot at a public charger.
  • Charging an EV at home is substantially cheaper than filling up a traditional gasoline or diesel vehicle. The cost of electricity to power a home charger is also less than that to power the public DC fast chargers.

And unlike owning a gas station, owning a home charger is a viable option. In fact, in the US more than 80 percent of EV owners primarily charge at home.

The Cost of a Home Charger Installation

The cost of installing a home charger can vary depending on several factors, including location, the type of charger, and the electrical connection required. Homeowners get to choose between a Level 1 (L1) or Level 2 (L2) charger.

A typical L1 EV charger delivers between 1.3 kW and 2.4 kW, which translates into roughly 3.11 miles of range per hour of charging. L2 chargers require a special electrical connection of between 208 and 240 volts and can charge between 3 kW and 19 kW, delivering a range of 18 to 28 miles per hour.

On average, home charger installation can range from a few hundred dollars for an L1, to a few thousand dollars for a faster-charging L2. However, utility companies, states, and equipment manufacturers often offer incentives and rebates that help to offset these costs.

But why lay out any money on a home charger when public DC fast chargers are becoming commonplace? The answer lies in the convenience of home charging and the cost to charge.

The Cost of DC Fast Charging

While charging at a DC fast charger cuts the time to charge from the hours needed with AC home charging to minutes, it comes at a cost.

  • Because of the cost of the equipment, DC fast charging is generally more expensive per kWh compared to home charging. This can result in significantly higher costs over time if the EV is exclusively charged at public charging stations.
  • Some DC fast-charging networks require a membership or subscription.
  • Cluster charging of EVs during peak hours can push the pricing into the peak demand bracket, which will increase the cost to charge significantly.

So, while DC fast charging is invaluable for road trips and emergencies, home charging is the more cost-effective and convenient option for regular use.

However, as with any other electrical appliance, the home charger can develop a problem, or even stop working at any time, leaving an out-of-power EV stranded in the garage.

Fortunately, Safe-Guard’s EV Wall Charger Protection is an optional service contract that includes replacement coverage for the failure of an EV home charging station due to mechanical breakdown. This protection product also provides reimbursement for the costs associated with an electrician removing the defective charger and installing a replacement charger after the base three-year manufacturer’s warranty has expired (a two-year extension).

If charging your EV at your own home charging station appeals to you, but the risk of an expensive failure does not, contact your EV dealer about obtaining Safe-Guard’s Wall Charger Protection.