I have a 2005 Acura TL that was recently subjected to a sudden and severe hail storm in the parking lot at work. Needless to say, the trunk, roof, and hood are riddled with dents. The side panels also have dents, though not as severe. If I had to estimate without counting, I would say there are roughly 50 dents, ranging from very minor to severe.
I called my insurance company and took the car to a body shop I’ve been loyal to for over 6 years. They told me I have to wait until the end of the month for their “hail guy” to come in – this is apparently a guy who specializes in “paintless dent removal.”
I watched a couple videos on YouTube to learn what this was, this is one:
However, there are so many dents on my car that I am doubting that this spot-repair technique will adequately alleviate the damage, instead of replacing the panels.
So I guess my question is the following: Is paintless dent removal the best choice to repair severe hail damage, or should my body shop be replacing the panels?
I take excellent care of my car: it has 105,000 miles right now, and I intend to use this car as long as I possibly can. I follow the maintenance schedule, use fully synthetic engine oil, repair body damage when it occurs, etc. So I want to make sure I get the best repair job possible.