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4 Inexpensive DIY Solutions for Fixing Minor Car Dents

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Here’s How to Get Rid of Those Minor Dents on Your Vehicle

Nothing is more annoying for a meticulous car owner than seeing dents on their vehicle. Unfortunately, dents can’t always be avoided no matter how careful you are as a driver. Whenever you’re out on the road, you’re always at risk of getting your car damaged by road objects, falling debris, or clumsy drivers.

However, some dents are not worth losing any sleep over. You need not always take your car to the shop where you would normally be charged on a per-panel basis regardless of how serious the dent is.

You can fix some car dents all on your own using a few basic items. Goodwill Car Donations offers these four inexpensive do-it-yourself solutions for fixing minor car dents:

  1. The hairdryer solution

You’ll need a hairdryer, dry ice, aluminum foil, and a can of compressed air. Start by heating the affected area using a hairdryer. Afterward, cover it with aluminum foil and start rubbing dry ice over it (make sure you wear gloves!). After at least five minutes of rubbing, cool the dented area using the can of compressed air. The dent should pop out due to the rapid temperature change.

  1. Use a plunger

Using a plunger is ideal for dents that aren’t too big or crumpled. Pour some water over the dent and the plunger and start plunging away!

  1. The boiling water trick

This works best for plastic bumpers but can also work on other car sections that are made of mostly plastic and can easily be accessed. Simply pour a pot of boiling water over the dented area, reach behind it, and pop the dent out.

  1. Use a hammer or a mallet

Some dents can be popped back into place but are too hard to do so by hand. In this case, using a hammer or a mallet is your best bet. Make sure to protect the side that you are hammering on with a piece of thick clothing like a towel. Hammer the dent in a slow and controlled manner until it’s fixed.

Some Residents In Your Area Are Dealing With Much Bigger Problems

While the dents on your car can be unpleasant to look at, you’re still lucky if that’s all you’re worried about. Some residents in your local community have much bigger problems. They are those who can’t find decent sources of income to free themselves from poverty because of their disabilities, lack of education, job experience, or essential skills, and other limiting personal issues, such as being welfare-dependent and a former inmate.

You can help uplift the lives of these folks by simply donating your unwanted car to Goodwill Car Donations.

We’ll auction off your donated vehicle to generate funds for the Goodwill organizations serving your local area. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofits cater to disadvantaged U.S. citizens, providing them with job and skills training, vocational services, scholarships, financial aid, disability benefits, family support, and other essential support services.

You’ll not be the only one doing the giving when you donate to us. To thank you for your kindness and generosity, we’ll make sure you’ll receive substantial rewards. They include getting our free professional towing service anywhere in the country and also the highest possible tax deduction you can claim in the next tax season.

Moreover, nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction you’d feel, knowing that your charitable contribution will greatly benefit your community in terms of the jobs and livelihood opportunities that it will help create for the empowerment of your underprivileged fellow residents.

Nearly all vehicle types are accepted in our donation program. They include vehicles that are no longer in good condition.

For information about our quick and simple vehicle donation process, visit our FAQs page. You can also call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-233-8586 or write to us here for your inquiries or concerns.

Are You Ready to Make a Difference in Your Community?

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You can help build a stronger community when you help out your disadvantaged neighbors. You can do so by simply donating a car you no longer need to Goodwill Car Donations. Call us at 866-233-8586 or fill out our online donation form now!