How to Repair Car Dents and Scratches

buffing out car scratches and dents



Dents happen. So do scratches. It’s just how this world is, sadly. You can live with these garish affronts to your beautiful vehicle’s exterior, or you can learn how to get rid of them. At Major World, we’re here to help you figure out how to fix dents and scratches on your own, or, in the event of a bad one, advise you further at our service center. Learn how to repair car dents and scratches below!

DIY Fixes for Scratches

Looking for a do-it-yourself fix for scratches on your car? Here are some DIY scratch removal tips, in the hopes we can save you a few bucks on a body shop visit:

  • Candle wax: Not a permanent solution, but candle wax will hold in an emergency. Gently rub the wax over the cleaned area to seal the scratch and prevent further damage.
  • Super glue: Like candle wax, this helps seal the scratch temporarily and blends with the vehicle masking the damage slightly.
  • Sandpaper: After cleaning your car’s exterior thoroughly, you can very carefully try to use sandpaper to attempt to get rid of shallow scratches. Take 2000-grit wet sandpaper and gently rub it over the area. Once the scratch is nearly invisible, apply a rubbing compound.

DIY Fixes for Dents

No one should have to suffer a dent on their slick Brooklyn ride. Here are some simple dent solutions. Remember, if you don’t feel confident in trying these, you’re probably best off visiting a nearby body shop or service center.

  • Plunger: Yes, the one from your bathroom. With that said, they also make car dent plungers—maybe that’d be a less awkward tool? Using a plunger, you can pop a dent out over the course of several attempts.
  • Hammer or Mallet: Use a hammer or mallet on the opposite side of the dent to help knock it back into place. The hammer is for small fixes; the mallet is for larger dents. Make sure you protect the side you are hammering with a towel or something—we don’t want to add more dents!
  • Dent puller: This method is pretty advanced and should only be done by those who feel adept. Using a drill, make a hole in the dent. Lace wire through the hole and pull the dent back to surface level. Fill the hole, sand it down, and paint.

For the Bigger Fixes, Visit Major World

Sometimes it’ll take more than a hammer or superglue to fix a dent or scratch. In those instances, it’s time to bring your vehicle to a collision center. Reach out, and our trained staff can advise you on the quickest way and get you back on the Bronx roads scratch-free and dent-free in no time. Though if you are considering purchasing another vehicle, check out our “3 Things to Look For When Test Driving a Car!“ blog!

Saved
Saved Vehicles ×

SAVED VEHICLES

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:

Save

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact
Contact Us ×

(866) 614-2884

Call Now

43-40 Northern Blvd • Long Island City, NY 11101

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 9am-12am

Open Today! Service: 8am-5pm

Open Today! Parts: 8am-5pm

[schema type="organization" orgtype="LocalBusiness" url="www.majorworld.com" name="Major World" description="" street="43-40 Northern Blvd" city="Long Island City" state="NY" postalcode="11101" country="United States" email="" phone="(866) 614-2884" logo="https://di-uploads-pod10.dealerinspire.com/majorworld/uploads/2017/03/Major-World-OG-Image.png"]
Major World
Major World
43-40 Northern Blvd
Long Island City, NY, 11101 United States
(866) 614-2884
https://di-uploads-pod10.dealerinspire.com/majorworld/uploads/2017/03/Major-World-OG-Image.png
Major World 40.7531179, -73.918293.