General Guidelines



Estimate should be completed on a cleaned vehicle, indoors, and using professional PDR lighting equipment.


Details of this guide are subject to the specifics of each situation. It is understood that no two dents, storms, or technicians are alike and should be evaluated on an individual basis. This includes but is not limited to variance in repair location, damage specific to each storm, previous damage to the location of current repair, and more. All claims should be assessed individually.


The necessities of the following procedures should be left to the discretion of the servicing PDR technician. The noted procedures may be needed to gain access to any damaged areas for the dent removal process to begin. Proper R&I techniques shall be used according to OEM-manufacturer’s specs. It is understood that the listed items below do not include: Dent removal, cleaning or preparing the panel, or circling/highlighting the damage for estimating purposes. The finish of the vehicle is of vital importance in consideration of PDR as a viable method of repair. To obtain the desired end result of a quality PDR repair, paint must be in good condition.

Factors that may prohibit complete auto-body factory condition restoration

Including, but not limited to:

Matte finish
Vehicle wraps
Stripes, decals, transfers or overlays
Aftermarket panels
Non OEM factory paint
Damaged/fractured paint
Rock chips
Panels with prior conventional repairs or repainted panels
Previous damage unrelated to storm event In high winds, some damage may be caused by storm debris such as broken branches from nearby trees, solid objects being carried by high winds, etc.