How much do scratches and dents devalue your car?

Scratches and dents devalue your car. Scratches and dents can spoil a sale before it has even begun. First impressions matter. No one wants to buy a car that’s in bad condition.

If your vehicle has evident dings and scratches, the resale value of your vehicle will be affected. If you were to try and sell your car, or trade it in to a dealership, they will offer you significantly less as they would have to get the damage repaired before they try and sell the car.

How much does it cost to repair minor scratches and dents?

Before a body shop or panel beater can provide you with a quote to fix minor scratches and dents, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. When you contact repair companies online for estimates, they will often ask you for a variety of information, such as the make and model of your vehicle, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and the year it was manufactured.

A minor dent approximately the size of an R2 coin, at the time of writing this, could cost anything from R500 – R550 to repair. In areas that have suffered hail damage, you may be better off replacing an entire panel which could range anywhere from R2,500 upwards.

When it comes to scratches, the severity of the damage and the location are both factors to consider. For example, at the time of writing this article, we estimate it could cost around R1,500 to repair deep scratches in the corners of your car’s bumper. If the entire bumper needs to be redone, this could cost anywhere from R3,000 upwards.

Don’t ignore minor scratches and dents

Ignoring minor damage or putting off the repair is not a good idea. This could potentially see minor damage turn into something serious.

Your car’s paint protects the metal underneath from environmental factors such as rain, hail, and dust, which could otherwise degrade the metal. Scratches on the paintwork of your vehicle generate points of weakness. Because of this, it is possible for there to be a buildup of moisture, which will make your vehicle more prone to rust. Dents can also raise the danger of rust and corrosion.

Get Scratch and Dent Insurance from Bidvest Insurance

Scratch and Dent Insurance is designed to keep your car in tip-top shape. Scratch and Dent Insurance keeps your car covered for the little dents and dings that can put a hole in your wallet. Scratch and Dent Insurance from Bidvest Insurance covers specified minor damage, including scratches, scrapes, dents and even tar removal. Get Scratch and Dent Insurance from Bidvest Insurance and keep your car in the best shape possible.

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