There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road and feeling the wind in your hair. But as fun as driving can be, vehicles go through their fair share of wear and tear. That wear and tear can include major and minor dents that require dent removal. Even if you are a careful driver, dents are inevitable sometimes. If you’re trying to be extra careful with your car, here are some major causes of dents you need to know about.

Storms

All at times of the year, major storms can roar through and cause damage in the form of fallen trees, dropped tree limbs and debris wreckage. Hailstorms are especially bad for vehicles, since they can wreak havoc on the metal exterior of cars and create the need for dent removal. Even small chunks of hail can cause lots of small dents or compromise your windows.

Accidents

Minor collisions can cause dents that may still be able to be repaired with paintless dent repair, but in most cases, car accidents cause damage to the factory finish paint as well. But accidents don’t always have to mean collisions with other vehicles. In the case of deer, bird or other animal strikes, you may have dents in your vehicle as a result. Accidental dings can also occur from some surprising sources, such as acorns dropping from trees above, umbrellas blowing into a vehicle or even a sports ball of some kind hitting a side panel.

In 2017, some of the most common vehicle repairs were wiper blade replacement, air filter replacement, and oil filter replacement. Dents are also near the top of the list of common repairs, and if you’ve been in any kind of accident, you should get your car checked out.

Dings

Believe it or not, parking lots can be some of the most dangerous places for your car. Why? Parking in a congested lot means you’re surrounded by other cars and there’s the potential for your car to get dented by the doors of other cars. The carelessness of just one driver can send an errant door slamming into the side of your car, leaving you with a sizable dent, or at least a nasty scratch.

Debris

Dent removal may also be needed after driving on a bumpy road. This is because stones, sticks and other debris get stirred up and fly around, especially during storms or on windy days. This also applies if you’re following behind another car or a truck that’s hauling cargo. If a car is hauling cargo like rocks or wood, there’s the potential for an errant piece to get loose and smack into your car. The best thing you can do is check your car out after a drive and deal with any dent issues immediately.

Make sure that you’re keeping an eye out for any dents that appear from these common causes or from other more unique circumstances. If you noticed that your car has been dented, it’s a good idea to get dent removal services as soon as possible. For cost-effective, fast, high-quality paintless dent removal services, contact Dent Shop today for a free estimate!