Cheap Dent Fix: 2 Ways To Get Rid Of Minor Auto Body Dents

Coming out of the store or your home and finding a dent on your car can be irritating. But there is no need to fret. The following are 2 ways to get rid of minor dents on your vehicle's body.

1. The Plunger Method

To use this method, you will need the following inexpensive materials:

  • Grab a clean, dry plunger. 
  • You will need some petroleum jelly. This is to help fortify the connection between your car and the plunger.
  • Mild soap & warm water solution in a spray bottle. 
  • Make sure you have a clean rag, too.


  1. Clean the area thoroughly with the soap and water mixture and your rag.
  2. Let the area dry completely.
  3. Now put the petroleum jelly around the edges of your plunger.
  4. Place the plunger around the dent, and pull the dent out of your vehicle. 
  5. You can clean the petroleum jelly off with a clean rag, and you are done. 

Remember that this dent repair method and the following methods are only meant to deal with minor dents. You will need to talk to your auto body repair specialist for stubborn or deeper dents.

2. The Heated Foil Method

The next method is another inexpensive way to get rid of minor dents. Remember that this particular method will only work on cars made from metal--not polymer. Polymer is a material modified from resins, aluminum and plastic that is common in newer vehicles. You can find out what your car is made of in your owner's manual. 

You will need the following materials:

  • Foil
  • A lighter
  • Cold or freezing water
  • Hair dryer
  • Tape
  • And a clean rag (or, like mentioned earlier, you clean the area completely)


  1. The first thing you want to do is cut a piece of foil large enough to cover the dent on your car. 
  2. Place the piece of foil over the dent, and tape it in place. 
  3. Turn the lighter on (or a matchstick), and heat the foil piece for 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure you have your water ready. 
  4. Carefully remove the foil, as it might be a little warm. 
  5. Throw the water on the hot dent. This should make the metal pliable, which will help pop the dent back into place. 
  6. Start your hair dryer, and point towards the dent until you see the dent pop back into place. This shouldn't take more than a few minutes. 
  7. Clean your vehicle after the dent is gone, and you are good to go. 

As you can see, you can take care of that annoying minor dent on your own--cheaply. Be sure to talk to your auto body specialist if these methods did not work because this means your dent needs special attention.