FAQ’s About Paintless Dent Removal (PDR)
What types of dents can be repaired using PDR methods?
Dents resulting from light impact while the vehicle is parked such as parking lot door dings, bicycles, shopping carts, garage items, small tree branches, acorns, and specifically hail are all good candidates for PDR. Location, size, severity and accessibility to the back of the dent are the most important factors for reparability. Larger dents, heavy hail damage, and creases with minimal or no paint damage can also be good candidates for PDR; however, this type of repair should be assessed and repaired by an experienced expert technician such as a Vale Certified Master Craftsman.
What is Vale PDR Tech Certification?
Vale offers an independent testing and certification service that tests the skill level of individual PDR technicians and is the only independent certification of its type in North America.
Who operates Vale?
Vale Training Solutions specializes in training individual’s techniques for estimating home and auto damage for insurance claim purposes. Vale has been in existence for over 60 years, and operates three locations nationwide. PDR Tech certification is offered by Vale as a third party independent evaluation service at their Arlington, TX location. More information about Vale and certified PDR technicians can be viewed by visiting www.valetrainingsolutions.com. To view the current PDR certified tech list, click on the designations drop down at the top of the home page and chose PDR Tech.
Several sources have recommended a PDR technician that does excellent work. The technician is not Vale certified – is it possible this technician can perform quality repair work?
Yes. There are plenty of PDR technicians nationwide capable of impeccable quality PDR that are not Vale certified. Some research in your area is the best way to find a quality PDR technician. For instance, calling a few high end/exotic dealerships or top quality collision repair centers for recommendations will typically result in at least one PDR technician or company with a reputation for consistently high quality repair work.
Why are so many PDR technicians not certified by Vale?
The PDR industry itself is still relatively new to the auto industry and the business grew tremendously in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. Vale certification is newer still and has been in existence since 2003. Many PDR technicians view the time and expense it takes to attend Vale an unnecessary investment. Therefore, not all PDR technicians have attempted the Vale certification process. In fact, out of the thousands of PDR technicians in the US, a relatively small percentage of techs have attended (less than 300 as of 2013), passed and acquired a Vale certified technician card. An overwhelming majority of certified cardholders have attained Master Craftsman status recognizing their devotion and verifiable talent. Vale PDR Tech certification has remained completely voluntary since its inception.