Dent Removal

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Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

THE BRIEF:

Using specialized equipment, you can remove small dings and dents in vehicles caused by hail, minor collisions, and door bumps -- all without the need for new paint -- on a mobile basis right at your customer's location (home, office or business). Potential clients include private automobile owners, automobile fleet owners, new and used car dealers, and insurance companies. Extra money may be earned by offering clients paint touchup services, automobile detailing services, and window tinting.

ASK THE PROS:

How much money can you make?

“Depending on the geographical area, a good tech generally makes between $70,000 and up to $200,000 a year for very experienced techs in major cities. Technicians working for large dent removal companies are making far less than this because of the commission structures of most of these companies. In rural areas the wages can be about 30% to 50% lower than in major cities. Techs that are just starting out can expect to struggle the first year, and take from two to three years (depending on their training and natural abilitiy), to get to a good wage level. ” —Top Gun PDR Training

What kind of experience do you need to have?

“Many distributors and manufacturers of dent removal tools and equipment also provide training, which is reasonably priced and requires only a few weeks to complete. Hence, even if you have no previous auto body repair experience, you can still start and operate this business.” —Entrepreneur staff

What’s the most important thing to know about this business?

“Operating on a mobile basis enables you to get started with limited funds, keep your overhead low, and -- more importantly -- it gives you the ability to go to where the business is available, with no geographical limitations. Extra money may be also earned by offering clients paint touchup services, automobile detailing services, window chip repair and window tinting." —Entrepreneur staff

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