Don't have a scratch-and-dent sale
Don't have a scratch-and-dent sale

Don't think a dent isn't worth fixing, it is.

While it probably isn't worth investing in serious body work, some simple scratches and parking lot dings can be repaired without incurring huge bills.

Many minor paint scratches and scuffs can be polished out. For dents, there are reputable firms that specialize in dent removal, said Kelley Blue Book's Alec Gutierrez.

Be careful, though, not to resort to shoddy bodywork that could actually reduce the car's value.

"If you're going to get a poor job done, you're better off disclosing the car needs some body work," Gutierrez said.


Last updated July 06 2011: 6:31 AM ET
Join the Conversation
Find Your Next Car

Get the latest car news:

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.