A TRIP to the mechanic to repair an unsightly dent can often cause an even bigger dent in your pocket.
But there are genius hacks that allow you to mend various motoring mishaps – here’s five of our top tips…
Tip 1: How to fix a dent in your car with boiling water
If that sounds too good to be true, there are amazing videos of car owners ridding their cars of a dent by pouring scalding water over the damaged area.
Once the dented portion of the car is nice and warmed up, the dent can be gently popped out by pushing from the other side.
It should be said, that this trick will likely only work if your bumper is comprised of plastic.
And while hot water can obviously work wonders, many people insist on using cold water on the previously damaged area after it has returned to the original shape to help cool it down and set it.
Tip 2: How to fix a dent in your car with a vacuum cleaner
Depending on the strength of your hoover, the suction from your vacuum can help you get rid of a dent in your car.
To help improve the suction levels of the device, you can employ the help of a bucket – simply make a hole in the bottom of the bucket and tape it to the vacuum nozzle.
Place the contraption over the dent and switch on the cleaning device.
If the dent is shallow enough, it should come out relatively easily.
Tip 3: How to fix a car dent using a plunger
Adopting a similar theory to the vacuum cleaner method, there is a way to remove a car dent with a toilet plunger.
This technique is most effective if the dent is small to medium in size.
Simply splash some water over the area and place the plunger over the top.
As you start to push and pull the device, the dent should begin to pop out.
Tip 4: How to fix a dent using dry ice
Granted, dry ice isn’t exactly a household item, but it can be an effective way of removing a car dent.
It is important to wear protective gloves as a safety precaution.
Hold a piece of dry ice over the dent and start rubbing it in a circular motion.
You should then hear the dented area pop back into place.
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Tip 5: How to use a hairdryer to remove a car dent
This method works particularly well on plastic surfaces, like car bumpers.
Using a hairdryer and a can of compressed air, you can straighten out any knocks and bumps to your car.
All you have to do is heat the affected area using the hairdryer.
When the surface is hot enough, replace the hairdryer with the compressed air, making sure the can is upside down.
Some people reckon nail paint works as treat when it comes to acting as a temporary scratch remover.
Simply pick as shade the same colour as your vehicle and paint over the dodgy area – permanent marker pen can also help.
Of course, these are just cheap touch-ups and will wear off after a short time – but they may see you through until your next pay packet…