If you had every dent and ding in your car fixed professionally it could cost you thousands. Consumer Reports just checked out cheaper alternatives that are being advertised on the Internet and on TV.
"The Ding King gives you the power to remove that dent or ding in minutes!"
You may have seen this infomercial for the Ding King. It promises to get the dents out of your car just like that!
"You see it happen instantly! Like magic!"
At 20 dollars, the Ding King costs a fraction of what an auto body shop charges.
Consumer Reports just tested the Ding King and a similar dent removal kit — the 35 dollar DentOut. Testers checked to see how easy these do-it-yourself kits are to use — and what kind of results you can expect.
They had staffers try them out on their own cars. The products work the same way.
"Both kits use glue and a screwing mechanism to pull the dent out of your car."
First you have to clean the area around the dent with special solution to remove dirt and wax. Then you attach the tab with adhesive and let it set for three to five minutes.
Once the glue sets, you put on the crossbar and screw on a wing nut — turning it until the metal begins to pull out.
While neither kit did as good a job as a professional repair shop, most staffers saw some improvement.
"It looked slightly better."
"It's like a quick fix."
"It looked marginally better, yeah."
So if you're not looking for perfection, Consumer Reports says either DentOut or the Ding King is worth trying.
Consumer Reports says the Ding King offers a instructional video that panelists found very helpful. There's a free short version of the video on the Ding King Web site at dingking.com. If you want a longer version, you can order the extended video for an additional $10.