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The Value of Your Vehicle’s Original Factory Finish Paint

shiny paint job with factory finish intact

Did you know that 80% to 90% of vehicle dents can be repaired with paintless dent repair (PDR)? Before modern automotive paint became so durable and flexible, car owners had to have dents and dings filled in and painted over. However, a car’s original paint job is priceless – once damaged, the value of the vehicle lowers irreversibly. Keep reading to learn more about keeping your car’s paint intact while getting those dents fully removed.

What Is Factory Finish Paint?

As its name suggests, the factory finish paint job is the original layer of paint from the vehicle manufacturer. The factory finish is guaranteed to last for years against the elements while looking exceptional. Once this layer of protection is damaged or repainted over, the vehicle loses value. The issue is that repainting will not guarantee the same pristine appearance or long-term durability. Unfortunately, not every vehicle owner knows about paintless dent repair. Some believe their only choice for fixing dents is opting for traditional repainting methods. This is why instead of going to an auto body repair shop, you should seek out a company that can repair vehicle dents while keeping the car’s paint intact.

How Much Value Is In Factory Finish Paint?

If you own a classic or luxury car and are planning to sell it, many car buyers will be interested to know that your car has the original factory finish paint. While there isn’t a specific value that determines how valuable original factory finish paint is on a car, you can get an idea of its value by asking collectors.

Even for a standard vehicle that you’re looking to sell or buy, it’s important to know whether or not the vehicle has been repainted. Used cars with their factory finish paint intact are a valuable find – it means the vehicle hasn’t been in any accidents and isn’t concealing damage underneath a repainting job. In summary, a vehicle that has its original paint is worth significantly more than one that’s been repainted.

Factory Finish Paint Signifies Quality

No matter how hard an auto body shop might try, they’ll never be able to reach the same level of quality in a paint job as a car factory would. In both appearance and durability, modern automotive paint jobs are guaranteed to last from 10 to 15 years. By comparison, problems can arise in repainting quite easily. If the surface was not properly prepared, dirt or debris can get caught in the repainting job, leaving visible imperfections. The repainting job can also bubble, discolor or even fade over time.

Factory finish paint might not seem like a big deal, but it’s important for maintaining the value of your vehicle. When you get a dent in your car, opt for paintless dent repair to fix the damage without harming your factory finish paint. Contact Dent Shop, the nation’s leader in PDR, for a free estimate for fixing your vehicle as if the dent was never there.

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