5 theories to explain why some cars are more prone to dents than others

Had more than one ding in your car? Wondering whether some vehicles are more likely to suffer a dent than others? It may be that no matter how safe and careful you are as a driver, your car is actually at a greater risk of suffering a knock.

Aside from the fact that if you live in a heaving metropolis like London car dent repairs are almost inevitable, here are five more theories to explain why your motor looks like it’s fresh from a warzone.

The colour of your car makes it more prone to dents

There have been various studies that have concluded black cars are more likely to be in an accident than others. Black and dark-coloured vehicles are harder to see at night and in gloomy conditions. They also blend into the background more easily than brighter motors. That may mean a black car will be pranged by passing vehicles more often as it’s more difficult to make out their outline.

The metal used in the bodywork makes the difference

There is a plausible theory that vehicles made primarily from steel – particularly in the ‘ding zones’ such as the doors – are less likely to suffer an indentation when struck. Many modern cars are made from a lot of plastic and recycled metals. Such bodywork is probably more likely to dent than ‘virgin’ steel. Certainly, premium ranges are built from thicker plates than cheaper cars. Some folks also think nationality matters and that American cars are built from chunkier materials than say Japanese or Korean models.

Some cars are born that way

Some cars probably emerge from the factory with tiny imperfections and weaknesses somewhere on their bodywork. It’s certainly true that automobile manufacturers employ car dent repair teams to inspect bodywork coming off the production line. Often teeny tiny dents aren’t obvious until much later though. Over time and with a bit of bashing, perhaps from wind, hail or from general wear and tear, maybe these ‘hidden’ dents emerge and spread to be bigger ones.

It’s down to the size of the car

The bigger the car, the less room it will have on either side in parking spaces or when stored in a garage. It’s logical therefore that bigger models such as minivans, SUVs and 4x4s will suffer more prangs during their lifetime.

Your car is better than the denter’s car

Most motorists will have experienced this phenomenon. It’s the one where you pick a spot in a largely deserted car park only to return and find someone has parked in the space right next to you. Could it be that those who own a clapped out rust bucket do so due to a form of ‘car envy’? It would need a behavioural psychologist to undertake a study here, but maybe parking next to a ‘nicer’ motor distracts passers-by from a person’s own automobile inadequacies.

Who knows. Regardless, if you do have a dent or a ding that’s driving you to distraction, it pays to have car bodywork repairs done sooner rather than later and to have a pro do it properly.

For mobile car scratch repairs, vehicle dent repairs, and car bodywork repairs in London and beyond, get in touch with the Dentanator today.

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