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Calling All PDR Technicians: It’s Time To Spring Clean

If you are a current PDR Technician, about to graduate, or just looking into becoming one; this is a perfect time to get a Spring Cleaning Checklist together and make them a part of your marketing campaign. Sometimes you just have to lead the potential customer to the idea of spring cleaning even though I absolutely believe that we are born with that gene somehow. We may not all answer the call but yearly during Spring and Fall, it’s cleaning time.

So how does this affect your business? Well think about it, there’s money to be made here just lying in the wait, all you need to do is scoop it up. So your flyers should be a quick checklist of what needs to be done. Not all of the work to be done will have anything to do with you. The idea is to get their minds thinking about it, you’re basically tickling the brain.

Your checklist should have:

Clean out the trash

vacuum the entire inside

Scrub carpet and upholstery-This is you. Offer a Spring Cleaning Special.

Power wash the floor mats

Swap tires

Get rid of winter windshield wipers

Lube the car door hinges

Clean the inside and outside windows-This is also you. Once the windows have been cleaned they may notice those pock marks in their windshield. You can fix them.

Wash the car-This too is where your services may be needed. A lot of people refuse to wash their cars in the winter, especially states where there is a lot of snow. Your customer may soon discover that they have small dents from the sand or mag chloride laid out on the streets for bad winter weather. Whatever the reason for the dents, you have the opportunity to make some money here.

You can add anything you want to your checklist. It could be geared towards all of the services you offer.

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Paint Chip Repair: Easy, Quick Money

Paint chips are one of the most annoying eye sores that there are on a vehicle. I paid good money for a brand new car not so long ago, and two years in, I had paint chips on my hood and roof. The cost of fixing it was off the charts and way out of my budget. So I was stuck with a high end car that looked like I bought it at the Swap Meet or an Auction. It was a humbling experience and maybe it was a lesson to not feel so uppity because you can be knocked of that throne pretty easily. I was no longer pimping my ride, as a matter of fact, the downtown pimps had better looking cars than I had and I’m sure they didn’t pay nearly as much as I did. I got rid of the car.

You can add this class separate from the entire Smart Paint Repair for just over half of the cost but if you are looking to do more than just one piece of the big puzzle, then you will want to get the whole package. The secret to success is to be able to offer more than just one service. This especially applies to working as a vendor for a Used Car Dealership. What you can’t do, they will sub out to another PDR Technician who is able to do everything. If they like that vendor’s work, then you stand the chance of being phased out of their vendor list altogether. It’s nothing personal, it’s business. Do you really want to be at the butt end of that comment?

So how much can you make? Here’s the breakdown: You would charge the client the Retail Value which is $75. If you were offering this service to a Used Car Dealership it would be Wholesale at $50. Your cost of supplies is a mere $2 and the average time that it takes you is 15 minutes. Now imagine if you had four of these jobs at one stop? It could add up quickly. Of course only you will know the cost of gas and travel to consider.

Have questions? Contact us at King of Car Care, we’re here to help.

How Much Can You Really Make Fixing Scuffed Bumpers?

Scuffed bumpers come in all sizes and shapes and are a result of someone’s carelessness, the driver’s or the other driver. These are the least of car damage in the eyes of the insurance company, unless of course the bumper caused a dent in the car by being pushed into it. However, the name ‘fender bender’ is usually meant to downplay an accident and as far as the owner of the car feels, it’s anything but a small thing. So how can you, a PDR Technician, ease their pain? By offering an affordable solution to bringing their vehicle back to its original beauty.

So now the question is, how much should you charge for these services? This will depend on how far you have to travel, how much of your supplies you are using, how much time it will take, and how extensive the damage is. What course will you want to take to be able to do this type of repair? SMART Paint Repair. This class is five days long. When finished you will have you Chip Magic Chemical Package, Color Match Software, Certificate of Completion, and a Laptop computer. Very all inclusive and you get an additional class helping you with Business Development.

How much should you charge? If you are working with the client at their home then this would be a retail charge of $350. If you are working with a dealership, then you will want to charge a wholesale fee of $125. How much in supplies will it cost you? $10. That’s right! Ten dollars. The average repair time is only 45-90 minutes. Not bad right? Let’s say it actually took you one hour, you just profited $115 dollars. Remember, you have to deduct the cost of your supplies. If you are working directly with the customer and had the same cost of supplies during the same hour, you have just profited $340. Who do you know that makes $340 an hour. Get a few more like this in a day and you have taken home a substantial amount of money.

If you’re excited by these numbers and aren’t in classes yet, contact us at King of Car Care. We can help you get started soon.

PDR Tools & Paintless Dent Repair Training

Over the past 15 years, many things in life have evolved; from the technological advancements in vehicle manufacturing, down to the state-of-the-art graphics in video games.  Over those years Paintless Dent Repair and the PDR training has also involved into a specialized field of expertise.  Below are just a few of the things that I’ve witnessed progress in.

Instructors Back in 1992 when I learned paintless dent repair, potential students were lucky to have a dent repair instructor with just one years worth of paintless dent removal experience.  Most who were teaching PDR were still learning how to take dings and dents out themselves!  So while I was learning the basics of the PDR process, many of the time saving PDR techniques and dent removal tools were either not refined or developed yet. Many students learning the art of paintless dent repair spent most of their first year in the PDR business just getting a “feel” for what they were doing.  The process was long and very challenging for the individual who wasn’t practicing dent repair each and every day. For some, it was a long road before they could consider themselves a qualified dent technician.

Today, Ding King’s paintless dent repair trainers are quality PDR technicians and certified dent removal instructors that have an arsenal of wealth and experience in all facets of paintless dent repair, ranging from typical door dings, hail damage, creased dents and larger pressure dents. Our experience will help develop new students more rapidly in comparing how things were done 15 years ago.  This allows those learning PDR today t not only have the basics down quicker, but also benefit from the instructors experiences in the field, making the instructor qualified to teach and the student more likely to pick up the techniques of PDR more efficiently.

The Internet With the World Wide Web at our finger tips, the sharing of information is almost instant.  Back in the day when the internet wasn’t what it is today, I felt lucky to get a few technicians to share ideas about the dent repair business.  However, today with numerous web sites dedicated to paintless dent repair, you can gain insight from technicians from all over the world.  While some views are self-promoting and skewed in providing accurate direction, you will be able to research such things as trends in dent repair tools and lighting systems for the paintless dent repair business. Additionally, you might find articles and advice for dent repair marketing, PDR pricing, insurance trends for paintless dent repair and hail catastrophe repair.  However one thing has not changed and that is unscrupulous individuals still prey on the uneducated. I’d like to think the internet has served to diminish the fly-by-night dent guys who make a pretty site, call themselves PDR mentors and coaches and provide for PDR training videos and off dent repair training when between a hail storm or worse yet on their own dent repair retail route. To offer training, companies must provide certified and audited financials and provide training in a state licensed and approved PDR training center. Obviously most people are unaware of this and “buy the cheapest training from a guy that will tell you what you want to hear.” Buyer beware is something I recommend when shopping for PDR training from the internet and rest assured news will travel fast and that company will soon be gone.

Dent Repair Tools While many of the basic shapes of PDR tools have remained the same, there have been a handful of significant refinements over the years.  The steel used to manufacture dent repair tools has improved for greater strength and longevity. When I got into the business, it wasn’t unusual for a tool to possess all the features that Ding King tools possess. They used to look pretty but were flimsy. If it was strong, it would quickly rust.  Today the proper blend of alloys has been developed to produce strong and durable tools that last for a very long time. Additionally, with the improvement in metal, smaller tools feature greater strength allowing greater access to difficult to reach areas.

Glue Pulling for Paintless Dent Repair When I first started in PDR, it wasn’t unusual to fix a hail car and have to leave a dent or two because of lack of access. The time we all spend trying to access those dents were exhausting!  Today glue pulling for PDR has allowed for us to fix dents and dings in cars quicker and with less access time.  While some of the first glue pullers were only used in certain situations, today’s glue pullers allow for more frequent use and have complemented the PDR technician greatly.

These are just a few of the areas that have changed over the past 16 years during my life in the PDR industry.  I’m sure the years ahead will bring even more exciting developments!
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What I Love About Teaching Paintless Dent Repair

I have been involved in the instruction of Paintless Dent Repair for over 15 years. I have had a variety of experiences over that time and am often asked by some of my students, “why do you love teaching Paintless Dent Repair, or why do you continue to teach Paintless Dent Repair after all these years.”?

I really love what I do and approach it with a great sense of responsibility and passion; after all, students that select The Ding King to attend Paintless Dent Repair courses with me as their PDR instructor are putting a great amount of trust in my ability to teach them the paintless dent removal trade. The PDR business has changed my life and I hope to teach your dent removal so you can improve your way of life as well!

The most rewarding thing to me is the people I get to meet week in and week out. I have worked with people from every possible background and experience. Some have been retired and are looking for a new challenge and others are just beginning their careers as a PDR professional.

I have had the opportunity to share in countless peoples lives and get to continue those relationships throughout the years.  I have met so many people and have been so enriched by knowing them and sharing in their journey. I know that it sounds sappy, but it really is one of the things that I enjoy most about what I do.

I also get to continue to learn PDR!  Like I said before, I have worked with countless people over the years and have learned so much from them. Sometimes it’s during the learning process, their experiences in another field that can translate to learning PDR, this opens ideas that I would have never thought of on my own. It can also be when they return home and begin using their PDR skills; their feedback allows me to continue to refine teaching methods to better serve those that I teach.

I love to see people succeed!  Most that I work with are looking at bettering their future and are taking the steps necessary to do that.  I get such satisfaction from seeing people succeed and knowing that I was a resource for them to reach their goals. Each week I get to work with people that are motivated to change themselves; they are great people to spend time with and are very inspiring. Some have already succeeded in business and are looking to expand by adding on PDR services to capture door ding and hail business, while others are just beginning the journey. To see Ding King graduate progression from PDR student to PDR business owner a few months down the road is very rewarding.

Another thing I love about teaching PDR is being creative. Learning PDR is like learning to play a musical instrument. There is a touch and a “feel” that you have to develop to be successful in PDR. Each and every student is so different. No one learns PDR the exact same way. Some learn PDR by doing, others by seeing, and still others by analyzing. Over the years, it has been a rewarding challenge to teach all types of different people and finding the thing that works the best for them. Even after fifteen years of instructing PDR, I still develop and refine my instruction to include more effective ways to communicate.

These are just a few of the things I love about what I do; PDR is a challenging field, as is teaching it.  But I love to come to work everyday knowing I am going to get to interact with people and help them to achieve their goals of making money in paintless dent repair.

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