The Best DIY Dent Repair Kits for Your Car

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern
Here's how you can fix a dent by yourself and save money by not going to an expensive body shop.
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Life seems to always find a way to put a ding in your car or truck, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay an overpriced body shop to get your car looking factory fresh once again.

There are plenty of affordable, do-it-yourself dent repair kits on the market that you can use to get dents and dings out of your vehicle. These kits can be a bit confusing, though, with different tools and price ranges leaving you wondering which is best.

Not to worry – we’ve found some of the best DIY dent repair kits for sale today so you don’t have to dig through pages of these kits before finding the one that best suits you and your needs. These dent repair kits not only work on cars but can also be used on motorcycles, refrigerators, washing machines and other metal objects.

The following dent repair kits cost much less than a professional would charge you to repair a dent and might just be the money-saving dent solution you’ve been searching for.

1. Editor's Pick: GLISTON Paintless Dent Repair Remover Kit

GLISTON has released a new version of our previous Editor's Pick, with this 45-piece paintless dent repair kit. The upgraded design features a new dent lifter that offers more adjustability, while some of the glue tabs are now thicker and have bigger diameter.

The DIY car dent puller is constructed from high quality aluminum alloy and stainless steel, and includes 16 different sized tabs. It's easy to operate and some dents can be repaired in as little time as half an hour. Each kit includes a tool bag, dent puller/lifter, bridge puller, hot glue gun, 5 pry tools, 16 black puller tabs, 5 yellow glue sticks, 5 black glue sticks, 2 small plastic shovels, 1 empty alcohol bottle, 1 cloth, and an instruction manual. Basically, this repair kit provides you with all of the tools you might need to get rid of a small dent or ding from your vehicle.

To use the kit, you hot glue one of the black tabs overtop of the dent in your vehicle. You then use the slide hammer to pull on the black tabs, pulling the dent outward and, ideally, removing it altogether. Multiple tab sizes are included in the kit, so whether your dent is big or small, this kit should do the trick.

If the dent is very small then the tabs may not be small enough, however, so you may want to look for a dent repair kit developed for removing particularly small indents. Some users also say the included hot glue and hot glue gun don't stick the tabs to the car body as well as they should, but you could always your own glue and glue gun for a better result.


Inexpensive, easy to use, includes all components required for DIY dent repair


May not be appropriate for very small dents and dings

2. Best Budget Option: GS DIY Paintless Dent Repair Kit Metal Tap Down Pen

This is an inexpensive and very simple kit that will allow you to tap away pesky dents with ease.

Unlike the other kit above, this dent repair kit includes only a metal tap down pen. To use the kit, all you have to do is pick the ideal head size and shape for the dent you're looking to fix, grab a hammer or other tool to tap the pen with and begin tapping the area around the dent. This will force the dent to pop out eventually, so long as your technique is correct. There are plenty of helpful YouTube videos available on how to properly use a tap down kit such as this.

This particular tap down kit includes the pen itself and 9 different heads. A kit like this can be used to remove dents on motorcycles, refrigerators and washing machines, in addition to automobiles.


Inexpensive DIY solution, simple operation


Requires good technique to remove dent properly, won't work on large dents

3. Most Precise Kit: Wcaro Car Auto Body Dent Removal with PDR Rods

This do-it-yourself PDR kit differs from others on this list in that it includes PDR "rods."

The rods allow you to access the backside of your car's body panels by feeding them in between the sheet metal of your car. You can then use leverage to push on the backside of the dent using the rod, popping it outward and removing it for good.

In addition to 10 PDR rods ranging in sizes from B2 to B11, this kit includes a rubber hail repair hammer, a metal tap down pen with two different heads and a plastic wedge. With these tools, you should be able to remove most small dents. Such a kit could be ideal for removing dents from hail. Like other kits like this, though, you will need to exercise patience when trying to remove dents in order to get the best results.

PDR rods are a bit of a specialty item, so this kit is not cheap, coming in at over $100.


Precise PDR rods, comes with wedge and tap down pen

4. Anyyion 54-Piece Paintless Dent Repair Kit

This company, Anyyion, offers a variety of paintless dent repair kits. One of its more comprehensive offerings is this 54-piece kit that is designed to be fairly easy-to-use. This kit includes a glue gun, glue sticks, a dent lifter, a rubber hammer, taps, clip removal tools, glue tabs, plastic shovels, mini bags, a cleaning cloth, tool box, and more. Like similar kits, this works by hot gluing one of the different sized tabs to a dent and pulling the dent out using the dent lifter, rubber hammer, or bridge board. The tool of choice will depend on the size of the dent.

If you've recently been caught in a hail storm and your car's been left looking like the surface of the moon with big, small, and medium-sized dents all over, this dent repair kit could be exactly what you need. It comes with a wide variety of tab sizes and tools, so this kit provides you with just about everything you could need for removing bodywork dents yourself.


Decent sized kit can remove multiple dents of varying sizes


Pricey, not necessary for removing only a couple of dents

5. AUTOPDR 40-Piece DIY Paintless Dent Removal Tool Kit

This 40-piece paintless dent repair kit includes many of the same components as the two large kits we mentioned above, such as a hot glue gun, glue, a dent lifter, a tap down pen, a rubber hammer, puller tabs, a small plastic scraper and more.

With these tools, you'll be able to hot glue the properly size tab to the dent in your car's bodywork and use either the dent lifter or bridge puller to yank on the tab - hopefully pulling the dent outward and removing it altogether. If the dent is only made smaller, you can use the tap down pen to minimize it further. The included tool bag also ensures you won't lose any of the 40 pieces included in this DIY dent repair kit.

This kit is good for removing large to medium-sized dents, but may be more difficult to use on extremely small dent spots.

Like so many DIY dent repair kits, properly using the kit requires patience. You'll be gradually pulling the dent out rather than seeing instantaneous results. At $50, though, it will be much cheaper than taking your vehicle to a bodyshop to have the dent removed.


Reasonably priced, large 40-piece kit


May not work on very small dents

6. Manelord Car Dent Puller

This repair kit is a bit more specific for its use, focused around a double pole bridge dent puller. Unlike other more comprehensive kits, this recommendation doesn't include a glue gun or glue sticks, so you'll have to purchase that separately. It's designed to work on thin metal surfaces and is not suitable for metal surfaces exceeding 1mm. In other words, you can use this for small, minor dents on soft surfaces, although it can also work on deeper dents so long as they don't exceed 20mm depth.

The dent puller features a unique arched bridge, so you can easily adjust to accommodate the dent you're working on. Like other kits, you'll want to choose the right tab based on the size of the dent, glue it on, and hold until it sticks. Once the glue has cooled, use the dent puller to pull up on the dent. Along with the double pole bridge dent puller, you'll receive 10 glue puller tabs, a pair of glue shovels, an empty alcohol bottle, and a cleaning cloth.

For its price, this is a solid recommendation for taking care of a couple dents on your car that aren't significant in size, like door dings. The dent puller is a bit more versatile than others on our list, but you'll also have to spend the time to get it working correctly.


Double pole bridge dent puller, great for minor dents on soft surfaces, versatile


Glue gun and glue sticks sold separately, fairly basic kit

Recent Updates:

August 4, 2022, removed: ARISD 32-piece dent removal kit; not available.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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