From dents and dings to scratches and buffing, the world of auto body repair is full of highly specific words. For example, what is the difference between a dent and a ding? Keep reading to find out.
What is the Difference Between a Dent and a Ding?
To answer our question, let’s take a look at the dictionary. According to Merriam-Webster, a dent is “a depression or hollow made by a blow or by pressure,” while a ding is “an instance of minor surface damage (such as a dent).”
In other words, a ding is a type of dent. A small and superficial dent, to be precise.
This is exactly how these two words are used in an auto body shop. Dents come in many sizes, but when they’re tiny, they are referred to as dings.
While dents can occur anywhere in a car, dings are particularly common in doors. This is due to the fact that these parts of the car often hit other objects while being opened.
In some cases, the difference between dents and dings can mean money. For example, most vehicle lease contracts require you to pay for any“chargeable damages,” that is, damage that is considered beyond normal wear and tear.
When it comes to dents, any damage bigger than an inch in diameter usually falls within the definition of chargeable damage.
How To Prevent Dents and Dings
While dealing with dents and dings is part of owning a vehicle, there are some things you can do to prevent this type of damage during everyday use.
Some things you can do to protect your car against dents and dings include:
- Store your car in a garage whenever possible
- Park away from other cars (at the far end of the lot, if possible)
- Avoid parking next to cars with oversized doors
- Keep a safe distance from other cars when you drive
- When parking, avoid shopping car return areas
To learn more about dents, dings, and everything in between, read our blogs: “The 4 Most Common Causes of Car Dents (and How To Avoid Them” and “How To Prevent and Repair Hail Damage.”
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