The traditional body shop process is great for severe damage. But when it comes to minor ding and dent repair, the traditional body shop process can often take way too much time, money, and your factory finish.
Here’s the typical process: You drop your car off and entrust it to 3-4 different employees. Your car will be there for usually a few days (sometimes weeks).
The majority of the dent gets banged out from behind sometimes leaving pock marks on the back of your panel. Grind damage mostly flat then fill inconsistencies with bondo. Sand bondo smooth, primer it, then paint. Even a quality body shop often has to re-paint 2-4 (already perfect) panels to blend it out for a proper color match. And the cost usually starts around $400-$600 and often exceeds $1200 plus the cost of a rental car.
The biggest downside is that your “perfect” factory paint job has now been “corrupted” and it will never be quite the same (even if it “looks” perfect). Your car loses value since you lost your valuable factory finish needlessly.