Removing a dent in your car is sometimes as easy as pouring hot water on it. You may have to see it to believe it, but this is a tried and true method by car experts and car buyers alike. Don’t expect this to work if you’ve wrecked your car, but for minor dents from parking accidents, hail, and even accidental shopping cart collisions (more often than you might think), this method can save you a ton of money.
There are two ways to do this. You can use a combination of hot water and a plunger, or use your bare hands. If using a plunger, first fill a container with boiling hot water and pour it over the affected area. Then take a wet plunger (it is important that it is wet so that it can stick to the surface) and place it directly on the dent. The plunger is a powerful suction tool and you should be able to get the dent out by pushing and pulling hard. If done correctly, the dent should be repaired in minutes (via Solid Smack†
If you don’t have a plunger handy, your hands will work just as well. However, it may take a little longer to work. Pour another container of hot water over the dent. Then place your hands behind the metal wall of the car and push until you hear the dent come loose.