• Oct 3rd 2010 at 5:45PM
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Whether the cretin responsible for flattening the grille of your mint Isuzu Impulse left a note or not, the damage wrought on your vehicle is going to require repair. DentBetty streamlines the traditional pain-in-the-tuchas process of traipsing around to various body shops to get estimates for cosmetic repairs. Any incident that results in structural damage still requires a firsthand look by body professionals, but cosmetic damage is a very common annoyance that many people forgo repairing due to the aggravation.

DentBetty is up and running in California, Massachusetts and New York, with a total of about 120 participating shops so far. Vehicle owners can visit the DentBetty website and upload at least two photos of their car's damage. Participating repair facilities will then respond with estimates. The web-based form also asks whether the repair will be paid for by insurance or personally, and both users and shops are rated, so feedback scores can factor in to the decision-making process. It's a nice insulator between you and the repair facility; DentBetty doesn't share your email with the shops, and you're not asked for credit card information, either. Eventually, the DentBetty service will be branched out to SMS messaging, and a smartphone app doesn't sound like much of a stretch, either.
[Source: Mashable.com]


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      Davey Hiltz
      • 8 Months Ago

      Talk about an awesome service! I wonder how they do it though, is it just someone looking at the pictures and guessing? I would suppose so. I just think extensively such as a program using the smartphone's depth perception capabilities to guess the calculated damage. I've seen them do that for some other applications, but that might be a bit hard to do.

       http://www.westsidefender.com/auto-body-repair 

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure body shops are looking forward to the inevitable overexposed, grainy, low resolution image attached to a "lik ok. omg how much is dis 2 fix?! can u guys just lik paint over it ^_^"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Post of the DECADE
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOVE the photo choice. Ahhh, poor Volvo and their press conferences/demo's. I just feel bad for the test driver...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I write estimates for a living and this is a terrible idea. Photos tell very little of the story. Only way to even hope to get a ball park dollar amount of actual damage is to over write, unless the damage is very minor and very obvious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      seems like a convenient service.... as long as you know how to take proper photos.
      Most people will probably send in their crappy cell phone pics
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