DRIVERS have been reacting to a TikTok video that reveals a quick, cheap fix for car dents.
The video, uploaded by social media star supercarblondie, has been watched more than 6.5 million times.
The video shows the rear of a BMW X1 SUV which has suffered a knock which has caused its plastic rear bumper area to be pressed in.
Next to it are two people holding a couple of items you’ll almost certainly have lying around the house – a kettle and a plunger.
After boiling the kettle, the hot water is poured over the dent and the plunger quickly applied.
A quick tug on the plunger brings the dent out.
You might think there will be a slight imperfection left behind, but the video seems to show the bumper looking as-new.
Car bumpers are vacuum formed and actually designed to spring back to their original shape where possible.
A little heat will help relax the plastic a little and pull with something like a plunger will bring it back in line.
It’s worth point out, though, that this will only work on plastic, not metal.
Also not all dents are the same, so don’t expect perfect results every time.
However, if successful, you could be saving yourself hundreds of pounds in repair fees at the local dent repair center.
supecarblondie said: “Finally a DIY project I can get around” on the TikTok video’s caption.
There are various videos on TikTok showing people trying to remedy dents with hot water and plungers.
Not all of them are successful.
People took to the comments to share their thoughts on the handy car hack.
orange_gorillaman said: “supercarblondie: has millions of cars that cost millions of dollars. Also her: uses plunger hack.”
itzdaja1 said: “This is old. My grandpa does this.”
nerviona warned: “However this only fixes the plastic part of it which are the bumpers, do not try this with metal body parts !!