Paintless Dent Repair Rooted in German Auto Craftsmanship
Don Kavanagh worked as an award winning Service Advisor (Mercedes Benz and BMW) in Minneapolis for 8 years in the 1980's. In 1987 Don met a German craftsman named Juergen Holzer. Holzer was one of the first true paintless dent removal technicians in the United States. Juergen Holzer had learned his craft at the BMW Factory in Munich, Germany where he honed his technique for ten years.
Kavanagh approached Juergen about teaching him the fine art of PDR. In 1989 Don invested $50,000 for two months of paintless dent repair instruction under Juergen Holzer. Don was Holzer’s first student so he stayed on and worked under his teacher’s watchful eye. Working and studying with his mentor for those two years allowed Don an invaluable experience.
Innovative Thinking, Maximized Potential
By 1991 Don Kavanagh opened his own paintless dent removal company: Dent Kraft Plus. In 1993 a large hailstorm hit the Twin Cities. This caused major hail damage to hundreds of cars, trucks, and SUV's and brought many PDR techs together. It also brought on a natural collaboration.
In 1991, during the hailstorm, Don collaborated with another local gentlemen who had trained with Dents Unlimited in Springfield, MO. His training varied from the technique Don had learned. The two taught each other their respective techniques. This cooperation allowed each man more versatility in the way they executed paintless dent repair.
When Kavanagh first started in PDR, Holzer put a limit on the size of dents they worked on at 2". With the combined knowledge Kavanagh and his partner had shared, they were able to expand not only the size of car dents they could repair, but they also learned how to repair many car dents they previously had to turn away.
Best Foot Forward
In 2003 Don Kavanagh separated from his partner and opened Dent Kraft PDR. After residing in Plymouth, MN for 8 years, Dent Kraft PDR found it’s new home in Wayzata and opened their doors on July 1st, 2011. With over 35 years of combined experience, and a rich history grounded in German artistry, Don Kavanagh’s Dent Kraft PDR is known in the Twin Cities as the premier pioneer in paintless dent removal. Their focus is only on absolute client satisfaction. Contact Dent Kraft PDR today by phone, email, or just stop in and see us!