By Michelle Caceres

Lithia resident Mike Alexander grew up surrounded by dented cars and trucks. More than 15 years ago his father, Troy Alexander, founded Dent Houdini, a body shop that has removed thousands of dents, dings and scratches from local vehicles.

“I loved to watch my dad work,” said Mike.

As he got older, his dad taught him how to remove the dents and sand and buff out the paint. When he got in accidents, which happened from time to time, he would help his father fix his car.

“The work just resonated with me,” he said. One of the last college classes he took required him to write a paper: his topic was the auto body business.

After his father underwent hip surgery, he offered Dent Houdini to his son, who enthusiastically took over the family business. He and Angel Morgado, who has 35 years’ experience in the body repair business (more than 10 years with Dent Houdini), specialize in every level of body repair, from fender benders to high-speed collisions.

Repairs can be made at their shop, located at 1050 Jameson Rd. in Lithia or, if the damages are minor, from their mobile paint and body repair service.

“In a matter of minutes we can magically make dents and dings disappear,” said Mike.

Dent Houdini helps a lot of families whose inexperienced first-time drivers get into accidents. Some families don’t want to go through insurance because they don’t want their premiums to increase; Dent Houdini offers them professional results at an affordable price. Some families file insurance claims; they help those families by saving them money on their insurance deductibles.

“Either way they get the same professional results,” he said.

Estimates are free and can be obtained from their mobile service, by visiting their shop or by snapping a photo of the damage and texting it to Dent Houdini along with your name and address.

“We promptly respond to all requests,” said Mike.

For more information about Dent Houdini visit www.denthoudini.com or call 728-9674.