OK, I think we all, at one time or another, poke fun at the late night infomercials.  When I was in college, I starred in one.  I was a Rotozip girl.  (I still use and love my Rotozip).  But like everyone else in that infomercial, I was paid to say I liked their product.  One thing I have learned about Hollywood is that everything is not what it seems.  They are always selling something and they will always do whatever they need to do to convince you to buy whatever they are selling, whether it be a celebrity, movie, TV show or infomercial product.

But a few weeks ago, I had a meeting at another high school and when I came out of the meeting, my car was dented on the passenger side.  It was so bad that I couldn’t even open the door.  (Poor Hotdog had to sit in the backseat when we went to dinner).  Since I don’t have the money to go to a body shop or the patience to deal with my insurance, I decided I would fix it on my own.

I called my Dad and asked him for ideas.  I tried it all and nothing worked.  Then I remembered the last time I went to the “As Seen On TV” store with my California sister.  We like to go in there and make fun of the products (like the pajama jeans).  I remembered seeing “Pops-A-Dent.”  My mind instantly flashed to bits and pieces of the infomercial.  Yes, it’s true.  I have clips from infomercials floating around in my brain, along with a whole bunch of other useless and random information.  I remembered it was priced at $19.95.  I figured it was worth a try so I headed up to the mall and purchased a “Pops-A-Dent” kit from the “As Seen On TV” store.

Of course, my friends made fun of me for buying the product.  But that didn’t matter to me.  If it wound up working, I was planning on enjoying my “told ya’ so, proved you wrong” dance.

So I read the directions and got everything ready to Pop My Dent.  So after a few trials and a few broken pieces, I have to say . . . IT WORKS!  It actually WORKS.  I was so amazed, so proud and so ready to gloat.  I instantly called Hotdog and my California Sister to tell them that my purchase was not made in vain.  They could no longer tease me about my “Pops-A-Dent.”

Now I do have something to share with the future “Pops-A-Dent” consumers, based on the mistakes I made.  If you have a larger dent, you have to use the smaller pieces and work your way down the dent, starting at the top.  And you might want to wear ear plugs because it makes a sound like fingernails on a chalkboard.  Oh, keep band-aids nearby and wear safety goggles, it really does “pop.”  But it is totally worth the $19.95 ($22 with tax).

By the way, I was not paid for this endorsement of the “Pops-A-Dent” product.  I am just a very happy consumer who was able to save hundreds of dollars and fix my car myself.