i feel your pain man. My 92 was a gift from my Uncle too. He left it to me in his will, since I loved it so much. He had it new also. I baby the thunder out of that car. It has a rug under it in the garage with its name embroidered on it, a car blanket, and an electric heater. Heck it even has a night light. That car has it better than some humans im sure. I have gotten to the point of not wanting to park it anywhere at all due to careless people. I bribe someone with a convertible ride, and make them go in a pick up things while I casually avoid parking.
Back to your question: Yes they can remove small dings without re-paint. Locally here in Oklahoma I had a mom and pop shop take every ding off my car for a tidy sum of $300. (there were roughly 7 or 8 dings all arround the car) It hails here all the time, and im ashaimed to say I got caught in a pretty bad storm. After the insurance appraised all the damage and payed in full for the dent removal to these guys, I worked a deal to just remove all the dents for little more. I guess wait for Hail... lol!