I am a bit doubtful about it costing "only" $1k to fix via paintless dent repair. If it was that cheap, more places would do that, rather than offer the car for a fire sale price.
A couple of years back I needed to rent an ICEV for a road trip and was given a very low mileage GMC Terrain with lots of sheetmetal "acne" on it. I recognized it as having hail damage, and indeed the car had Texas license plates on it. The agent told me that they got lots of near-zero-mile cars with hail damage like that, so my guess is rental car outfits are popular disposal places for such cars, since they're going to get abused anyway, and when done they'll go to some BHPH lot since they're too cosmetically damaged for a new car dealer's used car section, or CarMax.
I personally would just buy the car and leave the dents as/is. Then I don't have to worry about it being dinged by a careless person. A marketing person should offer these up as "CPD: Certified Pre-Dinged"
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL