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Hail Damage Repair

By 8 June 2018

What Should I Do If I Need Hail Damage Repaired?

It is a well-known fact that hailstorms take a major toll on vehicles, especially in Northern Texas, leaving many people in need of hail damage repair and a reputable paintless dent repair shop. These infamous storms can leave behind a horrific path of destruction to personal property, including multimillions of dollars in auto hail damage. According to a recent study, the great state of Texas comes in at number 1 for the most hail insurance claims during the past decade. In fact, in 2016 there were 810 major hail events in Texas.  This explains why after a hailstorm; paintless dent repair shops are busier than usual.

If you pay attention to weather reports, you might have an opportunity to park your car in a parking garage or under a roadside awning to prevent hail damage. If you do not have this opportunity or a place to protect your car, be prepared for hail damage repairs after the storm.

Assessing the Hail Damage

Once the storm has passed, take a look at your vehicle. If the hail was large in size (1.5 inches in diameter or above), the dents left behind may be obvious. Additionally,  your vehicle may not be drivable if it has a broken windshield. Walk around the entire vehicle to check the condition of the headlights, taillights, and the roof of the car. It is recommended that you document your findings with images. Use your cell phone camera to take pictures of the damage as you inspect.

Take Photos
Take a variety of close up photos at different vantage points. Make sure to include some photos taken further back to show the full extent of the damage. This will be helpful for the insurance company and paintless dent repair shop.

Review Your Insurance Policy
It is a good idea to review your insurance policy.  Find out what it covers in relation to storm damage and specifically, hail. If you have comprehensive coverage, your policy covers hail damage and any other natural occurrence that goes beyond your control.

Get a Second Opinion
Sometimes it is difficult to know whether your car needs auto body repair, or if paintless dent repair will be sufficient to repair all of the damage. After you get an estimate from your insurance company assigned adjuster, call a reputable Northern Texas paintless dent repair shop to get a second opinion.

With smaller hail sizes, the dent damage may not be entirely visible to the naked eye or without the proper equipment. In most cases, Auto Hail Repair Plano will find additional damage that the insurance adjuster overlooked.

What are the Benefits of Paintless Dent Removal?

Because the paintless dent repair technique leaves the original paint in place, your car will maintain its original factory paint warranty. Paintless dent repair requires less repair time, is less costly, and 100% environmentally friendly. You want someone well-trained to perform this repair because it requires accessing the underside side of the panel where the hail damage is located, then massaging away the dent with special tools. This is a faster process than standard auto body repair.

When is an Auto Body Shop Repair Necessary?

If you have paint damage caused by the hailstones, then your vehicle will require collision repair. This is because the PDR process doesn’t include paintwork and auto body repair does. If the damage requires paintwork, Auto Hail Repair Plano works hand-in-hand with multiple certified North Texas collision repair shops to ensure that the paintwork is performed correctly, and it matches the original factory paint.

When you bring your vehicle to Auto Hail Repair Plano, we will take care of ALL of your hail damage – not just the paintless dent repair process.

Auto Hail Repair Plano

At Auto Hail Repair Plano, our PDR technicians are trained and certified to perform PDR repair. If you have hail damage, use our online scheduling form to schedule your free and quick estimate. Our goal is to provide you efficient paintless dent repair, so you can get back on the road.

Do you need a hail damage estimate?

Schedule today for a free inspection at your home, office, or at Auto Hail Repair Plano!