auto hail repair
It's a timeless, dread-inducing story: you go outside the morning after a storm, hoping to brave the ice and get to work on time. Instead of just needing to contend with snow buildup and icy roads, you immediately realize that you have an even bigger problem: hail damage on your vehicle.
While this heart-sinking possibility is awful, there are ways to fix hail damage affordably. You just need to be in the know about average costs and how to decrease them. Read on for the 411 on paying for hail damage repair services.
The unfortunate answer to this question is an underwhelming "it depends." The basic answer is that repair usually costs between $1000 and $3500. Sometimes it can cost way more than that, though - it's not unheard of to need $8000 worth of repairs.
A single dent with a 1-inch diameter will cost about $50-$150. However, different dent sizes will run for more or less than that.
Small dents will sometimes cost as low as $35 per dent, but there will usually be more to fix since little hailstones fall in larger quantities. Medium dents can cost $45-$55, while big ones might cost over $75.
Note that these are out-of-pocket costs. They don't factor insurance into their prices at all. Those who have comprehensive coverage will have significantly lower fees, assuming that their policy covers weather damage after storms.
Beyond the size of hail dents, the location will also contribute to how much you'll need to pay to fix your vehicle. Windshield destruction can be extremely costly, but your vehicle's roof is usually going to take the biggest beating.
Roof hail damage costs more to repair when it chips the paint. Cosmetic damage is a much easier fix because you just need to flatten the dents out with paintless dent repair (PDR) services. If the paint chips, you'll need a new coat to cover the exposed areas.
While it can be tempting to ignore scratches and chips, this can lead to rust that costs more to repair in the future.
Fixing hail damage will also cost more if your insurance doesn't cover it. You'll need to pay out of pocket after your insurance company does its due diligence on your policy. Luckily, those with comprehensive coverage almost always have hail damage costs covered.
Your vehicle's make and model will also change hail damage repair costs. If it's newer, your insurance is more likely to cover it. Older models get totaled more easily because they don't have enough value to make repairing them worth the price.
Damage to high-end vehicles also costs more. Luxury vehicles are made from rarer materials, which are harder to access and replace.
Plus, top-quality vehicles tend to have aluminum frames that make them harder to fix. This ramps labor costs up, so your wallet will take a greater hit.
Luckily, there are routes that you can take to make repairs as inexpensive as possible.
Many people take their vehicles in for traditional dent repair.
During these services, an expert will sand the paint off your dent. They'll then use special tools to bash the metal back into its original shape. Once that's done, any dents that are still visible are filled with putty that gets sanded down again.
Then, the dented area gets a new paint job, which can be hard because of color matching and specialized types of paint. This requires the professional to lay down a primer and base coat before the final surface paint coat.
As you might imagine, this process will easily cost upwards of $500-600. That's a lot for a single 1" dent, especially when PDR alternatives will only cost $150 at most out-of-pocket.
PDR methods are easy and require no new paint job. Experts go underneath the roof of your automobile and use specially designed rods to pop the dents out from underneath. They'll snap upward so the metal is back in place without damaging the paint.
Then, the experts will use their rods and similar tools to smooth out your roof from the metal's underside. The end result is a vehicle that looks as good as new with very minimal effort.
Paintless repair methods also don't take much time, so you won't be stuck paying for taxis to get to and from work or buying public transit passes. In fact, Express Hail Repair only takes your vehicle for 48 hours... and we give you a rental car during this period for free.
Fortunately, people almost never pay out-of-pocket for PDR when they work with Express Hail Repair. We work with all insurance companies to ensure that you'll have the coverage you need to thrive. Most of our customers don't pay any out-of-pocket costs, so you likely have nothing to worry about.
We also have a special Pay $0 Program to take financial strain off those who would need to pay a deductible. Those who take advantage of this program will have their deductible paid by Express. The value of this offer is up to $1000, so it's unlikely that you'll need to pay anything regardless of your insurance.
So, in short, it's essentially free to fix hail damage when you work with our experienced auto body shop!
Express estimates are also free, so you don't need to worry about any additional costs. You just schedule an appointment after your assessment, bring your vehicle back for repairs on the selected date, and pick it up fully restored in 2 business days.
It's that simple!
It can be expensive to fix hail damage if you don't know where to look. Luckily, Express Hail Repair is excited to hook you up with convenient and affordable services that are covered by most insurance policies.
We give fast and accurate estimates so you can start cruising comfortably and safely ASAP. Request a 1-hour free custom estimate to get your vehicle back on track.