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What to Do When Your Vehicle is Damaged by Hail

Young people across the US are frequently putting 20% of their budgets toward car costs. This can make any damage feel impossible to contend with, so hail storm damage causes a lot of anxiety. Luckily, there are concrete steps to take after a hail storm to ensure that you don't need to pay a ton of money for repairs.

Here, we're going to talk about what to do about vehicle dents immediately following a hail event. Read on to alleviate your stress with dent repair services, insurance claims, and more.

Assess the Hail Storm Damage

Even pea-sized hail can damage your vehicle. It falls quickly and will batter your hood when it hits the metal over and over again. This can cause denting, scratching, and even chipping paint in some cases.

However, no two hail storms are going to cause exactly the same damage. Sometimes the problem will be mostly cosmetic and the paint will still be intact. This is good news because paintless dent repair (PDR) processes are easy when you work with knowledgeable experts.

PDR is also easy when there are severe dents with intact paint. However, experts will also need to make sure that hail hasn't dented your motor in these situations when the hailstones jostled things around. Since heavy hail can cause internal issues, you might need to get your engine looked at when your car is repaired.

Sometimes hail damage will scratch paint. This is true in both cases of cosmetic and severe denting. You should still book repairs with Express Hail Damage for PDR, but our team may also need to repair the paint after we pop the dents out of your vehicle with specialized rods.

File a Hail Damage Claim

Once you know the extent of the damage, it's time to file a hail damage claim with your insurance company. It's critical that you do this before making an appointment with repair professionals. This is because it will accurately calculate the damage so that the insurance company pays for the claim.

This process is extremely simple since all you need to do is call your insurance company and tell them you want to file a hail damage claim. They'll talk with you for a few minutes and ask questions about when the damage happened, what its nature is, and where the hail dented the car. They also will likely inquire about interior damage, but you can tell them you're not sure and will need to ask an expert about it.

Almost every auto insurance company will offer hail damage coverage. Express Hail Repair works with all insurance companies and also offers a Pay $0 Program. This means that depending on your coverage, you may pay nothing out of pocket.

In fact, this is the case for most of our customers. There's usually no need to worry about costs assuming that you file a claim quickly. If you have comprehensive coverage, you're almost never going to have to pay for anything out of pocket.

Find a Professional Repair Facility

At this point, it's time to find a professional hail damage repair facility. Note that it's important to avoid DIYing repairs at all costs. You don't have the specialized knowledge or tools to fix damage at home, and trying to use household objects to get rid of vehicle dents can cause more problems than it resolves.

You could dent or chip paint that was intact before. You could create structural problems that might cause rust later. You even could hurt yourself trying to use tools like welders if you don't know what you're doing.

At Express Auto Repair, we have all of the tools needed to perform effective and safe repairs to any hail damaged vehicle. You won't need to worry about making things worse. You also won't need to buy additional tools that you don't know how to use.

To feel confident in your choice to work with us, you can:

  • Read online reviews from past customers we've worked with
  • Ask our experts any questions about the processes we use
  • Talk about your specific hail damage and how we can help
  • Chat directly with other past customers on online forums
  • Ask for and look at online photos of the repair jobs we've done

Get Paintless Dent Repair Services

At this point, it's time to get paintless dent repair services to make your vehicle as good as new. We work with damaged cars, trucks, vans, pickups, and basically any other automotive vehicle you might own.

All you need to do is make an appointment, bring your car in on the day we plan to fix it, and come to retrieve it 48 hours later. We won't hold onto it for weeks and weeks like other shops might, and we'll even give you a rental car to use for the two days that it takes to fix your dents. You won't be left without a ride to work or anywhere else.

The paintless dent repair process is pretty simple. We'll go underneath the metal of your car where the dents are and use special metal rods to pop the dents back out. They'll be smoothed out, and by the end of the process, you won't even know that the dents were there in the first place.

As the name implies, this repair process won't damage your car's paint. You won't need to pay for an all-new paint job because pounding the dents out doesn't cause any chipping or scratching. We don't pound on the painted area of your car - we only hit the invisible underside with our rods.

Reach Out to the Pros

While hail storm damage can be destructive and stressful, repairing your vehicle is simple when you work with the right experts. Express Hail Repair is committed to ensuring that your car is fixed quickly and effectively.

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee to make sure that your repairs are completed perfectly and make for a great long-term investment. Reach out to us with any questions and schedule a custom estimate to learn more about the costs of hail damage repairs in your specific situation.


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