Strong thunderstorms in the midwest are inevitable. We happen to live in the part of the country they call "tornado alley". Hail happens from frozen precipitation that's created by strong thunderstorms with fast updrafts — air being pulled upward into a thunderstorm. It can cause serious damage to vehicles, structures and crops.
Hail Repair Process
Hail damage can be repaired by 2 different ways. The convention body shop method and the Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) method. The conventional body shop method replaces body panels and uses plastic body filler to fill in the dents and proceed to finish the dents smooth for repainting.
At Premier Dent, we use the Paintless Dent Repair method of repairing hail damage. To repair hail and dings this way, we have to gain access to the backside of the dents by removing certain interior pieces of trim and moldings. After being able to access the back side of the dents, we proceed to use a very technical and skilled use of tools gently move the metal back to its original form without harming the original paint finish and guaranteeing the dent never returns.
Hail Damage and Insurance
Your auto insurance policy typically covers damage caused by hailstones to your car — depending on the type of coverage you have. If you carry comprehensive coverage, you're financially safeguarded against a whole host of hazards — including hail damage. However, a basic liability policy won't help pay to repair your ride after a hailstorm.
Auto insurance companies have adopted and recommend the PDR method for repairing hail damage. This saves valuable time and also saves the consumers from a possible devalued vehicle with body work and repainting.
What should you do after you've encountered a hail storm
- Call your Insurance company to report the damage.
- Discuss the repair and estimate procedures your insurance company has set up
- Find a reputable and qualified shop to repair your vehicle
- Get the facts - how long will it take, process taken to repair your vehicle, how long has the techs been performing pdr, outsource the work or keep the work inhouse, does the shop guarantee the work provided
- Schedule your repairs
- Inspect your vehicle when finished - Make sure the quality is good and no sign of any dents remaining.