If your vehicle has damage due to a hailstorm, you might want to know how much of an expense it is to have it repaired before you bring your automobile to an auto body shop. This allows you to prepare financially for the expense. It also allows you to spot outrageous estimates because you’ll have a good idea what most repair shops charge for Paintless Dent Removal (PDR).
Things to Consider When Factoring in Repair Costs
When factoring in cost of hail damage repair, there are a number of things to consider. The first is the extent of damage done to the vehicle. If it is minor, it will cost less.
Next, you need to know what your deductible is. You can get this information from your insurance policy. This is the amount you have to pay in before your benefits kick in. If you have a $500 deductible, you’ll be responsible for paying for that much of the repair before the insurance company will cover the costs.
If this causes you to question the value of PDR, don’t let it. The Auto Dent Specialists offer a Deductible Forgiveness Program that takes up to $500 off hail damage repair. That means that you don’t have to pay any more than you have to for our expert repair services.
Last but not least, it depends on the type of repair you have done. If PDR won’t work on your vehicle, other services will be suggested. We’ll speak to you about your options so you can make an informed decision about what to do next.
Repair Shops Vary in Price
The cost of hail damage repairs varies from one auto body shop to another. Some claim that small dents can be removed for $30-$45. Medium sized dents cost $40-$55 per repair, and large dents are far more expensive to remove at $75-$80 per repair.
Auto Trends magazine estimates that the average cost of damage for private passenger automobiles following a hailstorm is about $2,500. That’s a pretty penny that can be avoided by parking your vehicle in a garage or under a carport whenever possible. Monitoring weather conditions through a mobile device, computer or TV is advisable as it helps you plan where your vehicle will be during the brunt of a severe storm.
Shop around for estimates. You want to make the best decision you can because there will be some out-of-pocket expense in many cases. Keep in mind the different benefits each shop offers like our Limited Lifetime Warranty because it adds extra value to the services we offer to our customers.
The Benefits of Having a Damaged Vehicle Repaired
There are a number of benefits that comes with repairing a hail damaged car. First and foremost, it helps you maintain a professional image. If you’re driving your vehicle to and from work, you’ll want it to reflect you as a person.
You don’t want to work in a high paying field with a dinged and dented vehicle, do you? You can avoid this atrocity by scheduling a time to bring in your vehicle to our shop. You can either call us or stop by our location during our working hours to see if we have time to complete the repair right away.
Next, it restores the cart, truck, van or SUV to ‘like new’ condition. Other auto body repair shops think filling in a dent does the trick. It doesn’t.
Our Repair Work is Guaranteed
You want to get the most from your vehicle, right? That means that you want to drive it as long as you have it and not be forced to repair it over and over again. We guarantee our work for the length of time you own the auto.
That means that if you run into problems with our repair work, it’s covered by our warranty. Don’t hesitate to let us know if this is a problem for you as your satisfaction is our number one priority. We want you to be happy with the work that we do for you.
We Keep the Manufacturer’s Warranty Intact
Other repair shops may even go as far as repairing a panel but that’s no good either. In order to get full value out of the vehicle, PDR is the way to go. It helps keep the manufacturer’s warranty intact which means that you’re entitled to full benefits as guaranteed by the company that made your car, truck, van or SUV.
Have Professionals Do the Repair Work for You
Visit the experts at the Auto Dent Specialists. We’re here to repair your vehicle quickly and professionally. The dents and dings that have marred up your auto are no more once we’ve done Paintless Dent Removal. We’ll have your vehicle looking as good as new in no time at all.
Auto hail damage is a billion-dollar industry and is unavoidable. According to cars.com these are the top 10 states that occurred the most hail damaged cars from 2008-2014.
Top 10 States For Hail Damaged Cars
1. South Dakota
If you live in one of these states, you know the impact that hail damage can have on your house and car. Hail damage can cost you $1000’s of dollars and be an inconvenience. If you have auto hail damage, you have a couple of options when it comes to getting your hail repaired. These options are a traditional body shop and a paintless dent repair shop. Either option will repair your hail damage and it really comes down to price and time. Now lets go into more detail about these options.
Where Do I Take My Car To Get The Hail Damage Repaired?
You have two options to choose from, a body shop or a paintless dent repair shop. A traditional body shop must replace, fill and paint the hail damaged areas. This process may not be the quickest but will still get your hail damage repaired. The second option is called paintless dent repair and instead of replacing and filling the hail dents, the dents are removed by pushing or massaging the dent back to its original state. Depending on the severity of the hail damage, you could have your vehicle back within one day. In some cases, your car will need to be repainted after the hail damage has been removed. Some paintless dent repair shops can do that in house if they have the proper equipment and trained staff. Paintless dent repair usually takes less time and can save you money but the choice is ultimately up to you You can learn more by reading our Consumer’s Guide to Auto Hail Repair.
Remember, You Have Two Options:
1. Traditional Body Shop
2. Paintless Dent Repair Shop
What Is The Auto Hail Repair Process?
This process is the same for either option but for this example lets use a paintless dent repair shop.
First, call your insurance company to let them know what happened. Then call and schedule an appointment for an estimate at your local paintless dent repair shop. In most cases, you will be able to get an estimate on the spot.
Second, file a claim with your insurance company if needed.
Third, once agreements are made between all parties, schedule your drop off.
*The time it will take for your vehicle to get repaired will vary depending on the amount of work and shop’s schedule. If you’re looking to get your car repaired right after a hail storm, you might be on a waiting list.
Instead Of Using A Shop, Can I Repair Auto Hail Damage Myself?
If you choose to remove the hail damage yourself, there are auto hail damage repair kits you can purchase but we recommend you leave it to a professional.
Auto Hail Damage Repair Kits Consist Of:
• Dent Pullers
• Glue Tabs
• Suction Cups
Unless you have a simple dent to remove, you could make the dent(s) worse and end up costing you more money in the long run. Just make sure you think twice before trying to remove auto hail damage yourself.
How Much Will It Cost To Repair My Hail Damage?
The repair cost depends on the amount and size of the hail damage your car has. First, let discuss if you’re using comprehensive auto insurance. If you are, typically you’ll just pay the deductible. If you don’t have insurance or choose not to use it, the prices range from:
Small Dents: $30.00 & up
Medium Dents: $40.00 & up
Large Dents: $ 75.00 & up
As you can see, the price can really start to add up if your car has lots of hail damage.
Common Questions About Auto Hail Damage
Where Are The Most Common Places For Auto Hail Damage To Occur?
A: Hail damage typically occurs on the roof, trunk lid, hood, fenders and windshield/glass of the vehicle. You might find hail damage on other areas but those are the most common.
What Should I Do If Hail Broke My Vehicle’s Window(s)?
A: If your window(s) were broken in a hail storm, you should call a towing company to have your vehicle towed instead of cleaning the glass yourself and then driving it.
How Long Will It Take To Repair My Vehicle?
A: The amount of time it takes to repair your hail damage varies depending on the amount of damage, time and availability the shop has. Some repairs can be completed in one day and others may take up to three weeks.
How Long Does An Auto Hail Estimation Take?
A: For a complete auto hail estimation, please allow at least 30 minutes but this time can vary depending on the severity of the damage.