Auto Hail Damage Repair
Hail is as unpredictable as it gets, in terms of body shop costs. A few small dings can be repaired for very little money and a day or less in the shop, but hail can also be very frustrating in cases of heavier damage because it can leave a car perfectly drivable but cost more to repair than insurance is willing to pay for. We’ll do everything we can to help you with auto hail damage repair, beginning with this guide to help you get you started.
Is Hail Damage Covered by Car Insurance?
Not all policies cover you for hail damage. If you have comprehensive coverage, you should be covered for both hail and storm damage. But if you only carry liability insurance, hail damage is not covered.
How to Get a Hail Repair Cost Estimate
Give your insurance company a call for starters, to see if you’re covered for hail. If so, they may want to do an inspection, and may also write the estimate. Auto Craft can also provide an inspection as part of the estimating process, and some insurers prefer that we do it, especially under their direct repair program. To get a car hail repair cost estimate, simply use the online estimate tool (top of this page), give us a call, or bring the vehicle in to one of our collision repair locations.
Plan on spending about half an hour with one of our estimators, who will inspect the vehicle and provide a detailed hail repair cost estimate, and if you’re happy with our estimate, we’ll handle the rest. We’ll set an appointment time, and if you need a loaner car while yours is in the shop, we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Light hail damage may only require a day in the shop. More severe hail damage can take longer, depending on the severity.
We also recommend washing your vehicle before you bring it in. Dust and dirt can mask hail damage, and we want to give you the most accurate estimate possible.
How Long Does Hail Repair Take?
Light damage can often be repaired with PDR—paintless dent repair, and this takes less than a day for most jobs. However, Kansas and Oklahoma weather being what they are, we all know that sometimes, when it hails, it pours. I situations where thousands of local vehicles need hail repair, we may need to schedule your hail repair appointment a few days or even weeks ahead of time.
Once your vehicle is in the shop, we may need to keep it for a few days, depending on the severity of the hail damage.
Types of Vehicle Hail Repair
- Paintless dent repair is a relatively new system of tools and techniques that preserve your vehicle’s original paint. PDR technicians essentially “massage” each dent under special lighting that exposes surface flaws to within thousandths of an inch. Keeping the original paint is always preferable to conventional body work because even with today’s impressive paint color matching technologies, different applications may fade differently over time, reducing resale value. Learn more about PDR.
- Conventional body work is for more severe damage that requires the removal of doors and panels. Dents are filled putty, sanded and repainted. Conventional body work can often restore extreme vehicle damage to “pre-loss” condition or better, but it takes a lot longer than paintless dent repair.
Decades of Hail Repair Experience
Auto Craft has repaired thousands of hail damaged vehicles, and we’re known for our beautiful work and straight talk. Give us a call, and we’ll do everything we can to turn a negative experience into great one.