Dealing with hail damage can be very daunting. Sometimes it’s tempting to just give up on the car and write it off, but there are simpler options that can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. If you want to get the most out of your money (and really — who doesn’t?), then it may be worth looking at fixing that hail damage on your car. We’ve outlined everything you need to know about hail-damaged cars, so you can make an informed decision about what to do with yours!
What is hail damage?
Hail damage is a type of percussive damage that is caused by hailstones hitting the surface of a car. Hail damage can range from small dings and dents to large cracks and holes in the paint. This is one of the most common types of weather-related damage that can happen to your car, especially if you live in an area prone to storms, like Dallas-Fort Worth. If your car has hail damage, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
How does hail damage affect my car’s value?
Whenever your car is damaged by hail, it immediately loses value. A hail-damaged car is worth significantly less if you go to sell or trade it in. Also, if you get in an accident, the cost of repairing the hail damage, easily thousands of dollars, will be deducted from your insurance check if your car is deemed a total loss. This means that if you fail to repair your hail damage before the accident, you would walk away with much less money.
When should I get my hail damaged car repaired?
No doubt about this: you should get your hail damage repaired as soon as possible after a storm. Some people might think it’s smarter to wait until hail season is over to get the repairs done, but waiting too long can leave your vehicle prone to rust and further damage as the paint weakens.
Additionally, if you are in an accident while your car still has hail damage, the insurance company will only provide a check to restore your car’s value to the value it was at the time of the accident. Therefore, if your car was originally $20,000, but you had $5,000 worth of hail damage at the time of the accident, then the insurance company will only provide you with $15,000.
Getting your car fixed right away can help save you thousands of dollars in the long run – especially since Dent Mechanic Group completes your repairs at no cost to you.
Is Hail Damage Covered by Auto Insurance?
Auto insurance is meant to cover the costs of damage to your vehicle. If you have comprehensive coverage, your insurance company should cover the cost of hail damage to your car.
We know how frustrating and time-consuming dealing with insurance companies can be – but we go through the hassle so you don’t have to. At Dent Mechanic Group, we will file your claim, communicate with your insurance company, and even waive your deductible fee to make your repairs easy and affordable.
How long will it take to get fixed?
With Dent Mechanic Group, the actual repair process usually only takes 1-5 days, depending on the severity of the damage. This includes filing your insurance claim, assessing repairs, performing repairs, and delivering your car back to you. Often, insurance companies take longer to process the claim and move the request forward, so we typically tell our customers to expect about a 21 day turnaround.
Don’t worry, though – you’ll never be without a car, if you get your repairs done with Dent Mechanic Group. We provide a complimentary rental car for all hail repairs through our partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to keep you moving, whether you have rental insurance or not.
How Dent Mechanic Group Can Help
Dent Mechanic Group’s #1 priority is taking care of you and your vehicle. Our staff of highly-trained paintless dent repair experts will repair the damage quickly and efficiently at no out-of-pocket cost to you. We also offer free pick up and delivery and if needed, a free Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
We have repaired thousands of cars in DFW for over 6 years, have over 600 5-star reviews on Google, and operate year-round, not just when a bad hail storm hits.
We rely on our extensive knowledge, training, and experience to provide the highest quality paintless dent repair service and our promise of a no-hassle experience so you can be back in your car in no time.