Brace yourselves, hail season is coming! Severe hail costs an average of $1.42 billion in property and crop damage in the United States each year, using data from 2005 through 2015. This is the hail that smashes your windshield, takes the siding off your house and causes roof damage to businesses. Hail damage is most prevalent between the months of March and June, as well as in the fall and winter months. If you live in an area where every year you receive your fair share of hail, then it makes sense to be prepared for hail season. There are people who are prepared for the season and people who are not, so what steps can you take to go through hail season with peace of mind?

  1. Comprehensive Coverage For Your Vehicle

    With comprehensive coverage, your insurance company will cover damage as a result from a hailstorm. All you have to do is document the damage and file a claim with your insurance company. What will happen is your insurance company will send an adjuster to inspect your car, estimate the damage, and ultimately send you a check for repairs. With most insurance companies, the average cost for comprehensive coverage is $136 per year. However, your deductible may vary depending on the amount you pay for your premium.

  2. Know Your Paintless Dent Repair Shop

    After a hailstorm, and once you’ve contacted your insurance company to file a claim, they will suggest that you get your vehicle repaired with their preferred body shop. It’s not necessarily in your best interests that you get your vehicle repaired by them. In fact, it is well-documented that many insurance-preferred body shops cut corners on the repairs to recoup the commission that they have to pay to the insurance company for sending customers. At Five Star Autoplex, our technicians specialize in Paintless Dent Repair, in order to get your car looking showroom new after a hailstorm.

What is Paintless Dent Repair?

Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a technique used by auto body shops that remove dents and dings, leaving the original paint in place. This is achieved by accessing the back side of the damaged panel and then massaging and shrinking the dent with unique and specialized rods that have different configurations. Paintless Dent Repair is faster than conventional repairs, and doesn’t use traditional auto body methods like sanding and body fillers in order to maintain your car’s original finish. To ensure that your car dent is repaired properly, you should leave it to the professionals at Five Star Autoplex.