My Vehicle Has Hail Damage…Now What???
#1 – What do I need to do first?
You will most likely need to contact your insurance Company. Hail damage on vehicles can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, so unless the vehicle just has a few dents and you want to consider paying out-of-pocket for the repairs, you should contact your insurance company.
#2- What will my insurance company do?
When you contact your insurance company, they will most likely want to see the vehicle to estimate the cost for repairs. After and adjuster looks at the vehicle, they usually will provide you with an estimate, and then you can seek a repair shop of your choice. In some cases, the insurance company will send a check with the estimate.
#3- What if my hail damage is possibly less than my insurance deductible?
If the hail damage on the vehicle is minimal, contacting a repair shop is most likely better, depending on your insurance deductible. DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Marble Falls, Texas, or DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Fredericksburg, Texas is happy to help.
#4- What if may insurance estimate is less than the cost of repairs for my vehicle?
If you take your vehicle to the repair shop of your choice, there is a possibility that the adjuster’s estimate for repairs will not be enough, and unfortunately, this happens because the adjuster overlooks something, or because of them using a matrix that counts the number of dents and sizes them, and it simply does not work in all situations. So, if and when this happens, your repair shop will contact the insurance company on your behalf and request a supplement for the additional repairs. Again, this only applies for a difference in the cost of repairs before the deductible is applied. DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Marble Falls, Texas, or DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Fredericksburg, Texas is experienced with working with most all insurance providers.
#5- What are the repair options and/or pros & cons for hail damage on my vehicle?
There are 2 options for repairing hail damage on a vehicle. The first option is paintless dent repair that utilizes a process to remove the dents without re-painting the vehicle. When possible, depending on the severity of the hail damage, insurance companies prefer this method because it is less expensive than conventional body shop repairs, but more importantly for the owner of the vehicle, this process allows the factory paint to remain intact, which ultimately, maintains the value of the vehicle; paintless repairs can also be completed in a fraction of the time that is required by conventional repairs. The second option is conventional repairs through a body shop, where they use bondo, sanding and repainting to repair the hail damage on the vehicle. DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Marble Falls, Texas, and DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Fredericksburg, Texas has been doing paintless dent repair since 1994, has over 25 years of experience, and have been restoring their customers’ vehicles to the condition prior to the hail damage, so they look like they were never hailed on and best of all, their factory paint is still intact, which means their vehicles’s value has not decreased as a result of the hail damage!
#6- Can a panel with damage that could normally be repaired paintless, still require conventional repairs?
Yes! Sometimes, typically with hood damage, there can be so many dents that 1- the repair via the paintless dent repair method is not cost effective because the repair cost exceeds the cost of replacement, and/ or 2- if there are so many dents that it’s impossible to remove the dents to the condition prior to the damage. So, in both cases, the panel would require replacement or conventional body repairs. DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Marble Falls, Texas, and DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Fredericksburg, Texas have been doing hail damage repair for over 25 years, so the team is very knowledgeable about every aspect of paintless dent repair.
#7- What happens if some of the hail damage on my vehicle requires both paintless and conventional methods of repair?
In these instances, the vehicle will need to go to a body shop for some of the repairs, DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Marble Falls, Texas, and DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Fredericksburg, Texas have been working with local body shops for years, so the team is very knowledgeable on completing repairs in conjunction with local body shops.
#8- What happens if moldings and/ or trim piece(s) are damaged?
Unfortunately, moldings and/ or trim piece(s) cannot be repaired, and thus, will require replacement through a body shop. DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Marble Falls, Texas, and DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Fredericksburg, Texas have been working with local body shops for years, so we make the replacement easy.
#9 What happens if the hail damage repair cost exceeds the value of the vehicle?
In this case, the insurance company will normally total the vehicle. If the customer opts to keep the vehicle with the damage we will be happy to work directly with that customer if they decide to fix all or part of their vehicle.
#10- I have finalized the insurance process and I’m ready to have repairs completed, so now what?
You need to contact the repair shop to schedule, and then drop off the vehicle for repairs at the scheduled time. If repairing via paintless dent repair, the repairs will take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days; if repairing via conventional repair or a combination of conventional and paintless dent repair, the repairs can take as much as a week or more, depending on severity, and parts. Once repairs are completed, the damage will not come back unless the vehicle is hailed on again. Within the local areas, DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Marble Falls, Texas, and DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair in Fredericksburg, Texas, are happy to offer customer drop off and pick up.
This information hopefully answers your questions about what to do if your vehicle sustains hail damage, but if you have further questions, or if you’d like an estimate, please do not hesitate to contact DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair. DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair has been doing paintless dent repair since 1994, and the team is committed to providing their customers with the best possible experience with having paintless dent repair done on their vehicle for hail damage, door dings, and minor dents. We very much value or business and our customers, and look forward to helping you should you find yourself in need of paintless dent repair. We also offer mobile service for minor paintless dent repairs. Don’t live with your hail damage, door dings, and/or minor dents any longer! Contact DENT connection Hail & Dent Repair today at 830-660-0580 !
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