You’ve probably heard about hailstorms where the hail was described as being as big as golf balls. The largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States fell in Vivian, South Dakota, on July 23, 2010. It measured 8 inches in diameter and weighed in at 1.94 pounds. This beat the previous record of a 7-inch hailstone that fell in Aurora, Nebraska and weighed 1.67 pounds. You’ll probably never experience this type of hail, but it doesn’t take much for hailstones to damage your vehicle. If you live in Coeur D'Alene, hail damage repair specialists are close by when you visit the Knudtsen ABRA Body Shop in Post Falls.
In the last three years, nearly 2.8 million people experienced hail damage to their property, with more than a quarter of that damage affecting vehicles. There were 5,396 major hailstorms in 2019, according to the NOAA’s Severe Storms database. Parking your car outdoors exposes it to a greater likelihood that it will get damaged by hail. Damage incurred by hail includes broken or cracked windshields, and dents to the body.
If your car, truck, SUV or van is damaged by hail, it’s important to call the Knudtsen ABRA Body Shop for hail damage repair in Coeur D'Alene. The reason we say it’s important is because when many vehicles in a community experience hail damage, it’s often followed by the appearance of dishonest contractors who will contact area residents, claiming they can make fast hail repairs. These rip-off artists always begin their scams with an unsolicited visit by a so-called repair person.
Cosmetic damage to your car from hail will hurt its resale value. You probably won’t feel too good about driving a vehicle in that condition. If the vehicle is paid off, you can decide whether you want to repair the damage. If it hasn’t been paid off or it’s leased, you may be required to repair it.
Here are some steps to take if your car has been damaged by hail.
Check the vehicle for cracked and broken glass, as well as any dents and dings. Take photos of the damage.
Cover any broken windows to keep out rain and snow. Vacuum the interior of the vehicle to remove glass.
Bring your car to the Knudtsen ABRA Body Shop for an estimate. Save your receipts for all work done to the vehicle.
If the damage isn’t severe and the repair cost was less than your comprehensive insurance deductible, you may decide it’s not worth filing a claim with your insurance company.
At the Knudtsen ABRA Body Shop, we can repair hail damage and get your vehicle back to you quickly, looking like new. Our certified service technicians are experts at repairing every type of body and glass damage. Keep in mind that it’s not safe to drive with a damaged front or rear windshield, so it’s important to repair it right away.
Call us at 208-773-9782 to schedule a body shop visit or make an appointment on our website.