Hail can be a nuisance to drive in, but sometimes it can do serious damage to cars. You may have heard about golf-ball size hail, but hailstones can even be larger than that! The record for the largest hailstone in the United States was an 8-inch stone that crashed down on Vivian, South Dakota in 2010, weighing in at nearly two pounds. Before that, the record was a 7-inch hailstone that fell in Aurora, Nebraska. Hopefully, you won’t experience a hailstorm of this magnitude, but even smaller hailstones can damage your car. If you live or work in Rathdrum, hail damage repair is close at hand when you visit the Knudtsen Abra Body Shop in Post Falls.
Over the past three years, almost 3 million people were faced with property damage caused by hail. Nearly a quarter of that damage came from damaged cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. According to the NOAA Severe Storms database, there were 5,396 major hailstorms in 2019. All this means hail damage can be a real problem. If you park your car outside, there’s a greater chance of it becoming a victim of hail damage, which includes dents to the body and broken or cracked windshields.
If your vehicle is damaged by hail, call the experts at the Knudtsen Abra Body Shop for hail damage repair in Rathdrum. Watch out for scams. When a community experiences a severe hailstorm, it’s not uncommon for dishonest contractors to show up. They’ll contact residents, claiming to make quick repairs. If you receive an unsolicited visit by a so-called repair person, it’s a sign of a scammer.
If your car is damaged by hail and you don’t repair it, the resale value will take a hit. And you probably won’t feel great about driving a dented vehicle. If your car is paid off, consider repairing it. If your vehicle isn’t paid off or you lease it, you may be required to make repairs.
Here are some steps to take when your car experiences hail damage:
Check the vehicle for dents and dings, as well as cracked and broken glass. Document the damage with photos.
Cover broken windows to keep snow and rain out of the vehicle. Vacuum the cabin to clean up broken glass.
Take your car to the Knudtsen Abra Body Shop and get a repair estimate. Keep the receipts for all repairs done to the vehicle.
If the hail damage is minor and the cost of repairs is less than your comprehensive insurance deductible, you may determine it’s not worth filing an insurance claim.
At the Knudtsen Abra Body Shop, we can repair hail damage quickly and have your car looking like new. Our expert technicians have experience repairing damage to the body and auto glass. If your windshield is cracked or broken, it’s important to repair it as soon as possible, as it isn’t safe to drive with a damaged windshield.
Call the Knudtsen Abra Body Shop at 208-773-9782 to make an appointment or schedule your visit on our website.