Sunday's storm was a doozy, and no one is aware of this more than those folks whose vehicles were damaged by hail. After taking a beating, your car or truck may be covered in dents and have cracked windows or mirrors. But what are a few dings, anyway? If you're okay with the look of your vehicle, do you really need to get it repaired? Actually, yes! Even if you believe that the damage is merely cosmetic, it's wise to have the vehicle looked over by a professional. Seemingly small problems can be much larger than they seem, and the sooner that the issues are addressed, the better off you'll be.
Still, you shouldn't take your car or truck just anywhere for a once-over. Unless your body shop has your best interest in mind, you could walk away with an inadequate assessment, and ultimately, low-quality repairs. Do you know how to go about having your vehicle's hail damage evaluated, and what to look for in a repair center? This guide will clarify why repairs to hail damage are necessary, and will walk you through the steps of getting it done.
Hail Damage: It's About More Than Mere Appearances
For obvious reasons, if your front or rear windshield, side windows, or mirrors have been cracked or otherwise damaged by hail, it's imperative (from both a safety and legal standpoint) that you seek out repairs immediately. As for those seemingly harmless dents? There's more than meets the eye. If, for example, the hail has managed to break your vehicle's paint, don't look the other way. Over time, the paint will begin to crack and peel off. Ultimately, this will lead to rusting, and will compromise the structural integrity and safety of the car or truck. Even shallower dings can put a dent in your wallet over the long run. Hail damage that goes unaddressed and isn't repaired will significantly decrease the monetary value of your vehicle. And should you ever wish to switch to a new insurance provider, best of luck to you! After assessing your vehicle, the hail damage will be noticed and could raise your premiums, or the amount could be deducted from future claims.
Know Your Rights
Despite what your insurance provider might try to tell you, you are not obligated to have your vehicle assessed or fixed by a direct repair shop of their choosing. In many cases, insurers have set agreements with specific body shops for faster repairs and lower costs to the insurance agency. Unfortunately, these auto technicians may cut corners or use low-grade parts and equipment in order to guarantee that they make a profit. For this reason, it's better to choose your own body shop for an unbiased opinion, and fair costs for quality service.
Choosing a Body Shop
If you don't already have a body shop that you regularly entrust your vehicle to, it's smart to start looking for one right away. Fortunately, pinpointing a reliable repair company isn't as difficult as it may initially seem. There are a few key things that you should look for from your shop:
- Should have uni-body repair equipment
- All vehicle repair technicians should be qualified and certified
- Any repairs made to your vehicle should make use of genuine manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts. Not only does this guarantee optimal safety and functionality, but it's the only way to truly restore your car or truck to pre-accident condition.
- Should offer repair warranties
Treat your vehicle with the TLC it deserves. Allowing a reliable body shop to promptly address hail damage will benefit you now and in the future. If your vehicle has storm damage, contact Medine’s Collision Center for a free estimate of your repair. Simply click here, or call us directly at (225) 357-7983.