Hail Damage Repair in San Antonio

Hail causes insurance companies over $1 billion per year in damage and is one of the most common natural disaster that insurance providers deal with.
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Hail damage occurs because hailstorms spontaneously form during regular storms. Hail is formed from updrafts in thunderstorms that bring water into freezing atmospheric temperatures. Vehicles and structures are dented from the force that the hail falls, which is about 100 mph for baseball sized hail, or the speed of a major league baseball pitcher’s throw.

Considering this speed, the size of the hail will be the primary indicator of the amount of damage possible. Hail ranges in size from pebble- to softball-sized.

  • Hail the size of a quarter will damage shingles and gutters.
  • Hail the size of golfballs, roughly 1.5-2 inches in diameter, will put dents in your vehicle.
  • Baseball sized hail, 2.5-3 inches will break windows and windshields.
  • Anything larger than 3 inches, at high speed, can put holes in certain roofs.

Hail damage and insurance claims

Comprehensive car insurance covers vehicles from natural disasters, including hail storms, flooding, and theft. Liability, on the other hand, only covers you from accidents.

If you have comprehensive coverage, you have hail damage repair coverage. The type of insurance rate you have may include a deductible to be paid before the insurance provider takes care of the rest.

If your car has hail damage:

  1. Call your insurance immediately to file a claim. A claims adjuster will go over the process with you.
  2. Get a first estimate through your insurance provider. An insurance appraiser will have your car looked at to assess the damage. You’ll be given paperwork and a check to have your car fixed, including your deductible.
  3. Take your vehicle to Prime Time PDR. Now that you have the insurance check from your adjuster, set up an appointment with Prime Time PDR to have your vehicle fixed properly. If there’s a difference in the cost to fix the car and your insurance check, Prime Time PDR will work with your insurance company to file a supplemental claim, so you have nothing to worry about.
  4. Drop off your vehicle and relax. Once the vehicle is in the shop, we take over the process and service your car professionally and quickly.

How to avoid hail damage

If you know a hail storm is coming soon, park your vehicle under solid cover. Trees are easily damaged by hail, and fallen branches can inflict even more damage to your car. Carports, garages, patio covers, or other solid structures are best for protecting your vehicle.

If you are driving or in your car when a hailstorm hits, safely find cover, if available, and wait the storm out. If you are unable to find cover, find a safe place to pull over and wait out the hail.

Do not go outside to repark your car during a hailstorm.
With the impact hail can leave on vehicles, it can also cause severe damage to people. Under no circumstances should you leave the safety of cover during a hailstorm.

How Can Prime Time PDR Fix Your Hail Damage?

Prime Time PDR starts working on your vehicle by removing the interior panels underneath the dents, so that the dents can be worked on efficiently. Special tools are then used to gently push the dents back into the right place.

After removing the dents, we utilize lights to make sure the work is done evenly and perfectly. Prime Time Paintless Dent Repair makes your dents completely indistinguishable from before it was dented.

Our paintless dent repair process is so thorough, we guarantee the quality of our work for the lifetime of your vehicle. If your car was damaged by hail in San Antonio’s recent hail storms, don’t hesitate. Call Prime Time PDR today!

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