Protecting your car during inclement weather can be challenging. With the exception of the strong winds brought on by a tornado or hurricane, trying to prevent damage to your vehicle in a hailstorm represents one of the more difficult weather challenges. Taking the time to make sure you are prepared in the unfortunate event that your vehicle is exposed to hail could ultimately save you hundreds of dollars in damage to your car or truck.
Watch the Weather
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to be prepared for the possibility of hail is to pay attention to the weather forecast. Knowing in advance the time and approximate size of the hail being forecast can be crucial information when determining the best way to protect your vehicle.
Of course, the simplest and most reliable way to protect your car from hail damage is to seek a covered parking space. Parking in a garage at home is a great way to protect your vehicle from hail damage. Home carports also offer good protection, and there are even affordable do-it-yourself carport kits available that could be a good investment if you live in an area that experiences hail frequently.
If you are in traffic and find yourself caught in a hailstorm, you may be able to take cover under an overpass. Another good place to seek cover would be a nearby parking deck. Businesses with covered drive-thru lanes could provide temporary shelter as well.
DIY Car Covers
When covered parking is not an option, covering your car or truck with a vehicle cover is a good way to minimize hail damage. If a vehicle cover is not available, a tarp or blanket could be used as well. If you do not have access to anything to cover your vehicle with, you can use the mats inside your car to cover and protect your vehicle’s windshield. Although this will not protect your entire vehicle, it could prevent a costly windshield repair bill.
Primetime PDR to the Rescue
If your vehicle sustains body damage in a hailstorm in San Antonio, Primetime PDR’s paintless dent repair may be able to help. Paintless dent repair is typically faster and more affordable than traditional body shops, and in some cases they can even pick up your car and return it to you, saving you the hassle of taking time off from work to get your car serviced. Although being prepared and protecting your vehicle from hail is the ideal choice, if your vehicle does sustain hail damage, paintless dent repair can be a great way to get back on the road without breaking the bank.