Damaged Windshield! What to Do After a Hailstorm?
Colorado is located in Hail Alley and therefore, citizens and car owners are quite familiar with the severe damages a car can suffer from a heavy hailstorm. Most of Colorado car owners have faced a hailstorm-damaged issue at least once. In fact, Colorado is second in the highest number of hail claims in the US.
After working for decades, offering the best PDR services to Colorado citizens, at Auto Rehab, we have learned the destructive power of hailstorms to car structures. A single average 2-inch size hailstone that falls at a speed of 60 mph, can easily pound deep dents in car roofs and hoods. If hitting a windshield it could easily crack it, chip it or even smash it.
It is always advised when it comes to car dents, to get them fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise, hidden damages behind the dents could eventually translate into bigger and more expensive issues. When it comes to windshield chips, fixing it right away is a rule of thumb!
Hail Damage Windshield Repair
Your car windshield could get chipped from any number of reasons, broken tree branches or debris, flung rocks or baseballs and of course, hailstones. When damages occur on your windshield, it is essential to fix it as soon as possible. Otherwise, your family’s safety could be at risk.
Windshields provide up to 45% protection of the vehicle in a front-end collision, and in a rollover, up to 60%. Therefore, it is vital to have an expert evaluate and fix it when damaged, even when it seems like minor damage.
Auto Rehab’s professional car dent and windshield repair experts, usually perform an inspection on your car in order to determine the type and level of damage, its location, depth, and size. These aspects will help determine if your windshield can be safely repaired or will need to be replaced.
Windshield chips are commonly described as bulls-eye, half-moon, cracks, pits, and star breaks or spider legs. In most cases, if the damage isn’t too severe or it isn’t directly affecting the driver’s line of sight, it can be repaired. On the other hand, it is important to determine if the damage extends to the outer edge of the windshield. If so, a car dent and windshield chip expert should check it right away, as it may need to be replaced.
Using Your Insurance
Once the storm is over and you notice any signs of damage, cracks or windshield chips on your car, don’t hesitate. Avoid putting any pressure on it and try to keep it away from extreme temperatures. Mark all the dents, scratches, windshield cracks or chips found and take pictures for your records in case you plan to place an insurance claim.
Most comprehensive insurance policies will cover weather events such as hailstorms. However, depending on the severity of your windshield damages and if it needs to be replaced, your insurance company may ask you to pay your deductible and they’ll pay for the complete replacement.
At Auto Rehab, we have a vast experience not only in repairing car dents and windshields, but also walking our clients through their insurance claim process. PDR is not only the most effective, reliable, and fastest technique to get rid of annoying dents and scratches, but it is also insurance companies preferred dent removal procedure. Contact Auto Rehab today and find out everything you need to know about PDR and hailstorm protection.