Hailstorm damage! What to do…?
The morning after… during the night, an unpredictable heavy hailstorm struck down with anger. Thankfully, you and your family were warm and safe, sleeping inside your home, but as soon as you walked outside, you notice that your car didn’t have the same luck.
Even though, this is a hypothetical scenario, it is a situation most of Colorado citizens have faced. In fact, according to NOAA’s Severe Storms database, during the past five years, claims related to wind and hail damage on a national basis accounted for almost 40 percent of all insured losses, averaging approximately $15 billion annually, and growing each year.
Most car and homeowners in Colorado, know that it is vital to fix hail damage to their home and vehicles. Nonetheless, not everyone is able to take charge of the situation right away and this could become a dangerous situation, especially, if you need to keep driving your car. Although at Auto Rehab, we always insist and recommend fixing car dents and window chips as soon as possible, we would like to share some useful tips to avoid the damages from getting worse, while you wait to get them fixed. However, it is important to understand that these tips are only temporary and you still need to fix your vehicle right away.
Surviving the Hailstorm
As soon as the storm is over, check your vehicle for damages. Try to go deep. Most of dents and hailstorm damages aren’t easy to detect at first sight, but leaving them behind could evolve into major issues. Try to keep a record of all the different dents, scratches, window chips and dings you find. Even if they seem harmless, a small dent that looks small and superficial might have hidden underneath it an unpleasant surprise… Some dents might be hiding major damages underneath the paint job. If these dents are not taking care immediately, they might start growing rust and corrosion, which will eventually spread over your cars metal components.
- If you find chips on your car’s windshield and can’t fix it until a few days, try covering the chip with a packing tape, so dirt and water stay out. This procedure should be done with extreme caution; otherwise, the chip could grow into a large crack.
- Avoid washing, wiping or applying any source of pressure to the windshield. Even a small push can make a huge crack on your windshield, especially, if pushed from the inside out.
- Avoid applying glue, resin or trying to fix it yourself. Even though it seems like a minor damage, if you don’t know exactly what you are doing, you could easily make things worse.
Remember that most of the comprehensive insurance policies will cover weather events such as hailstorms. After determining all the damages suffered, your best option is to get in touch with your insurance company and hire a professional paintless dent removal technician. PDR is the most effective, reliable and fastest technique to get rid of annoying dents and scratches. Its great and affordable results, make PDR, insurance companies preferred dent removal procedure. Contact Auto Rehab today and find out everything you need to know about PDR and hailstorm protection.