Hail and Your Vehicle
If you live in Kansas or other areas that encounter severe thunderstorms, you’ve more than likely witnessed hail during a thunderstorm and the damage it can cause to roofs, vehicles and other outdoor buildings and equipment. The Wichita area is prone to hail events, and averages almost 20 per year based over the last 10 years. *- www.stormersite.com
Several factors determine the scope of damage that is inflicted to property during a hail event. Vehicle damage from hail is determined by multiple factors, including wind speed, the size and hardness of the hailstones, the type of vehicle you own and the type of metal on your vehicle. That is why you may see some areas of your vehicle damaged and other completely free of damage after being hit with hail. “Testing and observations have shown that the threshold size for hail to dent a steel vehicle body panel is hard ice that is one inch in diameter. Softer aluminum panels and bright metal trim material may be dented by hard ice that is one-half inch in diameter,” according to National Underwriter Property & Casualty.
Depending on the type of damage done to your car, there are a few ways that your vehicle can be repaired. Paintless Dent Repair is the most common technique that has come a long way, and the majority of all hail claims are repaired using this method. Severe dent counts and larger dents usually require conventional methods such as repairing and repainting, or replacement of the affected panels. Your auto body professional will estimate your vehicle and let you know the best course of action to get it repaired.
Trusting a trained professional for your hail damage is important to maintain the value and longevity of your vehicle. When choosing a hail damage repair facility, either by your insurance company’s recommendations or by your own research, it is important to verify that the facility will be able to perform both Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) or other conventional methods. That is why you should choose us at Scholfield Hatchett Collision center. We are here to help you in any way we can!