March is here, marking the beginning of the hail season. Here’s everything you need to know about hail damage: what it is, how to prevent it, and how to protect your car from it.
What Is Hail Damage?
As its name suggests, hail damage occurs when your car is caught in a hailstorm. Hail can create dings and dents in your car’s body as well as cracked or shattered glass, which in turn may lead to interior damage due to water leakage.
Hail season begins in March and extends until October, wreaking damage that can be costly. Studies show that hail-related insured losses between 2000 and 2009 averaged between $8 to $14 billion a year.
How to Prevent Hail Damage?
The easiest and most effective way to prevent hail damage is to keep your car in a covered area.
Obviously, this is not always possible, so if you are caught in a hailstorm while driving, consider pulling over to a covered spot to protect your vehicle.
Checking the weather forecast and activating weather alerts on your smartphone are two easy ways to stay ahead of the hail game.
How to Repair Hail Damage?
If your vehicle suffers hail damage, an experienced body shop can help you return your car to its original condition.
Paintless dent removal, also called paintless dent repair, is one of the most common methods bodywork specialists use to fix hail damage.
This is a type of dent repair that doesn’t require applying fillers or paint (hence the name). Instead, a technician gains access to the affected body panels from behind and returns the metal to its original shape.
More Tips and Resources
Keep your ride always in top-notch condition with these posts that cover every aspect of care and maintenance of your car.
- 6 Tips for driving safely when it rains
- 4 Basic Windshield Maintenance Tips
- How to clean your car rims
- 4 Tips to wax your car
- Use these ideas to avoid door dings
- Don’t ignore cracked windshields!
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