How to Protect Your Car From Hail Damage
And How to Get It Repaired in a Worst-Case Scenario
At Kings Ding Repair, we know that sometimes the unexpected happens. With hail not being the first natural disaster to come to mind when thinking about car damage, you may be surprised to hear that hail damage is the cause of over a billion dollars of damage each year to crops and vehicles according to Progressive Insurance. It’s clear that hail damage is one of the main causes of those dings when it comes to car damage. That being said, it is vital that you know how to protect your car from hail damage. Even further, it is crucial that you know how to get it repaired in a worst-case scenario.
Today, Kings Ding Repair will be walking you through 5 simple ways that you can protect your car from hail damage. Using these tips, you can effectively reduce the risk of hail damage to your car even at the most unexpected times. If the worst does happen, however, our experts here at Kings Ding Repair are happy to take on the task of repairing the hail damage to your car. With that, let’s get started!
Keep Your Car in a Garage or a Rented Covered Parking Area
It’s no secret that garages are a great way of protecting your car from the elements. When it comes to hail, this is no different. That being said, many of us don’t have a garage. So what can you do? Well, there’s always the option of purchasing or renting a covered parking area and this should be considered if you live in an area known for sudden hail.
It is also important to remember to find covered parking as quickly as possible if you ever find yourself in a hail situation while on the road. If you find yourself suddenly caught in a hail storm, try to find shelter as soon as possible. Use your car or smartphone’s GPS to try a covered parking area as soon as possible. Locations to look for include a nearby gas station or parking garage.
When your car is protected from the elements in a garage or covered parking area, you can rest easier knowing it is safe from hail damage. While this is the most obvious way of protecting your car from hail damage, there are several other ways you can save yourself the headache of dealing with hail damage. Let’s talk about that!
How to Protect Your Car If You Can’t Find Shelter
If you are absolutely unable to find shelter in the event of a hail storm, there are a few different ways you can work to protect your car from hail damage. For one, if you find that you’re already driving in hail when it starts to come down, it is recommended that you drive directly into the hail if it’s already coming down in order to protect your side windows. Your front windshield tends to be much more durable than your side windows and if you find yourself in a situation where you can make a choice, it’s much better to protect your side windows from being completely damaged.
At the same time, if you find yourself in a hail storm you can also park on the opposite side of a building from the direction the wind is blowing. If a storm is blowing from the east, for example, you should park your car on the west side of a building large enough to protect it from the direct hit of the hail. Particularly strong winds may even blow the hail right past your car!
Use Blankets or a Hail Car Cover
For those unable to find some form of covered parking during a hail storm, you aren’t alone! In fact, many drivers find themselves unable to protect their car with covered parking in the event of a hail storm. That being said, there is another way you can work to keep your car safe from the dings caused by hail: blankets or a hail car cover.
While blankets or a hail car cover may not help you to avoid all dings and dents caused by hail, they’re certainly better than nothing and should be considered in the event of a hail storm. You can find hail car covers at most auto supply stores as well as some grocery stores with automotive sections. Remember that you’ll need to know your car’s make, model, and year, however, as most hail car covers are made specifically to those classifications.
If you find yourself in need of something to protect your car from an incoming hail storm and don’t own a hail car cover, a blanket will work to absorb some of the impact of falling hail. This can help to prevent chipped paint, dented metal, and cracked glass. Simply drape the blankets over the top of your car from the back window all the way over to the front windshield.
If you have enough blankets to do so, you can also hang them down the side to protect the smaller windows as well. To keep the blankets in place, secure them with duct tape to the bottom of your car. This shouldn’t damage the paint but it should be noted that it may leave a sticky residue upon removal.
Always Check the Weather Before Leaving the House
One of the best ways to prevent hail damage to your car is by working proactively. This means always checking the weather forecast before leaving the house. If there is hail in the forecast, you’ll have a little extra time to make the necessary preparations to protect your car from hail damage. Always look for what is in the weather forecast before leaving the house. This gives you the advantage when hail is one the way!
Get Comprehensive or Rental Coverage
If you live in an area known for a lot of hail, you’ll be working against yourself big time if you don’t purchase comprehensive or rental coverage for your vehicle. After all, hail damage can cost upwards of $5,000 in cases of particularly bad damage to be repaired. Nobody wants to be stuck with a high bill or without a vehicle for a few days while it’s in the shop! Think smart and purchase the appropriate insurance to protect your wallet as well as your car!
How to Repair Your Car If Hail Damage Happens
At Kings Ding Repair, we know that sometimes the worst-case scenario is unpreventable. If you find that, despite your best efforts, your car has been damaged in a hail storm, it is crucial that you know how to get it repaired. If you live in Newport News, Yorktown, Williamsburg, or any of the surrounding areas, you’re in luck! Kings Ding Repair offers the mobile dent repair services that you need to get back on the road as soon as possible!
Paintless Dent Repair
At Kings Ding Repair, we offer top-notch quality in terms of our mobile dent repair services. If your car has encountered hail damage, we should be your very first stop in terms of getting it repaired! Our paintless dent repair service is the preferred method of repair by insurance companies for both minor dents and door dings. Best of all, most paintless dent repairs can be made onsite for your convenience! That being said, even larger, more complex dents can be repaired the same day!
So how does paintless dent repair work? Paintless dent repair is the process of removing a dent using a special tool that slowly pushes the metal back to its factory condition. This doesn’t compromise the appearance of your vehicle and, of course, doesn’t involve the use of unattractive paint. That’s what makes it the superior choice for insurance companies! Submit pictures of your tent via text message or email today to get an estimate and we’ll come to you to repair the damage!
Hail Dent Removal
If hail has really done a number on your car and you need repairs to be made quickly and painlessly, you need Kings Ding Repair’s hail dent removal service. Hail can be a huge and unexpected headache when it comes to your vehicle’s appearance and functionality. That’s why you need hail damage to be repaired as fast as possible and done right the first time! At Kings Ding Repair, we provide services that make the entire process as easy as possible. Our hail dent removal service is also available for fleet and dealership dent removals!
Auto hail damage can be repaired within 1 to 3 days versus the conventional method which may lead to your entire car and half of your factory panels being replaced. A conventional repair like this could take weeks and costs could come out of your pocket for rental car costs. That’s what makes our hail dent removal service the premier choice for any hail dent repair project!
Call Kings Ding Repair Today and Kiss Hail Damage Goodbye!
Now that you know not only how to proactively protect your car from hail damage but what to do in a worst-case scenario when you’re in need of repair, it’s time to call the experts! At Kings Ding Repair, we have years of experience turning hail damage into a car that looks practically brand new. Don’t believe us? Check out our Before and After page to see examples of what we can do!
Contact us today to get an estimate on your repair! We’ll be there in a flash to repair the hail damage done to your car and get you back on the road in no time.