When it comes to hail, the state of Colorado ranks in the top three states with the most hail storms, seeing 332 events in 2018 alone. And it’s not stopping any time soon. According to the Denver Post, 2019 will be the 11th year in a row when hail damage causes more than $7 billion in the United States.
If you live in “hail alley,” the name for the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming, you see hail storms occur more frequently than anywhere else in the US. And if you drive a car, you need to know how to protect it from hail, and how to repair costly hail damage.
Hail and Your Car
What is Hail?
National geographic describes hail as “a type of precipitation, or water in the atmosphere,” that forms “when drops of water freeze together in the cold upper regions of thunderstorm clouds.” It forms into a chunk of ice that can be as small as 5 millimeters and as large as 15 centimeters. The largest hailstone ever recorded in the US was the size of a volleyball!
How to Protect Your Car During a Hailstorm
Hail can cause immense damage to cars—even small storms. The average cost of a hail-related insurance claim is $3000! It’s a smart idea for every Coloradan to know how to try and prevent most hail damage to their car.
If you own a car and a hail storm happens, here are some tips to remember:
- If possible, park your car under cover. Find shelter in your home’s garage or a public parking garage.
- If you are driving during the hail storm, pull off to the side of the road if you can. When your car is in motion, the hail actually does more damage than when it is stationary.
- Invest in a car cover or carry a large blanket in your trunk. This will absorb most of the impact to your car.
Should You Repair Hail Damage to Your Car?
Is it worth it to repair hail damage to your car, especially if you live in a hail alley state like Colorado? The short answer is, it depends. If you want to eventually sell your car and are concerned about resale value, you absolutely need to repair hail damage to your vehicle. Whether it’s a small chip or a large dent, hail damage can drastically reduce the resale value of your car.
How To Repair Hail Damage
If your car has hail damage—small or large—bring it to Hail Free Solutions of Denver, Colorado. We use only the best Paintless Dent Repair techniques to bring your vehicle back to its former glory. We use a slow, non-invasive technique to coax the dent out of your car, restoring its resale value.
If need hail repair, call 888-511-4245 (HAIL) or email us today.