Hail Damage Repair
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Hail can strike unannounced, and it can leave your car with major damage. When hail strikes, and you’re caught with an exposed car, there’s only one solution: Dent Mechanic Group. Here at Dent Mechanic Group, your Texas source for auto hail damage repair, we specialize in providing paintless dent repair services that are the perfect solution for relieving your car of unsightly hail dents. So let’s talk hail damage. Here’s our solution to auto body hail damage, as well as everything you need to know about hail here in Texas and what it can do to your vehicle.
Paintless dent repair is specifically designed to eliminate dents caused by hail without paint removal or repainting the vehicle.
As we mentioned, we specialize in paintless dent repair here at Dent Mechanic Group. Paintless dent repair is specifically designed to address dents caused by hail. These small, yet unsightly dents can pock your car, leaving it looking lackluster, and depleting the value of the vehicle. Fortunately, paintless dent repair is the perfect solution for hail-caused dents. Here’s why:
Hail damage is unlike other dents that may occur in an collision. Why? Well, hail isn’t (usually) powerful enough to crumple the body of a vehicle. Unlike an auto accident, hail damage barely deforms the surface of your vehicle. Sure, it’s noticeable and undesirable, but it doesn’t actually affect the integrity of the paint on your vehicle.
With an auto accident, on the other hand, your vehicle body will endure damage to the extent where the paint fails, and the metal of the body — be it steel or aluminum — is exposed. When you can see exposed metal, or when you have a dent with sharp angles, it is too irreparable for paintless dent repair. The body part must be replaced instead.
Now, with hail damage, paintless dent repair is (we’ve said it before), the perfect solution. Paintless dent repair corrects dents with precision, while maintaining the integrity of the factory paint. That’s good news since your factory coat is the most consistent coat of paint that your car will ever see — assuming that you don’t haul the thing off for a full-body paint job. Paintless dent repair offers a litany of benefits over body work. Here are a few to consider:
Dent repair materials, like Bondo®, are designed to cover up dents instead of fixing them. Unless these repairs performed by a professional and followed up with an expert paint job, your vehicle still won’t look the same as it did when you took it off the factory line. If you’re about to attempt a repair yourself, take caution. You need a handful of tools for the job, and botching the work could leave you with a body part that you’ll have to replace anyways. Paintless dent repair doesn’t cover up the problem — it fixes it.
Body shops can take weeks, if not months to complete a project. Often, body mechanics have to order out a part to replace sections of your body. So, you’re left waiting for a part while your car sits idly by.
Paintless dent repair is faster… Far faster. With Dent Mechanic Group, you can expect turnaround times to be less than a week. Since we don’t have to replace anything and we don’t have to paint anything, repairs take little time in comparison with other body jobs.
As we mentioned, you’ll never get a more consistent coat of paint than fresh from the factory. Factory paint is applied by machines which are specifically designed to spray perfectly uniform coats of paint that are a perfectly uniform color. When you opt to replace and coat your vehicle’s body, you can end up with a mismatched panel — that’s not just ugly and annoying, it can be a costly issue should you opt to sell your car down the road. That brings us to our next point…
Paintless dent repairs are usually cheaper than other body repairs or body part replacement — and paintless dent repair is always more affordable with Dent Mechanic Group. We strive to provide affordable pricing for our services, and we cover up to $500 of your deductible. That’s right. So if your insurance company is pushing you towards a body shop that they work with, know that Dent Mechanic Group is the best option for you (and your wallet). Also, if you’d like, we can talk to your insurance provider on your behalf; just ask us.
While body work may be perfectly suitable for a crumpled bumper, hail damage doesn’t just affect one part of the car body. It’ll likely hit them all. That means you can either repair or replace every panel of your vehicle’s body. We think the choice is obvious, but we’re partial to paintless dent repair.
When you opt for paintless dent repair, Carfax won’t pull a report or they may only report “high-quality repairs”. That means that your vehicle will retain more value than it would if you had other types of body work. If you do opt to have another form of body work performed on your vehicle, any body work that exceeds $500 in cost will automatically be reported to Carfax and other vehicle history providers.
Dent Mechanic Group brings all these these advantages together, and more. You’ll enjoy an affordable, effective repair with a speedy turnaround time. We’ll pay up to $500 of your deductible, so that you may not have to pull your wallet out at all for a repair. Plus, we make the whole experience easy — we offer vehicle pick-up and drop off, and we can provide loaner vehicle while your car is here in the shop, all free of charge. Simply put, Dent Mechanic Group provides the best hail repair services here in Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding area. What are you waiting for? Get started with a free estimate for your project.
If you’ve never heard of paintless dent repair, you may be asking yourself, how does it work? How can dents be repaired without invasive body work? Paintless dent repair is a completely different process than other body work. We utilize specialized tools to coax dents back into shape. These tools are specifically designed to slide behind the body panels of your vehicle. Using various paintless dent repair tools, your technician will massage dents back to their former position.
We also utilize lighting to check the accuracy of every dent that we fix. Light reveals any imperfections across the surface of your vehicle, especially when we view the body components at a shallow angle.
If you’re curious about how what we can do for your vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to us — and In the meantime, feel free to read further information about hail damage here in the Lone Star State…
Tornadoes are dangerous, but hail is a far more frequent natural disaster. Hailstorms occur five times more frequently than tornadoes, so if you’re thinking about preparing for the worst, consider taking measures to mitigate the dangers of a hailstorm, and then you can move onto tornado-proofing your property.
Hail formation is rather fascinating. Hail forms in supermassive clouds called cumulonimbus clouds. These clouds are those big, billowing clouds that you can see off in the distance. When you’re underneath a cumulonimbus cloud, it’s likely that you’re enduring some precipitation. When cumulonimbus clouds are cold enough, and have an updraft within the cloud structure, water molecules will change from steam to liquid water (water droplets), and then to ice (in the form of hail).
Once water transitions to its solid state, it can fall from the sky, or it can be carried towards the top of the cloud if there’s a strong enough updraft. If hail does take another journey to the top of a cloud, it’ll glom on to other water particles and other chunks of hail. Through this process, hail eventually becomes heavy enough to overpower updraft forces, and then BOOM, you’ve got a hail-damaged vehicle.
Hail tends to be pea or marble-sized, but on occasion, it can become monstrously big. Back in 2010, a record-breaking hailstorm produced a hailstone that measured a full 8 inches in diameter with a circumference of 18.62 inches. This whopper weighed in at 1 lb. 15 oz. That’s plenty of weight to cause some serious damage.
Once hail surpasses the power of an updraft, it’ll fall with the force of gravity, minus the force of air resistance. Larger hailstones tend to fall faster than smaller hailstones (an unfortunate fact for your car). While a 1 centimeter in diameter hailstone may hit the earth at 9 meters per second, an 8 centimeter hailstone may reach a velocity of 48 meters per second — and that’s a big difference! That’s why it’s so crucial to take cover and stay safe when hailstorms strike. Here’s how you can stay safe the next time hail clouds roll in…
When hail starts falling from the sky, be safe. Your priorities are the safety of your family and yourself, NOT your property. Don’t attempt to move your car if you aren’t certain that you can do it safely. Get all of your family members into adequate shelter, and avoid standing near windows and weak walls or roofs. It’s best to stay in the basement to put you and yours an entire floor away from hail. Hail can travel through roofs, walls, and windows.
If you’re caught in the car while a hailstorm strikes, stay in the vehicle. Cars are designed to handle such hazards. If you can find nearby shelter to park under (e.g. a gas station or a parking garage) travel there slowly and safely. Do not park under an underpass if traffic is still in motion.
Strive to have hail hit your windshield instead of other windows. Note that the windshield of your vehicle is reinforced, while other windows can be more easily damaged. Windshields may also fail, so stay away from all windows in your vehicle as best as you can.
When making decisions or navigating through a hail storm, remember that your vehicle is just that: a vehicle. Make decisions that protect the safety of yourself and the passengers in the car when you encounter a hail storm. Do not prioritize the preservation of your vehicle over the safety of those in the car, those in traffic, and yourself.
When hail has struck, and you’re out of luck. OK, it’s not that bad… you just need to get your car into Dent Mechanic Group, your auto hail repair shop. In fact, getting a repair through Dent Mechanic Group is a snap, and if you’re insured against hail damage, fixing dents on your vehicle might not cost you a dime. That’s right, we cover the cost of a deductible entirely (up to $500!) so you won’t have to float the bill.
Take note that some insurance providers tend to “steer” their clients towards specific hail dent removal companies. However, you have the right to choose the best company to suit your needs. Learn more about insurance “steering,” and why it is illegal, here. To summarize that article, you have the right to choose your auto hail damage repair shop, so you might as well opt for the expert technicians here at Dent Mechanic Group. Our auto hail damage repair shop is conveniently located in Plano, Texas, you can view our location here on our Contact Us page. Take note, we work with folks throughout Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding area, and we’d be happy to help you with vehicle pick-up and drop-off — we can even provide you with a loaner vehicle in the meantime!
We hope that you’ll choose Dent Mechanic Group for our auto hail damage repair services. Let us prove to you that we’re the best auto hail damage repair shop around! If you’re still uncertain on the best hail dent removal service provider, don’t hesitate to take a gander at our previous clients’ testimonials. This is what one of our clients had to say:
“These guys saved me over 10 grand. They dealt with my insurance company for over a week and prevented them from totaling my car. Not only that, but you cannot even tell it was hit by two hailstorms. Excellent customer service and the work done is far beyond superb.”
Drive safe out there, and when you’re caught in a hail storm, don’t sweat. We’ve got you covered.