Texas is sometimes referred to as hail alley due to its prevalent hail storms. Dallas in particular seems to be a magnet for these as it has been experiencing at least three hail storms annually since 2004 to 2019.
Although there are ways to protect your car from hail damage in Dallas, there’s nothing you can do when Mother Nature comes raining hard, fast hail on your car while on the road. The bright side is that you don’t have to live with the damage because there’s plenty you can do to repair it.
The Best Hail Damage Repair Options
When you live in a hail-prone city like Dallas, you know hail storms are inevitable. While there’s nothing you can do when a hail storm catches you down the highway, here are some of the best hail damage repair options you can try out when that happens.
1. Paintless Dent Repair
Paintless dent repair, also known as PDR is a car dent repair technique in which experts use specialized tools to remove hail damage without causing paint damage.
PDR is the best approach to hail damage repair because compared to other car dent repair techniques such as body filler, it does not interfere with your vehicle’s original paint. You also don’t have to worry about paint cracks in the future.
Paintless dent repair also takes a shorter time to complete compared to other methods of hail damage repair. Depending on the extent of damage, it may take hours compared to other repair methods which take days or even weeks to complete. This means you get your ride back on the road soon, and don’t have to suffer the inconvenience of using the public commute to get around. It is also cheaper since labor and equipment costs are lower, and because no chemicals are involved, it is eco-friendly too.
When you hire experts for paintless dent repair, they first evaluate your car to determine the extent of hail damage, and whether PDR will work. If PDR is applicable, they will then find access to the dent. This in most cases involves removing the damaged car parts such as panels.
Finally, they will push the dent out using specialized tools so the damaged car part is restored to its original shape. Note – while paintless dent repair is effective, affordable and fast, it is a delicate process which requires a professional touch.
While you can always do it yourself, you risk damaging your car’s panels and other parts while removing them to gain access to the dents. So, it’s advisable that you let professionals handle the job. Besides, if the dent is too severe, PDR alone may not be enough. If you decide to handle it yourself, you may not know this, and you may do more damage which will only result in higher costs.
2. Paintless Dent Repair and Body Work
As mentioned above, sometimes paintless dent repair alone might not be enough. For instance, if your windshield was damaged in the process, you will need more than dent repair. If you want it restored to its original shape, then it would be ideal if you combine paintless dent repair with complete car body work.
An auto body repair typically involves the restoration of your car’s exterior to factory settings. That means the frame, windshield, windows, roof, bumpers, and other parts of your car’s exterior. The benefit of combining paintless dent repair and auto body work is that your car’s original appearance will be restored, without interfering with its original paint finish.
This is because the auto body expert will deal with other damaged parts such as the windshield, while the paintless dent repair expert deals with the dents and dings.
3. Auto Body Work
Hail is usually small, but sometimes it can be as large as a baseball. Even small hail, the size of pennies, has the potential to cause some serious damage on your car, if it’s not protected when there’s a hail storm.
When the damage is considerable, paintless dent repair might not be applicable. In this case, body work alone might be the only option. This is because your car’s restoration might involve removing and replacing the damaged car parts with new one. This is usually done at an auto body shop by body work experts who can remove, replace, and then repaint the newer panels to match the rest of your car’s build.
While effective, it is quite an expensive affair and just as with paintless dent repair, it is critical you only hire experts for the job. Otherwise, you risk having parts that do not match the rest of your car’s body work.
Get Professional Hail Damage Services in Dallas Today
Paintless dent repair is the best approach to resolving hail damage. It retains your car’s value, it’s affordable, and eco-friendly.
If you’re considering PDR or any other auto body work in Dallas, get in touch with us for an obligation free consultation, and a seamless hail damage repair process.