Hail is not your typical natural disaster that first comes to mind when you hear those words but it causes over a billion dollars of damage each year to crops and vehicles according to Progressive Insurance.
Hail can cause $1,000’s of dollars of damage to the top surfaces of your car such as your hood, roof, trunk lid and glass but you should feel a little better after reading our “10 Simple Ways to Protect Your Car From Hail Damage” if you’re caught in a storm. If you know more ways that you can protect your car from hail damage please leave a comment in the message box below. I hope you enjoy.
Follow These 10 Simple Tips to Protect Your Car From Hail Damage
If you’re driving find covered parking asap.
If you find yourself caught in a hail storm, try to find shelter as soon as possible. You can use your car’s or cell phone’s GPS to find the nearest covered location. These locations include; parking garages, gas stations, etc.
Use blankets or hail car cover if you don’t have covered shelter.
If you’re unable to find shelter during a hail storm, to avoid dents and dings you can cover your car with blankets or a hail car cover. These may not stop all dent and dings from occurring but they will reduce them and save you money.
Make sure to check the weather before you leave the house.
One of the easiest things you can do is check the weather for severe storms in your area. If there is a chance for hail, try to find a covered parking spot at work or make sure to park in the garage at home.
If you don’t have blankets use your floor mats.
If you forgot to pack your blankets or a hail car cover, you can use your floor mats to place over your windshield to help prevent the hail from breaking it. It’s not the best option but at least it’s something.
Get comprehensive or rental coverage if you live in location where it hails.
If you live in a location where it typically hails, it might be a good idea to have comprehensive or rental insurance just in case you find yourself caught in a hail storm. Hail damage can cost upwards of $5,000 and nobody wants to be stuck with a high bill or without your car for a few days.
Purchase or rent covered parking such as a carport if you don’t have a garage.
If you don’t have a covered area to park under then it might be a good idea to purchase a carport or if you live in an apartment, you might want to rent covered parking.
Pull Over and cover up with a blanket if caught in a hail storm.
If you’re caught in a hail storm while driving and large sized hail is hitting your car, pull over and cover up with a blanket just in case the hail were to break any glass in your vehicle.
Move your car close to a building to try and shelter it if at work.
If there is a chance for hail, try to park your vehicle in a safe spot at work, so your car can stay protected. If you noticed the storm coming from a certain direction, then move your car to the opposite side to try to avoid it.
Stay in your vehicle during a hail storm.
Always stay protected during a hail storm and do not leave your vehicle unless it’s necessary as hail can cause serious bodily damage.
Stay up-to-date with the weather.
Make sure to listen to the weather during a hail storm or any storm for that matter, so you can stay safe and make decisions as necessary.
So, You Were Caught In A Hail Storm. Now What?
If you found yourself in a hail storm and now have hail damage, we at Hi-Tech PDR suggest you follow our Consumer’s Guide to Auto Hail Repair. To summarize our Guide, follow these 6 steps:
1. Call your insurance company to report damage and file a claim.
2. Follow insurance company’s instructions to obtain an estimate.
3. Schedule an appointment with a reputable repair facility of your choice.
4. Drop off your vehicle for repair
5. Make sure your vehicle is repaired to your satisfaction.
6. Obtain a written warranty and contract information.