We’ve had a couple of hailstorms in the Twin Cities area the last few months, and many cars have sustained damage from them. Small dents and dings may not seem like a big deal, especially if they aren’t very obvious, but hail damage does need to be repaired. Here are some helpful tips on what to do if your car has hail damage and why you should get it fixed.

Don’t put it off.

Since some hail damage isn’t glaringly obvious, it’s common for car owners to assume that it can be taken care of later—or, they have no plans to get it repaired at all. However, these small dents can lead to rust, which is a much bigger problem than those small dings. Paintless dent repair will only work if the paint is intact and there’s no rust. In addition, most insurance agencies have time limits for when you can file a claim for hail damage. If you wait too long, you may be paying for the repairs yourself.

Talk to your insurance company.

After talking to an insurance rep, you’ll receive a claim number, and you’ll need to bring that into the shop in order for us to start repairs. Since we do not write estimates for hail damage, you don’t need to bring your car in before talking to your insurance.

Bring your car to an auto shop.

Some car owners will try a DIY remedy for their hail damage, but it’s best to leave the job to a professional. Paintless dent repair takes skills and practice, so someone who’s untrained could end up damaging the vehicle even further. Special lighting is also needed to see the damage in its entirety—without the proper lighting, you could be missing several areas in need of attention.

If your vehicle has hail damage from any of the recent storms, bring it to Crossroads Collision for a repair estimate. We’ll work with your insurance company and get your car repaired as soon as possible!