Dallas Hail Season and Herb’s Paintless Dent Repair Services
Between March and May, the Dallas area preps itself for the most horrendous and catastrophic hail season in the country. Each year, Texas has more insurance claims for hail than anywhere else, and in 2016, a single April hailstorm caused over $1.4 billion in damages in Dallas and nearby towns. While your home is easily battered by hail, your car can also suffer the brunt of the storm in only a few minutes. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for hail season and repair your vehicle if the worst happens.
Get Comprehensive Insurance Coverage
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One of the best ways to get peace of mind during the hail season is to upgrade to comprehensive auto insurance. Most insurance companies list hail damage under this type of coverage. Therefore, if you can’t move your vehicle to cover during the storm, you can fix the vehicle afterward. From minor hail damage to huge dents, a trusted body shop like Herb’s can repair your car so it looks just like it did before the storm.
Get Covered Parking
Covered parking is the No. 1 way to avoid hail damage in Dallas. If you live or work downtown, you probably have the advantage of a covered parking garage, but others aren’t so lucky. When you don’t have covered parking, you leave your car open to hail damage. The best remedy is to find a way to get covered parking. Building a carport over your driveway, renting a garage space, or waiting out the storm under a gas station canopy are all viable options that will keep your vehicle free from harm.
Buy a Hail Cover or Blankets
When covered parking isn’t an option, don’t fret. You can still prevent hail damage with either a hail cover or blankets. Hail covers work and function just like normal car covers, preventing dirt, water, and other harmful particles from reaching your vehicle. What makes them different is that they also inflate. When hail is in the forecast, these covers provide an air cushion that pushes even large pieces of hail harmlessly away from your vehicle and onto the ground.
If you don’t have the budget or the time to purchase a hail cover, blankets may work against most small- and medium-sized hail. When in doubt, layer the blankets to provide more cushion against the impact of the hail.
Like some other types of severe weather, hailstorms aren’t easy to predict. They can pop up with little warning, giving you only a few minutes to protect your valuables. While new technology aims to improve hailstorm predictions up to weeks in advance, it’s still a few years away. In the meantime, you should keep a weather app or other alert system within earshot, whether you’re at work or home. This can give you the time you need to get your car out of harm’s way.
Even if you follow these tips, hail damage is sometimes inevitable. When the hail damage happens to your vehicle, put your trust in Herb’s Paintless Dent Repair for vehicles. Many dents and dings can be repaired without a trace, leaving the original paint in place. With over 60 years in the body shop business, Herb’s Paint and Body has the expertise and knowledge to bring your car to like-new condition.