Hail storms cost car owners billions of dollars in damage every year. This phenomenon occurs when air from a storm brings rain droplets into an extremely cold atmosphere. These droplets freeze and grow as more freezing droplets join them. When the hailstones finally get big and heavy enough, they fall to the ground. If you are unlucky, they fall onto your car.
A Hail Storm can Damage your Vehicle
People encounter automotive hail damage everywhere, but on Colorado’s Front Range, it’s often just part of life. Hail storms can do a lot of damage to your car when it is left outside, and hailstorms can happen with little warning. So, take preventative measures rather than reactive ones. Protect your investment when you can!
How to Protect your Car from Hail and Storm Damage
Hail storms may not last long, but they can pack a real punch, pock marking roofs, hoods, and trunks, and even shattering windows. There’s no stopping Mother Nature, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t save yourself some heartache. As the saying goes, prevention is better than a cure!
Here are 4 Ways to Protect Your Car and Dents from Hail:
• Watch out early for warning alerts.
Make it a habit to watch the news or tune your radio to the news whenever you can. You can also watch out for messages sent by government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Once you receive an emergency alert, you can postpone or reschedule whatever you have going on since it may not be safe to drive outside. Being well informed can protect your car and help you stay safe during an emergency.
• Cover your vehicle
Keep your vehicle in your garage. If you do not have a garage, a covered parking area or a carport can offer protection. If you are driving on the road when hail comes, pull over under a gas station canopy, overpass, or bridge.
• Use a hail cover or blankets
Blankets and car covers may help but not as much as structural shelter. In a desperate situation and you’re unable to find a covered parking space during a hail storm, just use a hail car cover or blanket. It may not stop all dings and dents from occurring but they will reduce them and save you some money.
Get “Other Than Collision” insurance. This type of car insurance will pay to repair your car for damage caused by other than bumping or colliding with another object or vehicle. Examples include glass breakage from acts of nature, theft, and more. If you can’t decide whether to purchase it or not, talk to a professional insurance company.
Take the necessary precautions to keep you and property safe. Although natural disasters are unstoppable, there are many ways to prevent damage. It is always better to be safe than sorry. However, there are cases where you might still suffer some damage like broken or shattered car windows. In this event, do not hesitate to contact your insurance provider so you can have it repaired as soon as possible. Some shops like Tip Top Auto Hail offer Paintless Dent Repair services that can often make your car look as good as new.
Never try to fix hail damage by yourself, since that often just makes it worse. Book an appointment with Tip Top Auto Hail today or request a quote from us at https://www.tiptopautohail.com/appointment. You can also message or call us at (303) 868-1270.