Hail damage repair costs as low as $1000 or can be as high as $8000 in the most severe cases. To come to an accurate estimate a PDR specialist will factor in the number of dents, the depth of the dents and the accessibility of the dents to determine how much your hail damage repair costs.
To estimate the cost of repair on your own, you’re going to need a hail damage repair cost calculator. Our PDR cost estimator tool is extremely accurate for estimating the cost of ONE to THREE similar-sized dents. This leads to inaccuracy because hail damage requires the repair of a large number of dents.
The best idea is to consult with our PDR specialists for the most cost-effective estimate to repair hail damage. This way, you can get a package deal on your hail damage repair cost and get an idea of the time it will take to get your car back as if nothing ever happened.
How does hail damage repair work?
The process for hail damage repair is no different than any paintless dent removal. The exception is there are usually multiple dents all over the vehicle. A technician will need to identify the number of dents, the severity, as well as determine the best method of restoring the dents (based on the accessibility of each dent).
To use push tools PDR specialists will need to get behind the dent to work the metal. Sometimes dents are inaccessible even when removing parts. Glue pulling or even suction cup methods can be used in these situations.
Just picture this…
You’re driving in a seemingly normal rainstorm. Suddenly you start to hear what sounds like pellets bouncing off of your car. You can see the ice breaking apart on your windshield. As the hail becomes larger your surprise changes from shock to horror. Hailstorms can leave some serious dents in your car.
Hailstorms aren’t super common in Southern Ontario, however, some freak storms bring about some very large hailstones. None has ever been so damaging as the one in Calgary in 2020 (it goes on record as the most devastating storm in Canada, causing over 1.2 billion in insurable damages).
What should I do if I’m driving and it starts to hail?
If you’re driving a vehicle and it starts to hail, pull over under some cover immediately. If you’re on the highway, get under an overpass immediately. If you’re doing city driving get into some underground parking or any parking structure for that matter.
Most hail storms don’t last a long time and getting some protection from hail should be your first priority.
It obviously helps if you know ahead of time too. Cover your car with a car cover or whatever you have to avoid the damage hail will cause without any protection.
What to do to repair hail damage to your car
If you’re a lucky car owner who happens to fall victim to one of these freak hail storms it pays to be familiar with the best process for assessing hail repair damage and getting an estimate. Here is the best advice to follow for getting your repair done with the best service at the lowest price.
1) Have your car assessed by a PDR specialist
Taking your car to a body shop can cost you a serious amount of money. If you end up needing part replacements or a new paint job you might be in the hole for thousands of dollars. The problem with your typical body shop is that this is exactly what they’re going to want to do if they don’t offer paintless dent repair.
The best thing you can do for your bank account is to check whether your car qualifies for paintless dent repair. It’s the most economical option if you’re looking for cheap hail damage repair. It also happens to take the least amount of time.
A PDR specialist will do each of the following when determining the cost to repair hail damage:
Identify the number of dents that need to be repaired
Our trained technicians start your assessment off by reflecting PDR lamps over the hood, roof and any other area affected by hail damage. The lights will expose every deviation in the surface of your vehicle.
We circle every dent that is exposed under the lights to get an accurate count and assess the depth and severity of the damage.
Determine the accessibility of each dent
The accessibility of each dent is a factor to consider when estimating your repair. Some of the most difficult places to repair are under roof racks and areas where multiple parts need to be removed and put back. There is more work involved in multiple parts of your vehicle that need to be removed to get access behind the dent.
Give you a package deal for the entire vehicle
While you can use our PDR cost calculator to estimate the cost of a dent, hail damage repair is different because there are usually too many to price accurately. This makes an in-person cost estimate (pictures are also helpful over the phone) the most accurate and cost-effective way to get your vehicle looking new again.
Once you have your hail damage car repair estimate, you can move on to the next step:
2) Check your policy coverage with your insurance broker
Once you have an official estimate on the damage, you can decide whether it’s worth it to go through your car insurance. If you’re covered under a comprehensive insurance policy, there’s a good chance that hail damage repair is covered under “acts of nature”.
The good news is that making a claim on your policy won’t increase your premium.
The bad news is that your hail damage repair is definitely going to cost you the price of your deductible, which is at least $1000 to $8000 dollars.
At Magic Dent Repair, we work closely with insurance companies when there’s excessive damage to your vehicle. This makes the process for how to repair hail damage the easiest and smoothest experience to get your car back on the road in the least time possible.
Looking for mobile hail damage repair? We got you covered. Call us today or send us a message to schedule a time for one of our specialists to come directly to you.