Hail Damage Repair
San Antonio TX
San Antonio Hail Damage Repair
While hail storms do not happen all of the time, there is a typical season for storms and when they are more likely to occur. In San Antonio or Texas, we can expect storms between April- September/October. They can roll in quickly and drop up to baseball-sized hail. If you are on the road your vehicle may experience the brunt of the storm. Your car may receive hundreds of dings and dents caused by hail, some immediately visible to the eye and some recurring better inspection. Concours Auto Salon is an automotive protection & customization shop that has decades of experience in paintless dent repair. Paintless Dent Repair or “PDR” is the process of removing dents without the need for Bondo and paint. It consists of using several different techniques and tools to gently massage out the dings and dents without the need for a body shop type of repair. It is the preferred method to remove small, dings and dents, including those car dings caused by hail damage. It is also a repair method that is not reported to Carfax.
As San Antonio’s top-rated auto detail shop, our services are centered around improving the look of your vehicle…and protecting it for the long run. Get in touch with us today if your vehicle has hail damage and we will get you taken care of!
Assessing Hail After A Storm
Have your vehicle washed and start inspecting it. The best way to do this is in the shade or in your garage. Look at your car’s paint from an angle. You should be able to see the small little dings caused by the hailstones. If you have more than 10 dime-sized dings on your hood, roof, or trunk panel, you will probably want to file a claim with your insurance carrier.
Hail Damage Repair Process
In this video, we show you some of what goes into removing dents and dings caused by hail. This brand new car was in a San Antonio hail storm and had several hundred dents from hail damage. We were able to gently and effectively remove all of the dents.
How do you file a claim?
You should have a toll-free phone number on your insurance card. Call them and tell them what happened to your vehicle and the date. They will send you to a claim center or have an adjuster contact you to schedule a time to inspect your vehicle. Do not waste your time running around town asking shops to write you an estimate. It’s pointless until you know what your insurance company will pay for. All insurance carriers are familiar with Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) and will more than likely write your claim with the PDR method. Sometimes the adjuster will write the damage as a combination repair. Meaning that it will be repaired and painted on some panels and PDR will be used on other panels. This is due to the severity of the damage your vehicle sustained. Again, make sure that your vehicle’s paint is clean so that all the damage will be visible.
What Is Paintless Dent Repair (PDR)?
Paintless Dent Repair is a process that has been used for decades. It is the art of massaging the metal back to its original shape without the need to have the vehicle’s panel sanded, bondoed and re-painted. Special tools are used in this everyday process. Hundreds of thousands of hail-damaged cars are repaired each year with the PDR process. Insurance companies recommend it because it allows your vehicle to be repaired faster and keeps your factory finish. When the repairs are performed by a qualified tech you will not be able to tell the car was damaged.
Choosing The Right Repair Shop
San Antonio paintless dent repair professional After the storm you will probably notice lots of out-of-town companies popping up on the side of the road with their tents. Some offer large discounts and other crazy things. You are really taking a gamble with some of these people. They are not all bad however, if you have a problem after the work is done and they have moved on to another city, you will be stuck with the results and possibly paying for additional repairs. We recommend using a local PDR company or reputable body shop. Generally, these companies will employ extra PDR technicians and will be around after all the storm cars have been repaired for any issues that may arise. If you want to deal with a local mobile operator, be prepared to let them use your garage to repair your vehicle. This may sound easy however, you might find it to be more of an inconvenience. Some of these mobile operators operate without any liability insurance. If you ask to see a copy of their liability insurance and they can’t provide a current copy of one, you should probably choose someone else. Remember, it’s your vehicle and you decide who is going to repair it. Trust your feelings. If the charges are too good to be true or they are offering all kinds of miracles, we suggest you shop around for a second opinion.
Concours Auto Salon offers high-quality paintless dent repairs. Your satisfaction is our #1 priority. Whether it’s a door ding or a hail-damaged vehicle with 400 dings, you can count on us to do the repairs right and on time. We only employ the best dent guy’s in the business.
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