Cars damaged in hailstorms are tempting to buy, as they often come with deep discounts. Plus, hail damage tends to be superficial, affecting only the body panels and glass, leaving the vehicle’s key functions intact. If you just need a way to get to work every day, a dimpled roof, trunk and hood may not matter. Before you seek out hail damaged cars for sale, though, you should take the following risks and drawbacks into account.
Why Dealerships Sell Hail-Damaged Cars
This is a great place to search for a new car. Dealers opt for fixing any damage they can. Fixing the damage helps the car find a new home. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) specialists often fix hail damage at wholesale rates for dealers. Sometimes the figure to buy a car the salespeople may give you can be exaggeratedly low since they want you to buy the vehicle. This number should tip you off as to how bad the damage really is. Make repairing the car a condition to buying it. This is generally a good idea. Dealers may have a PDR specialist on site to make the repairs but these specialists don’t always have the necessary experience to fix dozens of hail dents.
Does it come with a Warranty
A warranty or money back guarantee should be given. If there is no warranty it may suggest the damage is worse than it looks. Additionally if you get a vehicle with a salvage title be sure that is has a “hail” designation to distinguish it from more severe damage such as floods or accidents.
What’s the Likely Resale Value
Resale value will be impacted if you buy a hail-damaged car. Buying a low cost damaged car initially may cost you the same as buying an undamaged new car. Make sure lenders cover hail-damaged cars if you plan to finance your purchase.
Inspect the car carefully before making a purchase. Taking care to avoid unwanted surprises. Get a background check to look for undisclosed damage as well. Sometimes a car may be already repaired before you see it, hiding the extend of the original damage. Using the vehicle identification number, plug it into Carfax, AutoCheck or similar site.
How Will Affect Your Insurance
Ask your insurance agent if the hail damage puts your comprehensive insurance at risk. If you don’t have the initial damage repaired, you won’t get the future damages covered or your insurance my deduct the damage from any claims. For example, you have a fender bender. It results in a $1000 claim, you might only receive $500 if you have $1500 in unreported damage.
Before Buying, Ask Yourself…
Never drop hard-earned money for a hail-damaged car before asking yourself: Who does this benefit the most, the dealer or you? Once a dealership suffers a hailstorm they have little or no choice but to sell their inventory at deeply reduced rates. Now you’re in a position to haggle more than ever. By the same token, could you sell that damaged car to someone in the future? Try to see through sales techniques to get the real value of the car.
A Good Option for Your First Car
For your first car, a hail-damaged one may be a good option. Basic transportation, students, folks who don’t drive much and tight budgets might benefit from hail sales.
Whats the Actual Cost of Fixing The Car
The average cost to repair hail-damage to a car is $2500. This cost can vary widely from shop to shop. Take the car to an independent shop for an estimate before you purchase. But remember, with every dealership discount there is usually a trade off. And that trade is…dealers are able to get their inventory repaired cheap because they have so many cars to repair. Often times it’s around 1/4 of the actual repair cost. And when you have someone who is repairing cars for 1/4 of the normal repair cost you will get a job that it reflects.
You can never do to much research when buying a hail-damaged car whether is new or used. If you don’t fix it you’ll probably always be upside down in it. Never sign on the dotted line before you thoroughly inspect it yourself and maybe by another PDR expert. An expert will spot missed dents. Check for “broken paint” along the edges. How they will repair the paint? Will they use a traditional body-shop or a “paint touch up vendor”? The difference is huge. So leave no stone turned. Your due diligence is mandatory.
As we progress into the future and technology improves, more car manufacturers choose to develop and manufacture electric vehicles for the automotive market. It’s the future of the automotive world. Companies like Tesla produce exclusively all-electric vehicles, while companies like Porsche, Volkswagen, Honda, and Ford are slowly transitioning to a fully electric lineup. As the landscape changes into this new era in automotive manufacturing, so does the repair process of these vehicles. While the techniques remain virtually unchanged, processes and procedures evolve to help ascertain the safety and security of our technicians. We have gone the extra mile at Texarkana PDR to maintain our technicians’ safety and your electric vehicle during the PDR process. Dents happen in all kinds of vehicles, and we are prepared to fix them in your Hybrid or Electric Vehicle. We have obtained our Electric Vehicle Power Down Certification. With this certification, we can safely power down your electric vehicle so that PDR can be performed on it without risk of damage or injury.
Electric Vehicles have a battery core in addition to power cables that run throughout the vehicle. It’s imperative to understand where these cables are located and where they connect. During the PDR process, we use a variety of sharp metal tools to repair dents from the underside of your vehicle’s body panels, and failure to possess the knowledge of where these cables are located can result in the injury (or an untimely death) of the technician and damage to your vehicle. If a careless, non-certified technician were to puncture one of these cables, they run the risk of frying themselves and that, my friends, is not good. We can safely power down your electric vehicle at Texarkana PDR, making it virtually harmless for the PDR technician to work on. Once the PDR process is complete, we can power up the vehicle safely as per the manufacturer’s specifications and instructions, and the car is all ready to go!
If you have an electric vehicle that needs paintless dent repair, you must take it to a shop with the correct certification for the job; of course, you can always bring it to us at Texarkana PDR. We would love to earn your business.
If you have questions about EV’s (electric vehicles), door dings, dents, or damage to your vehicle, please reach out to us at the shop. We would love to help clear anything up and understand how you want to proceed with your car’s repair. We are here to make your repair easy, seamless, and we are here to help. We want to get you back on the road with a car restored to its factory condition. Please give us a call or stop by the shop to estimate the damage. We want to explain the dent removal process to make things seamless and easy and get you back on the road and cruising. Call Us Today at 903-280-8190 or fill out our contact form here!
Trusting your vehicle to a shop that has the right certification is extremely important for the technicians’ safety and that of your vehicle.
So your car has hail damage. First, we are so sorry, and we empathize with what pain this process can be.
We are here to fix it, get you back on the road with your car feeling like it NEVER HAPPENED. Let us teach you how we find out how much damage is on your vehicle and how we price this process out.
There is no arbitrary dollar number because we legitimately count dent, every one of them, and then put them into a matrix.
Let’s break it down.
You come in and sign some paperwork so we can look at your car legally. It gives us permission to assess it and give you a proper assessment.
We bring it back, and we need it for a few hours. We put specialized lights on the car that make it possible to see every dent on your vehicle. (Pro-tip, ask to come back and look at a car with the light, you will be SHOCKED to see what we see.)
We count each dent by the panel and size of the dents. We use coins as our size guide. So, there are 15 quarter-sized dents on the right front fender. This is how the insurance has dictated that we write up a vehicle, making it pretty seamless.
After we look at every panel, we calculate the R&I. This is when it will remove and install different parts to access dents and replace any damaged parts in the storm.
We total everything up, every panel of dents counted, the work to get to the dents, any parts needing to be replaced, cost of the scans of the cars’ computers, for your safety and ours, and we send this estimate off to your insurance for approval. After it is approved, we get your car back to its pre-storm condition.
A warning. If a hail company promises you the moon, free iPads, money back, and the idea of repair, and this deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. We believe in honest work for fair pay and get the best techs to fix your damage. Dent Repair Technicians are trained for years, and the BEST ones can make those dents disappear where the human eye can no longer see them.
If you have questions about the hail damage process, door dings, dents, or damage to your vehicle, please reach out to us at the shop. We would love to help clear anything up and understand how you want to proceed with your car’s repair. We are here to make your repair easy, seamless, and we are here to help. We want to get you back on the road with a car restored to its factory condition. Please give us a call or stop by the shop to estimate the damage. We want to explain the dent removal process to make things seamless and easy and get you back on the road and cruising. Call Us Today at 903-280-8190 or fill out our contact form here!
What is Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), why you need it & how do you get it?
Texarkana Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) can remove a variety of dents from any body panel. This is done by manipulating or massaging the dents from the backside. We do this by using different tools ranging from oddly shaped rods to hot glue tabs. Anything from the most extreme to the smallest of dents including hail damage can be repaired. Traditional dent repair fills in auto body dents with paint or body filler. In today’s world manufactures are making exterior body panels thinner and thinner. Thus making it easier to put dents and dings in our vehicles. In most cases we’ll never know how they got there. Shopping carts, kids or a weekend trip to the mall is all it takes. When life happens you will want the best dent removal possible.
Why would you need PDR Services?
The fastest and most affordable way for repairing dents & dings is Paintless Dent Repair. It will restore your vehicle to it’s like new condition. Furthermore repairs are typically done at your location for no extra cost. However, based on size, location and severity of the dents repair times may vary. Dent repair is no longer limited to only cars. For instance, we have repaired boats, lamps, planes for Cessna, semi-trucks, trailers, refrigerator doors etc. If we can get a tool to it and leverage on it, its probably removable.
So how do you get Texarkana PDR services?
PDR has never been easier to take advantage of. In fact, just call Preferred Paintless Services at 903-280-8190 or text us pictures of your damage. Then we’ll arrange to come and provide you a free assessment of your damage. At that time if you decide to make the repair, we’ll make the repair. If your damage is non-repairable using PDR, we will recommend other alternatives.
So what about hail damage removal? Follow these simple steps and you’ll be worry free. First, if you have hail damage, call your Paintless Dent Removal or body shop to explain what happened. Make an appointment for repairs. Next, call your insurance company. At that time explain the arrangements you’ve made with the PDR or body shop. Next, request a rental car reservation. Finally drop your vehicle at the repair shop on your repair date. That’s it! As a result, by following these steps you will save time and frustration. Leave the stress and worry to us.
In conclusion, as long as there are cars, kids, shopping carts, & mother nature there will be dents. We pay a lot for our cars. Don’t let minor dents and dings rob you of that new car feeling. For more info check out some of our other blog articles. You can also find us on Facebook. We regularly post amazing before and after videos there.
We come to you when you need to have a ding repaired and you need it done fast. Our Genoa ding repair shop uses only the latest in Paintless Dent Repair to get your vehicle back to its pre-damaged condition fast.
Changing The Way We Do Repairs
PDR has revitalized the auto repair industry. It is the best approach to repairing dings because of its simplicity. At our Genoa ding repair shop, this progressive and state of the art approach is the only one we use because we know it is the best. It’s fast, affordable, and best of all we bring the repairs to you!
How Is PDR So Fast?
PDR is faster than traditional ding repair methods because it does not require a paint job. When you need a Genoa ding repair shop, but do not have the time available to drop off your vehicle, do not worry. We take the hassle out of arranging for a repair because we come to you! Since our expert technicians do not have to match paint to your vehicle, it is even less likely that anyone will ever notice the repair, even in direct sunlight.
Saving You Money At Every Turn
Small dings are no match for our mobile PDR Genoa ding repair technicians. Our technicians can complete the repair from the underside, meaning it is seamless and flawless on the exterior.
First, we assess the ding with a multipoint inspection of the damage. Our qualified Genoa ding repair team uses special lighting to evaluate the curve and shape of the dent and then forms a plan on how to repair it. This way we don’t need to use any expensive paint, primer, or filler!
Small dings can occur anywhere – from parking lots to garages or street parking. Often dings are the result of someone else’s negligence and do not reflect the care you take with your vehicle. Do not let someone else’s mistake mar the beauty of your vehicle. When you discover a ding, call our mobile Genoa ding repair team at (903)-280-8190.