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Anyone else get hit by hail? (Columbus, OH)

Well...... Unfortunately it started hailing hard last night...almost golf ball sized, and my car was not in a garage.

I have damage on the hood, top and trunk. Already called State Farm Insurance, and they have gotten so many claims, they're considering it a catastrophic loss (Edit - Not my car, but they have gotten hundreds-thousands of claims - so they have a diff procedure) . I am waiting for an adjuster to call. I can't follow the usual procedure of just going to a body shop.

I can post pics, but there isn't much point. It isn't *bad* but, its very noticible and there are a couple dozen dents.

Hopefully no one else in central Ohio got damage.....

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no need to call it a loss....unless you want a new car. those dents wont cost too much to get fixed.
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Better not be a total loss on my car!

That was the insurance companies term - for the hail - They've gotten so many claims...... They have a team of adjusters involved.

I agree - hopefully it shouldn't cost too much to fix. My deduct is $250, so I'm not too stressed.
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Last night

Yeah it started to hail as i was pulling off the interstate last night ..It was raining really hard and them some light hail came down ..i was flying threw traffic to reach the car port ....Didnt have any damage though .sorry to hear about that ...
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Has anyone had first hand experience on getting hail damage repaired? I know 1-2 members has had it done recently..
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Has anyone had first hand experience on getting hail damage repaired? I know 1-2 members has had it done recently..
A close friend of mine does PDR, and does A LOT of hail damaged cars - usually higher priced makes. I've watched him on these jobs before - did you have a question?
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I knew that someone would ask that

How does PDR work? Everything I've read seems really vague.

None of my dents are that deep, or that big. It seems like exactly what PDR would be used on (where the paint isn't damaged).

A coworker of mine has the same damage...

I wish I had some idea what cost is involved, but I won't really know until I get an estimate, or the adjuster shows up.
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I've seen hail damage repaired by warming the metal slowly, then putting dry ice on it. The little buggers just popped right out!
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I knew that someone would ask that

How does PDR work? Everything I've read seems really vague.

None of my dents are that deep, or that big. It seems like exactly what PDR would be used on (where the paint isn't damaged).

A coworker of mine has the same damage...

I wish I had some idea what cost is involved, but I won't really know until I get an estimate, or the adjuster shows up.
First, check this thread:

https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...paintless+dent

Yes, PDR and hail damage were made for one-another! This is how your insurance company WOULD LIKE you to have it repaired too! Good for you, good for them, good for the PRD guy - just like one big circle jerk!

But seriously, if you would somehow post 3 or 4 or more decent pics of the damage (include shots of the hood, roof, trunk lid, and whatever else is damaged) under some decent lighting I'd have my buddy check your pics and give you one hell of a close ballpark figure, at least in terms of pricing up here in the Minneapolis, MN area. Just to get ya going though, if you've got more than 25 plainly visible hits you're already over $1000 for his expertise. I've seen him on more than one occasion spend two entire 8-hour days on a single BMW or Mercedes with a S.L. of hail damage. Out the door price varies on these makes, but $2500 to $5000 certainly is not out of the question. I would say that unless people looked at your car and literally freaked from incredible damage, you'd likely be under $2500 for a complete job - by a true pro <--- read that again...
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I'll post pics tonight.

I was quoted about $1100.

I went to one place, they don't do PDR - and said insurance would refuse to cover it. Went to another place - they do PDR, but strangely it is outsourced to a place similar to Dent Wizard (They use a Dent Wizard estimating sheet..hmm) I'm going to get 1 more estimate to see if their reasonable.

I'll check out the link. Thanks Tom!
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Well, can't get pics till tomorrow.
Ugh - the whole working 11-8 shift this week sucks! Makes it hard to get pics when it's sunny out.

I'm going with Three-C Body Shop. I'm looking at $3100 - but I've found out that my premiums will NOT be affected, and they will haggle with the adjuster - not me! Woo hoo!

The bad: Repairs will take approx 3 weeks! I will be Intrepid-less. I'll be driving my old Mercedes 300D.

The good: Premiums will not be affected. They will be repainting my hood (goodbye rock chips!), and replacing my trunk lid (goodbye a couple scratches that bugged me!). I won't have to worry about the damage being half-ass repaired by PDR (Although I'm sure PDR has its merits, I've heard that you don't have much recourse if PDR didn't get all the damage out)


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Sorry to hear about your damage dude - I'm in Westerville and while I sat in my living room and listened to what sounded like the sky falling, the Trep was out in the driveway...

Fortunately, it didn't last long here and none of the cars around here had any damage that I'm aware of...
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Thanks for the sympathy .

I was just talking to a neighbor.......... who has 3 black vehicles all with hail damage. A pickup, tempo and a Mustang......

It's crazy.

At least I think my insurance company will be cooperative..
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It's not easy to take pictures of my hail damage.....

Part of it is the lighting, I'm sure. I've read that a fluorescent bulb will show imperfections a lot better.

Here are a couple somewhat typical dents -


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