Hail damage keeping dent repairmen busy

Hail damage keeping dent repairmen busy
(Source: KAIT)
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(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Summer hail storms can wreak havoc on vehicles and the recent severe weather in Region 8 has repairmen busy this week.

Gerald Miller owns To Hail and Back Dent Repair in Jonesboro.

He was working on a car Tuesday that had dents all over it from quarter-size hail that fell on Sunday.

His phone has been busy with others making appointments and Miller said he knows the other local repairmen are busy as well.

"Usually quarter-sized hail doesn't do that much damage," Miller said. "But in this storm, the hail was really hard and it actually did dent some of these vehicles. The estimate on this one is about $2,200."

He said that price can go up to about $6,000, though, when hail is the size of golf balls.

Miller wants to warn residents that sometimes when there are big hail storms, out-of-town businesses will set up a temporary location to try and solicit customers.

"Where you get ripped off is companies that come in from out of town and put up big tents and trailers and they'll give you a free TV or whatever," Miller said. "They're doing that because they're only fixing a portion of your vehicle. If you pulled it back inside and had it inspected again you'd probably still find some damage. It's better to use someone local. If I repair something and I mess something up, which it happens, people make mistakes but I don't mean to intentionally. But I'm here at the shop most of the time, I have a Jonesboro number, I am all over Facebook, I'm pretty easy to find and I'll fix it."

Miller also said many people don't realize that hail damage is covered by insurance.

It is a no-fault claim that will not make your rates go.

He also advised people to not try to fix the dents themselves because you will crack the paint and end up needing more repairs.

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