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What Should You Do If Your Car Gets Hail Damage?

December 1st, 2020 Posted by Blog, Chesapeake Auto Body Paint, Suffolk Auto Body Paint, winter car maintenance No Comment yet

Weather is oftentimes unpredictable and hail can show up out of nowhere. Frozen precipitation falls and it can come down at varying speeds, shapes, and sizes which in turn can create unique damage on an uncovered vehicle. When the hail is over and you can safely inspect your vehicle it is recommended to a professional body shop to asses the damage. They will look for the following hail damage indications:
– Dents or dings in the hood, doors, and sides of the car, or trunk.
– Cracked or broken windshield, backglass, windows, or mirrors.
– Missing or misaligned mirrors.

If you feel there is any chance you have hail damage, you can call a local repair shop to do an inspection for you. Thinking chips in a windshield are caused by hail is a common misconception. Hail will not chip the glass, it will break it. If you have small chips, they were likely caused by rocks or road debris and had gone unnoticed. Since hail has so many variables, damages could look very different on one car compared to a car one or two subdivisions over. Due to storm and wind patterns, typically one side of the vehicle is left heavily damaged and the other may be very lightly damaged. The roof is almost always as badly damaged as the heaviest side. Hail damage can range from very minor damage resulting in as little as a few dings to massive damage resulting in panel and glass replacements. A vehicle may even be deemed a total loss due to severity.

Should I Turn in a Claim for Hail Damage to My Car?

It depends on the severity of the hail damage and your deductible amount. Some hail can be repaired with PDR (Paintless Dent Removal) and that can be more cost-effective than conventional body repairs with paint. If the damage is light the repair cost may be near or below your deductible amount. Any reputable repair shop can take a quick look at your vehicle and ballpark if it will be near or above your deductible to help you make the decision. You don’t have to make a claim the day it hails if you are unsure if you should make a claim or not. Just document the day and time so when, or if, you have to make a claim you can provide the date and time details of the storm that damaged your vehicle.

Will a Hail Claim Increase My Premiums?

Coverage for hail and its effects on premiums will vary based on the carrier and state laws. Generally speaking, acts of nature are filed under the comprehensive portion of the policy and wouldn’t have a negative impact on your insurance rates. Even though your rates may not raise due to a hail claim, the number of claims made against your policy can still affect your rates if you are calculated to be a higher risk due to the number of claims or frequency of claims. It is always best to speak with your agent or insurance provider for the best answers.

Do I Have Hail Coverage on My Insurance Policy?

If you have comprehensive coverage on your vehicle you should be covered for hail damage. Comprehensive coverage can also be referred to as “other than collision”, covering nature caused incidents as well as vandalism and theft. It is always best to discuss any insurance-related questions with your agent and carrier to make sure you have the right coverage for your needs.

How to Avoid Hail Damage

As we mentioned, hail can be unpredictable and come in quick with little warning. Here are some steps to help prevent hail damage:
– Turn the alerts on for your weather app to get alerts when bad weather is coming.
– If you anticipate bad weather, try to park in a garage or covered parking area. If you are driving, stop under an overpass or pull into a covered gas station.
– If you don’t have shelter, consider investing in a hail protection blanket. This may not be 100% effective but will reduce the damage. A quick substitute is to use your vehicle’s floor mats, which can be especially helpful for protecting the windshield.

How Is Hail Damage Repaired?

As mentioned above, sometimes hail (or other dents) can be repaired using PDR. This method is effective for dents and dings that have not broken the paint on the vehicle, are not positioned on a body line (manufacturer crease), and are not too sharp/deep. PDR requires a special molded tool that’s used to massage the metal from the backside forward reshaping the metal, leaving the paint undisturbed. For damage too severe to qualify for PDR, a conventional body repair method is used to reshape the metal, fill, prime, and refinish the damaged area. A reputable repair facility can recommend the best repair method for your damages.

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Car Body Paint Bleeding Tips

October 22nd, 2019 Posted by auto body paint, Autobody shop, body shop, car paint, car paint maintenance, Chesapeake Auto Body Paint, chesapeake body shop, Portsmouth Auto Body Paint, portsmouth body shop, Suffolk Auto Body Paint, suffolk body shop No Comment yet

As an autobody shop serving Chesapeake and Portsmouth our goal is generally to get your car, truck, or suv looking good. That usually means things like removing dents, fixing cosmetic damage, and of course restoring car body paint. In the auto body painting realm, there are a number of issues that may need repair on your cars surface. One major issue we will address here is auto body paint bleeding.

A Review Of Autobody Shop Paint Bleeding

If you have not read our article on what auto body paint bleeding is, check it out for a quick review. Bleeding is a cosmetic condition that obscures the top layer of auto paint. It is an eyesore but can be fixed. Whether or not you are a do it yourself auto body repair aficionado, or you just want to be an informed customer, I put some resources here to help you.

Autobody Paint Resources For Bleeding Issues

Here are some links to some comprehensive lists of car or truck paint bleeding issues.

What Is Involved In Repairing Car Paint Bleed?

Here is a link to an article that goes into the steps you need to take to prep and repair your car’s finish. It looks like something a do it yourselfer could do. It is also something your local body shop, like Mack’s, can take care of pretty easily.

Repairing Car Paint Bleed

Car Paint Bleeding Article For The Pro

I saw an article on paint bleeding that is intended for the body shop professional. While technical, it is a good read for anyone curious about this car body shop issue.

Car body paint bleeding article

Bleeding And Blending Car Paint

This article is another technical article on blending different paint together. It seems more technical than just a simple do it yourself auto boy repair task. The link is below.

Auto body paint bleeding article

 

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Autobody Shop Tips: Watch Those Costs

September 26th, 2019 Posted by Autobody shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop No Comment yet

When choosing your Autobody shop looks can be deceiving. Beautiful buildings, complimentary coffee service and seemingly endless amenities can lull you into a false sense of security. All of these benefits seem to be under the guise that they are free as part of your auto body repair. Well I may have some unpleasant news:

Your paying for those services

A business has to make a profit. That means those costs have to be passed on to the customer somewhere. The reality is you could receive a higher quote for work you could have done cheaper at another autobody shop.

What Matters For Auto Body Repairbody shop in chesapeake

Unless cost is not an issue, what matters is the work that is done in parts of the building that you will not be in. Planning, grinding, painting and hours of meticulous work go into restoring your car, truck, or suv. And what matters is you drive away with a beautifully restored car and truck at the lowest price point you can get for good quality body work.

So What That Cup Of Coffee Really Costs

So when you walk in the door of your Autobody Shop look around. Every employee, every office worker, every square foot of the land that building is on, and even that deluxe coffee machine is being added to the cost somewhere. So make sure that cup of coffee, or the belief that it is free, is not costing you hundreds of dollars you don’t need to pay.

Shop Around And Compare Auto Body Costs For Yourselfsaving money at the autobody shop

Check out Macks Auto Body Shop in Portsmouth and get a quote on your car or truck body repair. We work with different insurance companies. We also are focused on streamlining costs, so we can pass the cost savings unto you!

Our Autobody Shop Location

Here is our location in Portsmouth. We are very close to Western Branch and North Suffolk as well from this location

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Winter Car Care Tips From The Auto Body Shop

January 3rd, 2019 Posted by auto body paint, body shop, car paint, car paint maintenance, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop, tips No Comment yet

The iceman cometh and your car’s body will suffer

As a body shop there is nothing like the look of someone’s face when there beloved truck, car or suv has been restored. It is a great feeling redoing the paint job or getting dents out after a wreck. And as much as we love to do it, we want you to avoid situations that can damage that paint or exterior.

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Bring on the Winter…

The Winter months pose a threat to that car body in a lot of different ways. Some are seemingly innocent. You go outside after a snowfall and your car is covered in powdery snow and ice. Naturally you go to remove the snow. Guess what, do it wrong and you can damage the paint.

Winter Deicing And Snow Removal Without Car Body Damage Tips

Here are pitfalls you want to avoid. If you deice or scrape your car wrong, you are going to look pretty scratched and dinged up come Spring. Here are some situations to avoid:

The Car Is Covered In Snow…

You come outside and your vehicle is covered in lots of puffy snow…So you grab the snow shovel to dust that car off. You may remove the snow but that shovel will scratch the paint. Shovels have sharp metal edges that can destroy your paint job.

The Solution:

Make sure to a get a tool that says it will not scratch your car or auto body paint. What is the point of removing snow if you cost yourself thousands in repairs. You could even use your hand but make sure to avoid things with sharp edges.

Not So Nice..Ice

Say you come out and your car has a layer of ice coating the doors, hood, and just about everywhere else. You grab the ice scraper tool and scrape the windows.. Once done you decide to use the scraper tool on the car body. But before you do keep in mind, it will damage the paint.

The Solution:

Scraper tools are designed for windows, not paint. A better way is to let the car heat up and let ice melt away  independently of the scraper tool. Then use your hands to pick pieces of ice away.

Salt: Double Threat

Salt can pose two big threats.  One, it can corrode your vehicle’s body if left there for a long time. Two, if you try to rub it off it can scratch and degrade your automobile’s finish.

The Solution: Wash It Off

When you can, wash that salt off and let the water remove it from the vehicle’s body


And when you need Auto body or car body work done..Come See Us At Mack’s. We can work with your insurance carrier.

And as always..Be Safe This Winter

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References

How to Protect Your Car from Snow and Ice Damage. (2015, December 8). Retrieved from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-protect-your-car-snow-and-ice-damage.htm

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Body Shop Tips: Getting The Estimate

March 6th, 2018 Posted by body shop, chesapeake body shop, portsmouth body shop, suffolk body shop, tips No Comment yet

body shop in chesapeake, vaGetting An Estimate for Body Work On Your Car

One thing to never forget, is that the process of getting an estimate is vital to your wallet. This is, in itself, is an art form. The most obvious ramification of this is to visit more than one body shop in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Or Virginia Beach. This sounds easy but when your car needs to be fixed you may feel rushed. Don’t do it. Patience is a virtue when selecting an auto body repair shop. In fact the lack of patience could cost you thousands of wasted dollars and leave you with sub par work. So maybe a better way to phrase it is:

Have Patience When Selecting Your Auto Shop And Get Multiple Estimates

So you got the autobody estimates, now what…

Not all the estimates look the same. You probably notice line items do not match up perfectly. So take the estimates back to the shops and ask them why one item is on another quote and not the one they gave you. This process will do a lot for you. First you will see how they handle objections. Second, you can make sure you are actually getting a good deal with that lower total quote.

body shop in chesapeakeMaybe that lower total quote isn’t lower at all…

Make sure it is an apples to apples comparison. Are they using brand name parts or generics. How many of your type of car have they worked on. Naturally if you have restored twenty Hyundai’s, you will know a lot more about the nuances of doing them than someone who has never fixed one. I say take it a step further. Ask for a reference from someone who had a similar car to yours. It does not hurt to ask.

Speaking Of Car Repair References..

Word of mouth and reviews still are critical in this process. Early in the process of searching for an autobody repair dealer, start getting lots of feedback in the form of reviews and recommendations. There is a lot to lose, so it is worth it to spend lots of time getting this kind of information.

Focus On Quality..Not Just The Bottom Line

It is tempting to focus on the lowest quote number. But that kind of quote can mean shoddy parts, poor service, and subpar work. In the long run, you did not save a dime. See the big picture when you are selecting. Choose the greatest value to you and your car, in the short and long term.


References

HOW TO FIND A TRUSTWORTHY AUTO BODY SHOP — THE SIMPLE DOLLAR

In-text: (The Simple Dollar, 2018)

Your Bibliography: The Simple Dollar. (2018). How to Find a Trustworthy Auto Body Shop — The Simple Dollar. [online] Available at: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/car-insurance-auto-body/ [Accessed 28 Feb. 2018].

 

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