Valley Collision is a full-service collision repair shop in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley. We’ve been repairing cars for a long time, and we know how to handle any type of damage your car may suffer. Whether it’s damage from hail, water, or wind, or other larger-than-life circumstances, we can help you get your car back on the road.
We understand that dealing with carrepairs can be stressful, so we want to make the process as easy for you as possible. In this blog post, we’ll go over the steps for hail damage repair and other weather-caused car damage.
Hail Damage Repair
Summer is full of fun vacations and time in the sun, but unfortunately, summer can also bring in severe thunderstorms and hailstorms. Hailstones are infamous for the damage they can do to your car. So, if you find yourself with a car that has been dinged up by hail, don’t worry! These are the steps you can take to repair hail damage:
1. Assess the overall damage
The first step is to assess the damage to your car from the hailstones. Depending on the depth of the dents, you may want to have an insurance claims adjuster come out and inspect the extent of the damage. If your deductible is greater than the cost of necessary repairs, you may elect not to submit an insurance claim.
Do-it-yourself options to fixing the hail damage include putting some kind of heat on the dents, whether that is with a blow dryer or just leaving your car in the sun. However, we don’t recommend DIY fixes for your car, as they often leave it more damaged and make the required repairs even more expensive! The best course of action is to take your car into an auto body shop.
2. Take car to a collision repair shop
The next step is to take your car into a shop that specializes in hail damage repair. Here at Valley Collision, we have the tools and experience necessary to remove the dents caused by hailstones.
Our team of expert technicians will work quickly and efficiently to get your car back to its original condition. We’ll also work with your insurance company to make sure the repair process is as smooth as possible.
Usually there are two options for types of repairs that can be done for hail damage: paint-less dent repair or conventional auto-body repair. A paint-free dent repair is a technique of removing dents from the inside of the panel with rods and picks. A complete auto-body repair necessitates sanding and repainting, which may take longer.
Other Weather-Caused Damage Repairs
All different kinds of weather can cause damage to your car. For example, your car can be battered by strong winds blowing rocks and debris or by water from flooding or intense storms. Here are explanations of water and wind damage as well as steps we take to repair damage caused by other weather conditions:
Water Damage Repair
Whether it’s from a flood or just a heavy rainstorm, water damage can wreak havoc on your car. Water can cause rust and corrosion, which can lead to expensive repairs down the road.
Wind Damage Repair
Wind damage can be caused by everything from a severe thunderstorm to a tornado. Wind damage can cause dents, scratches, and even break windows.
Steps to Take
If you find yourself with a car that has been damaged by water or wind, we recommend the same basic process for repair that we do for when your car’s been dented by hail.
The first step is to assess the damage and see if it’s something you can repair on your own or if you need to take it into a shop. If the damage is extensive, it’s best to take it into a shop.
Once you’ve taken your car into the shop, our team of expert technicians will work quickly and efficiently to get your car back to its original condition. Our processes involve reshaping your car’s body to remove dents, sanding down areas that have paint chips or rusting, and then re-painting those areas with perfectly matched paint that makes them look as good as new.
Does Your Car Need Some TLC?
If your car has been damaged by hail, water, or wind, bring it into Valley Collision and we’ll have you back on the road in no time. With locations throughout Northern Utah, we make it easy and convenient for you to come to us! Contact us today to learn more about our repair process or to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!