When hail hits, Dent Wizard is ready to restore your vehicle to its pre-storm condition with our industry-leading hail damage service.
Start the Hail Damage Repair Process by Following These Steps:
- Contact your auto insurance provider to see if the hail damage repair is covered in your policy. Every insurance company handles hail claims differently. Follow up with your agent if you do not know where to start the claim process.
- Get your vehicle's damage appraised either through your insurance agency's claim drive, field inspection, or through a direct repair program with companies like Dent Wizard.
- Clean the exterior of your vehicle to ensure that the best estimate can be given.
- Tell your adjuster that Dent Wizard is your repair shop of choice.
- If Dent Wizard is writing your estimate, our customer care center will assist you in getting an appointment scheduled (800-969-4245 (HAIL)).
- Schedule your hail repair at the nearest Dent Wizard Facility.
- Pay your insurance payment and deductible and enjoy a limited lifetime warranty for your hail damage repair through Dent Wizard.
Frequently Asked Questions
We Understand that because hail damage is not a common occurrence, you likely have many questions about the process. Discover answers to our most frequently asked questions about hail damage repair below or call 800-969-4245 (HAIL).
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I ALLOW FOR A HAIL REPAIR ESTIMATE?
A standard hail repair estimate requires 30 to 45 minutes. During this time, the estimator follows a systematic format of identifying severity and quantity of dents on all panels. The estimator will also take this time to answer any questions you may have about the repair while gathering information about your vehicle.
WHY IS A CLEAN VEHICLE IMPORTANT FOR A HAIL REPAIR ESTIMATE?
A clean vehicle allows the estimator to clearly see all visible hail damage. Dust and dirt can often mask damage, causing inaccurate estimates and delays in the repair process.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE HAIL REPAIR ESTIMATE PROCESS?
During the estimate process, your estimator and/or the Dent Wizard representative will greet you and will drive the vehicle into the estimating bay. Then, they appraise the vehicle, taking record of the scope of the hail damage as well as the severity and quantity of dents. The estimate is then finalized and reviewed with you. You will then be provided with a printed copy of the estimate.
WHAT DOES PRE-LOSS CONDITION MEAN?
During the hail estimate process, any non-hail damage will be noted. The condition of the car, including this damage, is considered the pre-loss condition of the vehicle. Any damage that is not hail-related will not be covered on the repair.
At the time of the estimate, photos will be taken of the vehicle and any of these conditions will be noted in the estimate.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY VEHICLE FOR HAIL REPAIR?
At the time of your estimate, you will be asked when you would like to schedule your vehicle for repairs. During an average hailstorm, thousands of vehicles sustain damages, so it may be a few weeks before your scheduled appointment.
HOW DOES A BODY SHOP REPAIR HAIL DAMAGE?
If a supplement is required, it may extend the time period needed to repair your vehicle. The supplement will be explained to the customer along with an adjusted pick up date
Depending on the severity of your vehicle's hail damage, Dent Wizard can provide two types of repairs on your vehicle.
The first is to completely repair your vehicle utilizing the Dent Wizard Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) process. This normally takes a few days from the time of drop off, to the time of pickup to complete.
The second involves the use of both the PDR process and conventional body shop repairs. This process is referred to as a Combination Repair. The time frame for this type of repair may take several days or longer depending on the severity of damage.
Dent Wizard will work with you to determine the appropriate repair time following your estimate. If you are uncertain of your availability at the time of the estimate, Dent Wizard can have a Customer Service Representative follow up with you within 48 hours to schedule the repair, or you can schedule your repair through the Customer Care Center by calling 1-800-969-4245.
HOW LONG DOES HAIL DAMAGE REPAIR TAKE?
Depending on the severity of the storm and the damage on your vehicle, repair times can vary. For light to moderate hail damage repairs, it may take 1 to 3 days, but for severe damage that needs body shop participation for panel replacement and paint work, the repairs may take 2 to 3 weeks.
WHAT IS A SUPPLEMENT?
Supplements are additional operations or parts necessary to complete the repair of the vehicle that go beyond the original estimate. In some cases, the original estimate is insufficient to perform the repairs. When a vehicle is dropped off for repairs, a second inspection is done to determine if all the damage was documented for repair. If all damage was found and written on the original estimate, no supplement is needed. However, if some damage was overlooked on the original estimate, a “supplement” is needed to document the necessary operations or parts needed to properly repair the vehicle.
If a supplement is required, it may extend the time period needed to repair your vehicle. The supplement will be explained to the customer along with an adjusted pick up date.
HOW DOES PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR (PDR) FIX HAIL DAMAGE?
Paintless Dent Repair is a specialized and meticulous process for returning dents to their original shape without having to paint any part of the vehicle.
The main process for PDR requires the technician to push and massage each dent in a very technical and precise manner. To do this, each dent is worked back to its original shape using different metal rods varying in size and shape. The dents are worked from the underside of the metal using access points on each panel. The end result is a dent-free vehicle where the finished metal looks like it came from the original factory. Learn more about Paintless Dent Repair here.
WHAT IS CONVENTIONAL BODY REPAIR?
Conventional body repair often replaces the panels on a car or truck and requires painting to match the factory finish. In some cases, hail damage is so severe that conventional body shop methods are necessary to repair certain panels. If there are too many dents or too many large dents, a panel may not be able to be repaired with PDR.
WHAT DOES R&I MEAN?
R&I is an acronym that stands for Remove and Install. When a car starts the repair process, an R&I technician loosens, and sometimes removes, the interior panels and parts to allow access to the underside of the metal panel. When the PDR repairs get completed, this technician replaces the parts and re-installs the interior panels (like the headliner and hood liner).
Dent Wizard has a Quality Control Process to ensure that all parts are replaced properly so that your vehicle is returned to you in the same condition as we received it.
HAIL REPAIR TERMS TO KNOW
Let's recap on some of the terms discussed so far:
- Pre-loss condition – The condition of a vehicle prior to hail damage including damage not caused by the hail storm.
- Supplement – Additional operations, parts or repair needs necessary to complete the repair of the vehicle above the original estimate.
- PDR (Paintless Dent Repair) - A specialized and meticulous process returning dents to their original shape without having to replace or repair the metal surface.
- Conventional body repair - Using traditional body shop actions to replace or repair metal panels.
- R&I – An acronym that stands for “remove and install.”
To learn more about our hail damage repair process, get in touch with a local hail representative by calling 1-800-969-HAIL (1-800-969-4245) or filling out this form.