How to prepare for hailstorms in Denver
Prepare early and save thousands on auto hail repair
If you live in Denver, you can count on 2 things; hail and snow. Both of these weather occurrences can wreak havoc on personal property, potentially costing car and home owners thousands of dollars in damage repairs. Being prepared ahead of time can save you both money and distress. Having a solid game-plan before the storm can mean the difference between costly extensive damage and minor personal property repairs.
Summit Hail Repair specializes in repairing vehicle dents caused by hail damage, otherwise referred to ‘auto hail repair.’ In this article, we will teach you how to best prepare for hail season or an approaching hailstorm in the following crucial steps.
- Comprehensive Insurance Coverage. If you live in Denver or any other area that resides in ‘hail alley,’ investing in a comprehensive insurance policy for your vehicle(s) is the most important way for you to protect your vehicle from auto hail damage. With a comprehensive insurance policy, your vehicle is covered 100% from hail damage, flood damage, or any other weather occurrence mother nature has to offer. Even better, neither your premiums nor deductibles will increase for filing a claim due to hail.
- Shelter. This is the number 1 preventative step you can take to protect yourself and your vehicle from hail damage. A garage is our top recommended form of shelter but if you do not have access to a garage, there are other ways to keep your vehicle protected. Make sure there is enough room in your garage BEFORE hail season starts. In Denver, this can be as early as February. If you live in an area prone to hail storms and own your home, a carport is a good low-cost option. If you live in a rental home, ask your landlord if putting up a carport is an option. If a garage or carport is not available, scope out your neighborhood for covered parking. A few good places to look are shopping malls, car washes, and public parking garages. Another quick and cheap solution for protecting your car from hail damage is covering it with comforters or sleeping bags.
- Keep Tree’s Trimmed. If you do not have a garage or carport, finding shelter under a tree might seem like a good alternate solution for protecting your vehicle from auto hail damage. Falling branches has the potential to cause more damage that the hail itself. Make sure your trees are trimmed before hail season begins.
Stay Informed. Always remember that hail can mean an incoming tornado. Stay tuned to local news on your television or radio and make sure you are not in a tornado watch or warning. If you hear sirens or discover you are in the path of a tornado, your safety and your families safety comes first. If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately! Visit Ready.gov to learn more.
- Hail In-Route. If you are in your vehicle when a hail storm hits, always remember that the safety of your passengers and yourself comes first. As we mentioned in #4, hail is a common precursor of a tornado. If you have a passenger in the vehicle, ask them to check the weather for inclement weather. If you are by yourself, turn on the radio and listen for warnings. If you are traveling long distance, this might not always be a reliable option.
- Pull Over. If the hail is heavy and visibility is poor, slowly pull over to the side of the road. Remember: If you can’t see, the cars behind you are probably having the same problem.
- IMPORTANT. Look & Listen. As we mentioned in #4, you could be in the path of a tornado. Look for dark almost greenish skies. Look for wall clouds or flying debris. Hail without rain is also an indicator that a tornado might be approaching. One of the most confusing indicators of an approaching tornado is what many call an “eerie calm.” Listen for what sounds like an train in the distance. If at ANY time you suspect or see that you are in the immediate path of a tornado,
“If you can see the tornado in the distance, NOAA recommends changing course and driving toward a sturdy shelter as soon as you are able. They recommend truck stops, convenience stores, restaurants, and even walk-in coolers.” – Weather.com
If you are absolutely sure you are not in the path of a tornado, proceed to #3.
Seek Shelter. If you are absolutely sure you not in the path of a tornado and the hail isn’t severe or has just started, check your GPS or the Map APP you are using on your phone for the nearest town. If there isn’t a town very nearby, look for an overhead pass. If the hail stones are smaller than .5 inch, your vehicle is less vulnerable to hail damage. If neither are available and the hailstones are large, stay in your vehicle away from windows. If the hail is severe enough, the windshield or other window glass could shatter. If you have a blanket or jacket handy, put it over your body and wait until the hail subsides. Don’t forget that hail could be an indicator of a tornado so always be aware of the signs.
“Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.” ~ SPC.NOA
Auto Hail Repair Denver
If you have Denver auto hail damage, the first step is to file a claim with your insurance company. If you have hail damage and live in the Denver area, getting your hail damage claimed ASAP is very important. Insurance agents get backed up quickly in the event of a catastrophic hail storm. When you file your claim, ask if your policy covers a rental car while you wait for your repairs. Most insurance companies require that you pay a deductible before you get your vehicle repaired. In most cases, Summit Hail Repair can get your vehicle in for hail repairs with no wait time.
Next, call Summit Hail Repair at (720) 365-5141 to schedule an appointment to get your hail damage repaired. Depending on the severity of the hail damage, we can usually get you in and out in 3-5 days. If your policy doesn’t cover a car rental, let us know and we will make sure we get you in a rental at the time of your appointment. We will also cover the rental if your insurance policy does not. Summit Hail Repair will also take care of the deductible cost up to $500.
You can also schedule your appointment using our convenient online form OR bring your vehicle by our shop for a free on-site Denver auto hail repair estimate! Find location address, hours, and directions in the left column or below if you are on a mobile device.