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Auto Hail Repair Insurance Claims: What to Know BEFORE the Storm!

Hail season is upon us and I hear its going to be bigger than ever. But are your prepared? Quality One Dent Inc. has been in business for over 22 years. In those 22 years, we have learned a few things about Auto Hail Repair claims specifically, that we thought you should take into consideration when living in a “Hail State”. It just may save you some frustration in trying to understand the “ins & outs” of the world of Insurance while making sure you have the coverage you need to get you back on the road.

  1. Comprehensive Coverage Having Comprehensive Coverage on your vehicles ensures that any damages sustained in a weather related storm will be covered. Filing a claim WILL NOT raise your deductible. Why? Because it was an act of weather and is a “not at fault” accident. This is written in your policy.
  2. Lower your Deductible. To save money on yearly premiums, people will increase the amount of their deductible. However, they forget to lower it back to a reasonable amount BEFORE hail season (usually April through October here in Colorado) . Lowering your deductible before hail season will save you hundreds of “out of pocket” dollars should your car sustain any damages. But for general purposes, you may not want to tell them why your lowering it.
  3. Rental Car Coverage. If you don’t have a spare vehicle to drive while your car is in the shop for repairs, make sure you add rental car coverage to your policy. Most insurance companies will cover you for an economy car. If you prefer an upgrade or would need a larger vehicle, make sure you mention it to your provider so that they can add that to your policy.
  4. OEM Parts Coverage (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Some insurance companies & some policies will only replace damaged parts with aftermarket or refurbished parts. This will save your insurance company money but will not offer you any manufacturer warranties that come along with OEM parts. So verify with your provider what your covered for. Also, if you have a clear protectant film on your vehicle, make sure they will cover that if damaged in a storm. Every Insurance company is different and could cost you a couple hundred dollars out of pocket to get replaced.
  5. Insurance Steering. By Law, you can take your vehicle in for repair to which ever body shop YOU choose. Some insurance companies almost insist on you taking it to their “Preferred Repair Facility” or “Direct Repair” under the disguise of offering lifetime warranties on the repair. First, any reputable auto body shop will offer a warranty on their repairs. They’d be stupid not to. Secondly, Preferred Repair Facilities are under contract with your insurance provider. Which means, they have agreed to perform regulated repairs. Some say body shops have to cut corners to get the repair done, in a particular time frame, using (often times) aftermarket parts. In turn, the insurance company will feed the body shop referrals and work steered towards them. Also, if you take your car to a Preferred Repair Facility, YOU HAVE TO PAY YOUR DEDUCTIBLE. That is a part of the agreement they have with your carrier. Whereas non-contracted shops can offer deductible assistance or choose to offer “No Deductibles”.
  6. Don’t wait to get your auto hail damage fixed. If you wait too long and it gets hit again with hail, the damage may become so severe, it cannot be fixed. Insurance companies will only pay up  wholesale replacement value of the car. Severe damage may total your vehicle. Often times, this leads policy holders without enough money to pay off their existing loan or enough money to purchase a replacement vehicle.
  7. DONT CASH OUT!  If you accept the insurance money and “cash out” and get hit with hail again, they will not cover subsequent damage if you didn’t fix your car last time. Then you’re really left with a mess of a car.
  8. Never, EVER Take an Appearance Allowance . This is another way insurance companies save money. They will offer you what is called an “appearance allowance”. Basically, they will give you money for not having to pay to replace parts of your vehicle (like moldings or wing windows). They will present it as a way for you to save money “off your deductible”. Which is great if you can’t afford  your deductible. But, the money they offer you is always less than the cost of the replacement part itself. Even an aftermarket replacement part not to mention the labor to have the part replaced. Anything pertaining to windows is often a skilled tradesmen to have part replaced.
  9. DONT EVER TURN IN A LEASED VEHICLE WITH HAIL DAMAGE. If you didn’t take the time to protect their investment while you leased their vehicle, why wouldn’t they come after you in some way to recoup the cost of the repair? You ding them, they’ll ding you.
  10. STAY LOCAL. While there is nothing wrong with most of these “pop up” shops that come in right after a storm, they are hard pressed to provide repair warranties if they are not local. Not to mention, local body shops really appreciate your business and keeps our economy strong. Building a relationship with a reputable body shop will give you a sense of peace if you’re so unfortunate enough to be struck again. And, there’s nothing better than loyalty discounts.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact us.  We’d love to hear from you and could create a reason for additional info to be posted here.


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Don’t Let your Hail Damaged Car Cost You!

Last May’s hail storm devastated the Denver Metro area. People are still trying to recover. Roofers can be heard on roofs with their nail guns, auto body shops are backed up for months and many dent companies are not equipped to handle the severity of the damage causing them to ship cars off to some remote body shop. We get calls all the time asking what will happen if they get hit again before they get their cars repaired. This is a very good question. Turns out, if you wait any longer, it could cost you Big Bucks! The Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Insurance has some good information to avoid costly oversignts.

A pressing question for us, how we can meet our customers needs? Well, last year we implemented a new digital customer service communication system that provides regular updates to our customers during the repair process. It also gives our customers an opportunity to share their ideas and opinions with us after every repair. We shored up our production processes to ensure that we get the repairs done within the promised timelines without sacrificing quality. So the answer to our question regarding this last hail storm was simple. First, educate the customer so they are aware of the potential impact it will have on them if they do not get their cars repaired. Secondly, we are currently in the process of moving to a much larger, nearby location. Our new address is 3701 S. Inca St. Englewood, CO 80110. Just 1 block north of the Englewood Post Office. This facility will house all the cars in our possession so in the event of another hailstorm, our customers can rest easy. Not to mention, we do all of our own paint and body work here at this same location. You’ll never have to worry where your car actually is? Probably one of the biggest improvements we made is in the our paint area. We’ve added a digital paint mixing system for flawless color matching, hi-tech spray guns that leave a glass like finish and a state of the art mobile paint prep and finishing system. This all-inclusive system means working smarter not harder. Saving time and improving turn around times. It not only saves our company money, but it allows us the opportunity to offer better discounts to our customers to help cover the cost of repairs. With our experience and expertise, there is nothing we cannot fix in-house. In fact, right now, we are offering deductible assistance & up to $400 cash back to our customers for letting us fix their hail damaged vehicle. We also have our own fleet of rental cars to help you out. Call now for details and get in BEFORE the storm hits!