It has been a long and rough winter, and your car has taken the brunt of it. Between exposure to rougher driving conditions, hasty snow removal, and the dreaded beating from hail storms, it is a wonder that your vehicle isn’t one big dent by the time springtime rolls around. Even if you have been able to store your car in a garage or protect it with a tarp, chances are that just as soon as the sun started shining you noticed a few new scratches and dings to the paint job. Cleaning and getting back into shape are probably high on your list of things to do this spring and your car has the same needs.
The damage hail can cause during the winter
Of all the weather conditions that your car was exposed to during the winter months, the most damaging was probably hail. Hail storms are murder on your auto body for many reasons, but the most damage is done during the initial moments of the storm. Hail pieces may be as small as flakes of oatmeal, but they often form as high as 20,000 feet in the air and by the time they hit your car they are traveling at around 9 miles per second. That doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that this is about the same speed as many bullets.
It is fortunate that the icy construction of the hailstone doesn’t allow it to do the amount of damage it could if it were denser or more durable, but the tendency of the hailstones to burst on impact means that the damage they do to your paint job can be spread out rather than be centralized in a single spot. As if this wasn’t bad enough, longer hail storms can cause additional stress to your automobile as the stones accumulate and put additional weight on the surface of the vehicle.
Common kinds of hail damage
Hail is capable of damaging your auto body in a variety of ways, and while some will be plainly visible others will only be apparent upon close inspection. Perhaps the most common of these effects is the ding or dent. These will be visible to the naked eye and you will be able to feel the indentations that the hail caused with your fingertips. These may or may not be accompanied by flaking or chipped paint.
Dents are easily repairable if caught early and treated with a paintless dent repair (PDR) method. Scratches to the paint and primer are often caused when the hailstones were blown into the car by a powerful wind, and may require more repair to return the surface to its previous condition even though they may not be as noticeable as dents. Perhaps the most inconvenient and costly damage hail can do is damage to the mirrors or auto glass, which may be much more difficult to ignore as they will directly impact the drivability of the vehicle.
Do you think that your car needs hail damage repair after enduring the elements over the past winter season? Chances are pretty good that it does, and that’s where we come in. Contact the hail repair experts at Auto Image 360 today and request a quote for an inspection to take the first steps toward a car that is as beautiful as the springtime weather.