When someone throws an ice-packed ball at you, it can hurt. In fact, it can even cause you some bruises especially if it is thrown to you that hard. Likewise, it can be the same feeling for your car that is hit by hail.
Hail is basically raindrops that get propelled up into the sky and freeze before falling to the ground. These ice balls can cause significant damage to your car. Pieces of hail can cause dents on cars, trucks, or any type of vehicle, and it can even shatter windshields in worse cases. In effect, replacing a broken windshield due to hailstorms can cost you up to $1,000 depending on the vehicle.
Likewise, dents can be trickier to repair depending on which panel it hits, which can cost around $2,500 depending on the material.
While you can leave the dents in your car due to hailstorm as is, its trade-in value can be affected, of course. Moreover, claiming your comprehensive insurance, if you do have one, can help cover hail damage.
Now, how can you protect your vehicle from hailstorms? Here are some tips you can consider.
Use a car cover or hail blanket on your car. You can also place a tarp over the roof, windshield, and tailgate. Other covering options include old blankets, mats, foam pieces, cardboard, cushions, car mats, towels, bubble wrap, sleeping bag, or inflatables. To hold these in place, use a paracord, string, bungees, or tape.