For many people, using a "storm chaser" is actually the best choice to repair their hail damaged car
If you've ever lived in or passed through an area in the days and weeks following a damaging hail storm, chances are you have seen the out of town auto dent removal companies that come in and set up temporary hail repair locations.
While we all prefer to patronize local businesses whenever possible, when it comes to repairing hail damage on a car, for most people using an out of town professional PDR hail repair company is usually the best decision. For sure there is a stigma about doing business with someone from out of town, sometimes for good reason. But when you consider that it typically does not repeatedly hail in the same location over and over and over, it becomes clear that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for someone to establish a fixed service area performing auto hail repair work. Similarly, because they never know when, or even if, it will hail in their area, most body shops are not able to justify the significant expense of hiring, training, and maintaining their own professional paintless dent repair technicians in house. The result is that in many places, after a severe hail storm strikes there is not anyone in the area that is qualified to repair hail damaged cars, at least not in the most effective and efficient way, using a process known as paintless dent removal or PDR for short. With the exception of this living in a few cities that do get hail with some regularity, (think Dallas, Denver, Omaha) most PDR technicians who specialize in repairing hail damage travel around the country performing their craft. Every year hail damages car dealerships, rental car company fleets, cars being stored at ports and rail yards, as well as a countless number of consumer's vehicles. Thanks to the PDR process, these damaged vehicles, many of them still brand new, can be restored to their pre-storm condition quickly and at a far lesser cost than using traditional auto body shop dent repair methods. When it comes to consumer's vehicles, many people are apprehensive about working with someone from out of town, but with today's technology its actually pretty easy to google the name of a company or check with the Better Business Bureau. These days, it's highly unlikely that you will not find something online about a company that engages in dishonest business practices or rips people off. Of course as in any profession, there is a bad apple every now and then, but for the most part, the professional PDR dent repair technicians that specialize in hail restoration police themselves because they do not want someone out there giving the industry a bad name and adding to the anxiety people have about working with someone from out of town. For the owners of a hail damaged car, sometimes choosing to work with an out of town dent company can be matter of economics. Many PDR hail repair companies offer to pay the customer's insurance deductible, provide free rental cars, and have nice referral bonuses, unlike most local body shops which require the deductible be paid in full, and often times up front. At most PDR dent removal auto hail repair companies it usually only takes a day or two for your car to be repaired, compared to many weeks of waiting to get your vehicle back from the local body shop. Additionally, PDR dent removal is the preferred way to repair car hail damage because it keeps the vehicle's value as high as possible, by not voiding any of the warrantees or creating CarFax reporting, (you'll get both of those at the body shop). As you can see, sometimes its best to keep an open mind if a hail storm damages your car. It just might be that by working with an out of town hail repair company, specializing in PDR dent removal, that you get a much better deal on the cost, a better repair for your vehicle, and all of it in a fraction of the time compared to your local auto body shop.
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