How Do I Tell If My Car Has Hail Damage?

Brad Corriher of Brad Corriher State Farm
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Q: How do I tell if my car has hail damage?

A: Any vehicle left outdoors during a storm is susceptible to damage. It’s often obvious, but at times, spotting damage may require close examination. When the severe weather clears and it is safe to go outdoors, inspect your car for these most-common signs of hail damage:

  • Large or small dents in the hood, doors, side panels or trunk
  • Chipped, cracked or broken windshield, windows or mirrors
  • Water damage inside the vehicle
  • Missing or loose side mirrors
  • Doors or side mirrors that are stuck or jammed

If you’re unsure whether damage to your vehicle is related to hail, most body shops offer free inspections and hail damage estimates.

Hail damage repair costs can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. Insurance typically covers vehicle hail damage repair, so check your policy and deductible to determine if it’s in your best interest to file a claim.

And remember: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Parking your car in a garage can protect it from the elements. If you don’t have a garage, consider installing a carport, which can cost as little as $1,000. There are also car covers specifically made to protect against hail damage that cost a few hundred dollars.

Have further questions? I’d love to answer them! Feel free to call or text my office at (704) 526-0887 or visit us in person at 9539 Idlewild Road or online at

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