Hail damage repair is more common than most people realise. Unexpected hailstorms can cause severe damage to your vehicle's surface usually ending in dents and dings. The roof, boot, and bonnet are the most likely areas to be affected by hail damage and the cost to smash repair is often very high depending on the number of dents and the severity of paint damage.
There are two types of dent repair that keep the repair price low. Firstly there are S.M.A.R.T repairs which focus on fixing and painting the hail dented area to avoid having to respray the entire part. Secondly, there is paintless dent removal (PDR) which allows for hail dent removal without the need to repaint. Unfortunately, if there are cracks and creases in the paint then more extensive and costly smash repairs involving full panel resprays are usually required.
Unsure what type of hail damage repair you need? We got you covered. If we can save you money and time we will send your job to our paintless dent removal (PDR) specialists. If it's not physically possible to be smash repaired using the PDR technique we will send your job to our trusted network of auto body shops for some panel beating and S.M.A.R.T repairs at competitive prices. Looking for Hail Damage Repair? Use DingGo.com.au’s quick quote service to get obligation free quotes from our network of highly reviewed panel beaters.
Hail damage smash repair costs depend on the number and severity of hail dents. In most cases, panel beaters can save customers money by using paintless dent removal (PDR). Because of this wide variation in severity of damage smash repair costs can vary from $200 to over $2000.
In most cases, if you have “comprehensive car insurance” you will be covered for hail damage. If you only have 3rd party liability insurance you will likely not be covered for hail damage. Contact your insurance company to confirm your hail damage coverage. If it’s an insurance claim DingGo can still help manage the repair for you but you will need to ensure your insurance policy has 'choice of repairer'.
In short, it's a panel beating technique for repairing small dents by pushing or sucking them back out without cracking any paint and therefore without needing to use any paint on the smash repair. PDR is significantly faster and cheaper than traditional panel beating however it can only be used in certain types of damage, small dents from hail damage being one of them. For more information see our page on paintless dent removal (PDR).
S.M.A.R.T repair stands for Small to Medium Area Repair Technologies. It is meant for damages that can be smash repaired efficiently without needing conventional panel beating methods. In the case of hail damage, this usually means isolating the painting and blending a minimal panel area to save time and costs.