What's the Price to Fix Hail Damage on Car?

There is not a set price when it comes to fixing hail damage on your car.  In order to get a accurate estimate, you must have your insurance company or an auto hail repair expert give you a quote.   

The Cost?

The cost will vary depending on the vehicle, hail size and damage amount.  If your vehicle has only small amounts of hail, the price should be lower but if you have extensive damage, you will most likely need body and paint work done.  This will only increase the cost and possibly total out your vehicle. 

According to aahail.com, you could expect to pay these amounts for auto hail repair.

Minor Hail Repairs

Hail anywhere from pea-sized to quarter-sized usually causes the least amount of damage. The dents are little and take almost no time to fix. Paintless Dent Repair for minor hail damage can cost anywhere from $50-$200, depending on the factors above.

Moderate Hail Repairs

This level of damage is usually from hail that is over an inch in size and can get up to 2 inches. This kind of hail damage on a car is large enough to need extra work to repair, making the estimate increase. The costs you might see with this level of damage is between $2,000 to $5,000. Prices fluctuate depending on the situation.

Severe Hail Repairs

This kind of damage will be more expensive because of the severity of the problem. This usually happens with large-sized hail, causing the dents to be deeper than normal. The paintless dent repair cost we see with this level is around $5,000-$10,000, but the price will vary with each job, so the cost could be more or less

So, what can you anticipate if you wake up one morning after a hailstorm? For smaller dents, anywhere in between $30 to $45, for medium-sized dings, $45 to $55. For much more comprehensive damage, they begin at $75 each. If your insurance deductible is low, it’s most likely worth paying.  If there’s more damages, like broken trim items or a broken windshield, or damages in the roof, you could be looking at expenses as high as $10,000.

So what’s the price to fix hail damage on car? It really depends on the amount of damage and the make/model of the car.

How is Hail Size Classified?

The size of hail is often compared to the size of an object.  These are the objects and sizes shown from nssl.noaa.gov.

Pea = 1/4 inch diameter

Mothball = 1/2 inch diameter

Penny = 3/4 inch diameter

Nickel = 7/8 inch

Quarter = 1 inch — hail quarter size or larger is considered severe

Ping-Pong Ball = 1 1/2 inch

Golf Ball = 1 3/4 inches

Tennis Ball = 2 1/2 inches

Baseball = 2 3/4 inches

Tea cup = 3 inches

Softball = 4 inches

Grapefruit = 4 1/2 inches

Does Insurance Cover Auto Hail Damage?

Yes, insurance covers hail damage but you might have a deductible (out of pocket expense) to pay in order to get your auto hail damage repaired.  Some PDR companies will pay this for you though.  I have even seen companies offering to pay you for their business.  (not sure if they should be doing this but I have seen it nonetheless). 

Is It Worth Fixing Hail Damage On A Car?

In most cases, yes it is worth fixing hail damage on a car unless your car is paid off and you don’t mind a couple dents.  Honestly, it really depends on your situation but I suggest you get it repaired if you can.