Gilbert, Arizona Sales: 833-456-4185 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Co Springs, Colorado Sales: 855-978-6276 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Windsor, Colorado Sales: 855-624-7770 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Boise, Idaho Sales: 844-635-2408 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Post Falls, Idaho Sales: 833-653-0118 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Indianapolis, Indiana Sales: (888) 990-5166 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Fishers, Indiana Sales: (888) 991 0258 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Omaha, Nebraska Sales: 833-842-8409 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Las Vegas, Nevada Sales: 855-975-4595 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Santa Fe, New Mexico Sales: 833-605-2526 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Duncanville, Texas Sales: 833-370-2140 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Fort Worth, Texas Sales: 833-261-1502 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Houston Northwest, Texas Sales: 833-344-0751 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Houston Southwest, Texas Sales: 833-483-2022 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Draper, Utah Sales: 833-557-1432 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Lindon, Utah Sales: 855-975-4490 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262
Woods Cross, Utah Sales: 855-996-5822 Customer Service: 1 (866) 281-6262

How is Hail Damage Assessed on a Car?

Hail on a car roof

When your vehicle is hail damaged, it can often create a situation where the cost to repair the cosmetic damage to the vehicle is more expensive than the value of the vehicle itself. This means that many insurers will simply give you the funds to buy a new car and scrap a vehicle that is reliable but has cosmetic damage. 

Today, we’re going to cover the types of hail damage on a vehicle, how hail damage is assessed on a car, what size hail will damage a car, and how insurance companies have created a niche of perfectly reliable hail damaged vehicles that cost next to nothing. Read on to learn more. Then, get in touch with an AutoSavvy dealer near you for help!


What Are the Types of Hail Damage? 

If you’re wondering if hail can damage a car, or about what size hail will damage a car, first know that any size of hail could potentially do damage to your vehicle. As for measuring the levels of damage posed by different sizes of hail, the best question to ask yourself is, “What are the different types of hail damage?”. Insurers commonly reference four categories, including: 

  • Cosmetic Damage with Intact Paint: Under this category, your vehicle will have small dents from fallen hail, but your paint job will be intact. This damage is a quick dent-removal procedure and no cause for major concern. 
  • Cosmetic Damage with Scratched Paint: If the dents on your car are accompanied by scratches to your paint job, chances are that you’ll need to remove and replace entire exterior panels. 
  • Severe Damage With Intact Paint: In this case, your paint job hasn’t been damaged, but some of the vehicle’s mechanical systems may be compromised by hail damage. 
  • Severe Damage With Scratched Paint: The worst case scenario, your paint job and some mechanical systems have been damaged by hail. 

How Much Does Hail Damage Devalue a Car? 

Hail damage can often create a situation where a vehicle remains reliable, but the cost to repair its appearance is too high. In many cases, insurance companies will brand a hail damaged vehicle as a salvage title, and sell to a scrapper, because it’s often cheaper for them to give you an insurance payout than it is to repair the exterior panels of a vehicle. 

So, how much does hail damage devalue a car? A hail damaged car loses most of its value once it’s been sold to a salvage lot, regardless of what mechanical condition it is in. This means that there’s a niche market of recent generation models with cosmetic hail damage that offer the latest features in the industry but cost even a fraction of what a normal pre-owned model would cost. Hail damaged vehicles can offer incredible value! 

How Can AutoSavvy Help You Save Thousands on Quality? 

At AutoSavvy, we carry a vast selection of hail damaged vehicles that are in great mechanical condition but have lost most of their value due to being given a salvage title. That is to say that if you’re looking for a reliable, recent generation vehicle with the latest features, and you want to pay even less for it than you would if you bought it pre-owned, you’ll find dozens of options at our dealerships across the American West. We have locations around Omaha, Boise, Windsor, Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Houston, and Fort Worth. Read our customer testimonials to learn more about the savings we have to offer you!

More from AutoSavvy

  • AutoSavvy Multiplies Indiana Footprint – Adds Dealership in Fishers

    AutoSavvy Opens Second Branded Title Dealership in Indiana in 2022 The AutoSavvy Family of Dealerships now operates multiple locations in 5 U.S. States, as well as 4 states with a singular showroom. Monday, June 27, 2022 8:00 am MST Dateline: Fishers, Indiana AutoSavvy is a privately held company “We have no doubt that used car…

  • AutoSavvy Expands East – Opens Indianapolis, Indiana Dealership

    AutoSavvy Opens Branded Title Dealership in Indianapolis The AutoSavvy Family of Dealerships now operates locations in 9 U.S. States from Arizona to Indiana and Idaho to Texas. Wednesday, June 8, 2022 8:00 am MST Dateline: Indianapolis, Indiana AutoSavvy is a privately held company “we’re confident that we’ll find success and disrupt the used car market…

  • AutoSource to AutoSavvy

    If you’ve been following our brand, you may have noticed that we changed our name. As of April 5, 2021, we’ve shifted from AutoSource to AutoSavvy. We’ve also changed our logo, which you can see on the new signs we’ve installed at our dealerships across the U.S. It may seem strange for a company to…

AutoSavvy 40.8701032, -111.8955952.