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Types of Hail Damage to Cars

Hail on a car roof

If a car gets caught in a hail storm, an insurance company may brand it as a salvage title for hail damage. That means that the hail-damaged car is totaled, and thus uninsurable.

When car hail damage results in a total loss designation, hail-damaged cars also lose a tremendous amount of their value, and yet many cars with hail damage are in perfectly fine condition. Read on to learn about the types of hail damage and how they can jeopardize insurance designation. If you’re curious about other types of damage to vehicles, be sure to read our overview of branded title vehicles or about our flood to track restoration program.

The Primary Kinds of Hail Damage

A hail damaged car is at risk of being considered totaled. A car hail damage “total loss designation” means your car is uninsurable. If your car is deemed a salvage title for hail damage, the good news is that it can likely be restored, in which case the vehicle will be redesignated as “rebuilt.”Many hail-damaged cars are still driveable and can make for great options around Denver, CO and elsewhere, as you might gather while reading about the main categories of hail damage below:

  • Cosmetic Damage with Intact Paint: This type of hail damage causes small dents in your vehicle’s exterior, hasn’t scratched the paint, and can be treated with paint and dent removal by a local mechanic.
  • Cosmetic Damage with Scratched Paint: These are dents that scratch paint. They can’t simply be fixed by paint and dent removal. In this case, the affected exterior panel will likely need to be replaced.
  • Severe Damage with Intact Paint: In this situation, the vehicle’s mechanical systems have been damaged by severe hail. At the same time, the paint job hasn’t been affected, so the exterior can still be treated with paint and dent removal.
  • Severe Damage with Scratched: The worst-case scenario, in this situation, mechanical repairs are needed, and the vehicle will likely need to have exterior panels replaced.

Why Buy Hail-Damaged Cars?

Many hail-damaged cars are drivable but have been given a salvage title by insurance companies because the cost of repairs is higher than the value of the vehicle. Simply put, the car hail damage resulted in the vehicle being written off as a total loss, and because the hail-damaged car is technically totaled, its value doesn’t accurately represent its driveability. This has opened up a niche in the automotive market.

If you’re in need of a new vehicle in Las Vegas, NV or near any of our locations, and you’re on a budget, hail-damaged cars can be an excellent option. At AutoSavvy, we find salvage title vehicles that drive well but have had their value tarnished by their insurance designation, we restore them to “rebuilt condition,” and then we sell them to Woods Cross drivers at shockingly low prices.

Explore the Selection of Branded Title Vehicles at AutoSavvy

If you’re on a budget and you need a new vehicle, consider the rebuilt cars at AutoSavvy. Our expert buyers scour salvage lots for the top 10% of branded title cars. We then restore those cars to excellent condition and pass the savings on to you. With tens of thousands of sales across our many locations in several states, you can rest assured you’re getting a quality vehicle.

Just read our customer testimonials. To top things off, all of our vehicles come with warranty coverage to make sure you’re not the victim of that off-chance something goes wrong. To get the process started, fill out a pre-approval. Will get back to you shortly.

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