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August 15, 2016
Hail came to Southern Colorado, AKA ‘Hail Alley’, in early August and it was a very bad storm.

If you were in your home IN or AROUND the August 1st hail storm in Colorado Springs, you get why our KOAA called it a catastrophic event!

We understand USAA Insurance received over 15,000 claims JUST from that storm (they are just one of many insurance providers, too). Perkins Motors has many friends that actually had their windows blown out both in their homes and vehicles. Scary!

The entire Perkins family is very sorry if you or a loved one was impacted. As you know, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming are known as “Hail Alley,” according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, and are the parts of the US impacted the worst by hail – earlier this August is proof of that.

Did you know, in 2015 alone, the total number of major hail events in the United States – storms producing hail of one inch in diameter or larger – totaled 5,411? Furthermore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently reported comprehensive claims due to hail totaled $5.37 billion from 2008 through 2014.

Perkins’ Auto Body has tips to consider when hail (undoubtedly) returns to our doorsteps. As a reminder, our auto body shop is a 30,000 square foot, 100% controlled environment facility that we’ve had open since 1957. All the work we do comes complete with a 100% lifetime warranty and each year the shop assists over 3,000 vehicle owners. Visit perkinsautobody.com if you need an estimate today.

Here are some tips we’ve shared in the past on hail and some new ones.

1. If you have hail damage, the first thing to do is to call your insurance company to report the damage – then call us: (719) 635-3213 and we can have you towed to our facility right away to get moving on fixing the damage.

2. Then, discuss your repair needs with your insurance company and our team. For example, our trained technicians may recommend paintless dent removal (PDR), which involves using specially-molded metal tools on the underside of a damaged part that won't disturb the vehicle's factory finish. This method is often used by manufacturers and dealers to repair new vehicles and will not invalidate paint warranties.

3. No matter who you choose, it is wise to find out how long the repair will take. Repair shops operating in areas hit by damaging hail may be very busy, so the work may take a little longer due to the volume of vehicles that need to be repaired. However, any reputable auto body shop should be able to provide you with good timetables for your car being returned to you.

4. Make sure your vehicle is repaired to your satisfaction. Before accepting your vehicle, look at the surface in fluorescent lighting and from several angles so that you can see all of the details. Check for any remaining dents before you take your vehicle home. In short, don’t take your vehicle home until you are 100% happy.

5. Ask if the shop guarantees its work (like Perkins does). If you notice a flaw in your vehicle's repair, you should be able to have it fixed at no additional charge. Know how your auto body shop will handle any problems you might have with your vehicle after the repair.

6. Remember, you are empowered to CHOOSE which auto body shop YOU want to work with. Often, insurance companies have deals with certain repair shops and may try and influence you to choose ‘theirs’ but the fact is, you have the power and the right to go to a repair source that YOU trust and want to work with.

7. Make sure your auto insurance policy is up to date and that you’re protected with enough personal property and comprehensive coverage to help pay for losses. It’s always better to have more than enough protection rather than choosing the bare minimum, so talk to your insurance agent. Said agent can help you understand how you’ll be protected if you need to file a claim and can help you choose a policy that best suits your needs.

We live in one of the most beautiful, affordable and overall desirable parts of The United States, but said beauty doesn’t come without a few compromises – one of which is dealing with the large amount of hail we receive in good ole Hail Alley. It’s best to know your options before the next storm floats over Pikes Peak.

- Crystal Johnston, Director of Marketing.


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