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June 17, 2017
Did You Know That It's Hail Season in Colorado?
Did you know that it’s hail season in Colorado? The team here at Rocky Mountain Dent Services want to remind all our neighbors to keep their eyes peeled and stay safe until we reach the end of the season. Hopefully, we’ll get lucky and the hailstorm we had back in May will be the only major one of 2017.
So, What Is Hail Season?
Every year from April 15 until around September 15, we should all be on the lookout for hailstorms and know the rules for keeping ourselves, our property and our cars safe from these destructive and fits of nature. If you live here, you already know that the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains has even been nicknamed “Hail Alley” because of the frequency and intensity of the storms in this area. It has been called the worst spot in the United States for hailstorms.
During hail season, the entire region can expect to see several intense storms with hail sizes between ½ inch and 1 inch being hurled down. Plus, as many Denver residents already know, the metro and surrounding area are often affected the worst, sometimes seeing large hail over an inch in diameter.
Of course, if you’ve lived here for any length of time, you know that these reports are not exaggerated. The storms are intense and cause a lot of hail damage to cars and more every year. Here in Colorado, we can expect to have 3 or 4 catastrophic level hail storms every year. Catastrophic is defined as causing at least $25 million in insured damages. The one back in May of this year crossed the $1 billion mark all on its own. Ouch!
Insurance companies have been paying out a lot as over the past 10 years as hail storms have racked up billions in damages. To put that number in a more recognizable form, if you spread the cost out over the entire state that translates to $560 per person. Narrow the area to just the Denver metro area where the most damage occurs, and that number doubles to over $1100!
Think about what that means for your insurance premiums.
Rocky Mountain Dent Services has your back when it comes to vehicle damage due to hail storms. Our paintless dent repair option is a great, low-cost way to fix all those dents peppering your car if you are unfortunate enough to get caught out in one of these storms.
The main thing, of course, is that you and your family stay safe so always keep an eye on the weather forecast during hail season, so you have some warning before the storm strikes. Also, be sure to check out some of our other blogs for helpful information on how to protect yourself and your car.
Did you know that it’s hail season in Colorado? Even if you didn't, just be sure you’re taking steps to protect your property. Of course, if your car has already been damaged by a hail storm feel free to give us a call here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. One of our knowledgeable staff members will walk you through the options you have for fixing your vehicle. We’ll even help with all the pesky insurance stuff!
May 16, 2017
The Advantages of Paintless Dent Repair
There are quite a few advantages of paintless dent repair, but at Rocky Mountain Dent in Denver, we know that many people are not aware of what exactly these benefits are. Often when people are faced with fixing a dent in their vehicle, they decide not even to try to get it fixed because they assume it will be an expensive repair. They’ve heard the stories about having to replace an entire section of the car and repaint and do all this expensive bodywork for a little bitty dent and so decide it’s not worth it without even bothering to ask about the price.
However, that’s where one of the biggest advantages of paintless dent repair comes into play. For dents that qualify, which most un-creased small dents do, the work is simple, quick and inexpensive. Paintless dent repair works on many different types of dents whether they are caused by hail, shopping carts, or even minor collisions. If in doubt, just bring your car by the shop, and one of our experts can give you an idea of what the price tag might be. Who knows? You just might be pleasantly surprised.
So what are all the advantages of paintless dent repair? Let’s take a look.
- It’s fast. Traditional dent repair can involve a lot of grinding, replacing, hammering the metal out and repainting that could take a week or more. Paintless dent repair can be completed in as little as one day.
- It’s inexpensive. We’ve already touched on this a bit, but just the reduction in labor alone gives you an idea of how much you will be saving.
- It keeps your vehicle’s original finish. No worries about matching the color of your paint exactly and get it to fit in with the rest of the car.
- The process is environmentally friendly.
- The advanced tools used allow for fewer body repairs.
- The process reduces the need for replacement parts
When you contact us for dent repair, we are happy to help with some of the other headaches that come with car repairs. For example, our staff will help you figure out the insurance and offers both assistance and advocacy during the claims process. Our staff is experienced in dealing with all types of insurance companies and that is one notorious headache less when you have us to help with the process. Plus, we provide a warranty on all of our dent removal services for as long as you own your vehicle. That’s what we call real peace of mind.
Now that you better understand the advantages of paintless dent repair, we encourage you to reach out to us here at Rocky Mountain Dent in Denver. Even if you have an older dent that you’ve been avoiding repairing because you didn’t want to deal with the expense or inconvenience, we can probably still help with our paintless dent repair process. Just stop by today and talk to one of our expert representatives to get an idea of what your options might be.
April 14, 2017
How to Protect Your Car During Colorado Hail
Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service, our goal is to keep you and your vehicle safe, so let’s discuss how to protect your car during Colorado hail. We know that defending your vehicle from hail damage can prove to be a challenge sometimes, it’s a rather unpredictable phenomenon, but we hope that with these tips you can lower your risk substantially.
If You Are at Home
With the regular occurrence of about 3 or 4 devastating hail storms every year in the Denver, Colorado area, this is not something you can just “take your chances” with and hope hail damage to your car will never happen. If you live in this area, you should have a garage or covered parking area for your vehicle.
Be in the habit of storing your car in your garage or covered area just in case. However, during hail season it is even more important! Also, keep an eye on the forecast and when a hail storm is brewing be sure to store your vehicle safely. If you don’t have a safe area for your car, you can at least cover it with thick blankets to protect it as much as possible. The hood, roof, and trunk are the most vulnerable to dents and damage, and you should ensure that they are the areas most protected.
If You Are on the Road
It may happen that a storm comes along and you are out on the road and not able to get your car safely into its garage. You should not drive while the hail is falling, both for your safety as well as there is less chance of damaging your vehicle if it is stationary.
If you can, seek shelter under an overpass or at a covered gas station or another covered area. It is not a good idea to find shelter under a tree as it could fall on your car. If no good cover is available nearby, pull over and try to angle your car so that the sturdier glass of the windshield is taking the brunt rather than the weaker back and side windows.
Stay inside your car where you will be safer, but be aware of the possibility of a window getting broken. Position yourself with your face and head as far from the windows as possible. It’s a good idea to store a blanket in your car that you can use to cover yourself if you get stuck in this type of a situation.
Once the hail stops falling, and you can safely exit the vehicle, check your vehicle for any damage before driving off. Pay close attention to the lights to make sure you can drive safely. If you suspect any major issues, call for a tow instead of trying to limp it home. If not, you could damage your car further.
Even if you know how to protect your car during Colorado hail season, there may come an unfortunate day when you are unable to avoid dreaded hail damage. Don’t worry, just contact us or give us a call at Rocky Mountain Dent Service. With reasonable prices and a dedicated staff of dent removal specialists, we’ll do our best to get you vehicle looking it’s best again.
March 14, 2017
Does Insurance Cover Hail Damage to My Car?
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, does insurance cover hail damage to my car? Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver knows it may not be top of mind until your vehicle gets stuck in a hailstorm and you have all those annoying little dings to contend with. That’s why we’ve put together the information you need to know about car insurance and hail damage.
The short answer is maybe yes, maybe no. Okay, we know that probably isn’t the most helpful thing we’ve ever said but read on and we will explain under what circumstances you will be able to use your car insurance to help pay for hail damage repairs. Though hail may not leave deep dents, it tends to leave a lot of them--driving up the repair bill quickly.
To determine does insurance cover hail damage to my car, you need to get out or download your policy and see what your plan covers. If you have liability-only coverage, the unfortunate news is that it will not pay for hail damage. If, however, you opted to include comprehensive coverage then it’s your lucky day. The insurance company will help pay for dent repairs.
Something to note is that comprehensive coverage must have already been on your vehicle at the time the damage occurred. Also, sometimes when a hurricane or heavy storm is projected in the forecast, insurance companies will put a hold on adding comprehensive coverage to your policy until the threat has passed. So, it’s generally a good idea not to try to play the odds. If you want to ensure that you have hail coverage, just add comprehensive coverage to your policy and keep it there.
Again, your deductible depends on the type of policy chosen. Some policies have a zero-deductible option, but you have to pay a higher premium to secure that. Many companies, however, require at least a certain amount for a deductible. Whatever deductible amount chosen, the cost of hail damage repairs almost always costs more than that, so it is still to your benefit to have coverage.
Totaling the vehicle
Another question that comes up frequently is if hail damage can total a vehicle and the answer is yes, it can quite quickly. Depending on the value of the car, hail damage repairs can exceed the value of the car itself and make it not worth fixing.
Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service, we help a lot of people who didn’t find out until it was too late does insurance cover hail damage to my car? This is why recommend always garaging your vehicle if you live in a hail-prone area, especially if your car is particularly valuable. There is nothing more frustrating than a random freak storm causing such a headache for you. Also, be sure to add comprehensive coverage to your policy, even if you have to pay more of a deductible. It will still be worth it in the end.
Ready to get rid of those unsightly hail dents? Call or contact us today for more information.
December 15, 2016
Paintless Dent Repair Can Save Time and Money
Here at Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver, we know that your time is valuable and you work hard for your money. That’s why, along with more traditional repair services, we provide customers with a far more efficient option. Paintless dent repair can save time and money, enabling you to get your car back faster and keep more money in your pocket.
So, what makes paintless dent repair so quick and cost effective? First, let’s take a look at traditional techniques to understand the difference.
When you bring your car in for a standard dent repair, the job can often expand and become tedious. A portion of the car’s body must be removed, and once the dent is repaired, it then needs to be sanded, repainted and the car reassembled. If it gets difficult to make the new paint match the original finish, the repair shop may end up having to repaint an entire section instead of just where the little ding was.
Now imagine you have several little dings from getting stuck in a hailstorm. It’s possible that you’ll pay for a much larger paint job even though the dents are shallow and didn’t even scratch your paint. That’s the beauty of paintless dent repair. In cases where the damage is minor and paint hasn’t been affected, it’s possible to fix the dent without having to repaint.
How is it that paintless dent repair can save time and money? Well, our specially trained technicians use specially designed tools to gently push the metal back into place from the back of the car’s body panel. This doesn’t affect anything on the front or cause any unnecessary damage to the paint.
This method drastically reduces the amount of time that your car is stuck in the shop by skipping the steps requiring sanding and painting and possibly repainting a broader section to better match colors. In turn, this reduces your repair bill. But don’t just take our word for it. Ask a car insurance company about paintless dent repair. They love it because it helps keep their payouts down after a hailstorm.
Unfortunately, paintless dent repair can’t be used in all situations. As we’ve mentioned before, the paint must be undamaged for this process to work. Plus, it depends on where the dent is located. There are some areas of the car that the tools simply can’t reach.
One more factor is the material that the car is made of. Older cars tend to be made of steel which is an easier material to work with for this process. Newer cars are more commonly made of aluminum and plastic. In some cases, it is still possible to use this method, but it usually takes a bit longer as more care should be taken to get the job done right.
Of course, choosing a reputable company like Rocky Mountain Dent Service in Denver will significantly improve the chances of a successful dent repair. There is no doubt about it, paintless dent repair can save time and money, so you should always use a shop that offers this option. Want to see if that dent you’ve been living with can be fixed by our experts? Call or contact us today for an appointment.
Benefits of Paintless Dent Removal
- Fraction of the price of conventional repair
- Most PDRs completed in just 1-4 days
- Uses advanced tools for fewer body repairs
- Retains your vehicle's factory finish
- Uses an environmentally friendly process
- Reduces the need for replacement parts
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Why Choose Rocky Mountain Dent Service?
- Dent repairs completed in as little as 1 day
- Deductible and rental car financial assistance
- Lifetime warranty on all dent removal services
- Expertise dealing with ALL insurance companies
- Assistance and advocacy during claims process
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