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A Complete Guide To Buying Hail Damaged Cars

Hasbrouck Heights Hail Damage

Hail storms cause one billion dollars in property damage every year. Even just one hailstone is capable of leaving a large dent or cracking your windshield. Not to mention the hundreds more that pelt your car relentlessly. But, if you don’t mind the rugged look then a hailstorm could be the perfect opportunity for you to strike a huge deal! It just requires a little bit of patience, caution, and knowledge.

Study, Study, Study
To begin with, you should do as much research as you can on the car. The key to purchasing a damaged vehicle is to know it better than the seller. Start by determining the make and model of the car and its market value to ensure you get a good deal. It’s also helpful to know that you probably won’t get a steal on the perfect luxury sports car of your dreams. Most of the time these are still sold at high rates that aren’t proportional to the damage received. After you have done this, then you can start searching for some suitable options.

As with used car purchases you absolutely need to run a service history check. You can use the vehicle’s VIN number to get a report. Watch out for signs of paint repair and windshield replacement around the time of the hailstorm as this could suggest interior damage. 

Never Go in Blind
Next, see the car for yourself, in person, and with no obstruction. Even just a little bit of dust or dirt could obscure potentially deal breaking damage. If you aren’t sure what to look for then ask the seller if you can take the car in for an inspection. I also suggest getting a damage estimate from two or three local body repair shops. Just about every body shop offers free assessments.

Consult Your Insurance Providers
Third, it’s important to understand what type of damage your insurance will cover. Some drivers buy up hail damaged cars just to commit fraud by waiting for another storm and filing a claim then. Unfortunately, this makes insurance companies very reluctant to cover hail damaged cars. They may even require you to have it fully repaired when you purchase it. If you are looking for a quick and affordable way to remove minor dings and dents call our Hasbrouck Heights hail repair experts today at 201-949-DENT!

Don’t Be Shy
Finally, don’t be afraid to negotiate a little. You and the seller have opposing goals so, naturally, there is going to be conflict. However, if you have followed the previous steps up to now then this should be a cinch. When negotiating set a budget to adhere to and start low.

Remember to take your time and be vigilant. Unless you do the proper research, it is never a good idea to go through with your purchase. Full inspections need to be conducted, and it is always crucial that you make sure the level of damage is to your satisfaction before actually taking it home with you. Call our Hasbrouck Heights hail repair technicians today at 201-949-DENT to schedule if you need an estimate on hail damage.