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Severe Weather Brings Risk for Hail Damage

Springtime brings sunshine and warmer temperatures, but it can also bring in severe weather that can wreak havoc on your vehicle.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 9:00 PM

(St.Joseph,MO) Springtime brings sunshine and warmer temperatures, but it can also bring in severe weather that can wreak havoc on your vehicle.

Don Tolly, owner of American Family Insurance, said that reviewing your policy is important, because not all policies cover hail damage.

"Here in the St. Joe area, we haven't had any large events lately and we always, knock on wood, you don't want those, but that's why people carry insurance," Tolly said.

Tolly said reporting the damage to your insurance company quickly is crucial when handling severe weather damage.

"Whoever you are insured with make sure to have their 800 number, get the claim reported immediately," Tolly said.

The cost to repair hail damage varies by the size of the vehicle and the amount of damage done by the storm.

"It can be minor where we can do paintless repair, it can be major where panels have to be replaced," Eaton said.

Even with insurance, the damage could bring unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.

"You could probably run anywhere from $2,500 up to $5,000 depending on the size of the size of the hail that does the damage on your car," Tolly said.

Dale Eaton, Owner of Collision Auto Repair said with St. Joseph’s late start to spring, he is anticipating an extended storm season.

"The big weather swings when the temperature changes so drastically, if we had enough moisture in the air, it would spawn some pretty bad storms," Eaton said.

Eaton said the best way to avoid damage to your vehicle is to park it beneath a stable structure or inside a garage.

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Today we had another comfortable and mild day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Clouds will start to increase across the area tonight into Friday morning. Rain chances will also start to increase tomorrow morning with the chance for scattered showers mainly through the morning and afternoon hours. The rain will be light on Friday with most areas seeing less than a quarter of an inch. Rain chances will continue this weekend as temperatures warm to around average in the low to mid 70s. Showers and a few thunderstorms will continue through the weekend however no severe weather is expected at this time. Rainfall could be moderate to heavy at times with most areas seeing around 2-3 inches of rain by Monday. Rain chances will continue into next week as temperatures remain around average.
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