Hail damage to new Matrix!


#1

We had about 10 minutes of golf-ball sized hail today. My '09 Matrix has dimples on the roof and the hood and it doesn’t have 3000 miles on it yet! I always carry a very high deductible with insurance and I am sick. Are there any dents/dings that can be “popped out” or am I facing major body work?


#2

Try Paintless dent removal, they can probably help you.

If you regularly get hail storms in your area you could also try a little Googling, some areas have hailstone damage specialists.


#3

I think your going to hit your deductible of I am guessing $1000 no matter what you go. Sorry about your woes.


#4

Here’s another vote for paintless dent repair. I think it’s a process that uses dry ice. A few years ago I had a Nissan pickup truck that took a pounding in a hail storm. I had to be without the truck for a day or two, but the paintless dent repair results were great. My insurance company even considered it to be a ‘catastrophic occurance’, and waived the deductible. Check with your insurance company.


#5

I’ll join the crowd. Paintless dent repair on my car had amazing results.


#6

Once again, I have to say I love this forum! I’m starting to feel a little hope. I had never heard of Paintless Dent Repair and after Googling, I’ve watched videos about this and also the use of dry ice. Can anyone recommend a place in Syracuse who offers these services?


#7

I used Dent Wizard, who subcontracts at my local dealer. See http://www.dentwizard.com. It looks like you can do the same thing at Romano Toyota. You might be able to contact Dent Wizard directly and bypass the dealer and possibly get a better price.


#8

I live in Syracuse too…that was some crazy hail we got yesterday, but you’re the only unlucky person I’ve heard of who experienced damage. Good luck with the repairs!


#9

I have spoken with my insurance company and will be visited tomorrow by an adjuster. It turned out that my deductible is only $500 and I have an extended care deal (I never buy this sort of thing, but it gives me $5.99 oil changes for the life of the car)that will give me $100 off the body work. I also get an Enterprise economy car for $25/day through a deal my insurance company has with them. That’s good because that is exactly the amount my insurance allows. Now, do you want to know what the dealer’s estimate was??? $1,543.54!!! If I really get out of this for around $400 I will feel pretty lucky. My neighbor’s three cars all were damaged. He had dropped the colision of one car just hours before the storm. Poor guy!


#10

Tell your neighbor this is comprehensive and not collision, he may be covered.


#11

They also use heat, glue and long rods for prying or poking out


#12

Not all hail damage can be repaired with PDR. Sometimes the dent is to big, to numerous or the paint may have cracked.