I have a question about hail damage. I’m considering purchasing a 2012 Flex with 2,500 miles on it - a good deal, except that it was hailed on. The dealer has sent the car to an auto body shop, optimistically saying that it’s no big deal to get those little dents out. He may be right, but I’m concerned. My understanding is that this process can lead to small cracks in the paint - barely noticeable, until they get bigger and you end up with a rust problem a few years down the line. Since I live in South Dakota, this is a problem. On the other hand - the discount is steep, and the car is otherwise in good condition with plenty of warranty left. If the hail damage can be dealt with, the car is a great deal.
So: when the car comes back from the body shop, what do we look for? How could we recognize signs of future problems down the road? Any other dangers we should be aware of?