With frequent severe weather hitting the Hub City, local repair shops have been slammed with hail-damaged vehicles. Monday's storm, which brought down baseball-sized hail, was no exception.
Collision King owner Steven Tisdale said they're seeing about a 30% spike in hail damage compared to what they normally see this time of year.
"We usually fix about 400 cars a month. That will probably be bumped up to 500," Tisdale said.
He predicted Monday's storm would bring in a bevy of vehicles but said his crew is still trying to catch up from the storm on June 5. He said his men have already worked on about 30 vehicles from the storm two weeks ago, with around 50 more to go. Because of the high number of vehicles needing repairs, Tisdale says he's had to bring in extra workers.
"There is going to be a longer delay in cycle times getting the cars back simply because the volume," Tisdale said.
Tisdale advises customers if their vehicles are driveable, even with hail damage, they should hold off on bringing them in.
"Many adjusters and insurance companies recommend you just wait until after hail season in the Fall in case you get hit again," he said. "We've fixed cars in the past, and a week after they get it back they're hit with another storm."
In the meantime, Tisdale just asks customers to be patient as they try to take care of the large number of vehicles coming in.
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