Repair shops working overtime to fix cars damaged by hail

Repair shops working overtime to fix cars damaged by hail
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Over 50 vehicles were brought in to Collision King with hail damage after our most recent round of severe weather, with maybe triple that number expected by the end of the week.

The cleanup from last weekend is still ongoing, but the next round of severe weather is expected on Tuesday.

Hail ranging from the size of a pea to the size of softballs left many residents with dents, cracked windshields and even holes in their vehicles. Repair shops now have their hands full and they don't expect it to slow down any time soon.

"It can take an hour to just fix one dent, depending on how big the damages are," Chris Lee of Collision King said. "Not all hail is the same size."

Lee works on hail-damaged cars by using paintless dent repair. They use a pointed tool to lightly tap the dents out one by one, inch by inch. This process can take hours depending on how badly the vehicle is damaged.

"It's tedious and it's very detailed oriented," Lee said. "Patience is key when you are doing this kind of work because you can mess up and cause more damage then is already there."

Once the vehicle is brought in, it is inspected for damage, with some cars so damaged, they can be in the shop for months. All as a result of one hail storm.

"It's not impossible for a 30 to 40-minute storm to one year later have roofers to still be replacing roofs and car shops to still be repairing vehicles," the owner of Collision King Steven Tisdale said. "That much influx of business in a town causes a lot of moving parts and a lot of people."

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