Hail Damage in North Texas Could Cost $300M in Car Repairs

March 22, 2016

Hailstorms that rolled through the Fort Worth, Texas, area last week could result in $300 million in vehicle repairs.

Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas, estimated that 50,000 vehicles were damaged by the morning storms on March 17, which pounded cars and busted windshields from Fort Worth to Arlington.

Hanna tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “This is a catastrophic event for us.”

The hail fell in two bursts and varied in size from blueberries to tennis balls.

The number of roofs damaged wasn’t yet available, though Hanna says it’s likely about one-third of the number of vehicles damaged. But with repairs costlier, roofs could double the price of the damage.

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  • March 24, 2016 at 8:04 am
    Rosenblatt says:
    I didn't realize the hail stones were pushing 2"-3" in that storm. I agree PDR wouldn't be a potential repair solution for that size of hail. Thanks for the clarification, Pa... read more
  • March 23, 2016 at 11:04 am
    Paul Neilson says:
    PDR may work for parking lot dings etc, but with hail the size of tennis balls the vehicles are probably close to if not totaled... Google "Hail damaged cars" see the images..... read more
  • March 23, 2016 at 10:15 am
    Rosenblatt says:
    Works out to be roughly $6,000 in damage per vehicle - do they not have paintless dent repair in TX, or was the hail so bad that PDR isn't a viable option?
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