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Hail Happens

Central Point Collision understands the importance of hail damage.Preventing car hail damage involves a combination of protective measures, smart parking strategies, and weather awareness. Here are some detailed steps you can take to protect your vehicle from hail damage:

Protective Measures

  1. Car Covers and Hail Blankets:

  • Specialized Hail Covers: Invest in a car cover specifically designed to protect against hail. These covers often have padded layers to absorb the impact of hailstones. You can find inexpensive ones on Amazon.

  • Thick Blankets or Moving Pads: In the absence of a specialized cover, use thick blankets or moving pads to cover your car. Secure them tightly with straps or bungee cords.

  1. Portable Garages and Carports:

  • Portable Garages: Set up a portable garage or tent in your driveway or yard to provide a protective shelter for your car.

  • Inflatable Car Covers: Consider using inflatable car covers, which create a buffer zone of air around the vehicle to absorb hail impacts.

  1. Window Protection:

  • Window Screens: Install protective window screens or guards that can prevent hail from shattering your car windows.

  • Padded Window Covers: Use padded covers or shields specifically designed for vehicle windows.

Smart Parking Strategies

  1. Covered Parking:

  • Garages: Park your car in a garage whenever possible to shield it from hail.

  • Parking Structures: Utilize multi-level parking structures that offer protection from the elements.

  1. Strategic Parking:

  • Under Trees: Park under large, sturdy trees that can provide some shelter from hail, but be cautious of potential falling branches.

  • Along Buildings: Park next to buildings that can block the wind and reduce the impact of hail on your vehicle.

  1. Public Shelters:

  • Malls and Public Buildings: During severe weather warnings, consider parking in covered areas of shopping malls or public buildings that allow temporary parking.

Weather Awareness

  1. Weather Monitoring:

  • Weather Apps: Use weather apps that provide real-time updates, alerts, and hailstorm forecasts.

  • Local News: Stay tuned to local news channels for weather warnings and updates.

  1. Emergency Alerts:

  • Sign Up for Alerts: Enroll in emergency alert services that can notify you via text or email about impending severe weather, including hailstorms.

  1. Proactive Measures:

  • Plan Ahead: If a hailstorm is forecasted, try to arrange for your car to be in a protected location in advance.

  • Quick Action: Have a plan in place to quickly cover your vehicle or move it to a safer location if a hailstorm is imminent.

By combining these protective measures, smart parking strategies, and proactive weather monitoring, you can significantly reduce the risk of hail damage to your car. Investing in these preventive steps can save you considerable time, money, and inconvenience in the event of a hailstorm. If you do have hail damage and want to have it fixed, please contact Central Point Collision Center.

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