Impact Paintless Dent Repair fixes vehicle dents at various locations in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. Across the border in Canada, Saskatchewan Government Insurance recently circulated photo examples of fraudulent hail damage claims to auto body shops in the City of Saskatoon with the hope of catching people who are filing fraudulent dent repair claims. Unfortunately, fraudulent dent repair claims don’t just happen in Saskatchewan– they happen all over the U.S. and Canada.
Typically, hail storms mean thousands of claims to insurance providers. While most are legitimate, some are fraudulent. Therefore, it’s not unusual for insurance companies to investigate suspicious claims.
Signs that Indicate Hail Damage
What are some things that could indicate that it wasn’t hail that damaged a vehicle? Well, how about people who use golf balls to put dents in their vehicles? People who do repairs can tell a golf ball was used by looking in the clear coat to find the impression left behind thanks to the ball’s round circles– these circles show up in the paint! Meanwhile, repair shops have really bright lights which can expose things not normally visible to the naked eye. Did someone use a hammer to make the dent? Scuff marks will show at the center. If it was truly hail as the culprit, the dent will be smooth. Hail doesn’t scratch paint.
Of course hailstones vary in size, shape and hardness. While most hailstones are overtly smooth, some may be jagged. Harder ones are more likely to dent vehicle panels than softer ones. When hail is wind-driven, it hits things in a random pattern. Some hailstones can remove oxides from paint on the panel surface leaving “splatter marks.”
Repairers can tell hail impacted metal vehicle panels when a dent is conical in shape with shallow sides. In the center of the dent there may be a slight crease. Generally, there should be no loss of paint. Therefore, paintless dent repair is possible at places like Impact Paintless Dent Repair.
Does your vehicle have hail damage in the form of a dent or dents? Do you want these dents fixed? If so, please use the online “Contact Us” page for more information on how to make that happen.