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December 19 2017 Hail Storm
Heavy storms have cut a swath thru many of Melbournes East suburbs, damaging property and dumping damaging hail stones on many cars throughout the evening. This comes at an unfortunate time, as many look forward to relaxing towards the Xmas break, with businesses ready to shut down for the festive season. Currently we are still quite busy quoting and repairing hail affected vehicles thru insurance, but will endeavour to assist those looking to repair privately, and customers with minor carpark dings in the as the days progress.
Considering purchasing a hail damaged vehicle?
We’ve had numerous questions regarding purchasing hail damaged vehicles from Auctions and Dealerships, and understand while there can be some significant savings to be had, it’s also possible to end up with a repair bill that can outweigh any potential savings, which we’d like you to avoid. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some tips and things to look for before heading on the search for a bargain.
- Size and count of damage: Quite obvious, but often buyers underestimate both the size and amount of dents to the cars. Cars with dozens of obvious dents above a 50 cent sized coin should be avoided, as with cars with hundreds of dents larger than a 5 cent piece. We recommend viewing cars indoors or in shade if possible, and dents that appear to only be 5 or 10 cent sized shadow in direct sunlight are often larger than a 50 cent size in the shade where the reflection is more prominent. An umbrella can help cast a shadow over the panel, which can help see dents that are otherwise hard to spot in the sunlight.
- Suburb: Genrally, the worst affected areas spanned from Nunawading, thru Wantirna and across to Ferntree Gully. Vehicles from these area’s are generally severely damaged, particularly those being sold from dealerships in these areas, and would expect repairs to cost at minimum several thousand dollars. Often these vehicles may also warrant replacement bonnets, and additional paintwork as it can be extremely difficult to bring some panels up to a high standard even with PDR.
- Check side panels: While many people would be aware than the top panels are damaged, often the side panels are overlooked. Be sure to look across the tops of doors, guards, quarter panels and cant rails (this is the long panel between the roof and door). Sometimes these panels can cost up to a few hundred dollars each, depending on the severity of the damage.
- Aluminium Panels: while many cars are made from traditional steel, manufacturers are increasingly using more and more aluminium in their panels in order to save weight for the purposes of fuel economy. Aside from being more expensive to replace, it’s also a much more difficult material to repair, with costs generally 50% more than steel. While there are a few flagship models from prestige brands that are almost entirely aluminium, you’ll find more and more that aluminium is used on bonnets, boots, hatches and doors. For example, the humble Australian VF Commodore used aluminium for its bonnet and boots, and even Japanese brands like Subaru use aluminium for their bonnets on all new vehicles. A simple magnet will reveal if a panel is aluminium, as it won’t stick like it will to steel.
- Damaged moldings and trims: while we generally think of damaged panels from hail storms, the trims and moldings along window lines, roof lines and scuttle panels can also be damaged due to hail stones. While not always noticeable, these trims can cost up to several hundred dollars to replace, particular for those with chrome.
- Cracks on edges of panels: Though hail damage won’t crack paint within the middle of a panel, it’s quite common to see a fracture or crack where a hail stone has hit the edge of a panel, particularly on bonnets and boot lids. Look around the edges of panels approx 1cm inside, inspect and feel for cracks running parallel to the panel edge. While these cracks can be touched up temporarily, they’ll eventually need the panel painted to prevent rust in the long term.
Dent Doctors located in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs.
We understand the frustration of discovering a careless driver having dinged your car, or the dreaded sound of a garage mishap, that’s left an unsightly dent in your vehicle. Don’t despair, because in many cases this is where Paintless Dent Repair (aka PDR) can help!
Paintless Dent Repair is the art of massaging out dings, dents, creases and hail damage from your car, without the need for panel beating and painting. Your original paintwork remains intact, and the results need to be seen to be believed; it’s like the dent never happened in the first place!
Traditional repairs mean being without your car for days, risking poor paint matches and future paint defects, often at a significant cost. With PDR, dents are removed on-site at your premises, often performed in as little as an hour for minor dents, without the need for fillers, paint or harmful chemicals.
Our repair process can repair vehicle damage such as:
- Carpark dents
- Shopping trolley dings
- Hail stone damage
- Minor accident damage
- and more…
Dent Before PDR
Dent After PDR
Why choose us?
Since opening in 2010, owner Ross Davies has strived to offer the highest level of repairs, offering his services are available to Panel Beaters, Dealerships and private vehicle owners alike.
Unlike other providers, we’re not a franchise that can simply be bought into, an employee of a large corporation, or a technician who’s rushing from job to job.
As our name suggests, we’re Independent, and our name and reputation rides on every repair. We understand that you’ve got to live with the repairs for the life of the car.
We specialize in working for vehicle owners who are passionate, and care for their vehicles, and who appreciate the extra time and passion we put into our repairs.
Operating in many of Melbournes East subrubs, we offer a convenient on-site service at your home or place of work; No need to leave your work or home, or find alternative transport arrangements.