What If You Have Hail Damage on A Leased Car?

Have you leased a car and gotten stuck out in a hailstorm with it? If so, there isn’t much you can do at that moment. You can try to find shelter, but even then, there might be a few dents that have already occurred.

Whenever that happens, it might feel as if you’re back is against the wall. What are you supposed to do now? Who do you turn to for help? How can you repair the damage on your leased car?

Be sure to read below for more information on leased car hail damage and what you should do when that happens.

My Leased Car Has Hail Damage: What’s Next?

In other words, you’re probably asking: “my leased car has hail damage. Is it my responsibility to fix it?“. The short answer? Yes, it is.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to put a hole in your wallet to do so. Most vehicle leasers will require that you have a comprehensive auto insurance policy that covers the lease from start to finish.

If so, then that comprehensive coverage will protect you from the hair damage your leased car has undergone. If you’re still in the “shopping around” phase, be sure to look for providers that offer coverage on things like:

  • Animal Damage – Road kill
  • Hail
  • Lightning
  • Fire
  • Flooding

These are damages that occur outside the normal car accident or collision. Because of that, you want to make sure you have coverage for them.

Lastly, don’t wait too long to find a provider. If the hail damage occurs before you invest in a comprehensive coverage policy, the damage will not be covered. In fact, the car dealers might not even take you on as a client.

Hail damage severity can range from storm to storm, and cost on average $6,500. Don’t leave the condition of your leased car up to chance.

What If I Choose Not to Repair the Damage?

Perhaps you are wondering if you can get away with the damage. Maybe you want to try and delay the cost of paying for repairs (it’s tempting to keep the money and ignore the damage).

To be frank, neither one is a good idea. The former will never work. If you return the car to the leasing company with hail damage, they will charge you more than it would’ve cost to fix it yourself out of pocket.

If you attempt to do the latter, even more problems could arise. Depending on how deep they are, the dents from the hailstorm could collect water and start to rust. It can also cause the paint on your car to chip off, which increases the chances of rust, and will eventually cost more.

Any time that your car undergoes hail damage, leased or owned, be sure to visit a hail restoration expert right away. If you bring it in quickly, they can perform a non-intrusive dent repair process that will keep your leasing company happy.

Lastly, if you wait too long to repair hail damage, you’re leaving the car vulnerable to further damage.

Heaven forbid the car were to get caught in an accident or a second hailstorm, the damage would end up far worse.

How to Find a Reputable Hail Damage Repair Service

So we’ve settled on the fact that you need to get your hail damage repaired as quickly as possible, and that your comprehensive insurance will cover it.

Now it’s time to learn how to find the right hail damage repair service for the job. Here are a few recommendations on how to find the perfect fit:

Scan Online Reviews

Any time that you’re looking for work on your car, you should scan the online reviews of that service. This helps you find a company that prioritizes their customers, not their wallets.

Be sure to pay special attention to the comments left by previous clients. What level of hail repair did they have performed? How quick was the turnaround? Was their car leased? Did their insurance policy cover the costs?

It’s important to know what you’re getting into. Remember, you leased the car, so you’re essentially in charge of taking care of someone else’s property.

Look for Paintless Dent Repair Specialist

You want to make sure the dent repair you hire has multiple service options. This can help you get the maximum ROI on your purchase.

At StormWise, we offer extensive hail repair treatments, and specialize in the advanced technique, paintless dent repair, which offers a quick and efficient way to remove the dents.

If you own the car, the PDR can protect the integrity of your paint and keep it under the original manufacturer’s warranty as well.

Proper Communication

Communication is key throughout this entire process. You’re not the dent repair expert, we are. And we take it upon ourselves to answer all of your questions and provide you with all the information you need.

All of that starts by receiving a free quote. The service will assess your hail damage and give you the most cost-efficient form of fixing it.

If you’re shopping around, make sure to gauge the repair shop’s communication skills when you initially reach out. Do they seem legitimately interested in helping you? If so, it’s a good indicator of their service!

Repair the Hail Damage on Your Leased Car Today

No more waiting around. Be proactive and reach out to repair the hail damage on your leased car today. Otherwise, you’ll end up paying for it on the back end.

To see what your service will cost, be sure to read this article for how to use a dent repair cost estimator for your car.

For any inquiries that you may have, or to schedule a free quote, please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help!

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