Hailstorm’s Lasting Impact Keeps Repair Shops Busy
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Saturday’s powerful hailstorm ripped through the St. Louis area and moved on fairly quickly, but its legacy lives on through thousands of smashed windshields and pockmarked hoods.
“Based on the information given to us from the insurance companies there could be 40,000 to 50,000 cars damaged here in town,” says Scott Blind, president of St. Louis-based repair company KhS Global. “Of course our website and our phones are lit up like crazy.”
Everybody wants their car back first, but Blind says of course that’s not possible.
So if you’re vehicle needs repairs try to be patient.
Many repair shops are calling in extra help from out of state to handle the backlog.
Blind says KhS Global is working hard to keep up.
“We do the paintless dent removal, we don’t do the conventional repair,” Blind points out. “So we’re running pretty much on schedule. We’re getting cars back within a couple of days.”
The out-of-the-blue financial hit can be too much for many families to squeeze into already tight budgets.
According to a recent survey by AAA, 62 percent of American drivers would not be able to pay $2,000 for car repairs without going into debt with a credit card or asking for money from friends or family.
But use common sense when trying to figure out if your hail-damaged car is still drivable.
While police will keep in mind that there was a nasty hailstorm this weekend, they warn that if you try to drive with a tarp over your blown out rear window that gives you zero vision, they will have to pull you over.