Severe weather causes hail damage and headaches for drivers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The timing couldn’t have been worse Wednesday afternoon when drivers were stuck in rush hour traffic during the middle of a severe thunderstorm. The following day body shops across Central Indiana are seeing a lot of hail damage.

Morgan Chestnut was driving on I-465 during the height of the storm. She said the hail sounded like baseballs hitting her car. The golf ball size hail broke her rear window and left dents all over her car.

“I heard a crack and I looked in my rear view mirror and I saw it split in the middle and it all started coming down,” said Chestnut.

Abra Auto Body and Glass has been swamped with customers since the shop opened Thursday morning. Technicians are seeing broken windows and no shortage of dents.

“The majority of what we do for hail damage is paintless dent removal, it’s a way that we are able to keep the original finish on the vehicle, we’re actually pushing the dents from the back side,” said Mike Steinke, a district manager with Abra.

Steinke said it’s a good idea to call your insurance provider before bringing your vehicle in. The body shop is also working with insurance companies to do on-site estimates.

“Some of the insurance companies are declaring this to be a catastrophe right off the get go and what we’re doing with them is they may actually have an insurance representative on site at one of our locations,” said Steinke.