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Body shops flooded with customers seeking repairs following hail storm

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After Thursday's storm, many spent some time on the phone, making claims with their insurance agents.

Some people have already taken their cars in for repairs.

Many of us nervously walked out to our cars Thursday afternoon, fingers crossed, hoping we wouldn't have any hail damage.

Some of us were luckier than others, but it's the unlucky ones who are keeping places like Marv's Body Shop busy. 

Marv's Body Shop co-owner Evan Kindt said "we ran out of chairs, they are just kind of all over the place, it's nuts."

Friday, more and more people were coming and going into the shop to get their cars looked at for dents.

"We looked at a few cars yesterday, and we knew it was going to be nuts this morning.  There's been a full parking lot.  We've got a guy out there just directing traffic, getting people in the door and stuff, so there's a lot of damage, a lot of damaged vehicles," Kindt said.

Thursday's hail storm took it's toll on many of our cars.

"It varies, but for the most part it is pretty severe, especially the stuff that was downtown, kind of in the center of town area, the damage is pretty severe," Kindt said.

And the damage done?

"We're seeing damage anywhere from $1,500 up to $8,000 or $9,000.  A lot of the cars were hit really hard so, hundreds and hundreds of dents," Kindt said.

Which will lead to a lot of overtime for the dent inspectors.

"We've got some guys who are going to spend a lot of hours at the shop this summer. We've got some extra guys coming in to help with the maintenance and repair. Right here these guys are working on them already, so we're not wasting any time getting started, we're already popping out hail dents," Kindt said.

KSFY News asked an insurance agent and Marv's Body Shop if putting an ice cube on a dent on a hot day helps fix the damage.

It might work for some people, but they said this storm caused so many dents, it probably won't help much.

Before anyone heads to a body shop, you might want to check with your insurance company first to double-check your coverage and find out how they will handle your claim.
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