Minnesota auto shops overwhelmed with hail damage repairs – WCCO

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – Thousands of Minnesotans spent Friday talking with insurance agents. Thursday’s hailstorm caused extensive damage to homes, cars and boats. But getting the repairs done at the auto shop can take longer than people expect.

The hail lasted only a few minutes but left lasting damage.

“Contact and connect with your insurance agent as soon as you can and start the process. One of the things people forget to do when they go out and see the damage to their home and car, they forget to take pictures and that can be a big part of the claims process,” said Heather Paul, spokeswoman for State Farm.

As of Friday morning, State Farm had received 2,400 home and auto claims in Minnesota. With many auto shops running late due to supply issues, appointments could take some time.

“Right now we’re about a week and a half away, so it’s not too bad yet, but every day it’s probably going to increase,” said Dent Heads store manager Chopper Moone.

Moone said aluminum cars are more resistant to hail damage than steel. Some hail damage can be hard to see, he said.

“You might drive past the next day and the sun is different and it will jump on you, so you definitely want to get it fixed under the lights and not in your driveway,” Moone said.

Auto experts also said it was important to watch out for scammers looking to profit after the storm, especially when it comes to debris removal and roofing.

“Do not sign any documents before speaking to your adjuster or state farm agent. Certainly, do not give a deposit or money in advance. Do some homework to help resolve any issues that may arise with contractor fraud,” Paul said.

State Farm said most of the claim reports came from Washington, Ramsey, Olmsted and Hennepin counties.

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