Nationwide Insurance Accepted for Hail Repairs

Nationwide Insurance Accepted for Hail Repairs

Nationwide Insurance Accepted for Hail Repairs


Hail storms are common in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and an inevitable encounter for most residents.

Whether you like it or not, living in Sioux Falls means you will encounter hailstorms from time to time. Hailstorms can damage your property and cars. Sioux Falls residents may often get stuck on the roads in a hailstorm or leave their cars parked outdoors.

This situation always results in the same outcome – hail damage to the car’s body. Whether it is your car’s hood, roof, or fenders, the hailstones leave small dents and dings, which end up looking like a starry night of dents on your car.

In such cases of hail damage, paintless dent repair (PDR) is your best hail repair option, and Sioux Falls residents trust Sioux Falls Dent Repair for the best PDR services.

PDR for Hail Repair

Paintless dent repair or PDR is by far the best hail repair option for hail damage on your car. It is also the preferred repair option for most dent and dings on your car. This is because it is much faster, economical, and non-invasive than traditional dent repair.

There is no body filler, scrapping, or repainting involved, and PDR does not tamper with the original paint coat of your car to preserve its resale value. Certified technicians, like those at Sioux Falls Dent Repair, use the latest PDR techniques and tools to pull and push your dents and dings back to their original form.

The result is a pristine restoration of your car’s body in record time at relatively lower costs.

Nationwide Insurance Accepted for Hail Repairs

With many Sioux Falls residents using insurance for hail repair on their cars, Sioux Falls Dent Repair gives you the option to use your Nationwide insurance to cover the hail damage on your car. This is incredibly convenient because many residents use Nationwide insurance for their cars.

Why Sioux Falls Dent Repair?

Apart from their acceptance of Nationwide insurance for hail repair, there are plenty of other reasons to choose Sioux Falls Dent Repair for your PDR needs.

Unlike most repair shops, the professionals at Sioux Falls Dent Repair are all PDR-certified technicians with vast experience of working on various car makes and models. They can and do handle hail repairs easily and professionally to give you excellent results.

Moreover, they are quick with their PDR services and customers often leave with their repaired cars on the same day they come in. Most importantly, you will not get exceptional results from anywhere else in Sioux Falls.

If you want to learn more about Sioux Falls Dent Repair, their PDR services from certified technicians, or want a free estimate for the dents, dings, or hail repair for your car, please visit our website today.

Hail Damage Estimating 101

Hail Damage Estimating 101

Hail Damage Estimating 101

Today, Jack from Sioux Falls Dent Repair gives us a detailed look into how they go about writing a hail damage estimate, we will call it Hail damage estimating 101. Every PDR case is different and requires skilled technicians to assess the damage and come up with a correct estimate.

First Things First

The first thing we do in the shop is get the damaged area cleaned thoroughly so that we can see all the dents, dings, and scuffs easily. After the panel is cleaned, we use specialized PDR lights to get a better look at the surface. In this case, the vehicle we’re looking at is a 2017 Ford F150 and it is a relatively new car with just over 1,700 miles on it. As you can see, the PDR lights allow us to see all the dents and dings in the hood of this truck.

Every dent we find is circled first so that we don’t miss out on any damage later on. Then we use special sizing coins to determine the size of each dent. The coins range from quarter size to half dollar size and is placed in the dent to see how big or small it is. From the information we get with the coin sizing, we can go ahead and get the correct pricing as well. When we come up against a dent that is bigger than a half dollar, we mark it with “OS” which stands for oversized and we price those dents accordingly as well.

We found a total of 132 quarter sized dents and 7 oversized ones. Along with that, another thing we took into consideration when pricing the repair for this truck was that it was made from aluminum. Also, the underside of the hood was almost completely braced which means we had very little access to the damaged area with our regular tools. With this in mind, we had to use the glue pulling technique to get most of the damage out.

Some Things Need To Be Taken Apart

As you can see, as indicated with the letters R&I (remove and install), we also had to remove the headlight and the fender flare to take out the damage from the fenders on both sides of the vehicle.




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Auto Hail Damage Estimating Explained

Auto Hail Damage Estimating Explained

Auto Hail Damage Estimating Explained

In today’s video, Jack takes us through a hail damage estimate for a 2015 Honda Fit that came into the Sioux Falls Dent Repair shop. As you can see, the damage is quite severe and even caused the paint in the roof to crack in multiple spots.

For the customer to claim their insurance, we needed to take photographs and even mark off the severely damaged areas. The car itself, as you can see, is covered in “oversized” dents which are indicated with “X” marks. In terms of size, an oversized dent is any dent that is larger than a half dollar coin.

The roof and hood were written as replacement pieces because of the severity of the damage and that is what we used to write up our estimate. The dents are all across the body of the car and has even caused the paint to crack in many spots. In some spots, the glass will also have to be removed and reinstalled once the job is complete.

Unfortunately, once the estimate is made, the car is going to be a complete loss for the customer and they will have the option to either get reimbursed or buy it back and get it fixed afterwards. The customer also has a tow hitch attached to the front of the vehicle which means that it will have to be removed and will be included in the eventual cost. We also came across a hairline dent between the side mirror and the frame of the vehicle which will need work. Also, there are signs of previous PDR work on this car, but it isn’t complete and isn’t a good job either.

So, that is how we at Sioux Falls Dent Repair go about writing up an estimate for hail damaged car. We mark off the larger dents and any extreme damage, we take to a body shop for repair or replacement.

Watch the whole process here:


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Hail Damage Repair Tools We Use

Hail Damage Repair Tools We Use

Hail Damage Repair Tools We Use

In today’s video, we are going to check out some of the hail damage tools that we use here at Sioux Falls Dent Repair. We will be looking at some of the pushing tools or hail rods that we use to get out all kinds of hail damage. While most of these tools can be used for all kinds of dent repair, they have twin tips which is specifically designed for hail damage repairs.

As you can see on the first tool, we can attach two different sized tips so that we can take out all the damage from a panel without having to change tools constantly. The tips are interchangeable and all depend on the size, depth, and severity of the dent itself. The bigger tip is the R4 from and we use a Cherry Hard Tip on it to get out the initial damage. On the other side of the hail rod we have a sharper tip that is available on and is used for fine tuning and completing the job. There are companies that have even taken it even further and produced a four sided hail rod for holding four different tips but we haven’t gotten around to using one of those, yet.

The next rod is not only one of the first ones we got, but it is also one of the best ones we have in the shop. It is called the 36-inch Hail Interchangeable Tip Rod from and it is all made form metal and is extremely durable. Going up from there, we also use the 60-inch Hail Interchangeable Tip Rod which is exactly the same – just bigger.

Tools Made From Carbon Fiber?!

The first rod that we saw is made entirely from carbon fiber and is available on The one we use is the Hail Rod and it comes in three separate pieces at 12-inches, 26-inches, and 46-inches. When we put the rod together, it measures 7-foot and gives us access to all parts of a damaged panel with ease. However, they do sell extensions to make the rod even longer. While it might not make sense for most to have a 10-foot hail rod, it is actually extremely helpful when you’re looking for extra leverage on larger vehicles.

Carbon Tech also has some grips on offer which are made from aluminum and make using the rod easier. Another great handle option from the brand is the T Handle which allows us to use both hands for some of the more stubborn dents that we have to deal with. We also use the T Handle to twist and push out the damage from tighter spaces where the entire tip head will not fit. Also, when dealing with tight spaces like truck beds, the twin tip head can be replaced with a single tip head – also available from Carbon Tech.

Another attachment you can get is the Single Bend Pick Tool and is used for taking out the smaller dents. There is also a Double Bend Pick Tool and they are great for getting under the roof of a car and pushing out any damage. Lastly, we also have a Whale Tail extension that lets us get out dents from tiny spaces.




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Hail Damage Questions

Here we answer some of the most common questions we have after a hail storm hits your vehicle.

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Do You Have the Right to Select Your Own Hail Repair Company?

Do You Have the Right to Select Your Own Hail Repair Company?

Do You Have the Right to Select Your Own Hail Repair Company?

When a hailstorm hits, damages to your vehicle are bound to happen. These damages can leave dents and dings on your car’s body, and you will need to file an insurance claim. 

Choose the Best Hail Repair Shop

There are two options available you can select from. Either select an auto body shop from the list your insurance company provides of approved shops or find your own shop to handle the repairs on your vehicle. 

To keep yourself away from further headaches, choosing the best repair shop at the beginning will protect your car from future problems.

Types of Hail Repair

There are numerous options body shops provide for hail repair.

When it comes to repairing those dents, you have two choices: Traditional bodywork and Paintless dent removal

Traditional Bodywork

This is for the more severe damage that necessitates filling the dent and repairing the stain. It will typically take some days in the store. 

This may include:

  • Replacing body panels

  • Using fillers or glazing

  • Heat repair using an oxyacetylene torch

Paintless Dent Removal

Paintless dent removal can often be the best choice for a vehicle. PDR entails going to the rear of the dent and massaging the body back into place. This choice is fast, simple and less likely to affect the valuation of your vehicle. It is also less expensive, but it isn’t always an option with some dents and losses.

What You Need To Know When Choosing a Company for Dent Repair

Most insurance companies give their customers the option to either choose from their list of approved companies or select the company of their choice to get their vehicles repaired. 

When choosing a company to get your vehicle repaired, you need to keep in mind some factors.

  • Any company you choose must have the necessary tools to remove any dents. Dent repair is not what you can do yourself; it’s a job for professionals. This implies that the company you choose must have all of the necessary equipment to carry out the repair. Before you decide, double-check for all of the appropriate resources available. 
  • To obtain the necessary effects, auto dent repair requires the use of the appropriate technology. Dent removal companies that use cutting-edge technologies should be at the top of the list of companies you should consider. As advanced equipment provides high-quality facilities, dents and dings are easy to remove.
  • Dent repair requires expertise. Only certified and experienced professionals can do it. When looking for a company to get your vehicle repaired, always look for a company and ask for proof of the necessary certifications.

Why Sioux Falls Dent Repair?

Sioux Falls Dent repair has the best customer services. Sioux Falls gives its customers the privilege to talk to their customers and listen to their problems while offering you recommendations. Sioux Falls gives its customers free estimates and repair facilities from certified technicians, making us a popular choice for most customers.

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Next time a hailstorm damages your car, make sure to look at these factors when you choose a dent repair company. If you live in South Dakota, Sioux Falls Dent Repair has got it covered for you. You can CLICK HERE or call for a quote CLICK HERE TO CALL