Hoernis Auto Body Offers Tips to Area Drivers During Hailstorm Season

With storm season in full swing, Hoernis Auto Body warns area car owners about when hailstorms hit your area. There are a myriad of companies that come into the area looking to capture the hail repair work. Make sure you have your vehicle repaired by someone you know locally that will warranty the work.

It’s important for everyone who receives hail damage to do their research, call Hoernis Auto Body if they have questions and certainly contact their insurance company to report their claim and review their coverage to see what they can afford to have fixed. They also want to educate consumers that there are different types of hail damage and techniques for auto body repair.

According to Steve Hoernis of Hoernis Auto Body, “Most customers don’t know which type of hail repair they need so it’s important they do their research and seek the advice of a local, qualified auto body shop that will guarantee their work,” Hoernis added.

According to Hoernis, smaller hail dents are categorized as “dime”, “nickel”, “quarter”, and “half dollar-sized” and can be repaired using a technique called “PDR,” which stands for Paintless Dent Removal. This process utilizes a skilled technician that is trained to push these dents out without damaging your vehicle’s paint. The technician uses a wide variety of “pushing” tools to enable them to repair areas that are difficult to access.

“Glue Pulling” is another way that PDR technicians repair dents. This process involves a technician gluing a plastic tab to the outside of the dent, and pulling on it with a weighted dent puller to create a small hump. This hump is then carefully tapped down flat as to not damage your vehicle’s paint finish.

“Sometimes the hail damage is so severe that it cannot be done properly using PDR methods. When this happens, it’s time for panel replacement and refinishing operations. Also, sometimes both types of repairs are needed on a vehicle. Some dents are pushed out, and some need refinishing,” added Hoernis.

Hoernis recommends customers use I-CAR Gold Class certified auto body shops, like theirs, to make sure that the repair work they have done is performed by trained technicians who know how to repair vehicles properly and at today’s standards. They also recommend customers turn to an auto body shop that guarantees their work so they can feel confident about the repair.

“At Hoernis Auto Body our technicians provide fast repair quotes, and only provide services the customer needs,” said Steve Hoernis, of Hoernis Auto Body. “We have been in business for 50 years and pride ourselves on being an I-CAR Gold Class shop. We also pride ourselves on making sure our customer is happy and that we gave them the best customer experience possible. That’s why we guarantee our work.”

Approximately 10 percent of collision repair shops currently complete the rigorous training requirements needed to meet the Gold Class standard. Businesses that earn Gold Class status are proud of their accomplishment and will typically display the Gold Class logo prominently in their shop and on their website to help consumers identify them as highly trained repair facilities.

In 2014, Hoernis Auto Body celebrated its 50th anniversary and launched a consumer awareness campaign to give customers helpful information about knowing their rights when it comes to auto collision repairs.

“We want to make sure customers understand that it is their choice who repairs their vehicle, not the insurance company. We also want to make sure we continue to warn area residents of their consumer rights and help them stay safe on the road.”

Hoernis Auto Body is located at 207 S. 20th Street in Belleville. To learn more about your rights as a consumer of collision repair services and about Hoernis Auto Body, please visit http://www.hoernisautobody.com, find them on Facebook or call (618) 234-6538.