Mother Nature has done her share of damage to cars over the past twelve months. Less than a year after Superstorm Sandy took out 250,000 cars and trucks, tennis ball-sized hail fell from the Mississippi sky this week and pummeled countless unprotected vehicles. Initial estimates say that more than 1,000 cars and trucks were damaged - hundreds at a large dealer mall where new vehicles are sold, and hundreds more near Nissan's assembly plant in Canton – plus those already registered by private owners.
"I've been through hailstorms before, but I've never seen one like this," said Paul Moak, owner of Paul Moak Honda. "It came down for 15 minutes as we stood inside watching." The damaged Nissan models were waiting for transit in Jackson, while Honda, Chevrolet, Lexus and BMW models were clobbered at the Herrin-Gear Autoplex.
Hail-damaged vehicles are rarely completely destroyed. Instead, damaged vehicles at dealerships are often repaired (new glass, replacement trim and dent removal) and marketed at an advertised discount at dealerships. The Nissan models, still owned by the manufacturer, will also be repaired. Vehicles unable to be returned to new condition end up being sold at auction.