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.


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      ICantDrive88
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a former job I used to handle these claims. Not all the manufacturers fix the damage, sometimes they will scrap the models depending on how bad the hail damage is since it's less of a nightmare for them to put put a vehicle that's been repaired extensively before hitting the dealer's lot. Also the vehicles damaged that were in for service is the owner's responsibility. It sucks but it's true.
      rpiian
      • 1 Year Ago
      As Neez mentioned, let us never forget KAPOOYA KAPOOYA! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb87NbDaV6g
        rpiian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rpiian
        BAHHHH Fail. This is the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHkR93NedHA
      ryan_four
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stop complaining, expect better fuel economy from these hail battered cars, remember mythbusters.
      caddy-v
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sell them as is. It\'ll detract from all the rust. Toyrusto. Oh what a feeling.
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      You want to see how big those hail stones were.......... they were huge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLX2tAPy0jU
      MZR2.3
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is article worthy? and "Hail no!" seriously? I really need to find another blog for automotive news
      axiomatik
      • 1 Year Ago
      Last week there was major hail just south of Atlanta. One of my coworkers lives in the area, and his truck was trashed. The hail was bigger than golf balls. Besides dents, it came down hard enough to shatter some windows on his truck.
      DraGuLa
      • 1 Year Ago
      There\'s no repairing that kind of hail damage. Those panels would have to be replaced. and if you cut and weld on a unibody vehicle (replace quarters/roof) the vehicle has to sold as \"frame/unibody\" damage. Most of these would be sold like they sit so the mfg/dealer doesn\'t take the hit with the unibody announcement.