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Fixing hail damage on cars

Asked by Dave Morgan

THE roof and bonnet of my 2002 Nissan X-Trail ST was damaged in a hailstorm. I was told it would take four weeks to fix because the roof had to be cut off, dismantled and put back together. This is not a Nissan repair shop, so I am wary of having someone dismantle half my car, then try to put it back together perfectly to fix some small dents on the roof. Will a non-Nissan smash repair shop have the necessary knowledge to do this?

Answered by CarsGuide

22 May 2008 CarsGuide team

If it's an accredited repair shop, it will have the experience and skill to do the work. Body repair shops remove and replace panels all the time. It's not a concern as such, and done as a matter of course these days rather than panelbeat the roof to rid it of the dents as might have been done in the past. If the work is done correctly the structure of the vehicle won't be affected, and I would certainly have it done. I assume it's covered by insurance, so you have comeback on the insurance company if the work isn't done well. And resale value will be much better without dents in the roof.

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