PLANO -— April’s hail storm that hit mostly the northern suburbs of Dallas may seem to be a distant memory, but many drivers are still paying the price.
“We can definitely see our ‘in process’ [repairs] pick up,” said Dan Michaelis of Service King Collision Repair, a body shop with dozens of locations across D/FW. “On an average, we’re running about a million dollars more in revenue per month because of the hail. We can attribute that directly to the hail.”
The storm back April 3, 2014, lasted a few hours. Torrential rains accompanied heavy, painful hail that poured right through skylights at a Wal-Mart. Those caught in the storm ran for cover, left to watch one car after another get slammed by hail.
Insurance claims for the dented-up vehicles continue to add up. The Insurance Council of Texas has put a half-a-billion dollar price tag on hail damage, with 45,000 claims filed in the past two months.
“We have been very busy. My office, personally, was overwhelmed that first morning and has continued to see multiple claims every day regarding these claims,” said Stephanie South, an insurance agent for State Farm.
She expects the number of claims to continue to grow with many insurance companies giving policy holders more than a year to file a damage claim.
“It will take - I would say a year - for us to see the full magnitude of what we have on our hands,” South said.