Thursday, 04 June 2015 17:00

Body Shops in Sioux Falls, SD Still Working Out Kinks One Year After Hail Storm

It's been a busy year for Sioux Falls body shops, following a major hail storm that hit the city in June 2014. One year after the storm, body shops are still working out the kinks, and feeling the benefits.

"A lot of 70 hour weeks, weekends, late night Friday nights," said Tyler Vanheerde of Pierre's Body Shop.

'Great' isn't a word most people would use to describe the scene that unfolded in Sioux Falls June 5, 2014. Unless you're in the auto body business.

"We knew that we were going to have work for a year, at least," said Dean Vanheerde, Owner Pierre's Body Shop.

Tyler's father, Dean says business has been good.

"It added about $1.5 million worth of business here,"said Dean.

That number is the result of repairing nearly 300 vehicles with hail damage in the past year. Each one has cost anywhere from $2,000 all the way to $20,000.

"We all made a very good living and we're very thankful for that," said Dean.

Depending on the level of damage, Pierre's has had cars at the shop from two weeks up to a month. After a while, Dean says that can take a toll on customer satisfaction.

"This is what we do. I don't wish it on people but it is what we do," said Dean.

A pain for some, but a major profit for places like Pierre's.

"Are we tired? A little. But if it happens again, let's go. We'll make it happen," said Dean.

Dean expects they'll be done with hail repairs from last year in about three weeks. He says they still have people coming into the shop who haven't done anything about their damage just yet.


We would like to thank KDLT News for permission to reprint their article.