Monday, 03 June 2019 14:46

Body Shops Prepare as Storms Go on Throughout the Northeast Region

Written by David Hurst, The Tribune-Democrat
A storm caused a tree to fall across Killen School Road in Barr Township, PA, on Wednesday, May 29. A storm caused a tree to fall across Killen School Road in Barr Township, PA, on Wednesday, May 29. Courtesy of John Rucosky, The Tribune Democrat


Hail Sale


Parts of Stonycreek Township in Cambria County, PA, and Geistown were hit hard by hail in last week’s storm and that included Thomas Team Honda’s Bedford Street lot.


Nearly 220 vehicles—most of the dealership’s inventory—sustained damage from hail, some of which reportedly were the size of golf balls, staff said.


“Every vehicle outside on our lot was impacted—whether it was new or used,” Thomas Team Honda’s General Sales Manager Tim McMinn said.


“I’ve been in the business for 15 years and we’ve never had to deal with hail damage in that time.”


The dealership is aiming to make the best of it, he said.


“Something like this happens ... and you have a hail sale,” McMinn said, noting that $2,000 price cuts have been added to every new car’s “best price,” as well as $1,500 from used vehicles.


Insurance adjusters have already toured the lot to calculate damages and the dealership is fixing vehicles on an ongoing basis, but for now, bargains are available for those who aren’t concerned with the cosmetic damage, McMinn said. Vehicle titles remain unchanged and full factory warranties still apply, he added.


Inside the dealership’s showroom, one vehicle’s hood was repaired on one side to show that the company’s body shop can fix the damage.


Laurel Auto Group was also advertising a "Hail Sale" in the wake of storm damage inflicted on its lot.


Hail Help


Several of the area’s insurance providers reported that hail claims surged in the days following the tornado on May 30.


Providers said many of those claims originated from the Geistown and Richland areas, but declined to provide estimates on their claim totals.


Brian Hollern of Hollern and Sons Auto Sales on Scalp Avenue said his dealership partnered with Dentworks Paintless Dent Repair of Johnstown this week to serve as an emergency repair site for the region’s damaged vehicles.


“Our area doesn’t get too much hail damage, but after last week’s storm, the influx of vehicles they were seeing was too big for one building to handle,” Hollern said.

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