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Customer traded in what seemed to be a great T&C minivan with decent miles and bought a slightly newer one. Went to move the car the next morning to the holding lot and its was a no crank no start, Turns
Traded a Ford Taurus that I thought MAY have transmissions issues. As we where pulling out of the parking space with the new Saturn, so was the Ford Taurus and it broke down right in front of it. We had to drive around it. Felt guilty and wife said keep driving. Oh well
The Saturn was a pain and always at the service shop
 

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Not much to report yet. I'm still waiting for a claims adjuster to be assigned to my case. They are quite behind due to the volume of claims. I'm really hoping my car is repaired instead of totaled. The hassle of replacing my car during the current market is not a pleasant thought. I'm also not willing to just pocket the money and drive a golf ball. I take pride in keeping my vehicles in good shape. Driving a car speckled with little dents all over it is a bridge to far for me.
Sounds like you’re in our area. We had a hold on a ‘22 EUV that was in the same storm. Planned to pick it up 2 days later. After seeing all the golfball size hail damage we just couldn’t stick with it. There were 3 dealerships in a row that had most all inventory damaged. Hope the PDR/claims process works in your favor.
 

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Sounds like you’re in our area. We had a hold on a ‘22 EUV that was in the same storm. Planned to pick it up 2 days later. After seeing all the golfball size hail damage we just couldn’t stick with it. There were 3 dealerships in a row that had most all inventory damaged. Hope the PDR/claims process works in your favor.
I live in Waukesha, WI, but my car was parked in Oconomowoc. My appointment is June 27th at Dent Clinic. (Paintless Dent Repair) They will provide an estimate to my insurance, and then we'll see.
 

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Here is the thing it's not hidden lol. Caravana comes and inspects the car before the give you a check or send you a wire.
Uh-huh. If that were the case, you wouldn't have specified intentionally leaving the car dirtier that you would normally. If you hadn't specified that, caveat emptor, but you included "not mention the damage, leave the car a little dirty". Suggesting an intent to deceive/obfuscate.

Perhaps you were just being humorous.
 

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Update - My estimate included a combination of PDR and traditional body shop labor. I'll be getting a new hood and roof. The other surfaces will be PDR. $12,300 was the estimate. I'm glad insurance is paying to have it fixed.
 

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Update - My estimate included a combination of PDR and traditional body shop labor. I'll be getting a new hood and roof. The other surfaces will be PDR. $12,300 was the estimate. I'm glad insurance is paying to have it fixed.
That is a lot of hail damage. If it was any other market they might total the car and you could get a new one. I assume these are factory new GM parts for the hood and roof?
 

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Update - My estimate included a combination of PDR and traditional body shop labor. I'll be getting a new hood and roof. The other surfaces will be PDR. $12,300 was the estimate. I'm glad insurance is paying to have it fixed.
With all the respect, $12,300 makes no sense to me.

I understand that your pictures give a limited view of the damages but, I've seen my mother's car being fixed with PDR and they charged less than $500 for the hood and less than $2000 for the top. It was slightly less damaged that your pictures. A good PDR can work his way to the roof by removing the inside liner.

You could consider getting a second opinion if you have the time.
 

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I don't care how much it costs to fix it. I simply pay my deductible. The car might of been totaled if values weren't so inflated right now. I'll be curious how long it takes to source a new hood and roof from GM. I was assured they will be using OEM parts for replacements. I'm not bothering to schedule the repair until the parts are sitting at the body shop.
 

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Update - My estimate included a combination of PDR and traditional body shop labor. I'll be getting a new hood and roof. The other surfaces will be PDR. $12,300 was the estimate. I'm glad insurance is paying to have it fixed.
Wow! $12,300 sounds outrageously high to me! Do you own the vehicle outright (??) ... because if you do they'll just write you a check. I would definitely just "take the money and run". Like others have said - the dings pop out over time. I had two vehicles get hit by golf ball-sized hail back in 2000. Dinged them up pretty good. Very noticeable on the hoods and roofs. Insurance paid me $5,000. I didn't fix either vehicle. Still have both of them today and you'd have to look very closely now to see any of the original damage (although I couldn't say how long it took for the dings to pop out).
 

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My vehicle is a lease, so I'll be getting it fixed. I don't know what the market will be like in two years. I might buy my Bolt at lease end or lease another EV.
 

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I've never leased a vehicle in my life, but maybe you can use this Insurance Claim as leverage to get a better purchase price at lease end?
That would be nice, but that's not how leases work. The lease contract has a purchase option with a predetermined price in the agreement. There isn't typically negotiation in that. People who leased before the car bubble happened are in a position to purchase their vehicles and have equity. That isn't typical. Interestingly enough, many automakers are choosing not to include a purchase option at lease end. They want the vehicles back in their inventory to sell as used cars.
 

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That would be nice, but that's not how leases work. The lease contract has a purchase option with a predetermined price in the agreement. There isn't typically negotiation in that.
I know there’s that “pre-determined price” (PDP) with a Lease, but if the vehicle has “accident or damage history” (ADH), and you don’t buy it ... they still will have to sell it with the ADH, which should lower its value, right?

Also - you know the damage is cosmetic, but will the next buyer know this (?) ... or will they just see some large repair cost number on a Report (which would likely scare them away)?
 

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I know there’s that “pre-determined price” (PDP) with a Lease, but if the vehicle has “accident or damage history” (ADH), and you don’t buy it ... they still will have to sell it with the ADH, which should lower its value, right?

Also - you know the damage is cosmetic, but will the next buyer know this (?) ... or will they just see some large repair cost number on a Report (which would likely scare them away)?
Hail damage repairs aren't typically on a Carfax (Or similar) report. Branded titles obviously are, but that doesn't apply here.
 

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Hail damage repairs aren't typically on a Carfax (Or similar) report. Branded titles obviously are, but that doesn't apply here.
You keep using the word “typically” ... but I can tell you this much: my Taurus has serial numbers etched on every Panel of the vehicle ... so if a Panel is changed out, an astute Buyer could tell the hood, for example, was replaced.

Does the Bolt have such numbers?
 

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Cars can’t take cover while people can. Heck, people can take cover IN cars… and sometimes those cars are MOVING. ;)

I’ve been caught in many hail storms. In fact, we just got a hail storm warning of vehicle damage and my brother just called wondering what he should do with his new Bolt EV. He’s on his way to work and has no where to park it.

That’s almost the exact situation I was in with my new Corolla 10 years ago when the hail started pelting my car just as I pulled in for work. I had to be there when I had to be there and it’s not like I could’ve gone anywhere else if I had warning. shrug

I’m at work so all I can do right now for my brother’s 4-day old Bolt EV is cross my fingers. :(
If you are driving park under a overpass or find one of those spray it yourself car washes and wait the storm out. I’ve done that a few times.
 

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My HHR has had hail dents on it for over 3 years, it has sat outside 24/7/365 and not one hail dent had popped back out on it. They are all still there.
Here are just two of them. Top one is harder to see but it’s there. So don’t assume that all hail dents will come back out on their own.
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