The last major hailstorm to hit Central Texas was in March 2014. Back then, Cliff Coleman’s auto body shop repaired 363 cars from hail damage.
By noon on April 29, C.A.R.S Collision Center had already received close to ten calls regarding overnight damage. People were calling with questions about dents- nothing too substantial or significant.
However, the trail of hail damage reached far past Central Texas. Coleman said his shop is seeing vehicles from both Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio, as those areas have also seen plenty of hailstorm damage in the recent weeks.
Coleman said there is a current back-order on car parts including hood and roof replacements. Getting parts sent in could take anywhere from four to five weeks.
Good news for people living in Central Texas though, the anticipated minimal damage is allowing for quick repairs.
KCEN spoke with Bell County residents who took their own preventative measures. Some even covering their cars with blankets and towels.
Belton resident, Mark Harmsen said the hail concerned him most about the recent storm. He pointed us in the direction of Tiger Car Wash in Belton. He said when the surrounding neighborhood is expecting hail, people park their cars underneath the awning to prevent hailstorm damage.
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