What To Do If Your Car Is Hail Damaged In WA?

Posted on 03th, May 24

Hail storms can cause serious damage to vehicles in Western Australia, leaving owners with a hefty repair bill and potential safety issues. If your car has been damaged by hail in Western Australia, here’s a practical guide to help you know what to do next.

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Assessing Hail Damage to Your Car

In most cases, hail damage won’t affect the safety or roadworthiness of your vehicle. However, if the hail has shattered any glass components, such as windshields or mirrors, the vehicle may not be roadworthy. Ensure any damaged glass is replaced before driving the car.

While most hail damage to vehicles is cosmetic, it’s crucial to take your car to a smash repairer for an official assessment of the damage. Even seemingly minor dents can lead to significant repair costs. A professional smash repairer will be able to give you a quote for repairs and advise you on the safety of your vehicle.

How much can hail damage cost to repair?

Hail damage repair costs can vary significantly. Smaller repairs typically range from $500 to $1,000. Major damage including multiple site damage, may require a full respray of the car and cost between $1,000 – $10,000+.

While cosmetic hail damage may not impact the functionality of your vehicle, it can still make it difficult to sell via traditional methods like private sales so selling to a wrecker is often the best choice.

What To Do When You’re Covered By Car Insurance

If your car insurance policy covers hail damage and the repair costs exceed the excess payment, notify your insurer straight away to initiate the claims process. Most insurers cover hail damage, so this should be a straight forward process.

If repair costs are less than your excess, than you can save money by paying for the repairs out of pocket.

What If I’m Not Insured?

If your car is not insured for hail damage you may have to consider paying out of pocket for repairs or selling your car if it’s a write-off. If the repair expenses exceed 50-70% of the car’s value, it’s classified as a write-off and not worth repairing.

If you’ve decided to cut your losses and sell your car Perth Car Buyer can offer you an instant cash offer regardless of the damage to your car. Unlike with car dealers and private buyers, we don’t need the car to be in good condition, simply give us a call on: 0418 532 275 to get your car removed today!

Can A Hail Damaged Car Be Registered in WA?

Yes, a hail-damaged car can be registered, however it must past a vehicle inspection before it can be registered in WA.

Can You Sell A Hail Damaged Car in Western Australia?

Yes, it’s legal in Western Australia to sell a hail damaged car. This applies to both written-off and non-written-off cars. According to the Motor Vehicle Dealers (Sales) Regulations 1974 (WA), private sellers are not required to disclose the write-off status of a car when selling. Only car dealers need to disclose the write off status of the car before selling.

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