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About a month ago, we had a severe line of storms move through my area and I actually had tennis ball sized hail pummel my Equinox sitting in my driveway. Surprisingly, no busted glass, but my roof and hood had some pretty severe damage and a few dents in my fenders too. I tried to get the damage in pics, but I just couldn't get it to show up, but trust me when I say it was CLEARLY visible in person. I just got my Nox back yesterday after 2 weeks at the body shop. The initial estimate was only $1300, but when I saw the final bill yesterday, they did a supplemental to the insurance company and the final bill was $5,780!!! My deductible was only $250...thank goodness for insurance! Everything was done with PDR (Paintless Dent Removal).



My Nox looks new! They waxed, buffed, and fully detailed the outside, as well as the inside. My '15 Equinox with 105K miles seriously looks like the day I brought it home from the dealership. I'm happy!
 

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Wow . . good to know that 3.6L LFX is purring along and the body now is restored to like NEW!
Any repair or replacement parts or service work needed on the engine yet? No carbon build up misfires, rough idle, etc? Probably not since it sounds like you drive a lot.
 

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Wow - tennis ball size hail. Crazy. Surprised that no windows broke. Pictures would have been neat. PDR is incredible.
 

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Wow . . good to know that 3.6L LFX is purring along and the body now is restored to like NEW!
Any repair or replacement parts or service work needed on the engine yet? No carbon build up misfires, rough idle, etc? Probably not since it sounds like you drive a lot.

105K, Pennzoil synthetic every 3500-4K miles, still on stock plugs for now and everything's been good! I did have the purge solenoid replaced under warranty at the end of last summer, but it's still running well. You saw in my other thread that I'm getting ready to tackle the plugs, and the dealership did say the throttle body needed cleaning when they did the purge solenoid, so I'll go ahead and do that when I change the plugs since it's all gotta come off with the intake manifold anyway. I do clean my MAF regularly too, but that's mainly because I run the K&N CAI and I want to make sure oil from the filter doesn't cause issues with the MAF.


I've got pictures of the hail on my phone...I'll try to post them from my phone later...It's impressive!
 

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Pics of the hail next to a gift card for size comparison! I still have all 3 of them in my freezer!

Pic of my Equinox right after I got it back from body shop.

Old shed in my back yard...notice the holes in the roof...hail punched right through it, and yes, that’s the hail all in my back yard!
 

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About 10 years ago we had bad hail storm in small area of our town, roof,siding and car damage was crazy. You had to wait months to get into local body shops and portable paintless dent removal shops were popping up left and right. My insurance company ended up saying to cost to repair ALL those roof dents on the Caravan exceeded the vehicle value, they cut me a cheque for the vehicle and I got to keep and use it it for another year till I traded it in ( Hard to see all those roof dents from the ground ) Basically got paid twice for the same vehicle.....less all our raised insurance rates in the area since LOL. Glad you ride got fixed to your satisfaction.
 

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Silly me, I assumed that tennis ball sized hailed meant that each hail-stone was as big as a tennis ball. I didn't realize that you measure the clumps of hail-stone when defining its size. My definition would really hurt when you got hit on the head.
 

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Silly me, I assumed that tennis ball sized hailed meant that each hail-stone was as big as a tennis ball. I didn't realize that you measure the clumps of hail-stone when defining its size. My definition would really hurt when you got hit on the head.

Yeah I thought the same thing...tennis ball size hail means single round pieces of hail the size of a tennis balls falling. Then when the news said we had tennis ball sized hail and it happened to me, I see what they're talking about. In my case, it was clumps of nickel - quarter sized hail that had all frozen together before they hit the ground (or my Equinox too!). This actually made for worse dents IMO. These things were jagged ice in some cases of the hail that hit! They are sold pieces, but just made up of several smaller pieces and they didn't do much breaking up either once they hit the ground (or my Equinox once again!).
 

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Silly me, I assumed that tennis ball sized hailed meant that each hail-stone was as big as a tennis ball. I didn't realize that you measure the clumps of hail-stone when defining its size. My definition would really hurt when you got hit on the head.
I've seen and experienced both types of hailstones here in Texas. They both can cause extreme damage. In San Angelo in 1995, had a tornado with softball-sized hail (single, not clustered) that punched holes thru roofs and interior ceilings of home, killed cows that were in pastures, and as you can imagine, caused extensive vehicle damage.

Had a hail storm here at Ft Hood in 2014 with dime to quarter sized hail--single stone--that peppered vehicles with damage. Had a 2014 Malibu that had imperceptible dimples until examined under fluorescent light tubes used with PDR; end result was almost $9000 to repair---and no broken glass. Same storm generated roof replacement for our home--over $10K for that as well. Thankfully USAA was on top of it!
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