BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota (WCCO) – Thousands of Minnesotans spent Friday talking to insurance agents. Thursday’s hailstorm caused extensive damage to houses, cars and boats. But it may take longer than people would hope to get the repairs done at the auto shop.
The hail only lasted a few minutes, but left permanent damage.
“Contact your insurance agent ASAP and let the process begin. One of the things people forget to do when they walk out and see the damage to their home and car, they forget to take pictures and that can be an important part of the claims process,” said Heather Paul, State Farm spokesperson.
As of Friday morning, State Farm had received 2,400 home and car claims in Minnesota. Because many car shops were behind schedule due to delivery problems, appointments could take a while.
“Right now we’re about a week and a half out, so it’s not too bad yet, but it will probably grow every day,” said Chopper Moone, store manager for Dent Heads.
Moone said cars made of aluminum are more resistant to hail damage than steel. Some hail damage can be hard to see, he said.
“You could walk by it the next day and the sun is different and it will jump at you, so you definitely want to get it fixed under the lights, not in your driveway,” Moone said.
Auto experts also said it’s important to watch out for scammers looking to take advantage after the storm, especially when it comes to removing debris and roofing.
“Don’t sign papers until you’ve talked to your insurance expert or state farm agent. Don’t give any down payment or advance money. Do some homework to solve the problems that can lead to contractor fraud,” said Paul.
State Farm said most of the claim reports were from Washington, Ramsey, Olmsted and Hennepin counties.