Berks County repair shops scramble to fix cars damaged in hailstorm

No holiday for car repair shops

READING, Pa. - Memorial Day weekend is no holiday for car repair shops scrambling to respond to Thursday's huge hailstorm. All that damage means it could be weeks before an insurance adjuster can even look at your car. So should you fix it now -- or wait?

"We're doing our best to keep up with it," said Dave Grey with B&G Glass in Reading.

They're flooded after all "hail" broke loose on this week.

"We've had over 500 windshields," said B&G president Don Moll.

All those claims mean storm victims like Chris Powelson are waiting just to see an insurance adjuster.

"They have not come out yet," she said. "I haven't even heard from them."

Gray said storm victims are reporting long waits.

"Sometimes it's taking four to five weeks right now for the insurance company to get to them," he said.

So if your car is damaged, should you wait to fix it? According to B&G, if you can drive the car safely, it's probably best to wait.

"In most cases, most of them are safe to drive," said Gray. "However, a police officer may not think that, so they do have to be repaired as soon as possible."

If the windshield is too damaged to safely drive, the guys at B&G say to go ahead and replace it. They said insurance is likely to cover the cost, even if the car is declared a "total loss."

"Most insurance companies are going to pay for that," said Gray.

Moll added: "If [the adjuster] couldn't see me for three weeks, and I need a car, a windshield is cheaper than a rental car."

They said newer cars are less likely to get totalled because they're worth more.

The bottom line? If you can wait to fix your car, do it. But if you can't, these guys are working overtime to get you back on the road.

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