|By Tim O'Neil, St. Louis Post-Dispatch|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The Morrises of
The Terrys had to decide whether give up their cars or take smaller settlements to repair them. And
"We need the car now," he said, thinking of first pitch. "We'll figure things out later."
So it went Thursday as vehicles rolled into the shop at
Policyholders make appointments.
Both companies' shops are in the
Combined, the two companies insure about one third of the area's cars and trucks.
"We'll be busy for six months," said Blind.
Blind's company smooths out hail dimples manually, pushing on them from the inside with special tools.
Bigger jobs, Huddleston said, can require replacing hoods and roofs. That's how repair costs climb quickly.
The big insurance companies have traveling adjusters who descend on storm locations to handle claims. Huddleston, of
At the shops, every customer has a lively story about hail.
Insurance adjusters also are busy with roofs, chimneys, windows and siding on homes and other buildings.
Large hail can do that. Severe thunderstorms that bombarded the area on
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