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Hail damage on your car? Here's what to do (and not do)

"Don't panic, it can be fixed," Mark Branstrom with Instant Hail Estimates said of hail damage.

The City of Johnston put out new information after recent hail damage hit the area, saying companies may be evaluating the roof of your home or business.

You should ask to see their solicitors permit if they come to your door. No building permits are required to replace existing roof materials like shingling. 

The only time you need to do so is if you're repairing structural damage or expanding your roof. Replacing siding due to hail damage is also considered maintenance, so you don't need a permit. 

You may also be dealing with hail damage to your vehicle. Local 5 spoke with an expert who said: Do your homework and make sure your car is in the right hands. 

The first step is to contact your insurance company so they can refer you to a reputable repair shop.

"We've noticed that everybody is hit with hail damage," said Mark Branstrom with Instant Hail Estimates. "Don't panic, it can be fixed. It can be brought to a brand new condition without having to paint your vehicle, which is an awesome option for you."

One mistake Branstrom said happens a lot is going with a "fly-by-night" company that may drill into your car during repairs.

"I hate to say, but people will drill holes in your vehicle to get done faster," he said. "It is the absolute wrong way to fix a vehicle."

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