Auto Claims:
Hail Damage

Repairing Your Hail Damage

Most hail storms last only about 5-6 minutes, but the damage caused can be extensive.

Much of the damage is cosmetic: dings and dents. But in a fierce hail storm, a windshield and other glass may be shattered.

If your vehicle has been damaged by hail, remember that we are here to help.

Reacting to hail and its damage

Filing a hail damage claim

Starting your claim

Call our On Your Side® Claims Service at 1-800-421-3535 or you may start a claim online.

Usually within 24 hours, a claims representative will contact you to make an appointment to bring your car to one of our drive-in claims facilities for a repair estimate. If your vehicle isn’t drivable or is at another location, we may examine it there.

We review your insurance policy to determine the cause of the incident and determine what damages are covered under your policy.

Addressing large-scale hail damage

In the event of a major hail storm, Nationwide may send its Automated Mobile Hail Estimating units to an area where large numbers of members’ vehicles have been damaged.

The mobile units use high-definition cameras to scan the dents and generate, within minutes, a highly accurate damage report - thereby reducing the time and effort of creating the report manually and expediting the repair process.

Learn more about our Automated Mobile Hail Estimating units

Arranging for repairs

You can select your own repair shop or you can choose a facility from our On Your Side Auto Repair Network® where you'll receive fast, seamless service. We work directly with these pre-screened, pre-qualified shops to streamline estimates, repairs, and payments.

Repairing hail damage

There are generally two methods to repair hail damage to vehicles, depending on the extent of the damage:

Your claims representative and body shop can recommend which method is best suited to repair the damage to your vehicle.

Settling your hail damage claim

Once your car is repaired, you’ll receive payment and your claim will be settled, minus any applicable deductible.

You may choose to have the payment direct-deposited into a bank account, a check mailed to you or, in some instances, you may receive a debit bank card.

Learn more about our claims process.

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