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HAIL DAMAGE: Body shops deluged with dent, glass repairs

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Thousands of drivers in the metro found their cars cratered with dents and glass damage after hail stones ranging from quarter-sized to as big as a tennis ball fell during Tuesday's storms.

Body shops in the Twin Cities are working fast to deal with the lines of damaged cars coming in -- and some cars that were damaged right in their own lots.

"Nobody is happy that they have damage again on the car, but you know, customers are understanding that it was an act of God," said Eric Johnson, with LaMettry's Collision. "There's nothing we could do about it."

When your car is being hammered by hail, the only thing to do is watch. That's what several employees were left to do when they found their vehicles in the line of fire at the FOX 9 News parking lot.

"When the storm comes, there's nothing you can do," Patrick Armijo, executive producer, said.

Banged up cars are now filling body shops to get dents and broken windows fixed, but drivers are still anxious.

"I was in shock and I was really upset," admitted Jade Smith. "I was stomping around and so upset. I was like, 'No! Not my car!'"

Johnson told FOX 9 News the last time LaMettry's Collision dealt with hail damage was 1998, but he said this time was far worse.

"This one, we saw a lot bigger hail -- the golf ball-size hail," he explained.

As far as car lots go, several were slammed. At Metropolitan Ford, every car was damaged, dinged or dented in what the manager described as the worst storm he'd ever seen -- but he said there would also be a hail sale.

Right now, the biggest wait on all car owners seems to be resting with the insurance companies, which are taking thousands of claims. That's why most body shops are making shattered windshields their top priority for now.

"It took out the back window of my wife's Audi, so she's kind of unhappy she has to drive the Miata now," Scott Lybyer said with a laugh.

Johnson told FOX 9 News his shop hopes to have all the glass replaced by Thursday, but getting the dimples fixed will take a bit more time.

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