Car dealerships brace for potential hail

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Local car dealerships have their eyes on the sky this evening as they hope to save their cars from extensive hail damage.

Jeremy Bonahoom, co-owner of the Grand Island Auto Outlet, said this kind of severe weather is always their biggest concern.

All their vehicles are parked outside, which puts them at risk for hail damage.

"It always makes you nervous, because you want to have the nicest stuff to sell," Bonahoom said. "So obviously it's easier to sell stuff that doesn't have hail damage, but sometimes, unfortunately, we can't control that."

To prepare for severe weather, workers put cars into their attached garage. They can fit 12 to 15 in there, depending on the size of the vehicle.

They'll put others underneath their awning.

Bonahoom said all of this takes about an hour, and they'll sometimes have to leave their homes to get the job done.

But there's 50 vehicles in their lot, and not all of them can be covered.

Their main concern is body or glass damage.

"A lot of times weather can effect our business, so we just have to do the best we can with the weather and make the best out of it," Bonahoom said.

He said if there's damage to any of their vehicles, they have to get an estimate and submit it to insurance.

But hail damage can be costly, even with insurance.

Bonahoom said damages can cost between $1,000 and over $10,000 depending on severity.

He said the best thing you can do to avoid damage is get your car covered.

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