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Northeast residents dealing with hail damage claims

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"We've got multiple dents in the hood here. Dents on the left side and the right side. And also a broken windshield and dents on the top."

 When a hail storm hit last Friday Reginald Parham acted immediately to protect his most important possessions. And we're not talking about those two late-model SUV's.

"I grabbed my two little children and we went inside the house and I let the garage down," he said.

In fact, Parham said his garage was full of other stuff so he couldn't get the trucks in on short notice anyway.

Monday they were among dozens of other vehicles and their owners paying a visit to the Carolina Paint and Body outlet near Clemson and I-20. The shop is loaded with hail-damaged cars and trucks, with more on the way.

"We've been pulling customers in about every 30 minutes for estimates," said Tommy Robbins with Carolina Paint and Body.

Some of the vehicles have dozens of dents. Many of them deep.

Windshields and windows took a beating too, from hailstones often bigger than golf balls.

But owner-manager Tommy Robbins said modern repair methods can erase much of this damage in a couple of days.

"Technology with the paintless dent repair today is a lot different than it used to be," he said.

"They'll actually try to get to the back side of the panel and push the dent out. You know the steel in the cars today and the older cars, they have a memory. They'll actually try to come back to its original position," Robbins said.

Paintless might mean less pain for folks like Parham, who take pride in their rides.

"I really was sick to my stomach at first," he said. "But it's Mother Nature. It was out of my control. There was nothing I could do about it."

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