What to Do When Your Car is Damaged by a Tornado

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Tornado Damage and Your Car

What happens when your car is damaged by a tornado?

A lot things have to happen quickly after a tornado causes damages to your property. Many people don’t have to worry about a home being destroyed but most everyone has one thing in common. When a tornado touches down the most common thing to be destroyed or damaged is a car. But what do you do when your car is damaged by a tornado? Thankfully, that’s where your car insurance steps in, or at least where it should. Many people don’t have a place to store their car and sometimes garages and car ports can still get torn apart by the storm.

Let’s Begin.

Tornadoes and Your Car

Most people know that cars can be a dangerous place to be in a tornado. Cars are fairly light weight for a powerful storm to carry and the amount of glass in a car can make it even more dangerous. When a tornado warning occurs it can be tempting to try and move your car out of the way hail stones and flying debris but in the long run it much wiser to wait out the storm inside.

When the storm has passed you should be able to safety evaluate the damage to your car and file a claim with your insurance. It is important to make sure that you are paying for natural disaster coverage with your plan, however.

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Documenting Damage to Your Car

When you first come out to asses the damage after the storm make sure that you are taking photos of all damage and keep notes of the extent. If you don’t feel comfortable with your assessment of the damage taking your car to a repairman to look over the damage could give you a detailed report. Taking your car to a repairman can also help you to determine the cost to repair your vehicle.

Once you have all the documentation about the damages to your vehicle and have an estimate of how much repairs will be you can submit your claim.

Filing a Claim with Car Insurance

Before you file your tornado claim make sure that you have all the details of your claim in front of you. If you forget to mention a detail or mention a detail that turns out to be inaccurate it can complicate your claim. If you have the option to make your claim digitally it will probably be your best option.

If you have trouble getting your claim through or they refuse to give you the amount your claim is worth you still have options. Talking with a lawyer could help you to get your claim through.


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What to Document When Your Car is Hit by a Tornado?

When you first come out to asses the damage after the storm make sure that you are taking photos of all damage and keep notes of the extent. If you don’t feel comfortable with your assessment of the damage taking your car to a repairman to look over the damage could give you a detailed report. Taking your car to a repairman can also help you to determine the cost to repair your vehicle.

How to File a Claim After a Tornado

Before you file your tornado claim make sure that you have all the details of your claim in front of you. If you forget to mention a detail or mention a detail that turns out to be inaccurate it can complicate your claim. If you have the option to make your claim digitally it will probably be your best option.


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