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609-607-8567 Stetson Automotive, Inc. 309-315 Route 9
Waretown, NJ 08758

Hail Mary!

New Jersey gets hail.  Teeny tiny little pellets about the size of Tic Tac or smaller will fall during a storm every now and then.  We New Jerseyans “oooooh” and “ahhhhh” for a moment or two, snap a pic and post it on social media.  Then, we go about our day.  Until last month.  But this time we didn’t  “oooh” and “ahhh” so much as we hollered and ran for cover.


On June 21st, Waretown experienced a freak and unexpected hail storm that delivered serious damage to homes and cars.  Greenbriar Oceanaire Community was among the worst hit, tallying up hundreds of thousands in property damage claims.  Because this storm hit in the mid-afternoon, many residents were out driving or parked in open-air parking lots.  These cars experienced the worst of the damage, and let me reiterate: it was SERIOUS damage.

As the only auto body shop in town, you can imagine we’ve seen a number of these vehicles up close and personal.  This also means we’ve quickly become well-versed in how each insurance carrier handles these types of claims.  Trust me: they are NOT equal – they are not even close!  I want to take this opportunity to help our customers with some helpful hints and important info, so your claim is processed RIGHT!

  1. Hail damage, though an ‘act of God,’ is covered by an auto policy’s Comprehensive coverage. If your vehicle is financed with an auto loan or leased, Comprehensive coverage is mandatory.  How do you know if you have Comprehensive coverage?  Check your policy’s declaration sheet.  It will outline exactly what is covered and what your deductible (if any) is listed.
  2. Hail damage dents can range from minor to severe within the same car and even same panel. You can have a seriously large dent in the center of your hood, while only have small dents on your fender or door.  The only way to ensure a complete and thorough estimate is to have a dent technician evaluate the damage.  Since late June, we’ve had hail damage specialists on-site to both assess and assist in our repairs.  This has allowed us to move much faster and with far more accuracy, giving our customers a quick turnaround and a fully restored vehicle.
  3. IT’S THE LAW: all auto claim damage MUST, BY LAW, be repaired at a licensed New Jersey auto body facility. Any insurance carrier that directs you to a repair vendor that will come to your home is breaking the law!  This law is to protect consumers from insurance carriers authorizing sub-par repairs and devaluing your vehicle.  Furthermore, if your vehicle is leased or financed, the finance/lessor company my not permit payment to these vendors – sticking YOU with the bill.   NJ Auto Law

I hope this helps you navigate your claims process.  If you’re not sure what, if any, damage you’ve had, give us a call.

Contact Information

Stetson Automotive, Inc.

309-315 Route 9
Waretown, NJ 08758

Phone: 609-607-8567
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Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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