What weather we’ve had lately! From sixty-degree days to chilly nights, Minnesota is trying to give its citizens the runaround this year.

While you may have lived here long enough to be impervious to the effects of such a strange climate, your car might not be so lucky. Stop in at Bloomington’s Dent Heads for swift hail damage repair today. Our technicians will get you back on the road in no time!

But going into the winter season, how can you prevent hail or ice-related dents in the first place? The fewer dents your car sustains, after all, the longer it’ll stay looking sharp. As the hail dent repair experts, Dent Heads is here with some tips on how to stop frozen menaces from ruining your car’s day.

First and Foremost: Invest in Car Dent Repair as Soon as You Notice a Dent

When left to their own devices, dents act as weak spots in your car’s armor, opening your vehicle up to, well, more dents. We cover how this happens in our blog. Paintless dent repair, like the kind offered at Dent Heads, is a swift and cost-effective way to make your car look new again, so don’t delay if your vehicle isn’t looking its best. Dents can multiply and accumulate faster than you think!

Only Use Dent Heads for ADAS Vehicles’ Paintless Dent Repair

ADAS technology is, in essence, technology that helps you drive. From lane-changing notifications to collision prevention, they do a lot to keep you safe and secure—not to mention put the car they’re installed in a cut above the rest. We cover more about this tech in our blog.

But in terms of dent repair, ADAS vehicles are, in many ways, no different than their old-school counterparts. You still need to get dents fixed ASAP in order to avoid rusting. They do make a challenge for the average paintless dent repair technician, though; these systems need to be recalibrated post-fix, or they’ll fail to work as expected on the road.

Luckily, the paintless dent repair technicians at Dent Heads are anything but average—just check out our sterling reviews! We have a thorough understanding of how our process affects ADAS calibration and will even recalibrate your tech before you get back on the road. You’ll leave the shop with your car’s exterior in like-new condition and your ADAS just as you remember it.

Don’t Slack on Pre-Winter Maintenance

It’s not just your car’s exterior that needs to be in tip-top shape for winter! Your car’s engine, wheels, brakes, and more need to be at their best to help you maintain control while driving on icy roads. If they aren’t, you can expect more than your fair share of dents coming your way!

One item that drivers frequently forget about? Windshield wipers! According to Consumer Reports, “even the best-performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are sure signs that the blades are ready for retirement.” Without optimal visibility, there’s no way you can drive at your safest, and during the winter, that can be a dangerous, dent-inviting proposition.

It’s the exact same reason we also recommend headlight restoration before winter hits. We want you to see clearly!

Consider a Hail Blanket

If you use street parking and don’t have a garage available, a hail blanket can help keep the worst of the winter damage off of your car. We’d still recommend a checkup with us post-hailstorm, though, as these devices certainly don’t work as well as a structurally sound garage.

Get Your Phone Hooked Up to Weather Alerts

While some smartphones already automatically alert you to strange weather, they may not be as quick to do so in the case of a hailstorm. Invest in an app where you can customize your alerts, so you know when you’ll need to get your precious vehicle to safety.

Car Ports Are Your Friends

Can’t afford a garage, but have enough room for one? Consider a carport! These cheap buildings boast sturdy roofs that can help minimize hail damage—though lateral protection is often lacking, so consider a hail blanket too.

Contact Dent Heads for Top-Notch Car Dent Repair

No matter how well we prepare, hail and ice can catch us all unaware. Luckily, Dent Heads is here to help. Visit our Bloomington location today or contact us at 612-986-1171.