Hail repairs don't dent family budget
WHEN the jagged white balls of hail belted down, pock-marking the panels of cars across the region in October, it caused grief for many.
But for some business owners, nature's cruel rampage meant business went 'berserk' and the dollars flowed into their pockets.
Gina Silverstone, of Brunswick Heads, cringed when she examined the hail damage to her Toyota Camry, which was parked outside her work in the Byron Bay industrial area. She wondered how she could ever afford the repairs.
For the single mother of one the insurance excess she had to pay was cash she did not have to spare because she lives on a strict weekly budget to make ends meet for her and son, Luka, 4.
Nearly every panel was damaged - pitted with hundreds of dents, like a metal wall put up behind a man condemned to death by firing squad.
Yesterday, Gina and Luka were overjoyed to get their car back after a great makeover job that left no visible trace of the hail damage.
After reading about Gina's plight in The Northern Star, Lismore staff at AcciDENTall Precision Automotive Dent Removal decided to give the car some love and care and show some goodwill just in time for Christmas.
Owner Grant Peace said the dent repair trade usually ran 'pretty full-on' because of the close encounters drivers frequently had in the danger zones of shopping centres.
“But when it hails business goes berserk,” he said. “As they say, a foul wind brings good to some.”
Grant and his assistant, Mark Wilson, decided the company would pay Gina's excess and repair the impact damage.
Instead of spending two weeks at a panel beaters repair shop, Gina's car took just two days to have the dents removed.
“It looks great,” Gina said.
“I think it's fantastic, they did a great job.”