Hail brings big business to local auto body shop

Published: Aug. 15, 2017 at 4:59 PM MDT
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Although hail is bad news for most, it means big business for others.

According to a 2016 study, South Dakota was ranked the number one state in the nation for highest hail claim frequency.

The owner of Mel's Auto Body says business picks up after hail hits our area and says they typically see cars with thousands of dollars worth of damages.

Kevin Rohrbach says, "We've had hail storms book us out for 18 months one time and it happened over night, it was within a month, we were 18 months out. You know, we try to put in the staff to keep that, to be able to keep that rolling and keep the cycle times up, but I would say that this one here, from what I've seen, unless we get any more, probably three to six months."

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, hail causes about $1 billion in damage every year.