The Multi Shop Advantage™
1) "it's not that bad". Well "how many cars have you adjusted?" Unless you have been an insurance adjuster I can assure you, your evaluation of your hail damage is WRONG.
2) "I'll wait until hail season is over." Then your insurance can charge you TWO deductibles if you are hit by a 2nd storm, and or total out your vehicle when the damage from TWO storms exceeds the damage to value threshold. Either way you LOSE.
3) I'll take my chances, I'll get it fixed later. In this thinking YOU are in control, or so you think. Then WHAM! someone plows into you and their insurance is liable to make you whole, except you've let them off the hook for the $5000 of hail damage you didn't get repaired on your vehicle. I just spoke with a woman last night, her friend had hail damage on her car, then someone rear ended her. The two events totaled out her 2014 vehicle and now she's in this exact situation. If you think I'm joking you should look up the rise in accidents due to texting. I'm just saying...
Be leery of a lack of reviews. I've seen shops with their reviews completely turned off, or shops that have been around a while with only 1 or 2 reviews (suggesting they had to close their FB page and start over)
Look at the photo album on my Facebook page named "I will never Hertz you again", there are screenshots of billing errors, overages, bank overdrafts and even collection letters from Hertz. A gentleman who works for the Dallas Mavericks, getting them to and from their games can no longer rent a Hertz rental car anymore, and it was Hertz's error to start with.
Under no circumstances would I ever give Hertz a debit or credit card number on a rental car, even if a shop is paying for the rental itself. Once Hertz goes haywire, it's difficult if not impossible even for the shop to help you then.
1) If your original hood is repairable by the PDR method. DO IT. I've never seen a PDRd hood that came out badly.
2) You just assume that when your insurance said "new" hood, that they meant a new factory hood. This is rarely the case, they often write it for aftermarket and some shops will use the cheapest hood they can get to make MORE profit.
3) It can actually be cheaper to buy an aftermarket hood, and have it painted than to pay a skilled PDR technician to repair the OEM hood. Cheaper is not always better.
4) When paint gets involved there are so many other variables that now come into play. Color matching, blending, finish quality, etc. I've seen every scenario and I can tell you when it can be PDRd it is the superior way to go. With that said there is damage and this storm is a good example, where the damage so far exceeds what PDR can do that there is no other choice. Knowing when you can and can't PDR to provide the best possible outcome is the question, and I have the answer.