By Chris Gerics
Calgary, Alberta — April 18, 2016 — Weather is always a big factor in the collision repair industry, especially in regards to hail. That’s why Canadian Hail Repair has opened two new paintless dent repair (PDR) stores in Alberta, a province known for vicious hailstorms.
Canadian Hail Repair will often send a group of technicians to an area after a hail storm, but the new stores aren’t pop-up locations or temporary repair centres. They’re dedicated locations to offer PDR services full-time, year round.
Bing Wong, Managing Director of Canadian Hail Repair says the opening of these stores is a result of the need for more specialized dent repair stores, especially in Alberta.
“Our stores are located in Ottawa, Calgary, Red Deer and we have a sublet shop in Edmonton. We have between two and five full-time employees at each location, not including our PDR technicans,” says Wong. “CHR provides appraisal and repair capacity in key markets that is focused solely on automotive hail damage claims. Many insurers in Canada and the US are more often looking for PDR companies to work with directly. CHR operates in the US as United Hail Repair and is currently exploring opportunities to open dedicated locations in some of the more hail-prone states.”
The shops themselves are not designed solely as production facilities, but more like retail oriented appraisal centres, where staff assess the damage and advise on the next step. When a major storm hits, Canadian Hail Repair obtains additional temporary production space to accommodate insurance and collision partners.
For more information on Canadian Hail Repair, please visit hailrepair.ca.