Columbia car dealerships deal with hail damage

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | 7:20 p.m. CDT; updated 7:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

COLUMBIA— "Hail Sale" tags dangle from the rearview mirrors of cars in the Joe Machens Ford Lincoln lot in west Columbia.

Around 3,000 to 3,500 vehicles sustained some damage at different Joe Machens dealerships in Columbia after Friday’s hailstorm. 

More than 160 vehicles have extensive damage at University Subaru in northwest Columbia, according to Richard Nixon, the sales manager for the dealership.

Machens Ford and Machens Toyota have large inventories, making them more susceptible to widespread damage, said Mary Jo Henry, director of marketing for Joe Machens Dealerships.

Machens set up a temporary site at Westlake Ace Hardware on West Worley for insurance adjusters to make damage estimates on its vehicles. On Tuesday afternoon, Ford trucks from Machens were lined up in front of a garage there. 

“It is all consuming right now,” but hail damage was worse following a storm in 2006, Henry said.

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.


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