PHOTO GALLERY: Hailstorm brings increased business to auto body shop

Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 8:34 p.m. CDT
Business owner Marc LaFerriere said his auto body shop stays busy with dent repairs for months after a major hailstorm. On Thursday, he said his business wrote at least 25 estimates for repairs for damage sustained in Wednesday afternoon's hailstorm.

COLUMBIA — Thursday was a long day at work for Marc LaFerriere.

When a line of thunderstorms dropped hailstones — some as large as golf balls — across Columbia on Wednesday afternoon, LaFerriere, owner of Dents Unlimited/Toalson Glass on Big Bear Boulevard, knew his phone would be ringing.

“We’ve written at least 25 estimates today,” LaFerriere said around 4 p.m. Thursday. “And we’ve gotten lots and lots more calls. We’ll really be hopping next week.”

LaFerriere said he expected to be even busier in the next few days.

“It rained all morning, and a lot of cars were still wet today,” he said. “When it dries out, people will start to see dents that didn’t necessarily show up before.”

LaFerriere said his shop will get six weeks of work from Wednesday's storm. That’s on top of the work they’re still getting from a hailstorm that hit Columbia last September, he said.

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