Hailstones larger than golf balls ripped through Calgary’s northeast quadrant June 13, wreaking havoc on dealers in the area.
Assessment is ongoing and final figures won’t be available for a few days, but some dealerships were hit for more than $2 million. According to Ben Maitland of Platinum Mitsubishi, the process was a couple of days late getting started because out-of-town adjusters had delays due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
General Manager Brian Schmidt of Country Hills Toyota, said despite having 300 vehicles under hail tents, another 200 new and used were damaged.
“Some used vehicles will be a writeoff,” Schmidt said. “Newer units are repairable, but most need new roofs, hoods, trunk lids and side panels along with lights and trim pieces. The cost will be in the neighbourhood of $10,000 per unit. It’s going to cost $2 million or so.
“Oddly, only one windshield needs replacement.”