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Hey All,
I hope that this is OK, but I was thinking about starting a thread about the adventures of driving a Niro in the Colorado. Colorado can present a number of challenges for a car from the weather and road conditions to what we ask our cars to do out here. My hope is that this will help inform other about this cars abilities.
I will dispense with some of MY particulars and jump right in to today’s challenge …. Damaging Hail.
So, my 3 week old Niro was involved a golf ball size or larger hail event this afternoon. Yep, the weather gods are not happy with me. So, now my Niro is no longer a virgin, let the door dings begin.
All the cars in the area were heavily damaged, including mine. The one plus I can add is that the, rear visor over the back window (not sure what the correct term is) must have acted as a hail shield and protected the back window from being shattered as had happened to a number of cars. I am also glad that I don’t have a sunroof; many were shattered.
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Later, I will talk about driving switchback in the mountain. That will be more fun J
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I just saw a video of the dark cloud that swept down and dumped hail over Denver. My condolences.
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Very sad for your experience with hail.

Hopefully, insurance will cover and seems like you might get totaled (new car maybe).

Worst hail I have ever had was about 5 minutes (golf ball size or a little smaller) on a 1990 Pontiac that was a couple years old. You could see dings, but not bad. Insurance paid me $1200 and I left it as it was.

Traded it in 1995 - don't think trade in adjuster noticed (got a good trade value). I am sure larger hail would be another story.
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Wow....that hail sure did a number on the roof! It's hard to see but I'm guessing that the hood got it too.
That would be almost impossible to fix.
Are you expecting a write off?
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Thanks for the condolences.


I don't think it's possible for hail to total a car. That said just about every horizontal surface of the car is dented. I attached some better pics of the damage. I seems that the damage is pretty extreme, as the size of the dents. In particular I was surprised by the depth of the dents on the A pillars, which should be very strong. Not sure how that's going to be repaired.


My bigger concern is that I want to make sure that the windshield is replaced with the OEM sound absorbing glass.


Wish me luck, I really love this little car.


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In particular I was surprised by the depth of the dents on the A pillars, which should be very strong. Not sure how that's going to be repaired.
I have no doubt they are strong. Engineering focuses on strength where it is needed. That A pillar, even now, will absorb/resist a force trying to bend the whole pillar from a side impact or rollover. But the skin can be dented pretty easily. If it can't, you are driving a tank, not a car.

Think about an empty Coke can. Pretty strong, or strong enough, when full. Can stack hundreds high.
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Yep, not questioning the structural strength the pillar. What I was referring to was that outside surface of the this structural member is pretty stiff because the surface that the hail hit is short before it turns down away from the hit. There really shouldn't be a lot of give of surface as opposed to say the hood or roof. But, the hail slammed do hard into the car that it left one heck of the dent. Mind you other cars in the parking lot also had dents in the same area, though I don't think as deep. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the sheet metal might thinner on the Niro for weight saves, but I'll take that fuel saving as long as the car passes the crash test


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I am picking up a new one this week - I sure hope I like it and I cannot wait to see how it performs in the mountains. Keep me posted on yours! Any engine issues like on the Help thread forum? Thanks!
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