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Hail Storm Damage Hits $1M at Dealership

May 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A view of the sales lot at Lee's RV Superstore in Edmond, Okla., prior to this week's hail storm.

Hail caused extensive damage to RV and auto dealerships Wednesday night (May 30) in Edmond, Okla.

At Lee’s RV Superstore, owner Lee Litchfield said he sees the glass as half full even though he estimates damage to the RVs on his lot at more than $1 million.

With more than 200 RVs for sale, he said most of the older or used models will have damage from the tennis ball- to baseball-sized hail that fell on his lot, while newer models will have less damage, the Edmond Sun reported.

“When we have a storm like the one Wednesday night, we are able to pass the savings on damaged RVs on to our customers,” Litchfield said. “Everybody wins in that scenario.”

Elsewhere in this central Oklahoma community, nearly 3,000 vehicles parked outside of the Bob Moore Auto Group on south Broadway sustained significant hail damage during the storm.

About 8,000-10,000 cars were damaged at Edmond auto dealerships, said Dan Welch, general manager of Bob Moore Kia.

“Right now I can’t even sell a car,” Welch said.

Insurance adjusters were expected today to assess the damage caused by baseball-size hail. Only 13 cars parked at Bob Moore Kia were without damage because they were parked inside, Welch said. The dealership will attempt to fix the damaged cars only if they can be repaired, he said.

“Right now it’s going to be hard to do a lot of business,” Welch said. “We just don’t know where we stand insurance wise. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to buy a significantly damaged car.”

 

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