No garage? Here are some DIY ways to protect your car from hail damage

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Georgetown resident Julie Ward used bags of potting soil to shield her vehicle’s sunroof in a recent storm (Courtesy of Julie Ward)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hail season in Texas typically runs from March through May — and this season’s been no slouch in pelting the state with ice pellets.

And there’s likely more on the way.

Texas recently claimed the top spot in a report from State Farm on states with the highest hail damage claims paid in 2020. Last year alone, State Farm paid $474 million on home and auto claims, with the average auto claim totaling over $4,400.

So what do you do when a garage or a car port aren’t options for keeping your car safe from the elements? Here are a few ideas we’ve found across the web.

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Moving blankets

The thick polyester blankets you wrap furniture in to prevent scuffs and scratches during a move? Turns out they can double as hail protection, according to several Reddit users.

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To do this, use several blankets to blanket your car — you can even put cardboard beneath it for extra padding! — and use several heavy items to bolster the sheets so they don’t fly up or off.

Cheaper (less thick) moving blankets will cost in the $10-$15 range, while thicker, higher quality ones average around $35-45. They can be purchased at most moving supply stores and hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Some people even recommend, at the least, using regular thicker blankets you may already have at home — if you don’t mind tossing nana’s quilt over the hood of your car.

Cardboard boxes

If you don’t have any blankets, one simple and cheap option is any common cardboard boxes you have. Flatten them, either double-folded or single to cover more area, and use heavy items to hold the cardboard slats down.

While wetness will be a concern, the thick boxes will hold moisture and likely remain intact.

Potting soil

Georgetown resident Julie Ward used bags of potting soil to shield her vehicle’s sunroof in a recent storm. The thick bags absorb the impact and won’t impact your wallet: an average bag costs around $14 and can be found at any store’s gardening section.

Georgetown resident Julie Ward used bags of potting soil to shield her vehicle’s sunroof in a recent storm (Courtesy of Julie Ward)

Too late?

If your vehicle does take a beating, comprehensive car insurance should cover damage to the body, windshield and interior but prices will be subject to estimates — and several claims could eventually impact what you pay per month.

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A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Mainly clear skies. Low 69F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
69°F A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Mainly clear skies. Low 69F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
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A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Partly cloudy skies. Low 66F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
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91°F Fair Feels like 92°
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A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 67F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
67°F A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 67F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
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92°F Sunny Feels like 93°
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34%
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Tonight

A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Mostly clear. Low 68F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
68°F A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Mostly clear. Low 68F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
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Water Conservation Status

Standard Conservation

San Angelo is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to twice every seven days at no more than 1 inch per week, no watering between noon and 6 pm. Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is prohibited.

Report watering violations by clicking on https://www.cosatx.us/departments-services/water-conservation/report-a-water-violation or calling 325-657-4409. Do your part; be water smart!