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Environmental warming means an increased hailstorm hazard. 1994 was a particularly bad year, with the private insurance industry recording car damage totaling some CHF 150 million, the CHF 100 million mark having already been exceeded in 1992 and 1993.
Zurich, 23.6.1999 – Hailstones generally don’t cause damage to the paint finish. That is why «soft» repair techniques are increasingly being employed in auto body repair shops: The dents are «undone» by pressing the metal back towards the outside using a special tool and considerable dexterity. The overriding advantage offered by this method as compared to conventional repair techniques is that the original paint finish is not damaged, meaning there are no telltale signs of touch-up painting due to a difference in shade. Using this less invasive technique makes repair work more environmentally friendly and economical as the costly dismantling of body and molding components can be dispensed with for the most part. This «soft» repair method is also being increasingly used for other auto body damage not involving damage to the paint finish, e.g. fender-benders in the parking lot, which also means less of a drain on the car owner’s pocketbook. «Soft» repair techniques providing for perfect quality also mean that substantial savings can be achieved by insurers as well.