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From damaged to deal: Woodhouse Auto selling cars, trucks

By: Hannah Paczkowski

When Tuesday's hail storm ripped through Blair, it smashed windows and put dents all over the cars and trucks at Woodhouse Auto Family. More than 4 thousand vehicles were hit there, with damage to $160 million worth of inventory. Now, most of the damaged cars are for sale.

"Guys looking for trucks, looking for cars, looking for vehicles for their kids, I mean it's the sale of the century," Woodhouse car salesman Brian Diaz said.

Jessy Biggins is looking a pickup truck and he said he doesn't care about the aesthetics.

"We're ranchers so we just want something to pull cows around with, good motor, good transmission. We don't mind the dents," Biggins said.

For customers who want one fo these cars for everyday use, is it safe?

"As long as the hail isn't so extensive that it gets into the inch wells and where the glass is physically sitting, but I think it's a tremendous deal," Nebraskaland Glass owner PJ Shaw said.

Woodhouse officials said they're not selling any cars with water or electrical damage. If it's just dents and some smashed windows, they're deemed sellable.

Keep in mind, most insurance companies won't pay to fix hail damage already on the car you buy. Some insurance companies said you should fix the damage right away, otherwise if you get in an accident or another hail storm happens, they can't repair the damage that was already there. It gets tricky if the car gets hit again by hail, and the original damage wasn't fixed yet. Your windshield, also, must be repaired right away.

Woodhouse officials said they're hoping to relieve a little bit of that stress. They offer to fix the windshields before you drive off.

"When we fix it, it's not any additional cost to them, it's all worked out in the deal," Diaz said.

Woodhouse officials said the discounted price for the damaged vehicles varies on what kind of car or truck it is and how much damage it has. For information on Woodhouse, go to

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