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Experts offer home, car repair tips after storms

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As storms roll through, so do traveling contractors, and some are out to scam you. With another round of possible severe weather ahead, experts are giving advice in case your home needs repair.

Mid America Roofing states they had 18 home visits to make on Tuesday.

The experts said it usually takes golf ball-size hail to damage a roof unless it's older.

"There's a lot of people that have a hammer and a ladder that call themselves roofers at times like this that are actually not a roofing company," said Chris Bentley with Mid America Roofing.

When damaging storms pass through, it's a prime time for contractors called storm chasers.

"Use companies that are from your area that aren't going to move out and aren't going to the next storm," Bentley said.

Bentley said never pay up front, don't be rushed to make a decision because of high pressure sales tactics and make sure they're insured so you're not liable in case of any accidents while up on your roof/

"Roofing companies have a life expectancy of about two years. What that tells me is that there is a lot of goers and comers," Bentley said.

He said it's best to use local companies that have been in business for quite some time.

"There are lot of companies that have 10 years under their belt. Use companies that have been there and know what they're looking at," he said.

Same advice goes for fixing dents in cars.

"Make sure they have a business card, they have credentials that you can have, some references on them because there is a lot of money on PDR (paintless dent repair) work, and sometimes people might get a scam on that,” said Candi Clay with Freddie Mills Body Shop in Russellville.

Clay said to beware of people who don't have their own shop and just have tools out of their truck to do paintless dent repair.

"We can push the dents out with special tools so there’s really no body work done to the vehicle. It's just pushed out and fixed back like it needs to be," said Clay.

The experts also might catch other maintenance problems when they inspect your roof or car after a storm passes.

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