Your car can get dents in a myriad of ways, many of them caused by Mother Nature herself. One of the most frustrating things about dents caused this way is that it's hard to predict when these events will happen. However, there are things you can do to protect your car from dents and minimize the damage if you find yourself in a situation where nature isn't going to nice to your car. Here are some common ways your car can be dented by nature and what you can to prevent or minimize the denting.


Most of the time, small hail won't do much more than put a few scratches on your vehicle, especially if the hail storm is short and the hail is small. However, large hail stones can cause serious pitting and damage. If you live in a hail-prone area, then you might want to either invest in covered parking or a hail-resistant car cover. If you're suddenly caught out in a hail storm, you can try to find a covered area to wait it out. If you don't have hail frequently, and find hail heading your way, then use blankets, covers or even floor mats can provide some protection.


Trees can definitely be a problem when branches and other debris fall on your car. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to protect yourself from this kind of damage. One of them, if the tree is on your property, is to keep your trees trimmed on a regular basis. This is best done during the fall or winter season depending on the species and the region. Another tip is if you know the weather is going to be bad, then try not parking near any trees or anything that can be pulled down by a falling tree. Park your car in a more open area, or better yet, park in a garage for complete coverage.

Flying debris:

One of the things many people don't think about which can also damage your car is flying debris. This could be anything from palm fronds flying around in a hurricane to a sandstorm in the desert. Flying debris is especially troublesome because it can hit the side of your car beyond the reach over covers. An open carport also offers little protection. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your likelihood of getting dents from flying debris. One is to never go out driving during a wind event or sandstorm, especially in areas where you know there will be things flying around. You can also pick up loose fronds, branches, and other debris around in your yard. See if you can park your car in a more protected area during especially windy or stormy times.

If, even after taking precautions, you still find your car has a bunch of dents, you can have them repaired and restored as new. Look for a body shop which specializes in these types of dents and check out their work. That way, your car will continue looking good despite what nature throws at it.