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Rental Cars Limited After Hail Storm

Call rental locations directly to check rental availability



    North Texas drivers are scrambling to find temporary transportation after Wednesday's hail storm damaged vehicles. (Published Friday, June 15, 2012)

    North Texas drivers are still scrambling to find temporary transportation after the massive damage Wednesday's hail storm left behind.

    Experts predict tens of thousands of cars will need to be fixed or replaced.  Many body shops are still backed up from the tornado outbreak in April, and are now tasked with repairing broken windows and dents.

    Rental car locations throughout North Texas are trying to meet driver's needs, but selling out of rentals due to the increased demand.

    An Enterprise Rent-A-Car representative checked availability at the locations on Oaklawn, McKinney, and Inwood, all of those spots are sold out.  The representative said she’s been flooded with calls from the Dallas area, because of all the hail damage. 

    While at the Enterprise location on Northwest Highway, there’s a sign on the front door telling customers to expect delays and asking people to be patient because of the catastrophe.

    The company is bringing in 2,500 cars to North Texas to help with the increased demand.

    The best advice Enterprise can give to drivers is to call a location directly to see if a car may be available.

    There are still cars available through Thrifty Car Rental locations at DFW Airport and LoveField as of Friday morning.

    As many North Texans wait on car repairs, experts predict early damage estimates are about $400 million, and that amount is expected to go up.