200 brand new cars battered by hail

IT LOOKS like the storm clouds that dumped heavy rain and hail on Ipswich will have a silver lining for bargain hunters.

Boettcher Motors has suffered its second dumping of hail in a matter of weeks, with about 200 new cars sustaining varying levels of damage.

Boettcher Motor Group marketing manager Mark Quinn said the Dinmore holding yard was also subjected to the same fury that many nearby residents suffered when high speed winds, hail and heavy rain struck on Sunday afternoon.

"Our hearts go out to all the other people from Dinmore that suffered damage and to how it may affect their Christmas," Mr Quinn said.

While the Bundamba car yards received some minor hail and structural damage, Boettcher's will have some bargains across all brands including Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Volkswagen and Suzuki.

The damage from the weekend follows from a hail storm in November that damaged 350 new vehicles, prompting another large-scale hail sale.

Ross Llewellyn Motors, a short distance up the road at Booval, also suffered damage to buildings and some vehicles as a result of the storm.

General manager James Sturges said a sign from the nearby Hungry Jack's restaurant was blown across the road and scratched a few cars.

There was also damage to air conditioners, whirly birds, and water ingress.

Insurance assessors have been on site for the last two days to check vehicles for possible hail damage.