Woodhouse Auto Family, the owner of Woodhouse Ford in Blair, Neb., known for its Truck Mountain, said it sustained damage to nearly 4,400 of its vehicles Tuesday night as storms pelted the Midwest with baseball-sized hail.
The storms hit Woodhouse stores and other dealerships in Nebraska and western Iowa, leading to slashed prices and immediate damage assessments by insurance adjusters.
Jason Pittack, co-owner of Woodhouse Auto Family, said vehicles at Woodhouse’s Ford and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram stores in Blair and its Chevrolet-Buick store in Missouri Valley, Iowa, were damaged. The affected vehicles make up more than half of the group’s inventory.
Tuesday wasn’t the first time Woodhouse and other dealerships have had to weather a natural disaster. Pittack said a similar storm hit the dealership group around the same date in 2004.
“We seem to go through a version of this every few years,” he said.