Where Do Hail Damaged Cars Go?

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It's been almost three weeks since the massive hail storm left a trail of dimpled cars with smashed windshields across the St. Louis area and losses keep mounting.

The area's two biggest insurance companies, American Family and State Farm, report they have processed nearly 60,000 insurance claims as a result of the late April hail storm, and they're still hard at work.

No one affected by the storm may forget how it sounded and looked when baseball- and softball-sized hail came crashing from the sky. All across the St. Louis area, cars were peppered with dents and smashed windshields. The damage was massive and many cars are being called total losses by their insurance company.

When all is said and done, the insurance industry could easily handle more than 100,000 claims tied to this storm.  So where do the stripped down cars end up?  Most of them end up at Grossman Iron and Steel in north St. Louis. They have a mega shredder that literally crushes and shreds a car in less than 10 seconds.  Cars are stripped of all their usable parts and then put on to the shredder.