I lost my 330Ci convertible to a hail storm. Massive hail, just when I moved to Knoxville from Harrisburg, PA. I loved that car. After I bought my M5 I rented a garage and I am completely paranoid with every storm. My apartment is luckily right next to the garage facility. I also have another car (1995 BMW 325i convertible) but only one garage, so one car has to whether the storms. I'll post some pictures sometime. The hail was well over an inch in diameter. It was about the size of tangerines and there was A LOT of it. The ground was covered with about an inch of ice, mostly shattered ice balls.
The truth is, we really lucked out. While we need a new roof on both the house and the garage (going on this fall after the weather breaks), and all three of our cars were damaged, no one was injured, no one was killed, and we still have a house (there were quite a number of tornadoes associated with this storm).
Of the three cars, the M is the only one whose damage actually bothers me. My old Grand Wagoneer actually looks a little tougher with the few extra dings, and my wife's SLK230 already had a plethora of minor dings and scrapes from her commute back when we lived in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area.
I have already purchased a new hood, and a good used R/F fender (wing for you Europeans), moon roof, and trunk lid (boot lid). This leave me with only a handful of hail damage on the roof to fix.
Since the car will now forever have "Hail Damage" on its record, I decided to change to the wide grill and hood. I know this isn't original, but I simply love the wider grills. Besides, unless some nitwit destroys the thing (got to love idiot drivers), I have no plans on selling it. It's simply too much fun!
Shiny Side Up!