Some of the cars suffered up to 300 dents in the assault, typical of the brutal continental summer storms that can devastate car fleets, pummelling vehicle bodywork with hailstones the size of golf balls.
Between May and September, mainland Europe can anticipate as many as 100 hail storms, with some of the hailstones weighing as much as four pounds, damaging an estimated 25,000 vehicles annually.
To provide an after-the-event remedy to this damage, paintless dent removal company Dent Wizard has set up a dedicated team of 12 technicians who will operate throughout France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
They will offer their 24-hour, summer-long services to car makers, dealers, auctions and rental companies to offer high-speed repairs to clients for whom vehicle downtime costs dearly.
The repairs avoid the need for costly bodyshop repairs and paint jobs. Tony Williams, European operations director of Dent Wizard, said: 'All our hail technicians have to be on call to move into a hail-hit area within 48 hours in order to assist with insurance claims and, of course, perform a very large number of repairs in a very short time.
'The nature of a catastrophic hail storm can be difficult to comprehend.
'On the continent the average storm is four miles long and half a mile wide and can literally hammer some new or used cars into early retirement.'