Potholes: Damaging Our Cars and Getting Compensation


Have you heard of “pothole season”?

It is the time of year, usually in the Spring, when the Winter weather has froze up the roadways, and when they thaw, potholes seem to pop-up everywhere.

And if you have ever hit a few of these cavernous roadway wonders, then you know what havoc they can reek on your car. Your wheels can get damaged, alignments and balances knocked out of order, and just in general hard wear and tear on your car.

And having is car is not cheap to begin with without tossing in the potholes.

Potholes not only cause damage to our cars, but they an also cause accidents.

Potholes: Damaging Our Cars and Getting Compensation

According to a study done by Confused.com, there were over one (1) million potholes reported across the country last year. From these one million potholes, Councils paid out £3.1 million in compensation to drivers for damages that were done by the potholes.

This was in addition to over £100 million paid by local Councils just to repair the potholes.

In a survey done of over 2,000 motorists, 33% stated they had received damage to their cars from potholes.

Motoring Editor for Confused.com, Amanda Stretton said, “Scrolling to depths of 40km (25 miles) really puts the UK’s pothole problem into perspective.

“They are a major bugbear among drivers, not least because of the damage they do to our vehicles – around £3.1 million worth of damage.”

“If drivers experience a bump in the road, they should report it to their local council as soon as possible before the problem gets any worse.”

“The cost of motoring alone is getting more and more expensive and damage repairs is a big contributor to this, as car parts increase in price as well.”

So what can you do if your car experiences damage due to a pothole?

Document the event, write down the date and time, and get evidence. Take photographs, and if possible measure the hole.

Get an assessment of the damage to your car, quotes from a repair centre as to how much to make your car right.

Report it to your Council, many have procedures to do this, and you can submit the evidence you have.

If a claim is denied by your local Council, you may also be able to claim through your insurance company. Unfortunately, your insurer may place the claim against your no claims discount, and you may also have an excess to pay.

Potholes: Damaging Our Cars and Getting Compensation

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