WILX News 10: Repair Shops are Busy Repairing Cars Damaged by Potholes
Monday, March 16, 2015
Posted by: Nancy Brown
WILX News 10, March 12, 2015
Potholes are taking a toll on our vehicles.
"A lot of broken springs. We've actually seen some sway bars that have been broken, wheel bearings are a big one. The potholes just continually pounding them will damage them to the point where they'll start growling or even get lose," said Craig Fountain, owner of Randall Automotive.
And, lose tires could turn to flat tires, or worse.
"The spring comes lose, it can cause a pretty instantaneous flat and could cause an accident," Fountain continued. "If you don't catch it early, it kind of snowballs and you end up with more parts worn out and it can get quite expensive if you have more than one thing going on."
Bills can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. So, Fountain said pay attention to your vehicle.
"If you notice anything different on the vehicle, if it starts making noise, starts wandering or doesn't quite go over bumps the same way it did, definitely get it checked out," he added.
Ingham County Sheriff Wriggelsworth is asking drivers to slow down and hit the potholes. It's safer than swerving to miss them.
"Now that we have nice weather, you're gonna have more people out and about, particularly children. And, so you need to be aware of that factor, that if you swerve to miss a pothole it's not a better option to run over a person," he said.
The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA), which has held "bad pothole" contests in the past said no other state is paying the money Michigan is for repairs.
"$359 is what the average Michigander pays in unnecessary repair costs to their vehicles," Vice President of Government Affairs, Lance Binoniemi, explained. "You don't see that in other states because they aren't having that wear and tear on those items on their vehicle."
Of course, Randall Automotive is enjoying the business. But, even the owner's vehicle has been damaged from all the potholes.
He suggested drivers keep up the maintenance on their cars, and even ask for a courtesy inspection when they come in for minor things like an oil change.