Car shops see uptick in damage caused by potholes

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s getting harder with each passing day to avoid the potholes and repair bills that can accompany them.

The season for potholes started early and continues to worsen. At Wetzel Service in Williamsville, customers are coming in with bent wheels, damaged tires and hub bearings, damaged stearing linkages and exhaust parts, damaged front end pieces, and the list goes on.

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In some cases, owner Jeff Wetzel says repairs can cost hundreds of dollars.

“This is from an aluminum wheel so it actually tore the edge of it right off. This wheel is junk,” he said.

Many drivers are angry.They’re just taking up everyone’s cars, the old ones, the new ones, and I think there should be something done about it.”

Others are more understanding.

Rick Friend of Williamsville said, “Highway departments, it’s hard to keep up with them, being as bad as it’s been this winter it’s probably hard for them to fill them all the time.”

The cold patch used in the winter is only temporary and often potholes will need to be filled several times until a permanent fix can be made.

In the meantime, drivers will have to be extra cautious because these bumpy rides can be costly.

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