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Pothole Damage and Your Car


Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of groundwater after the water has entered the ground underneath the pavement. While they can sometimes be just a minor inconvenience, causing a bumpy ride around Leominster and Fitchburg, you may also experience pothole damage to your car. Whether that’s pothole damage to the car suspension or pothole tire damage, repairs can get costly. Learn more about how potholes can damage your vehicle and if your vehicle is in need of repair after hitting a pothole, we can take care of that for you at our service center.

Pothole Damage to Car Suspension

Hitting a pothole in Gardner could bend the suspension or steering components of your vehicle. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to one side after hitting a pothole, this could be the issue. If this is the case, have the alignment of your vehicle checked out by a professional. A misaligned suspension system can cause problems with handling and lead to your tires wearing out prematurely.

Pothole Tire Damage

Pothole tire damage is another possibility. If you hit the pothole with enough force, the abrupt shift of air inside the tire can cause the sidewall to blow out. Check your tires for bulging, which may mean internal damage to the tire. Pothole tire damage is usually to the sidewall and not the tread, meaning you will likely have to replace the tire.

You should also look for bends or cracks in the side of the wheel, where the rim meets the tire. Bends will prevent the wheel from rolling smoothly, and the airtight seal between the tire and the wheel may be compromised. Once again, you will likely need to replace the tire.

Does Auto Insurance Cover Damage from Potholes?

A common question we hear at Ron Bouchard's Nissan is, “Does auto insurance cover damage from potholes?” If you have collision coverage, it is likely that pothole damage to your car will be covered. This varies by plan, but most collision coverage includes pothole damage.

Contact Ron Bouchard's Nissan for More Information

If your vehicle has sustained pothole damage, the expert technicians at Ron Bouchard's Nissan can get it running like new again. Contact us today for more information or set up a service appointment. We’re here to help with all of your automotive service needs.

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