SPOKANE, Wash. – When winter’s lower tire pressures come in contact with the sharp edge of a pothole, it can blow out the sidewall, damage a rim, or even worse: damage a car’s suspension. But even though our roads are getting rougher, one auto repair shop has seen very few pothole repairs this year.
Lloyd’s Automotive on Spokane’s South Hill has seen just one car damaged by a pothole this year. Service Manager Brian Haugen said drivers must be doing a good job of dodging potholes, because he knows they’re out there.
Many times, repairs can get expensive. But the first car of the year with pothole damage in Lloyd’s garage avoided a devastating bill.
“We were able to find him a used tire to try to help him out and got him back on the road under $100, which is pretty rare,” Haugen said. “Usually when we see pothole damage or someone slid into a curb, it can run anywhere from that $100 figure up to $1,000-$1,500 depending on the damage you do.”
KREM 2 News has received more than 150 reports of problem potholes in the area. You can report potholes to our Pothole Patrol here.