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The damage figures concerning potholes are a trifle surprising. Has it happened to you and if so post your story up here. This article from Parker's Guide has some interesting information and some advice. At the bottom of the article are links to various other DIY tasks that crop up and some members may find them helpful!! :-D

https://www.parkers.co.uk/car-advice/potholes/
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This was some time ago so may not be entirely factually correct but it is the gist.

Back in my Sierra days, a pothole wrecked the front wheel. Called the local plod and they turned up, as I reckoned the pothole was dangerous. Obviously that was in the days when local plod existed. The pot hole was fixed within the next day or so maybe even same day cant recall. Gathered the evidence, went through the process to the receipt of Council Inspections records of the road. I was never going to take the next step, I had had enough of it, would have been happy with what it cost me to fix it, probably about £50 and a visit to the scrappy for a new wheel. The Council weren't going to fork out without a visit to court even for a relatively minor amount.

I have my doubts as to how true this relatively glib comment from the article is but no first hand experience...and the assumption that Councils will be prepared to settle without going to Court didnt apply in my case.
When it gets to this point, the authority will either pay up, make an offer or leave you with the choice of taking it to small claims court. The good news is that taking things to court is relatively inexpensive and easy – and many local authorities would prefer to avoid this preferring to settle any claim beforehand.

and on a trivial side this did happen,
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Back around 2007, when I had my Croma Turbo, I had the misfortune of a double puncture from a pothole in a lane between Luton and Harpenden. I had to get my son to come and take the two wheels, which were not actually damaged, to the tyre centre for new tyres while I stayed and guarded the car in the narrow lane. Fortunately there were four witnesses who had been picnicking in the adjacent field, heard the bangs and stuck their heads over the hedge. The two tyres cost me £86 and my lad's time and petrol we valued at £50 so I claimed £136 from HCC with four witness names and addresses and three photos to accompany the tyre centre's bill. They paid up £116 saying £50 was excessive for the help of a family member. I didn't chase it any further considering myself lucky to get two new tyres to replace my fairly worn ones and enough to cover my lad's fuel. :-D
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I was chatting to a mate earlier in the year and he said several of the garages around here had back yards like scrap yards with numerous cars all waiting on suspension parts to be delivered so they could be fixed and given back to their owners #-o The main (and only) thoroughfare through Midhurst has been closed for weeks due to a 'thermal incident' in the town and so everyone is using the few available country lane rat-runs to get around. These lanes were already in a lumpy state before they had their traffic flows increased immeasurably, and now they're getting downright dangerous in places. The potholes get patched and last about 7-10 days before they break up again. :roll:
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I've watched one of our pothole repairing crews in action. It seemed to me that they made no real effort to stamp down the bottom of the hole before filling it so it is not surprising they subside again in a few days! :?
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I remember reading an article about the JCB Pothole Pro, and here is an RAC article about it;

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motori ... r-just-30/

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mickthemaverick wrote: 02 May 2023, 20:50 Back around 2007, when I had my Croma Turbo, I had the misfortune of a double puncture from a pothole in a lane between Luton and Harpenden. I had to get my son to come and take the two wheels, which were not actually damaged, to the tyre centre for new tyres while I stayed and guarded the car in the narrow lane. Fortunately there were four witnesses who had been picnicking in the adjacent field, heard the bangs and stuck their heads over the hedge. The two tyres cost me £86 and my lad's time and petrol we valued at £50 so I claimed £136 from HCC with four witness names and addresses and three photos to accompany the tyre centre's bill. They paid up £116 saying £50 was excessive for the help of a family member. I didn't chase it any further considering myself lucky to get two new tyres to replace my fairly worn ones and enough to cover my lad's fuel. :-D
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Hell Razor5543 wrote: 02 May 2023, 21:44 I remember reading an article about the JCB Pothole Pro, and here is an RAC article about it;

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motori ... r-just-30/
It's good to see there is some development towards solving the problem. It certainly beats the three guys with a pickup full of tarred stones, a pick and two shovels which is what I observed in Herts. !! :)
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mickthemaverick wrote: 02 May 2023, 22:22
Hell Razor5543 wrote: 02 May 2023, 21:44 I remember reading an article about the JCB Pothole Pro, and here is an RAC article about it;

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motori ... r-just-30/
It's good to see there is some development towards solving the problem. It certainly beats the three guys with a pickup full of tarred stones, a pick and two shovels which is what I observed in Herts. !! :)
Things must have changed Mick, it used to be ten guys watching while one did the work. :-D
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My brother had a Bedford CA he'd converted into a camper, on his way into Birmingham after a weekend visit to my place the thing came to an abrupt stop, not a pot hole, someone had nicked a manhole cover, ripped the suspension out.
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Wow, was the van a write off?
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No Paul he fixed it up with used parts from the breakers.
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Gibbo2286 wrote: 03 May 2023, 10:37
mickthemaverick wrote: 02 May 2023, 22:22
Hell Razor5543 wrote: 02 May 2023, 21:44 I remember reading an article about the JCB Pothole Pro, and here is an RAC article about it;

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motori ... r-just-30/
It's good to see there is some development towards solving the problem. It certainly beats the three guys with a pickup full of tarred stones, a pick and two shovels which is what I observed in Herts. !! :)
Things must have changed Mick, it used to be ten guys watching while one did the work. :-D
You mean something like this Gibbo? :-D
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Is that one of those clever paintings?
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