Tyre dealers busy as motorists cough up for pothole damage

2010-02-03 00:00

MOTORISTS are having to dig deep into their pockets to repair damages to their vehicles as a result of pothole-riddled roads.

According to Wilber Essop of Pietermaritzburg’s Falcon Tyre Centre, more and more people are coming in for new tyres, having driven over potholes, and customers are complaining regularly.

He said customers have also come in with damaged rims — some of them with damaged bumpers.

Denzil Naidoo of Super Tyres agreed, saying he has seen an increase in customers with pothole-damaged vehicles. These customers generally need new tyres and some vehicles even have cracked rims.

Naidoo said that for some reason, motorists driving new cars seem to be particularly unlucky lately.

“It’s a big problem. I’m actually attending to one such vehicle now,” added Naidoo.

Sadhana Chetty of Kwik-Fit Safety Centre also reported an increase in the number of customers needing to repair damage caused by potholes.

Referring to ongoing repairs, she said that two vehicles had gone over large potholes, and both needed to have two new tyres fitted.

“These pothole incidents are becoming very common now. Just this morning a customer came in to say he would be bringing his car in at 4 pm as the 17-inch rims of his BMW were damaged,” she said.

Chetty said that while damage caused by potholes does bring in business, something needs to be done to address the issue, as business owners are also motorists who have to contend with craters in the roads.

“Honestly, it’s very bad. It’s something we should really look at,” she said.

Vimal Sewpersad of Speedy Tyre & Exhaust said potholes are proving to be very costly to motorists.

“There are lots of cases and we get lots of complaints. In most cases, damage is caused to rims, tyres and the suspension. Some vehicles even sustain internal damage.”


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